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

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Added by soulgrowl on 08-04-2010

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
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3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB date of May 2011. Label describes it as a specialty chocolate stout that contains cocoa, chocolate syrup and chocolate essence (hence the triple). Awarded the supreme champion gold medal in the 2010 SIBA competition.

Poured into a Stella chalice. An exceptionally dark ruby hue that is almost impenetrable to light. A white sediment at the bottom of the glass indicates bottling with live yeast. Yields a huge head of light brown foam with a creamy texture and good stability - it remains for quite a while before subsiding to a surface layer. The dominant aroma is sweet chocolate syrup which smells rather artificial. Notes of dark fruit and cocoa.

A sweet chocolate flavour with a roasted bitterness. The chocolate notes seem thin and the sweetness excessively sugary. Undertones of dark roasted malt and bitter hops. Faint hints of dried fruit. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, coating the palate. A dry aftertaste of sweet chocolate and malt.

Interesting, but not the best chocolate stout I've ever had. The chocolate flavour comes across as too fake and sweet, and doesn't quite mesh with the other flavours. This might benefit from losing the chocolate syrup in the brewing mix. A decent attempt at the style - give it a whirl if you have the chance.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of deebo
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CanuckRover
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely poured pint from the Coal Hole on the Strand. A very deep brown with an almost nitro-head. Leaves plenty of sticky, fabulously creamy, head.

Chocolate liqueur on the nose. Very raw chocolate syrup with a nice booziness. Also has a good hit of milk chocolate in the Young's tradition.

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Not much more to say really. A quality stout underneath it all with some wonderful roasted nuts that go really well with the chocolate flavours. All balanced quite well and it manages to stay well clear of sickly sweetness.

Beautiful creamy mouthfeel, a nice substantial beer.

A very well done chocolate stout. The syrup might get some purists a bit hot under the collar, but the flavours work quite well. I'd order it again.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickCairns
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 hdtrice
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -7.7%

Photo of GrumD
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
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 windypete
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of risenz
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Paulkasykes30
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of magpieken
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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 StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-edged black with a puffy cola head that fades to film fast. Big chocolate truffle nose.
Ashy roast, dark chocolate bitterness, and a bit of soil then earthy branchy Fuggles hops.
Root beer comeback and bittersweet linger. Medium, fizzy, smooth.

Much more lean stout character than the nose would suggest. Not cloying and all the chocolate additions (powder, essence, syrup, says the label - thus the Triple) don't overwhelm. Not Young's Double Chocolate, but not far off.

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Photo of interzen
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Jeffo
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at the Bier Palais in Belgium.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pour yields a 1+ finger, medium, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Black body with some carbonation evident. Head fades to a god foam cap and leaves some sticky lacing on the glass. Ring and slight wisp remains leaving dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, a touch of caramel, and lots of dark chocolate on the nose. Mild nose, but quite chocolate heavy.

TASTE: Roasted and sweet caramel malt up front, but a little watery and empty through the middle and into the finish. Some dark chocolate, sweet grainy malt and metalic bitterness in the aftertaste, but luckily it is mild enough to be tolerable. A little more chocolate comes out through the middle as the beer sits. Still, if this is indeed a triple chocolate stout, I don’t want to know what single chocolate is.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little watery on the palate, not creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes somewhat dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A decent effort, but not quite up to par. The flavor was a little weak and some metalic notes made it a little difficult at the beginning. The palate was also a touch watery as well. A decent drink, but there are better English and chocolate stout out there.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with a cola head. Very simple stout appearance. The scent is a big blast of chocolate. A bit of roasted malt, but definitely many layers of chocolate.

The taste is, again, chocolate. Mostly dark chocolate, but milk chocolate too. Slightly bitter, and a light coppery background. Very smooth, but still a good carbonation. A bit light - could be thicker. Very enjoyable - great dessert beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dansmcd
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinRailton
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Triple Chocoholic from Saltaire Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 31 ratings