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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

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 39
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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 TheNightwatchman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of colts9016
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jculler82
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hopstimatic
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cps98
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of slvrmon82
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of pvequalsnrt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ottodyer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of biniek13
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of billzee
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of meatyard
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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!

Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.