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Triple Chocoholic | Saltaire Brewery Limited

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Triple ChocoholicTriple Chocoholic

Brewed by:
Saltaire Brewery Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of KooVee
2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

50cl bottle, no indication of age.

Rubyish brown, weak foam that does leave a thin layer.

Aroma is a cloying mix of vanilla and chocolate. Unpleasantly artificial.

Taste is actually less chocolatey than the aroma. The body is very very thin and the flavour could in the spirit of benefaction be called something like cocoa. If made into cold water by a particularly stingy person. Soapy indeterminately bitter, metallic aftertaste.

Well. 'Third of a choc' would be a better name and it is hard to understand why they have chosen to make the body so aquatic. They do not actually call this 'stout' but rather 'dark beer'. Quite rightly so, as this is more like a dusky anorexic that has taken a bath with cheap artificial aromatics. Pointless.

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Photo of PatrickCairns
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dryndantheman
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrumD
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a small head and some decent lacing down the glass. The beer is almost black and looks dense and deeply malted. However, the mouthfeel is a little thin compared to earlier versions I have drank. Although it is dark the taste is a little unbalanced, with coffee and chocolate at the forefront. There is hop on the finish, as well as some sweetness.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of risenz
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dansmcd
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of interzen
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle purchased from Marks & Spencers, York.

Look: Deep, almost opaque, brown which yields a few (very few!) ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Plenty of frothy, beige/tan head and a fair amount of lacing left behind.

Smell: Not a massive amount going on here - what smells there are are both malty and muted, with maybe the faintest hint of slightly artificial chocolate. OK, so this is never going to be a hop bomb but even so there's a definite blandness about it.

Taste: Gets a bit more interesting here - the maltiness is more pronounced and there's that bitter/sweet taste like you get from a really dark, plain chocolate bar (it reminded me of 85% cacao chocolate, but there you are) with a slight coffee vibe alongside it. Unfortunately, there's also a bit of a 'chemical' edge to it which, I suspect, is the chocolate syrup.

Feel: Pretty light for a stout - it's not excessively fizzy, but it does feel a bit watery and thin bodied, and the artificial edge to the chocolate flavour really doesn't do it any favours either. Decent enough finish, though.

Overall: Disappointing - whilst there are undoubtedly some chocolate flavours in there, there's something (the chocolate syrup, perhaps?) that gives the flavour an artificial feeling. Matters aren't really helped by its somewhat anaemic mouthfeel, either. There are lots of chocolate stouts out there, some of similar ABV to this, but this one really misses the mark for me - losing the chocolate syrup might go some way towards moving the chemical edge to it. Sam Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout is still the benchmark.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deebo
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of magpieken
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. BB 08/17. Pours a very deep brown with a low brownish head which reduced to a collar, leaving a trace of lacing. Aroma of cocoa powder, roasted malt, some espresso and incense. Some light sweetness in a light to medium body is followed by the lingering roasted bitterness.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KevinRailton
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at The Black Sheep, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar. When held up to bright light, the edges are dark brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate syrup are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is like biting into a chocolate bar and offers both bittersweet and sweet chocolaty flavors.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very chocolaty but keeps things relatively modest so it doesn't seem overpowering or gimmicky.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a good, light tan head. Fair head retention.

Sweet, dry, chocolate aroma. That's a contradiction isn't it? Well it is that sweet, powdery cocoa aroma. Touches of nuttiness. Quite good.

Moderately sweet malt. Lightly bitter cocoa flavour. Plenty of chocolate.

Medium to medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent little chocolate beer. It works but doesn't scream for me to come back.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Paulkasykes30
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Craigale
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown body with decent tan head
cocoa aroma
flavour dark chocolate dominates could quite easily be too sweet and sickly but it's balanced with the roast and bitter finish

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Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of windypete
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mick303
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On cask at the central. This is pitch black with a nice tan head, really solid lacing and retention, solid looking stout. The smell initially was strongly of Nestle Nesquick, that syrup that makes chocolate milk, but some more malty characters eventually came through. The taste had a big chocolate and roast malt character but eventually a lot of subtle complex fruit, lemon and other notes came through, really quite an interesting beer to sip on. It had quite a big full body, but was impeccably smooth. The finish was full of cocoa and chocolate but then more malty notes. The chocolate was a bit overbearing at times but as chocolate stouts go this showed much more complexity beyond that and was really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a black colour with a lively off-white head.

Smells really chocolatey, like chocolate milk/hot chocolate.

Taste though, is where this beer is a let down. Okay flavours of dark, roasted malts, with an overriding taste of artificial milk chocolate, that doesn't really work well with the bitterness of the dark malts.

Overall a decent attempt but a bit of a let down. It would either need better chocolate - darker, or lighter malts to make it work better.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +7%

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Triple Chocoholic from Saltaire Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 32 ratings