Aurora Heart
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #485
Ranked #16,795
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

they call this a chocolate raspberry stout, but it pours and drinks like a mild brown ale at the deepest on the color and the grain profile, pale by any standard of stout for sure, and without any real roast or bitterness from darker grain, its really hard to take this as a stout, but when i give up on that and roll with it as a brown ale, its an enjoyable beer in small doses. definitely on the desserty and forced flavor side as adjunct stouts go. i get a ton of brown sugar and milk chocolate sweetness to this, some lactose possible in this, and there is a candied character to the fruit too, not bad, but this would be better with some contrasting raspberry tang, and it would certainly be more drinkable that way. some sediment in this making it a little heavy and unrefined feeling along with the residual sugar, but the flavors seem to work for valentines day, and even though this is a touch on the sloppy i like the way the chocolate is obvious and the raspberry works with it. a better quality beer overall would be more sexy, but i think this gets its message out. tough to call it a stout though, and thats ultimately what throws me off the most. my first beer from these guys is a weird one, but i was thankful to have this so generously shared with me by new friends!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a flute from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Thin body coming off dark brown with a heavy carbonation and off white head rising one finger's length off the body.

Smell: Light mocha aroma come and goes and smells good but dissipates too quickly.

Taste: sweet fruits and chocolate which makes you think of a Cabernet.

Mouth: semi full body coming off a touch tarty finish which does stick pretty well.

Overall: Good starter beer for the night. Cleans your palate without giving you too much. Salud!

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Photo of REVZEB
3.01/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour light and somewhat clear brown with some tan foam. Smell was pretty pleasant, with raspberry puree, cocoa, dark fruit, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is a complete and utter disaster, burn cocoa and bitter malt cover up all nuance from smell, and leave you with ashtray on the palate. Gross. Feel is thin, wispy and burns a little. Hard pass

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a chocolaty brown color and with plenty of yeasty muddled clarity. The head starts out around two fingers thick, with fairly quick dissipation of this coffee crisp looking bubbly layer. Carbonation is of course too hard to see and the lacing is modest at best, with only a small amount of free range debris clinging desperately to the inside of my glass.....HELP!

S- Huge chocolate aromas, chocolate fondue raspberries, chocolate covered cherries and decadent double chocolate double raspberry cake sweetness! Also, Big Turk is predominant in the help balance things out, there are notes of coffee bean, vanilla, mocha and roasted semi sweet malts. The finish is strong, lingering and dessert like....simply awesome and one of the best smelling beers in a long long time!

T- Awesome tart raspberry fruits immediately on the front of the taste, that hits the back of my palate instantly. After this initial shock, there are more rounding blends of dark and milky chocolates, Big Turk candy bar/fresh raspberry jelly, infused coffee dryness and even raspberry tea astringency. I really feel like there are fresh mashed berries muddled into the liquid....very tasty. The finish is a combination of dry Earthy fruits and mild bittering hops that cleanse rather well, leaving behind a lingering fruit filled and soft vanilla aftertaste.

M/O- This is surprisingly thin bodied for a stout and the carbonation is quite heavy, even though I will say that for the flavors found in this one, provides crisp clean character that is very easily enjoyed with company and I think also provides a high drinkability factor! Would pair very well with a chocolate based dessert and also does well on its' own. The alcohol is well hidden and is a very enjoyable seasonal brew that I look forward to having again in the future!

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Photo of pootz
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle cellared 4 months - pours a clear deep cola color with puffy mocha head...strong aromas of berry and cocoa, roasty malts and grassy hops are under tones....slick mouth feel, sparkling effervescence, medium bodied, easy drinking....flavor is roasty cocoa malty with berry tartness and hop bittering blending for good balance....very sharp sparkling dry finish...roasty-cocoa, fruity, easy drinking and dry...far better than I was expecting...more like flavored porter than a stout, but decent enough I'd have 2 in a sitting.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark as a stout with tall fluffy mocha head which is a little more active at first than I'd expect; fades slowly while leaving lots of puffy lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and raspberry; like a Pot O' Gold raspberry filled chocolate. Taste is somewhat underwhelming. Definite raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, but at its base, the malts are not full and roasty, but rather light and lager-esque. Overly carbonated, over-active head was indeed a sign. Mouthfeel could definitely be more full and smooth. Good for a try - not one to become a regular at this price.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Interesting brew.

L: Pours a very dark brown color with a thin layer of foam which fades away after a few sips, leaving bits and pieces of it till the very end.

S: Raspberries, chocolate, forest fruits. It reminded me of chocolate fountain with berries to dip in. Very refreshing and sweet smell

T: A bit over carbonated for my taste. Would have tasted MUCH better if it was less carbonated. Raspberry, chocolate and light coffee notes.

F: Too carbonated for my taste. To be honest I was a bit surprised of how carbonated this was.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a ruby tinge against light, and topped with a reddish tinged, beige head.

Smells of vanilla, coffee, strawberry, raspberries, and chocolate. Its a lot like one of those raspberry nougat filled chocolates, or Big Turk (chocolate covered Turkish delight.)

Tastes of big, rich, dark chocolate, and raspberry gummy or jam candy. Not overly sweet, so it calls for more sipping enjoyment.

Medium body and highly carbonated. Smooth and powdery.

Got this in Toronto at the LCBO near Yorkdale tonight. Drinking in New Hamburg, ON. Really enjoying this brew as a work of art. I wouldn't normally chose this sort of brew, but it really works and is highly enjoyable.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a really interesting beer.

It really does taste like chocolate dipped raspberries, without reading unnatural or over the top.

Really fun to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, which comes in a slick white cardboard box. Wait, wasn't this brewery one of the Ontario boycott cabal (read: complainers), who pulled out of Alberta last year or so because of that tax thing? I may have to check on that.

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with prominent basal amber highlights, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and yet fizzy tan head, which leaves a few instances of ocean upswell lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of my late mother's raspberry cream pie (doused with a big ol' scoop of bittersweet chocolate ice cream), some mild cafe-au-lait essences, further cranberry and bing cherry dark fruity notes, and maybe a hollow sense of earthy and perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, toasted cocoa powder, a mixed bowl of red summer berries (raspberry prominent among them), day-old coffee, cream, and more rather understated earthy, leafy, and musky floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly stringent in its workaday frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, nothing really willing to mess about here, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, the choco-fied malt, still muddled dark fruit, and subtly niggling alcohol making my palate squeal like an, um, well, you know.

Overall, this is one tasty and engaging flavoured stout, the raspberry component at once singular and complex, if that makes a lick of sense. Always nice to see these grandiose attempts to up Flying Monkeys' craft brewing cred, as opposed to their more pedestrian fare, show up here out West.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle-in-a-carton picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled. The bottling date is smudged, so I can't make out the month - I'm going to guess Nov 23 2016 (although it could also be from Oct or Dec). BIAS ALERT: I love raspberries.

Pours a deep not-quite-opaque cola-brown colour, with cherry-red highlights, as well as one finger of frothy, khaki-tinged head. It recedes down to a creamy-looking cap over the next five minutes or so, accompanied by a generously-proportioned collar and a respectable coat of lacing. I'm glad I was sitting down when I started sniffing this - otherwise, the rich, dark baker's chocolate and raspberry aromas might have weakened my knees enough to trigger a collapse. Notes of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee, as well as suggestions of black cherry, earthy hops and cranberry also come through, but with much more subtlety than the two featured ingredients. Smells right up my alley.

Pretty damn delicious. Cocoa, chocolate truffle and roasted malt flavours are prominent right off the bat, followed up with fruity notes of raspberry, cherry, strawberry and cranberry. The red fruit flavours continue to mingle with the cocoa right through to the finish, which features raspberry jam sweetness, baker's chocolate and a touch of bitter coffee grounds, with just a hint of earthy, herbal hops and tart raspberry puree. Bittersweet aftertaste with lingering dark chocolate and berry sweetness. Medium in body, leaning towards full; the texture is relatively smooth, with a gentle carb bite that softly prickles the surface of the palate. Don't let the relatively modest 7.1% fool you - this is definitely a sipper. It tastes stronger than it is, and it will creep up on you if you fail to show it the proper respect.

Final Grade: 4.24, an A-. The Flying Monkeys' Magnum Opus beers have rarely disappointed me, and their Aurora Heart is yet another gem that can be proudly displayed on their jewel-laden crown. It's not nearly as rich, boozy, or aggressively sugary-sweet as their Chocolate Manifesto or Acadian Groove, but it's still disclaimer-worthy: if you're not a big fan of dark chocolate or raspberries, this is probably a bottle you'll want to split amongst friends. Recommended; I am strongly considering picking up another bottle for short-term (~1 year) cellaring.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served fairly cold into a Samuel Smiths pint glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $11 CDN.

Appearance - super dark brown, nearly black with close to two fingers of incredible light tan head. Impressive retention, curtains of lacing, just a beautiful looking beer.

Smell - lots of cranberry initially, but nose as intense at hoped for. Plenty of chocolate but again not as intense as expected. A slight metallic twang too detracts to a small extent.

Taste - cranberry, check, chocolate, check. Just not quite enough intensity from either to wow me. Flavors are thinner than expected, especially the chocolate. A fine subtle beer, but perhaps my expectations didn't align with the brewer here.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slick, reasonably light bodied and an easy drinking beer for 7.1% ABV. Carbonation is just right and apparent booze content is non existent.

Overall - aurora heart is a well crafted milk stout with good flavors. My only issue is that I wish the intensity of the flavors and aromas were dialled up a notch or two. Still a satisfying stout on a cold winters night.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served at Frankenmuth's World Expo of Beer 2016.

Not bad, not bad at all. Being Flying Monkeys though, I anticipated more of a wallop of raspberry. I don't find too much here to get excited about. Solid roasty base with a nice slick feel, but I wanted more raspberry!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of juicy/lightly tart raspberries; with milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, plum, light nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/raspberry, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of juicy/lightly tart raspberries; with milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, plum, light nuttiness/coffee, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roast bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, plum, light nuttiness/coffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/raspberry, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness/carbonation as well. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great fruited brown porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/raspberry, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Aurora Heart from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 45 ratings