Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout | Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate StoutFlying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Ontario, Canada
theflyingmonkeys.ca

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Treble Clef Series: Beer 1

Barenaked Ladies Collaboration.
If I had 2 million Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs... I would brew you an Imperial Chocolate Stout.

Brewing with BNL demanded a rare treat - organic Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs - to create a rich, friendly Imperial Chocolate Stout as sweet and quirky as the band's music. We lovingly agreed aged this beer on a bed of luscious raw cocoa nibs creating a black velvety brew so fudge-y it makes you want to lick the inside of your glass.

Opaque as chocolate cake, this roasty brew pours topped with a whipped mocha froth. The creamy dark cocoa flavors gently warm with a steady 10% ABV. No bitterness to this stout, just a chocolate boldness the, like a happy memory or a perfect song, keeps on giving.

And like great music, this bottle is meant to be shared with special friends and family.

Added by korguy123 on 11-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
35
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
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Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of papat444
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to jrenihan for this one.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Pours a pretty dark brown body with a huge light brown head that settles at a good 3 fingers and doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Creamy & thick.

Smell: Can smell it very strongly as i pour it. Pure chocolate, reminiscent of Hershey's syrup. Rich and sweet but manages to not be overdone.

Taste: Assault of chocolate syrup, a bit cloying and a harsh roasted cocoa finish that camouflages the flavor a bit. Smooths out as it warms but not as good as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Very rich, thick feel, carbonation a tad high but overall not very heavy.

Overall: Not the decadent monster i expected but also not the artificial beer i heard about either. Squarely in the middle and i'm very glad to have tried it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Comes in a 750 ml brown bottle, capped, which in turn comes in a pretty fancy cardboard box, they put some effort into the external packaging. Pours out one of the densest, intense opaque pitch black appearances I've ever seen in a beer, it's almost as if light bounces off of it rather than being absorbed and nullified. Tall dense tan head that settles to a thick cap.

Rich, intense cocoa aroma dominates, all those nibs make one helluva impact. Smells like fresh chocolate cake coated in chocolate icing.

The flavour is equally intense with nutty, earthy cocoa once again dominating, and not much else except varying degrees of sweet to dry cocoa characteristics. It works for what it is, and doesn't seem to claim to be anything else. However some black currant and black cherry pops up after a while in the aftertaste. Gives it something of a black forest cake taste at that point.

Full-bodied mouthfeel, thick velvety texture, with mildly brisk carbonation that helps cut through the heaviness a bit.

You want a chocolate beer where there's no mistaking where the chocolate is? This is it. An excellent dessert beer, or for helping to set the mood with a special someone (or hell, even with whoever happens to be in the general vicinity). Worth seeking out while it lasts, and also putting away a bottle or two to age.

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3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good chocolate beer. Sweet chocolate aroma fills a boardroom. Very dark brown with lasting head, a little lace. Smooth mouthfeel. Major league achievement. Hot boozy follow on. Worth trying, and hits the mark though not the greatest in the style. Still, lots and lots of chocolate, similar to Baker's chocolate or a decile better.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black with a thick brown-tan head.

The smell is very aggressive, an intense chocolate aroma filled up the room as I opened this beast. Not very much else going on here but the chocolate, some dark malts, hint of alcohol.

Well it tastes like dark chocolate milk with some coffee, very sweet tasting overall. Alcohol is very well hidden. This is without a doubt the chocolatey beer I've ever had. They definitely weren't lying about the cocoa nibs.

Very thick and chewy beer, I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in one sitting.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TerryW
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting, but really just too much like chocolate syrup to truly work for me. Its along the lines of a dessert beer -- I ended up drinking it like coffee with my biscotti, which is not a totally bad way to go.

Pours dark, dark, dark with a great big solid head. Looks pretty impressive. Smell is just straight up fudgy goodness. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Beeriness? Not so much.

Tastewise, more chocolate. And then some chocolate, followed by chocolate. If you don't like chocolate, then this beer won't be for you. And it is seriously off the beaten track compared to other Imperial Stouts in that it is missing much of the bitterness, roastiness and chalkiness often associated with other brews of the style.

Quite sweet, but not cloying. Remains drinkable throughout. And despite the sweetness, it's not a headache in a glass. Handles the alcohol quite nicely.

A decent brew. Something I'd do again on occasion, but if you're not into chocolate, it won't be for you.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color and poured with a two finger high tan colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are very strong aromas of chocolate fudge and cocoa nibs in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is packed with flavors of cocoa nibs and has lots of chocolately flavors along with some hints of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied but very thick and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is like a liquid dessert because it tastes a lot like fudge and chocolate sauce. This would go really well together with some vanilla ice cream or mixed together as a beer and stout ice cream float. No traces of alcohol are present, but the thickness makes it a slow sipper.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with no highlights and a light amount of gentle carbonation at the surface. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark tan to mocha colored head that slowly reduces quarter finger thick layer evenly covering the entire surface of the huge. Huge amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This is probably the best smelling chocolate stout that I have ever come across - I would argue that this beer smells like pure perfect chocolate indulgence. Underneath the strong milk chocolate aromas, there are some more subtle aromas of cocoa, and marshmallow.

T: Significant flavors of milk chocolate and cocoa with some lighter flavors of marshmallow. The beer is slightly sweet with minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Just a tiny amount more than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is a great dessert beer with the huge chocolate/cocoa flavors and aromas - similar to a hot chocolate on flavor or a chocolate egg cream. This beer was a huge hit with my wife (a stout enjoyer) as well and she says it worked like hot fudge on her ice cream. Thanks to my wife's co-worker that brought this one back for me from Canada. One of the best smelling beers I have ever come across (even the bottle cap smelled like fudge). Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to peensteen for passing this brew along, super stoked to get an opportunity to take it for a spin.

A - Pours pitch black, two fingers of nice mocha head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, reminiscent of Nesquik syrop and hints of vanilla. Basically a blast of chocolate, not much else beyond that.

T - Similar to the nose, this is basically like drinking chocolate milk. The ABV is completely hidden, and dark cocoa flavours linger. The sweetness could easily be a turnoff for some, but I definitely didn't mind.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - I can see why there's mixed reviews on this brew. It's heavy on the sweetness and the closest beer I've had to chocolate milk, which could easily be a turn-off for some. Over time I am detecting the playdough flavours that others noticed. That being said, it wasn't overwhelming and I certainly had no problem taking down this bottle alone. A tad pricey, but worth a try nonetheless.

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Photo of kjyost
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle acquired fresh from the MLCC. Poured into a wine glass from 7C to 15C over many small pours.

Great looking beer. Dark & rich looking with a nice tan head that pops up and stays a while. Nose is dominated by chocolate - like Nestlé Quik. Some doughiness is underneath the Quik nose, although it is a little too one dimensional. The body is quite nice with a great deal of the chocolate - coming across now as a good milk chocolate - along with a great viscosity the gives a thick, luscious mouthfeel. Bitterness from the hops & roasted grain can be a little acrid at times, though overall this is a very well put together beer. The first Flying Monkeys beer I am impressed by.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with two fingers of espresso coloured head. Good lacing.

S - Massive artificial chocolate aroma completely dominates the nose; reminiscent of Nestle Quick - very sweet and syrupy. Nothing else comes through at all. Not a terrible nose, but one-dimensional and artificial.

T - A huge cocoa presence that is not as artificial and syrupy as the nose suggested but those qualities are still present. A fairly big bitterness is present throughout that is likely a bi-product of the cocoa nibs, not of hopping. The cocoa presence is overwhelming and at times approaches being cloyingly sweet but manages to get enough balance from the bitter cocoa and the warming alcohol presence to remain drinkable.

M - Medium body; chewy. Light carbonation.

O - Probably the most cocoa-forward chocolate stout I have had and for my tastes it went a little too far.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Flying Monkeys BNL Imperial Chocolate Stout from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
4.06 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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