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I am checking in this fine Monday morning with the first review of beer coming from my Christmas haul.  I was in the mood for something sweet and this looked like it had the potential to really satisfy.

Beer Name: The Chocolate Manifesto

Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Ontario, CA)

Style: Imperial Milk Stout

ABV: 10.0%

Description: The brewery’s “definitive statement about chocolate and beer is described on the label as a “triple chocolate milk stout” brewed with three kinds of chocolate: shade-grown cacao nibs, roasted cacao powder, and chocolate malt.  Many promises of chocolatey goodness were printed across the label.

Appearance: It poured a dark cola brown body that looked black in the glass.  Resting up top was roughly a finger’s worth of than foam.

Smell: HUGE cocoa powder aromas immediately upon opening the bottle and pouring into the glass.  Think of opening up a can of good hot chocolate and then at least doubling the experience.

Taste: Again an explosion of chocolate with each of the three types well represented over the course of the sip.  It opened with notes of creamy chocolate malt and decadent milk chocolate which around mid-sip gave way to a more bittersweet cacao powder influence.  The finish was dark chocolate with bits of roast and heat mixed in. This was all chocolate throughout, but it was really interesting how it managed to feature the different types so well.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, with a moderately thick body and low carbonation.

Hype: Moderate.  I was intrigued by this one when I saw the bottle but really didn’t know what to make of it.  Based on the label alone, I went in thinking this either going to be fantastic or disappointing with very little room in the middle.

Overall: I really enjoyed this.  To my pleasant surprise, it totally delivered on the aforementioned promises of chocolate overload.  This is a must try for chocolate lovers, though it is a beer you’ll end up spending some time with. As much as I was tempted to drink quickly on account of the decadently sweet, creamy opening, the heat and bit roast kept me at a much more reasonable pace.