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Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 10-31-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
350
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
28.54%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
110
For Trade:
9
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This was nice and it was dominated by chocolate to make for a chocolate syrup like flavor and aroma, but it was pretty sweet and boozy, along with the lack of complexity it held it back a little, a little bit is enough for me, a full glass would be too much. I like it, but I'm not sure I would buy it.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml capped bottle into snifter. extremely illegible code on the bottle's neck

a: really dark brown, not black, with light brown head

s: massive creamy chocolate milk and maltesers aroma. some caramel, roasted marshmallow, and raisin notes. so milky and sweet

t: follows the nose but has bitter cocoa in it too. zero alcohol taste at 10% abv which is impressive

m: medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

o: absurdly sweet so it's not something some people will want to have in large quantities... i'm not one of those people because i had the entire thing to myself :D god it is delicious

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Photo of biegaman
4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, I may stray, but I always return to my dark master... The cocoa bean! And only the purest syrup nectar can satisfy me - The Chocolate Manifesto is exactly that. It is so dark that light cannot escape its surface; an inky black liquid, it earns the rights to its title. Heck, even its head is the colour of chocolate milk.

Mayan and Aztec civilizations offered cocoa beans to the gods - they knew how to keep 'em happy (nevermind how things ended for them). But seriously, this bouquet is ambrosial and worthy of both royalty and divinity; it smells like a chocolate liqueur - rich and concentrated - and has an intensity that no chocolatier anywhere in Paris or London could imitate.

As advertised, the taste is that of fermented, roasted, and ground cocoa beans. It is an extremely, overwhelmingly, decadent chocolate flavour that will likely be too intense for some - I call these people wussies. It offers a ton of fudge-y chocolate flavour but also a ton of raw cocoa powder (this uses cocoa nibs as well as the powder, in addition to chocolate malt).

Chocolate Manifesto has a richness that makes chump-change out of anything Lindt, Godiva, or Hersheys has to offer. The use of lactose lends a bit of sweetness to counteract the heavy (almost espresso-like) roast and subtle smokiness of the beans. It has an oily texture that doesn't expose the 10% alcohol but hints at it. This was clearly designed by chocolate addicts.

I was hoping that The Chocolate Manifesto would be as good as last year's BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout (especially at $11.95/bottle). As far as I can tell it's almost the same recipe, which is perfectly fine in my books. Flying Monkeys stouts are the equivalent to ten of anybody else's - providing one of them isn't Southern Tier - and are well worth whatever the asking price. I'll be buying plenty more.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Smokesnotes
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gingerbread
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laxgirl63
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MitchShepherd
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like drinking a Hershey chocolate bar.

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Photo of Zonian1
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iparedman
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, enclosed in a very wordy (well, I guess it is a manifesto of sorts, after all) shiny cardboard box.

This beer pours a solid black, no edges, no highlights, no nuthin', with one measly finger of weakly foamy, and placidly bubbly brown head, which leaves (somewhat surprisingly) a bit of low-lying sea-spray lace around the glass as it quickly wafts off.

It smells quite readily of chocolate milk syrup (Nestle Quik, etc), after it's been liberally squirted into the glass of milk, with some of the sweetest milk chocolate chunks added to the mix, all before a chocolate-wrapped caramel candied malt makes itself known, alongside some of that bullshit sugary chocolate vodka that someone likes enough that they keep making it. The taste is still all about the rendered cocoa bean - melted, yet cool, milk chocolate fudge, vanilla cream, more ice-cream topping syrup (and the ice-cream, for that matter), a subtle raisin and currant black fruitiness, Caramilk, free-radical milk sugars, and a suggestion of coffee borne out by the temperature-dependent alcohol - Kahlua is hardly out of the question by this point - best I keep my wife away from this, then.

The bubbles are pretty much on low-fi standby for this whole heady affair, the body medium-heavy in weight, due in no small part to you-know-what, and smooth, creamy, and silken by the same measure. It finishes sweet, of course, the overbearing chocolate relaxing somewhat, possible in light of the persistently understated alcohol, and under-appreciated caramel malt.

While this surely has more cocoa than the BNL release, it is less rich, weirdly, even with all those milky components. It does seem to lag a bit from its audacious introduction, but that's hardly a reason for point deduction. If there's a better (or more brash) credo for chocolate and milk stout out there, I don't think my tastebuds are capable of processing it, not after this. True to style, but amped-up a notch, or rather, a logarithmic tenfold.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MuFugga
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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Flying Monkeys The Chocolate Manifesto from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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