Flying Monkey Four Finger Stout
Flying Monkey Brewing Company

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American Stout
Ranked #748
Ranked #31,166
3.73 | pDev: 10.72%
Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Kansas, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 47
Photo of jw4free
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: with a name like four finger, I expected a huge head. Nope less than 1 finger fades to a small ring, limited lacing. Black opaque. S: roasted caramel, not bad. T: gets better as it warms. Taste follows smell. Bit of coffee and hint of chocolate come out as well. Faint wood smoke is in there too. F: thinner than typical stout. Creamy fades to a crisp dryness. O: not too bad for a local stout.

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Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing.
Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, and slight hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight hops, hint of oatmeal, and hint of alcohol. Overall, simple, but solid offering. The appearance is lacking, though.

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Photo of Jayhawk
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Obtained a 6 pack at the local liquor store. I had this on tap a few years ago and was really impressed, so I decided to give the bottled version (recently re-released) a try.

A: First off, it's miss-labelled...with a vigorous pour I got one thumbs worth of head not four fingers. However, that's OK...looked nice and dark like a stout should with a nice tan one thumbs-width head. Left no lacing on the glass, though.

S: Burnt grains with a hint of sweetness. No hoppy smell at all.

T: Nice, more like an Irish dry stout than most American stouts, but with a lingering sweetness. Not overly alcoholic (4.8%), and minimal hops (very much so). All in all, a very sessionable stout.

M: Feels like a stout. Not too heavy.

Overall: This is a nice stout...perhaps with a little too much of a sweet after taste than I would prefer, but I'll definitely add this to my rotation of stouts.

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Photo of tito42
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint.

A: Very dark brown with chestnut hues on edge of glass. Foamy cocoa head, not quite four fingers as the moniker might imply.

S: Strong nose of roasted barley and coffee.

T: Again, strong flavor of roasted barley and coffee, but also vanilla and a black pepper kick with a decent hops finish.

M: A bit thin in body, with a dryness that approaches a dry stout but not quite.

O: Nice flavor and otherwise a solid offering from local folks that have Weston brew their beer (is what I think I gather from their website).

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Dark chocolate black with mocha head that recedes to a wisp. Nice foamy rings of lacing.

Aroma: Charred grains, roasted malts, and dark chocolate, some oats.

Taste: Slightly watery, but roasted malts and bitter chocolate make up the body. Faint hops in the finish add bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium weight.

Overall: Not the beer snob's choice, but I certainly like it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A more than competent stout that lives up to its rating. Pours black with a whisp of a white head. Decent roasty aroma. About average mouthfeel, with some significant chocolate in there. Very drinkable, particularly for a dry stout. I'd have this again.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a black beer, totally opaque, with a brown head. Low head retention, reduced to nothing.

S-Aromas of chocolate and hints of coffee alongside roasty malts.

T-Roasty malts with an accompanying roasted bitterness/astringency. Some enjoyable hints of the choco-coffee that was present in the aroma. Finished clean with hints of roast.

M-Feels thin in my mouth, almost watery, especially when compared to my expectations based on the appearance. Carbonation is medium-high, inappropriately high for the style.

D-Decent drinkability. It looks and smells quite enticing, but it just didn't succeed at bringing me in with its flavor and body. I'll certainly enjoy drinking the remainder of this 6-pack, but will not be yearning to return to Kansas to pick up more.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into my duval tulip, poured a rich carbonated black with endless tan head that ran away real fast, the taste is strong coffiee, burnt malts, almost smokey, their is no sweetness in this one at all, the end flavor is bitter hops and burnt malt and it sticks with you for awhile, this is a deacent repersation of this stile that i would drink often if i could get it, but its not a stand out stout, it gets losted in the croud. all and all i would recomend this one

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Photo of Goliath
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black and opaque with a thin brown head. Decent retention and some weak lacing.

The aroma is decent. Soft chocolate notes with a bit of a roasted malt flare. Not complex, but pleasant.

The taste is ok. Kind of roasty, slightly smokey, and slightly bitter on the finish. Bitter dark chocolate is the big note. There is nothing terribly special about the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. Overall it's not terribly impressive, but it's a decent beer.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

10-28-08 - updating the drinkability as a recent bottle was a bit roastier, with a dark chocolate hint and a bit of bitterness but interwoven with the roasted notes. quaffed quite nicely with a salad wiht honey mustard dressing. cheers!

A - Nice and black, maybe I'm a sentimentalist but I like my stouts so that light can not eek in there. Nice 1/4 or so tan head.
S - Roasted barley, a touch of piney hops and chocolate.
T - similar to the smell but the roasted barley swirls with an espresso effect. Complimentary hoppy and a light underlying chocolate.
M - light bodied and smooth drinking.
D - A nice brew and paired well with a steak and blue cheese salad.

If this was in my local area in a 6 pack I could see this giving some of the other "on the shelf" six packs a good run.

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Photo of smc143
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flying Monkey is brewed in Olathe, Kansas, in a southwestern suburb of Kansas City, and the smaller brewer in town. Their labels are the best. The stout is dark and sticky and jet black with a dark tan head. This has a tiny bit more of a bite than the blander, Guinness-like stouts of the world. I can't place it. A little nutty, a little roasted, burnt, oatiness, even a little black coffee bite? I am sure someone who reads this can tell me exactly what's in it. But it is tasty, and just what I needed tonight. I can't drink a LOT of this beer, however. One is good.

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Photo of Cheers
2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found this beer to be bitter to a point that masked any chocolate, coffee, or malted flavors present. High amounts of carbonation and a poor viscosity led to a feeling on the pallet similar to that of Budweiser or PBR. I don't think I will be a repeat customer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Monkey- Four Finger Stout

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 1.

A- Deep cola black with heavy carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Big chunky lacing head.
S- Smooth milk chocolate and mild roasted coffee beans.
T- Sweet light roasted coffee beans, bittersweet dark chocolate, and bits of cream and caramel malt.
M- Very smooth with a light sweet body. Slightly smokey near the end with a big creamy finish.

Overall- This was quite good! Solid flavors but not overpowering or harsh. Very enjoyable, sessionable for sure.
(Thanks Bill!)

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Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cigar City Brew for this one.

A: Pours pitch black with no head. Very flat looking in the glass.

S: Nice blast of charred malt, and chocolate. There is a hint of smoke and coffee as well.

T: Rather enjoyable. It's a pretty big beer for a non RIS stout. Big blast of smoked malt and a hint of charcoal. Chocolate and coffee are there as is a bit of hops. I like it.

M: Nice and full bodied brew.

D: Rather enjoyable.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Boddingtons Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Very nice ebony black color with minimal tan head that dissipates rapidly. Leaves a thin bubble film on top which produces decent, but minimal, lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and nutty, roasted malts. Light coffee notes.

Tastes of burnt coffee and bittersweet chocolates. Minimal sweetness, which could benefit from being bumped up a slight bit. Light lingering bitterness.

Carbonation is dead-on perfect. Feels good in the mouth but could use a bit more creaminess. Perhaps a bit more malts could help make this bigger and better.

Several in a row could be thrown back easily. My only concern is that the bitterness would eventually build up.

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Goebbels (sic) in Wichita on my way back home

Pours ebony with 2 fingers (not 4) of mocha colored head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, toasty malt & some nuttyness

T: Rich chocolate up front, a bit of iron & toasty malt up front. Charred grain, a touch of fruittyness & coffee grounds as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with some nuttyness

MF: Some nice oilyness, a bit of richness & moderate carbonation

Pretty good drinkability; would tire of this after 2 or 3. This one was on the edge of better scores in MF & drinakbility, just started much stronger than it finished

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Photo of TYE
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a tan creamy foam head that stands 1.5-2 fingers tall and hold it's shaped well, but eventually dissipates toa thick covering with plenty of smearing down the sides of the glass.
S - Heavy aroma of coffee and dark malt accompanied by roasted nuts and a slight bit of something sweet, like burnt sugar.
T - Full flavor of bitter chocolate and coffee with plenty of black malt, burnt characteristics and hoppyness. Aftertaste turns a slight bit grassy at the very end. Tastes like it smells and looks. Dark...dark...dark.
M - Medium body, nice hoppy bite (not too strong), lingering saltiness (maybe a bit too much here), and coats the mouth. All are very welcomed.
D - Not one I could drink a few of in a row, primarily because of the strong flavor, but one I would happily welcome again. Pretty good balance of flavors (maybe a bit salty), and a nice level of bitterness for the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I'll get you my pretty... and your little dog too!"

--Wicked Witch of the West

Crow feather black with almost no lightening at the edges. A two finger cap of nut brown foam (half of what was expected) sits atop the beer. The head has an appealing texture and isn't too shabby in the lace department. This is a good looking stout.

I had no luck finding the ABV, so I don't know what 'size' this particular stout is. The aroma gives no clues, except that it smells like it's chock full of roasted malt. Loads of bittersweet chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans emanate from the glass. A lack of accessory aromas doesn't hurt it one bit.

From the little I remember about the Flying Monkey BC beer that I've had so far, Four Finger Stout is the best of the lot. If they don't consider it to be their flagship offering, they should. The delicious flavor needs only more malty guts to put it into the realm of very good.

The amount of bitter coffee grounds flavor is surprising. It could be due to impressively charred barley malt, a relative lack of malt sugars or hops. Possibly a combination of all three, although the beer isn't bursting with hop flavor. Hop burps are an unexpected bonus.

Even if FFS is a 'mere' 5.0% American stout, the mouthfeel is still a little too light. There's such good flavor that I want it to linger long after the swallow. A modicum of creaminess would be great... and I would suggest keeping the carbonation right where it is.

I would love to see a crazed horde of flying monkeys buzzing on Four Finger Stout. Now *that* would be a Wizard of Oz worth watching. Kudos to the brewers for kicking out the jams with this one. Nice work.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(I'm clearing out some old notes from back in the fall. Here's the first one...)

Still more from the stash rounded up this summer from the Great Midwest...

This stout pours black, of course, with a dense brown head. Lots of mocha aromas and supported by burnt malt and roasty smells. Strident but lesser sweetish dark malt aromas mixed in there as well.

It's a nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors, damn near perfect balance as far as I'm concerned. Lots of dark chocolate flavors here with sweetish finish, lightly sticky and rich. Very full bodied with a lightly bitter finish.

It's nice, one of the best stouts I've had in awhile. I am impressed. Run, don't walk.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a deep tan head. Aromas of a sweet, almost lactose like, roasty malt. In the taste, a roasty malt dominates a small dry nuttiness. A bitter and malty mouthfeel, with a dry roasted malt aftertaste. Nice balance of sweet and dry, as well as, smooth and bitter. A very nice stout.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bort11 for this brew.

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tan head, very little sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, some toffee/caramel tones and roastyness. The taste is malty, slightly toffee/caramel/roastyness. Medium body. Drinkable, glad to have had a chance to try.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night (not the darkest of night, but night none-the-less) with a foamy head that retreats quickly to a clumpy partial coverage that leaves pieces of itself clinging to the glass on its way down.

Roasted coffee/espresso and caramelized scents dominate with a woodsy smokiness also perceptible.

Chocolatey dark fruitniess (black/blueberry), mocha coffee comes in and becomes more pronounced on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I was expecting. If this was a little heavier it would improve dramatically in my opinion, with that said- this beer is highly drinkable for one with such a dark and delicious flavor profile.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black black. Is that a color? No, actually black is considered not to be a color, so...its damn black. Medium dark tanned/soft brown capping of lumpy thick foam. Lacing is adequated placed in a few scattered spots, flecks, and lumpy strings.

Nice display on the nose. Big black roasted malts and grains on the nose. Burntness, roasted bitters, dryish, and lofty espresso notes burst from the glass. A tad bit dark fudgey and chocolatey with a little oaty touch of sweetness. Nice!

Flavor profile is quite nice here. Big on tone and lasting flavors of roasted burnt stuff and spent coffee; dryish, yet leaks a bit of oaty sweetness way underneath. A touch chocolatey and plenty of roastyness continues late with a mild bitterness of burnt coffee. This stuff lays a groundwork that doesn't quite until, well...never. It sticks with ya for a long time spending a oaty chocolate roast into the pocket book of your palate. Yum!

Feel is pretty full and roasty. Mostly dry at the front and middle, gains some pace, stays roasted, burnt, and coffee toned. Then late, a very simple chocolate sweetness emerges underneath as does a bit of oatyness, yet stays dry and roasted. Solid stuff!

Wow, who would've figured a beer this good is sitting in Kansas? A solid stout here that won't dissapoint.

BIG time Thanks to Siebenmorgen for the 6'er of this stuff!

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Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with a thin head that slowly descends to a thin cover that eventually disappears.

The smell is coffeeish, sweet dark maltiness with a touch of roastiness.

The taste is of coffee, tofffee, and cocoa powder/baker's chocolate. Sweet with an earthy bitterness that gives it enough balance, though doesn't really add to the depth of the taste much. Ashy smokiness in the dry finish.

The body is a little on the weak side, but it holds up enough to latch on to lighter side of medium body.

A nice enough stout to go back to, and easy enough to drink as a "session" stout. Nothing particularly outstanding, but I liked it well enough.

Thanks to bort11 for this one!

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Photo of bort11
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Dark brown/tan head that stands about a 1/2 inch high, and then recedes to a thin to almost nothing cap. Very little lacing to be seen.
Smell is a pleasantly sweet dark espresso mixed with a dry chocolate flavor. Taste continues with the chocolate, which comes off as a dry cocoa powder. Finishes with a mild hops bitterness.
Mouthful is a little thin but down have a slightly creamy/chewy quality. This is very easy to drink and would be a good session stout.

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Flying Monkey Four Finger Stout from Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 47 ratings