Flying Monkey Four Finger Stout | Flying Monkey Brewing Company

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Flying Monkey Four Finger StoutFlying Monkey Four Finger Stout

Brewed by:
Flying Monkey Brewing Company
Kansas, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RBorsato on 03-16-2006

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of smc143
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 skloeff
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped at Brennan's on the west-side a few months ago perhaps

perhaps my first beer brewed in the ambiguous state of kansas...this beer is some sort of tribute to Jerry Garcia, who was missing a finger

appearance: poured into a great dane imperial pint glass...dark mahogany body with a creamy tan head and decent bubbly lacing left behind. standard appearance all around

smell: dry roastyness, dark malt, light chocolate and light coffee

taste: the taste is a little empty to me...dry dark malts, very subtle chocolate and coffee flavours with a noticeable hop presence....merely average

mouthfeel: light body, mildy creamy, dry finish

drinkability: fine

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Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BeerZack
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 TYE
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Beer-Lovin-RAT
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth and tasty stout.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jwc215
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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 JuicesFlowing
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
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 RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a nice brown head although a bit overcarbonated due to age. Roasty, coffee, and chocolate aroma and taste; nicely balanced. Light-medium bodied with a roasty espresso and chocolate finish.

Unfortunately, I believe this beer has been retired ... sad. :-(

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Photo of Jayhawk
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 karst
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served to me by Chao Lee (@ Flying Monkey Olathe KS) who is Plant Manager/ Brew Master. I found this was my favorite of the five brews on tap that morning.
Pours black with some dark brown highlights with back lighting. Sustained tan head and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Sweet flavor follows aroma and dark roast malts and hops help with a dry finish. Took it easy on Black Patent Malt. Highly drinkable. This was a favorite of the K.C. Bier Meisters as they gathered to judge this years homebrew competition. I did call my daughter to verify that the Jerry Garcia monkey had the correct finger missing (ring finger on right hand not middle finger shown on lable).

Thanks Chao for a nice Stout.

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Photo of dradair
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Tone
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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 gkjhawk
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bort11
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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