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:
43
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a thin tan head.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: Flavors of coffee and vanilla captivate your taste buds; the finish has a chocolate aftertaste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked. I would definitely try this again because all of the chocolaty flavors.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opaque black as night liquid with a very full two inch plus head of tan creamy and sticky foamy lace on top.

lots of aromas of lactose and chocolate and a bit of coffee. I almost picked up some licorice in there as well. First thing that hits you is the ton of lactose sugar and a wall of chocolate. Deep german dark chocolate mixed in with some bron sugar and a touch of coffee. Definatly some licorice in here too. Super creamy. It had ample carbonation which really hung around well throughout the sesson and helped to give it a really full feel.

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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of malfunxion
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
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