Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout - Spring House Brewing Company
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-28-2011 15:33:39 | More by youbrewidrink
2.78/5 rDev -31.4%
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
3.5/5 rDev -13.6%
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
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
12-27-2010 18:08:07 | More by Slatetank
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
12-12-2010 17:52:29 | More by Tucquan
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.
10-26-2010 12:31:29 | More by Thorpe429
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
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
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
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
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
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
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
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
3.48/5 rDev -14.1%
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
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-23-2010 03:25:09 | More by BeerSquid
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
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
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
02-08-2010 00:20:57 | More by Buebie
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
02-03-2010 00:06:36 | More by Beerisheaven
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
01-31-2010 03:36:40 | More by BeerImmediately
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
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!
01-29-2010 18:37:00 | More by ShadesOfGray
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-10-2009 03:05:30 | More by ffejherb
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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
3.93/5 rDev -3%
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
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.
01-25-2009 23:22:27 | More by Kegatron
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.
01-25-2009 00:38:43 | More by akorsak
Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.