Those guys at Flying Monkeys…they are weird, there’s no doubt about that. In the past, we’ve had insane concoctions from them like Matador, an 80 IBU behemoth that negates the need for air freshener in the morning, and Imperial Maple Wheat, which may have given us all diabetes. When this beer was announced on their twitter, I responded:
So when the wife brought it home one day, I was excited to try it out. Of course, I had to share it, because 10%, and I had to wait for a special day, say…Christmas Eve. When I went downstairs to grab it, I tried to look at the bottom of the bottle and see if there was any sediment I needed to worry about. I held it up to the light and it quickly got dark in the room. This stuff was so opaque that no light passed through it. I though that maybe the bottle was extra thick or extra dark. Nope.
It poured out blacker than tar. Even in a clear glass, you couldn’t see any light through it. And the smell it was letting off was just like the three types of chocolate it is made from. It was a sweet/boozy smell that excited/scared us. It kinda smelled like Brown Cow or brownie mix. Then we tried it…..
It tasted, at first, like chocolate alcohol. Like you left a chunk of Hershey bar in a glass of whisky overnight. Then it started to take on a more brownie flavour, less sweet, but just as boozy. By the end, Mark was cursing it, I was loving it. It was by far the best incorporation of chocolate and beer that I’ve ever had. Now, a little less booze and I’d even say it was better than Sanders Chocolate Stout, which made our 2013 Top 10 list.
Keep ’em coming, weirdos.