Flying Monkeys Saint Beatnik

Reviewed by on December 15, 2015 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

  • Origin: Barrie, ON, CA

  • Rated On: December 15, 2015

  • Best Before: bottled July 24, 2015

  • ABV: 7.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Chocolate Stout

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Saint Beatnik is a chocolate stout produced for the 2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar – by Flying Monkeys, a craft brewery from Barrie, Ontario.  A suitably disheveled and beaten down mall Santa adorns the label.

This 355ml bottle pours a solid black, with prominent basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a bit of fallen branch pile lace in places around the glass as it very slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of rich milk chocolate, melted vanilla ice cream, a heady caramel malt, some further English toffee sweetness, and a tame earthy, and leafy bitterness. The taste is bittersweet cocoa, vanilla extract, biscuity caramel malt, boozy toffee candies, some of those crystalline fruit thingies that abound in desserts this time of year, and an earnest earthy, weedy, and lightly perfumed floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly adequate in keeping this one sane via its genial frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, with a decent creaminess improving as things warm up a tad. It finishes still trending sweet, but moderated almost enough by a latent roast and some lingering fruity tartness.

Overall, a nicely Yuletide-oriented chocolate stout, as the perception of those varied fruity characters definitely helps take the edge off of the initially overwrought cocoa. Easy to drink, even with the north of 15-proof alcohol quotient, ergo this one should be sipped in lieu of, or indulgently with, some kind of seasonal confection.

Brady White

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