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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate StoutKerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 35
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Kerplunk! Imperial Chocolate Stout is named for the delicious sound made as large amounts of Wilbur chocolate and west coast hops are added directly into the simmering brew kettle. This hefty black Imperial-style stout boasts a rich caramel sweetness lavished by a robust, deep-roasted heartiness you can sink your two front teeth into. The bold flavors found in Kerplunk! are produced using a generous blend of roasted barley, crystal malts and locally produced chocolate. The resulting brew exhibits a deliciously complex and unique profile of subtle mocha coffee and intense chocolate, balanced nicely by the underlying roasted hop bitterness.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 01-21-2009)
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whatname, Mar 10, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

64 oz growler purchased at the brewery into an over sized tulip glass.

Pours a dense black with a finger sized head of light mocha colored foam. This simmers down into a thin creamy layer of retention that just flares up fabulously when swirled, leaving a full and rich cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass that releases a thick coating of spotty lacing. The aroma is full smelling but not overly complex at first, with straight up notes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and floral hops in the back. However, once this warmed up a bit, it thankfully released some additional hints of smoke, molasses, hop spices, and the slightest undercurrent of alcohol warmth. Good stuff that became quite deep smelling once it got closer to room temp.

The taste is similar, being exceedingly biting at first, with strong burnt dark roast, bittersweet chocolate, and a firm dose of hops that assault the palette all at once. Warming allows more character to come out. Smoky textures. A spicy kick of hops. A silky undercurrent of oats and chocolate that is much more sweet in nature. The finish really has me digging this in the end, with lingering notes of smoke, char, sticky sweetness, and dry lingering bitterness that just sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is full and creamy but once again, it takes some warming up to get there. Despite the higher ABV, I'm not getting much alcohol at all. Just some beef in the body and that's it, which helps keep this smooth in the mouth and pretty darn drinkable for the bigger flavors that are at work.

I actually ended up liking this much more than I originally thought that I was going to when I first started the growler. A bit one-note at first with all of the bitterness involved, this opened up nicely in the end. A bit more tweaking and this could be a most kick-ass beer! This is a solid, locally produced big Stout that I'm glad to have tried.

Kegatron, Jan 25, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to Deuane for picking this growler up for me. It was shared at the 3rd Annual BA Stone Soup. This review is from the remnants.

A: The stout is a dark chocolate brown color; black from afat but deep brown up close. A small pool of head is all that remains from a decent carbonation.

S: The nose is quite a gut punch. Lots of bitter chocolate is spread throughout the aroma. The intensity is matched by a huge hop profile that is almost as bitter as the chocolate. The nose is unlike any other chocolate stout I've encountered.

T: Chocolate, hops and faint smokiness run roughshod in the first sip. I'm not sure which aspect is more overwhelming, the bitter chocolate or the hops. Either way, this stout isn't for the faint of heart. Roasted malts, deep and stout-y, add a sense of balance to the chocolate and lupulin. The bitterness takes some warming up to.

M: The ale starts bitter and never really deviates from that script. The bitter chocolate stands out; the first beer I've had that spotlighted it so strongly.

D: One Stone Soup-er referred to this as liquid marijuana. I'd not at that point yet but I can see myself getting there.

akorsak, Jan 25, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

opaque black as night liquid with a very full two inch plus head of tan creamy and sticky foamy lace on top.

lots of aromas of lactose and chocolate and a bit of coffee. I almost picked up some licorice in there as well. First thing that hits you is the ton of lactose sugar and a wall of chocolate. Deep german dark chocolate mixed in with some bron sugar and a touch of coffee. Definatly some licorice in here too. Super creamy. It had ample carbonation which really hung around well throughout the sesson and helped to give it a really full feel.

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A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a thin tan head.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: Flavors of coffee and vanilla captivate your taste buds; the finish has a chocolate aftertaste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked. I would definitely try this again because all of the chocolaty flavors.

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Pours a deep, dark, near black color. Nice thick, sludgy brown head. When first whiffed and sampled, this beer was an almost one dimensional blend of bitter cocoa power and chocolate cake batter. As it warms, the complexities begin to expand as the nuances of the chocolate come into their own in both the nose and taste. Smell contains a tad too much burnt grain and floral hops which gets in the way of the chocolate. Taste is full flavored, yet very bitter due to the nature of the chocolate and hops. Body is thinner than i would have wished, still creamy, yet feels almost watery at times. Very conflicted with this beer... when the taste is there, it is excellent, but a few things seem to get in the way.

rfgetz, Feb 15, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Pours jet black with a tan head and some nice legs on the way down. The nose is straight sweetened chocolate. Delciious. The taste is liquid milk chocolate with some hints of darker, more bitter chocolate. Feel is nice and creamy with great carbonation. Really tasty, but a bit much for more than a six or so ounce serving.

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Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is almost black with a finger of mocha head which subsides fairly quickly.

S: Super, super roasty. There's a lot of coffee and ash as well as a bit of milk chocolate and some dark chocolate as well. Not a very complex nose as it's mostly dominated by the heavy roasted malt character.

T: The intense level of roast follows through on the flavor. Lots of roasted malt, ash, and char. There seems to be maybe a bit of bleach in there, too. I don't get too much chocolate, maybe a bit of bitter dark chocolate. It's also sort of watery.

M: The body is a bit on the thin end of medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: I liked Planet Bean quite a bit, so I was looking forward to trying this one, but it really didn't live up to my expectations.

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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.