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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company

Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate StoutKerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout

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very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%


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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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 13:10:25 | More by taylor714914
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 04:39:18 | More by metter98
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 18:08:07 | More by Slatetank
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery on 2010-12-11.

A - Rich, dark brown with a short, tan head.

S - Not overly complex but some deliscious sweet chocolate from the Wilbur Buds (local chocolate candy).

T - Big cocoa and dark chocolate, a little coffee, dark roasted grain. There's enough sweetness to compliment the chocolate flavor but not cloying at all. The IBU=30, which is enough to give it character and balance. Very good. Compares favorably with a Rogues Double Chocolate Stout.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation yield a smooth, fairly crisp stout.

D - Well it's delicious and refreshing so very drinkable.

Here's a hint: Mix it 50 / 50 with Two Front Teeth for a cherry-chocolate treat!

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 17:52:29 | More by Tucquan
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 12:31:29 | More by Thorpe429
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 18:37:00 | More by stakem
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just had a pint at TJ's to celebrate the Springhouse event.

A - Served in a pint glass. Dark brown with a small tan head.

S - Very nice. Dry roast and bitter chocolate. Nice aroma from the combination of the dark roast, bitter chocolate, and hop combination.

T - Works well. Not nearly a chocolate bomb like say Southern Tier but a nice profile of the dark bitter chocolate balanced by the hop backbone. As the beer warms, the chocolate explodes more and becomes much more prominent.

M - A little thin. This beer would be better if it was a tad thicker.

D - Very nice and enjoyable. A good addition to the Springhouse line but for pure enjoyment, I much prefer the Planet Bean to the Kerplunk.

This is a good beer made by a great local brewery that is gaining recognition. I only hope that as Matt expands his business that nothing is compromised as a result (I know it won't). A great brewery and glad to take a 30 min drive today instead of a 2 hour drive into Lancaster.

Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 00:06:36 | More by Beerisheaven
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark, burly, black/brown with a medium light tan head that stuck around and left nice lace.

S-Builds as it warms. Initially a bit flat with just the aroma of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa. With warming more subtle tones emerge with notes of cream, roasted malt and a nice spicy hop pop.

T-Much like the aroma this one needs to warm before truly enjoying. Bitter dark chocolate kicks things off with the complimenting Centennial hops adding a nice bitter, spicy bite. As it warms a bit of milky creaminess and notes of roasted malt become present. This brew has a good amount of flavour but you need to have patience to find it all.

M-Medium bordering on medium-heavy bodied with a nice lingering cocoa/hop bitterness and plenty of lasting flavour.

D-This is the kind of beer that grows on you. At first it is a bit one-dimensional but with warming and exploration it becomes more and more interesting. I think with a little tweaking this beer could become outstanding. With all of that dark chocolate and clocking in at 70 IBU's this one provides a bitter kick that lovers of big, bold beers will appreciate. It is certainly not lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 13:32:39 | More by Deuane
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colts9016

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Heineken Mug at 50.

Appearance: A two finger head that has a persistent head that left lacing on the glass. The color of the head is medium tan that is foamy and creamy The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A dark malt with chocolate, caramel, biscuit, and bread. Other aromas are fruity esters, coffee, alcohol, phenols, molasses, and an earthy tone.

Taste: A dense rich roasted malt with chocolate, caramel, and biscuit. Other flavors is bread, fruity esters, coffee, alcohol, phenols, and molasses.

The mouth feel of the beer is coating, carbonated, and warm.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is full. This is a good chocolate stout, but there is not a thick body to the beer. The body of the beer needs more oomph. Great flavors and very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:07:38 | More by colts9016
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cps98

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2012 18:40:45 | More by cps98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 02:55:45 | More by mikesgroove
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youbrewidrink

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SBALDWIN for getting this to me nice and fresh.

The color was black and dense, no real head to speak of.

The aroma was light of roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor is the real winner here. I particularly enjoyed the lack of sweetness, the nice dry intense chocolate flavor works really well.

Unfortunately the mouth feel was a little lacking, this was just a little too thin, it's too bad because the carbonation was spot on.

Drinkablity is right up there. All in all a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2011 15:33:39 | More by youbrewidrink
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womencantsail

California

2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 19:13:11 | More by womencantsail
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Gobzilla

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 17:48:56 | More by Gobzilla
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 22:26:18 | More by drabmuh
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 23:53:00 | More by meatyard
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jjayjaye

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:04:30 | More by jjayjaye
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gford217

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:47:27 | More by gford217
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Overlord

California

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 04:23:23 | More by Overlord
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BeerSquid

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Incredibly tasty beer. Poured from growler into pint glass.

A- Great, dark pour settling with thick almond coloured head and beautiful lace as it is consumed.

S- Roasted malts and cocoa bean

T- Very nice, creamy and smooth. VERY potent dark chocolate finish that really lingers on the breath.

M- Creamy and smooth.

D- Very tasty beverage to enjoy anytime.

EXCELLENT JOB ON THIS ONE MATT!
*If you have the opportunity to be ANYWHERE near Conestoga PA, and consider yourself anything of a beer lover, go to Spring House.

Serving type: growler

02-23-2010 03:25:09 | More by BeerSquid
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 16:33:21 | More by rfgetz
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in the GatM BIF for 2/2010
Shared with friends for the Superbowl. Poured from a growler into an oversized snifter.

About 2 inches of dark brown frothy head forms up off the pour, very slow to recede. Leaving a large cap and huge collar of retention. Color on the beer is pitch black, with no light penetration. Lace is thick leaving full coverage.

Aroma of sweet chocolate grains, malted milk balls, actually a very pungent chocolate aroma here. Plenty of nibs, powdered cocoa, decadent chocolate aroma, its absolutely intoxicating in the aroma department.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy with a full bodied feel. Lowered carbonation presence, leaving an ultra slick creaminess. Carbonation is present, but layed back in an almost nitro pour fashion.

Taste is full of chocolate and mildly bitter chocolate grain flavors. More powdered cocoa, chocolate cake batter, malted milk balls, nuttiness in a chocolate nib way.
Bittering a little into the finish, tasting of fuggles, or a low bittering leafy hop flavor, as well as bitter sweet chocolate.

Delicious! I cant even believe this is 8% abv, it is not present in aroma or flavor.
Thank you so much for this growler, we loved it!

Serving type: growler

02-08-2010 00:20:57 | More by Buebie
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged, handwritten beer name w/a sharpie on the label - that's crunk. Poured into snifter at 50 degrees.

Decent, 2-3F tan head on top of the opaque black body, with a hint of cola color edges. Some lacing on down.

Really nice, cocoa nib aroma up front, with some lightly bitter espresso bean in the back.

Flavor is loaded with roasted malt, bitter hop bite keeping it tight, and lingering bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Comes across a bit thinner than I expected for an Impy Stout - somewhat powdery - but this also makes it quite drinkable for the style.

Killer nightcap, but would also make a spectactular breakfast beer with a toasted bagel & cream cheese...or Lox.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 03:36:40 | More by BeerImmediately
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a thick black with huge frothy brown head. Head retention is pretty good...slowly dissipates to a thin creamy ring with decent lacing.

Aroma is of semi-bitter chocolate. That and of a Hershey chocolate bar. Picking up resemblance to Woppers, which I love. But overall...seems to be more towards the bitter chocolate side.

Mmmm...bitter chocolate. Thinner than expected, but perfect carbonation...perfect temperature(50 degrees'ish). Booze is under control, semi thick and creamy mouthfeel. Kind of like a Imperial Chocolate stout mixed with an IPA. The initial flavor is sweet followed quickly by the bitterness...finishing with a bitter to sweet chocolate taste that lingers for a while. Very good Chocolate stout!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 18:37:00 | More by ShadesOfGray
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via growler on 2/9/09, courtesy of Deuane.

A - Poured a dark fudgy brown body with sparse carbonation and half a finger of medium tan head that diminished into a patchy veil and left thick lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted and chocolate malt notes mingle with earthy bitterness and mild coffee notes. As it warmed up, the aroma became reminiscent of brownies and sweet caramel.

T - Bitter dark chocolate and lots of earthy bitterness dominate the flavor profile. A roasted, almost charred dark malt character persists throughout, with a chocolate brownie flavor coming to the forefront.

M - Creamy and smooth texture with an oily slickness and mild carbonation. Finishes very bitter on the palate for a stout and lingers for quite a while.

D - Really impressed with this one. This is a fantastic bitter chocolate stout with a huge hop character and plenty of complex flavors. I'm looking forward to more offerings from Spring House in the future.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2009 03:05:30 | More by ffejherb
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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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