Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company
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2.78/5 rDev -31.2%
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.
01-20-2011 19:13:11 | More by womencantsail
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
Kind of an interesting blend of styles. Thanks for the brew!
Pours a dark brown with a black interior. Light brown foam. Surprising amount of head given the ABV. Took a few minutes to settle down.
Smells like ashy, burnt cocoa powder, .... bittering hops ...? ..., some coffee, and more coffee. The coffee is a bit of a surprise. The bottle said "chocolate," right?
Taste is too ashy and bitter. I mean, I wouldn't mind if the label was misleading, which it is, but the beer is a bit of misfire. The hops and burnt malt flavoring give it a weird charred bittering flavor, with a tad bit of chocolate and a brackish coffee.
A bit thin, as well.
Certainly not a bad beer, but neither is it wondrous and resplendent with glory.
02-23-2010 04:23:23 | More by Overlord
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
Good lookin out torino for sharing this bottle
A: poured a dark as night black in color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: it did have a nice dark chocolate aroma upfront with some smokey, roasty, malts, and hints of oat grains but faint booze as well.
T: the taste had more coffee character but wqas also really smokey and roasty with a mild hop bite. It had chocolate and oat grain accents with a touch of booze.
M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a smokey, roasty, sweet, and slight hoppy finish.
D: it was pretty thin and drank good but once again I really don't dig RIS with hop character; still a decent brew.
01-20-2011 17:48:56 | More by Gobzilla
3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
02-15-2010 16:33:21 | More by rfgetz
3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
A – Pours a midnight black with a healthy 2 finger mocha colored head. The head fades to a nice ring around the glass. Really nice sticky lacing is present.
S – Smells like bitter dark chocolate with small hints of coffee and roasted malt.
T – Nothing over the top, the bitter dark chocolate was present. Lots of dark roasted malt. No hop bitterness detected at all in this beer.
M – Nice full bodied beer with really nice carbonation for that extra tingle on the tongue.
O – Overall this was a really nice stout from Springhouse minus the extra ingredients he normally tosses into the mix. I really enjoyed this and look forward to getting some more.
03-13-2012 18:40:45 | More by cps98
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
Pours an opaque, dark black/brown with ruby tinges at the bottom edge of the glass. It has a 2-finger, light brown head with good retention but with little lacing until it gets down to the last 3/8".
The smell is cocoa powder and dark chocolate.
The taste is also cocoa powder, dark chocolate along with a bitter, burnt coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium towards full though it thins out upon warming.
Drinkability: A good but not amazing stout. The burnt coffee bitterness drags it down for me. Alcohol is nicely hidden.
As this beer warms up a lot some of that bitterness recedes. This is a beer that feels that with some tweaking could really improve to a very good, sought after beer.
04-11-2010 23:53:00 | More by meatyard
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
Bottle shared by Devin, thanks Devin.
Beer served in a tulip glass. Beer is brown with a minimal head and no lacing. Carbonation is a mystery.
The aroma is quite strong, a little hot, coffee and roast.
Beer is quite ashy in my mouth. Almost smokey. Lots of coffee, hints of chocolate, minimal carbonation. Mouthfeel and body are quite smooth and its pretty drinkable. The ash flavor gets to me though.
08-05-2010 22:26:18 | More by drabmuh
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
750mL bottle courtesy of akorsak.
Pours deep, deep brown, almost black, with a small but very thick tan head that recedes to a swirl along the top with decent lacing.
The aroma is good but very tame for an impy stout (if that's what this really is). There is sweet dark chocolate and lightly roasted black malts. Hints of caramel and vanilla as well.
The taste is a slightly more roasted version of the aroma with the addition of some hop bitterness up front. There is a bitter, almost chalky/ashy character in the finish. The sweetness of the aroma is replaced by a drier cocoa-like taste.
The mouthfeel is a little light for an imperial stout, almost watery, with light carbonation. It's got the feel of a regular stout honestly. Not a bad thing, but definitely not as big as I was expecting.
All in all, this is a tasty chocolate stout but doesn't really compare to most imperial stouts out there. A very good stout, a slightly above average imperial stout.
03-27-2010 02:47:27 | More by gford217
3.83/5 rDev -5.2%
I had this sample at the brewery on 12/24 -served in a plastic cup.
The stout looks appealing with dark brown solid opaque color and a head that comes and goes in medium brown hues, lace sticking is good. The smell is like german chocolate cake! The fresh cooca is sweet smelling, but you can tell it is dark too by the subtle bitterness of course at 30 ibus it is probably the hops giving off some aroma. There is practically no alcohol in the aroma which is good considering it is 8%. The feel is not as good as the aroma to me. It is a little bitter and dry with slight acidity and mild alcohol with slight astringency of dark malt.
The flavor is good, but does not have the same amount of cocoa as the aroma leads you to believe. It is there, but so is the strong body of an imperial stout with slight hop and malt bitterness. The flavor is dry and seems to have some alcohol flavor near the end of the sample with mild spice and dry roastiness. This is a pretty tasty and drinkable chocolate beer, pretty impressed with all the cocoa flavor standing out in such a strong stout and it is balanced fairly well considering all that is going on.
12-27-2010 18:08:07 | More by Slatetank
3.88/5 rDev -4%
Review from notes taken 3/20/10
Pours black in color with some browness rounding out the edges. A finger of tan head appears with a curtain of lace left all around the glassware. Nose is dominated by a sweet aroma of chocolate with stout characteristics faintly present in the background. Taste is comprised of mostly bitter chocolate with a light feel and miderate level of carbonation. The aftertaste is chocolate with some bittering hops present.
04-20-2010 18:37:00 | More by stakem
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured into a pint with a thin cap of tan head. Smells of chocolate, dark crystal malts, hints and of coffee and slight smokiness.
Taste is rich with bitter chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, smokey black malt, slight hop bitterness, and a twinge of espresso.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but the carbonation is nice and the beer isn't oily or syrupy.
Surprisingly it doesn't sit heavy in the stomach.
Worth trying for sure, and much better balanced than ST choklat
12-12-2013 13:10:25 | More by taylor714914
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
a: This was very dark brown, completely opaque. It poured with a big, sticky, dark tan head.
s: Intense bitterness is the main attraction here. The chocolate aromas are of baker's chocolate. Hoppy stouts often smell end up smelling like coffee to me, but that isn't the case here. There are plenty of charred, smoky malts, but the hop odors still stand out. Perhaps a bit too much so.
t: Delicious but muted semi-sweet chocolate flavors turn into baker's chocolate as the huge hop presence asserts itself. The finish is all hops with hints of coffee and a little pine. This is bitter as hell, no doubt about it. It actually works well for this though.
m: This is an odd combination of borderline abrasively bitter with a creamy body. The bitterness in the exhale is quite strong.
d: This was very good, but if the bitterness(70 ibu's according to the brewer!) was dialed back just a little it could have been great. Too bad you can't age a growler, I'd love to try this after the hops have mellowed a bit. I love what the Spring House is putting out, I can't wait to see what's next!
01-26-2009 11:48:36 | More by DIM
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
I have been a fan of their efforts thus-far, and this one did not disappoint. Served from a Spring House growler on Super Bowl Sunday into a Sam Adams-designed pint glass. The growler was capped Friday night, and there was barely any air in the neck at all, if any. It opened with an inviting hiss, and poured a thick inky soft shade of black that is the first shade of black over the line from brown. A nice foamy tan head gurgled up slowly, like a slow mushroom cloud forming. The head hung around for longer than I would expect for a 8%+ brew.
The smell straight from the fridge is mostly roasted malt, with a hint of chocolate sweetness. As it warms up to proper drinking temp, the complexity of this brew becomes evident. The Wilbur chocolate (I will take this Lititz brand over Hershey any day) presents itself strong in the nose once warmed, but not overpowering. Underneath it all is the presence of hops, but I thought the hops were very subtle in the nose.
This brew tastes just as it smells, but the Wilbur chocolate is even more present. Roasted malts hit the tongue first, with the chocolate being the second thing that gets noticed. The roasted bitterness is reinforced by the hops, and all of this is softened by the sweet bitterness of the chocolate. The mouthfeel is slightly biting from the bitterness, but its nice and soft and creamy full body help it go down smooth. The abv is pretty much completely hidden by all the other strong tastes.
Drinkability is great, considering this is quite a filling and full-bodied higher-abv brew. This was a perfect choice to celebrate the Steelers' win.
Overall, this is a great brew. I truly believe with a few very small and subtle changes, this beer could easily be a solid A, if not A+. I am already counting down to next winter to hopefully see this one again (that's a long time to have to keep my fingers crossed!) I look forward to whatever Spring House has planned next.
02-03-2009 01:30:48 | More by guzzle211
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
You can see through the pour, but it's an opaque darkness in the glass. The head pours deep and stiff, light tan and foamy; fades slowly to sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is fairly aggressive, malty chalky side of NECCO chocolate mixed with a littler sweeter dark Hershey canned syrup. A bright tingle of carbonation, the mouth feel is lighter than my favorite Double Stouts. Full flavored, the chocolate taste is darker, slightly on the bitter side and lingers appropriately...adding nicely to the total drinkability. The 8.1% ABV is nicely integrated. This one is a real nice drinker. Many thanks Ryan!
04-09-2010 23:04:30 | More by jjayjaye
Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.