Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout | Spring House Brewing Company

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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate StoutKerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
springhousebeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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.

Added by Deuane on 01-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jdaddy
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of waddellc2
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kwa357
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Overlord
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of sludgegnome
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greenplastic615
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cps98
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of TimberSwanson
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour (big surprise ... it's a stout). Thin, dark ring of toffee colored lacing, no carbonation.

S - Roasted chocolate, cocoa, and mocha.

T - Roasted chocolate, cocoa, some char, and mocha with a bitter roasted chocolate ending.

M - Thin medium body, slick.

O - This is a solid stout, just wish it had a thicker body. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of _RL_
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of curmudgeon236
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of cyber_phoenix
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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