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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

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 37
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

metter98, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

womencantsail, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Slatetank, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -1.5%

yourefragile, May 31, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

orangesol, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

stakem, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BillRoth, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

ShanePB, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

gford217, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Gobzilla, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

IPAchris, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

rfgetz, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

BMart, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

ffejherb, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -1.5%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Deuane
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Deuane, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of jbaker67
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

jbaker67, Sep 21, 2014
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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.