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Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout
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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our English Sweet Stout brewed with 22lbs of Belgian bittersweet chocolate and aged with 10 lbs of cocoa nibs Madagascar vanilla beans for a cold weather treat.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 02-16-2009)
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3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on cask at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA, at their 5th Annual Real Ale Fest 2012

I was kind of confused by this one. Someone at the festival--a confessed non-beer-connoisseur--warned me that this beer had a dirty taste to it, but I was undaunted. The color was definitely dark brown and not black, with a small, soapy, off-white head. For a beer that supposedly showcases chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla, I honestly got mostly coffee in the nose. Subsequently, big taste of coffee grounds, making it more like a straight up coffee stout than anything (and not a great one at that), quite bitter, with perhaps some mild chocolate as an afterthought; no vanilla detectable. Thin body for a stout, medium mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but doesn't live up to its description at all.

I'm a fan of Iron Hill's beer, but something was definitely off here.

Serving type: cask

03-26-2012 01:43:49 | More by Rifugium
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beer hand pulled from cask at Iron Hill in Chestnut Hill with a frothy two-finger tan head and black in color with some light coming through. Great lacing on the glass as this goes down.

S: Smells of chocolate milk mixed with stout. Low on the hop notes but a rich roasted but not burnt barley aroma with a hint of vanilla. Smells like a wonderful combination of beer and dessert.

T: Chocolatey roast of malt is full and rich but not burnt tasting. Sweet and bitter chocolate flavors and milk combine to give more of a sweet finish. No hop flavors coming through all the sweet malt. A touch of vanilla in the aftertaste too.

M: Creamy smooth but with a medium- full body seems a bit light. My wife had a porter and I tried it and it was fuller than the stout.

D: Overall a must try stout especially those fond of chocolate! This beer is not heavy and therefore easy going down and allowing for more. Could also work well as a dessert beer.

Serving type: cask

03-04-2012 18:00:01 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of woodychandler


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am transcribing notes this afternoon, so this beer may not be currently available.

Nothing like the cascading action of an N2 pour! It finally settled into a finger of dense, light-colored mocha head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights. Chocolate was pronounced on the nose, not outright sweet, but tending more towards bitter. Mouthfeel was slightly full, thanks to the pour, plus the chocolate was much more pronounced than in the cask version. The finish was equally chocolaty, but not in a cloyingly sweet way. This was an eminently drinkable beer, even for this self-avowed hophead.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

06-21-2010 18:08:12 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ffejherb


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Iron Hill Lancaster on 2/14/10.

A - Dispensed via nitro and appeared as a dark chocolate brown liquid with a quarter inch of creamy, mliky tan head that yielded thick strands of lacing around the glass.

S - I'm getting more milky lactic sweetness and vanilla bean instead of chocolate in the nose. That's not to say that the chocolate character isn't there, it's just not as pronounced than the other components. But the aroma is definitely more sweet than bitter chocolate.

T - Again, the flavor follows the footsteps of the aroma, with plenty of milky vanilla sweetness. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder is in there too, but there is very little bitterness, which I was expecting. Ultimately, this is a very sweet milk-like stout.

M - Medium bodied, although kind of thin for a stout. However the mouthfeel is exceptionally silky and smooth. Finishes with plenty of sweetness on the palate with very faint bitterness.

D - Oompa Loompa is a bit more diminutive than I had anticipated, although I should have guessed it, right? While I realize this is a completely different monster, this stout has nothing on the far superior Shokolad, brewed also at the Lancaster Iron Hill. Thats not to say that I didn't enjoy this... I was just slightly underwhelmed.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

02-17-2010 00:45:42 | More by ffejherb
Photo of mikereaser


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at IH Lancaster on 2/14/10.

A - pours a deep chocolate brown with just a hint of foam

S - sweet chocolate cocoa and hints of some hops coming through. Very sweet smelling but not overpowering.

T - lightly roasted grains and just enough chocolate taste to please the palate

M/D very light mouthfeel very easy to drink very enjoyable will have another

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

02-15-2010 01:00:56 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Deuane


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, clear brown with ruby highlights. A medium tan head holds tight and leaves decent lace.

S-Cocoa powder, light milk chocolate and subtle roasted malt.

T-Much more chocolate on the palate than in the aroma. Rich, dry cocoa and milk chocolate up front with an interesting maltiness in the finish--almost peanut butter like!

M-Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Chocolate pop in the aftertaste lingers and then fades quickly.

D-Very nice. So smooth and creamy with pleasant chocolate flavours. Easy to drink--hope this becomes an annual brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

09-14-2009 11:34:42 | More by Deuane
Photo of HopDerek


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a milky dark brown with 1.5 fingers of light tan head. Good lasting retention yielded some nice lacing inside the mug. Smells of chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, citrusy hops, a touch of vanilla, and roasted malt. Tastes of chocolate syrup, roasted malt, baker's cocoa, vanilla, a touch of coffee, and a light grapefruit kick in the finish. Medium in body, creamy and smooth with lots of chocolate goodness. Easy to drink and session, a good sweet winter brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

03-16-2009 23:37:03 | More by HopDerek
Photo of akorsak


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap at the Lancaster brewpub.

A: The stout is a dark ruby red color, almost black (especially in the dimly lit restaurant). A finger or so of densely compacted tan head, the result of the nitro, sits atop the beer and leaves glorious lace all around the glass.

S: The nose is punctuated with cocoa powder (think Nestle Quik powder) and vanilla. The vanilla isn't sickly sweet, likely the result of the beans (and not syrup).

T: The stout has a strong vanilla profile. Unlike a bourbony sweet vanilla, this one has some rough edges. Cocoa powder, milk chocolate and lactose round out those edges, accentuating the sweet side of the stout. The nitro has imparted a very creamy taste that adds to the decadence. A clean hop character near the back end of the ale adds just enough floral flourish to be notices.

M: The stout is very smooth. Vanilla and chocolate flavors, a dry lactic sweetness and just a hint of hops. A nice sipping beer that was gone before I knew it.

D: Very quaffable. The flavors are strong but not cloying, making it very approachable.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

03-06-2009 13:31:36 | More by akorsak
Photo of DIM


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on nitro-tap and on cask. This is a review of the casked version.

a: I had this in a pewter mug, so the only real look I got of this one was in a taster glass. This was a murky dark brown with a little mahogany around the edges. It was served to me with a short cap of light tan colored froth.

s: An enticing mix of roasted malt, semi-sweet Belgian chocolate, and vanilla. I wish the aroma had been a bit "bigger".

t: This was a bit "rougher" with more vanilla than the version on nitro-tap. The chocolate flavors were slightly more bitter-sweet on cask, which I really liked. I did prefer the more muted vanilla flavors on nitro though. Still, this was excellent from either source.

m: Fabulous cask texture sweet and silky. I might give a slight edge to the creamier nitro version. Maybe.

d: Overall, this was approachable and dangerously drinkable. I would definitely make an effort to try this one while you can.

Serving type: cask
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

02-21-2009 21:11:47 | More by DIM
Photo of Kegatron


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on nitro-tap at the brewpub on 2/16/09. Into an oversized Mug Club mug. I believe Head Brewer Paul Rutherford mentioned that this is the same recipe as the Oompa Loompa Stout from Rocky River Brewing (Rocky River, OH).

Pours a ruddy dark brown with a good bit of amber highlights coming out and several fingers of creamy mocha colored head. Retention stays strong and sturdy from the nitro, leaving a smooth cascade of lacing that sticks to the sides of the mug. The aroma is quite lively with roasted chocolate malts, latic notes, a slight whiff of vanilla sweetness, and a STRONG whiff of floral hops that encapsulates everything.

The taste starts with a BIG milky dose of sweetness up front with a firm base of roast and hop bitterness that pulls up the back and helps even out the profile, ending things on a bittersweet finish. I'm also getting much more vanilla character than I did in the aroma, with a nice bloom of flavor towards the end of the profile as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation but this still stays extremely smooth and easy feeling thanks to the nitro-pour. At right arond 6%, I'm also digging the ABV, as it allows some bigger flavors to come through but still stays quite quaffable.

Solid all around Stout here, that with it's mix of chocolate and vanilla and fantastic drinkibility, really hit the spot on this post-Valentine's Day visit. I'm looking forward to seeing this return next February.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

02-19-2009 18:02:31 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Slatetank


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on Nitro-tap today at the brewpub in Lancaster. Served chilled in a standard pint.

A - A dense dark brown appearance w/ garnet shade at the base w/ a beige thick smooth cap of 2 fingers that leaves spotty lace.

S - Like a chocolate bar fresh from the wrapper w/ smooth sweet roasted and creamy aromas. The nose is light roasted bean aromas w/ a subtle stout fruity ester and mild notes of roasted barley

M - A mild hop spice and carbonation is on par with the style while smooth from the nitrogen which has a sharpness on the tail end. The roasted texture and sweetness is balanced as the acohol comes in at the finish

T - A smooth sweet flavor of chocolate which has fruity yeast flavor of an irish stout w/ a sweet milk chocolate desert taste. There is a slight cocoa puff light cocoa bean and grain combo and the taste of alcohol is noted in larger gulps. The taste of pine tinged hops complements the sweet and roasty notes as it finishes

D - No golden ticket necessary, but this one is a tasty big chocolate flavored stout with oomph. The sweetness brings you back and the substantial abv is the characteristic that subtracts from the drinkability for me. The flavor which is great if you enjoy Young's Double chocolate like I do is slighty full and heavy for every day drinking. I welcome more oompa loopa induced joy in the future but consider this one in a sitting for my palate.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

02-16-2009 21:33:08 | More by Slatetank
Oompa Loompa Chocolate Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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