Hold the Spoon - Black Chocolate Cake
The Bruery

Hold the Spoon - Black Chocolate CakeHold the Spoon - Black Chocolate Cake
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #185
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,556
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 5.14%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
18
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The Bruery
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
Hold the Spoon - Black Chocolate CakeHold the Spoon - Black Chocolate Cake
Notes: Next out of the creamery: Black Chocolate Cake. Inspired by the palate-pleasing flavors of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams' Blackout Chocolate Cake ice cream, this Imperial Milk Stout is mouth-filling and complex, with notes of rich cocoa, chocolate cake, bittersweet fudge, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Hold the spoon, we'll take ours in a can.
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mschrei from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, thin tan edging with a bunch of floaties that only become visible near the bottom.

Smell is also kind of standard for a beer of this billing-sweet chocolate/fudge and their less noticeable cousin vanilla grabs your nose and asks you to hold on. Dark roasty malt base reminds you “hey, I’m here”, but this thing is pretty much a glass of goddamn liquid chocolate frosting.

Taste is a little more subtle-the prevalence of chocolate is slightly offset by the dark malt, maybe even just a hint of a bitterness delivered by coffee notes. I could be totally wrong, cause it’s a sweet ass beer. The admirable thing about it is it doesn’t seem artificially flavored. Again, I could be wrong, but The Bruery has never made me think I’m drinking fruit juices or fake additives.

The feel is probably the most exciting aspect of this beer. Best description is it’s a mix of things, as it’s milky/creamy, oily, thick, and slick, and none of this is off putting. It’s medium bodied with a subtle booze presence with a mildly dry finish, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable to drink.

If they barrel aged this, I would probably buy multiple bottles. This was one of the more complex and tasty milk stouts I’ve had in a while. You could say it’s a one note beer due to the overwhelming chocolate aspect, but it is never obnoxious in that aspect, and I admire that subtlety about it.

Jul 03, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a brown head. Smell layers of various chocolate, some rich others playful. Taste is similar at the beginning with the chocolate, but then has a creamy vanilla underpinning before salt cuts in with a real ice cream finish, amazed how they pulled that off! It really does taste like chocolate ice cream. Feel is cool, creamy, yet not too heavy or overly sweet. The wife liked it

Jun 30, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly. Decent legs.

S - Aromas of just...wow. Smells like raw, uncooked chocolate cake batter! Rich, dense, gooey chocolate cake, flashes of salinity as well. Flashes of vanilla as well. But this really does just smell alike cake batter.

T - Taste similar to the nose with big rich chocolate, big and fudgy with some milk stout sweetness, the chocolate is rich and a bit dry. The finish is a little fudge brownie like as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little creamy, as it warms the carb becomes a bit on the higher side.

O - Overall this wa sa solid enough milk stout. The chocolate cake notes are delicious on the nose, but, as it transitions to the taste it becomes more stout like and you lose the fudgy cake elements. Still thogh, decent.

Serving Type: Can

Jun 27, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SHared with rudzud, 2020 vintage
Pours a med-small tan colored foamy head with med retention, bit of lacing, decent legs, pitch black color no light

Nose brings loads of black chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream, gooey cake batter, almost German choc cake without fruit, lots of toasted cocoa but no coffee really, a bit of caramel and condensed sweetened milk,

Taste brings more of the chocolate milk stout, with more chocolate cake batter, cocoa, chocolate milk,a bit of chocolate frosting, a little cocoa, slight candy malt flavor, no roast, almost no bitterness, low alcohol, smooth candy like but not too sweet, cocoa powder lingering on the mild dry finish

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med-high foamy carb, very low alcohol, finishes a bit drier than it should

Overall mixed on this, nose was all cake batter but given that the taste had some nice sweet milk stout I can find the beer aspect of it so that makes the nose impressive and enjoyable

Jun 27, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Inky black with a crown of frothed, brown sugar. Exotic tiger stripes of bubbles slash across the bottom the snifter. Displays stringy lacing and moderate retention.

Bouquet:
When you first crack it open, a ghastly specter of tangy aluminum rises from the can to haunt unwary nostrils. Pour it into the recommended snifter and allow it a moment to breathe, which will exorcise that aromatic impurity and leave you with the delightful, delicate, scent of powdery cocoa nibs and vanilla ice cream.

Feel:
Dulcet and fluffy as fresh whipped cream. Its voluptuous, full body and ivory-smooth carbonation closely approximate the character of a nitro stout. Imagine if Guinness Draft cleaned up its act, shed a few pounds, and showed up for the interview in dapper, business attire.

Taste:
A mouthful of gooey, molten brownie under a cold slab of bittersweet, boardwalk fudge. The aftertaste is freckled with hints of black chocolate cake, a delicate whorl of crystallized vanilla, and, if you pay close attention, a tiny tang of sea salt at the very end.

Side Note:
I appreciate that its name is a snarky snipe at Manor Hill's Two Spoons Please, which was a disastrous attempt at chocolate imperial stout.

Jun 06, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A light black.
S: A strong milk chocolate with vanilla.
T: Like biting into a chocolate cake, this is a simple sweet cake beer with a vanilla taste into a strong chocolate and smooth cream finish.
F: Light and sweet.
O: A true to name dessert beer.

May 25, 2020
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

good beer with rich hershey's chocolate syrup flavor. there is a hint of metal in the nose, though. overall a pretty mellow version of the chocolate stout considering the abv, which is completely undetectable.

May 14, 2020
Hold the Spoon - Black Chocolate Cake from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 18 ratings