Chocolate River
Trinity Brewing Company

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Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Sep 22, 2019
Jan 19, 2015
Chocolate RiverChocolate River
Notes: Heavy in roast, chocolate, and Special B malts this beer comes off with a unique and unexpectedly dry profile. Combining two Brettas, lends a milder barnyard, but heavily funky character accented by an apparent 'natural cork' flavor. Aging the beer on French oak barrels and allowing it to properly develop, attenuation is high revealing a light body and notes of astringency. Balance is created by the addition of three special golden ingredients: honey, golden raisins, and mustard seed.
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Ratings by TheOldMachines:
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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by TheOldMachines from Vermont

Feb 07, 2015
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4.15 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 22, 2019
3.72 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Aug 29, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Has an aroma of milk chocolate, alcohol, coffee,chocolate liqueur
Taste is similar, milk chocolate is very noticeable. Almost reminds me of yoo-hoo and the thin feel adds to that .

Aug 25, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Trinity Brewing 'Chocolate River' @ 11.0% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is black from the bottle to glass with a small tan head with no lacing
S-sweet chocolate , coffee
MF-decent carbonation , full bodied , warming
Ov-if you like chocolate , indulge
prost LampertLand

Nov 29, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by beergoot from Colorado

Black body; thin, light tan head; sheets of foam down the glass. Roasted grain and baker's chocolate aroma. The taste leads along the lines of the smell; cocoa; some dark grain char; sweet overall but with a nice counterbalance of bitterness. Heavy body; chewy and velvety; mild grain husk astringency.

A delightful, flavorful and full-bodied imperial stout. It highlights the soft sweetness of the grains and has no perceptible alcohol heat or taste. Nicely done...

May 23, 2018
4.12 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Mar 16, 2018
4.35 by hkyplyr73 from New York on Feb 02, 2018
3.9 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jan 15, 2018
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2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by Vidblain from Minnesota

I'm puzzled by the disparity in reviews that I've seen here and elsewhere - primarily because the bottle that I've had is not at all good.

The beer pours with a very thick brown head. It appears to be quite heavily carbonated. I'm a little surprised. I wasn't expecting this from a chocolate and vanilla beer. I'd expected and hoped for something creamy and low carb. Bummer. The nose is strangely bitter. Milk chocolate, this is not. The taste confirms - this tastes like powdered baker's chocolate. Per the description - this beer should taste of milk chocolate and vanilla. I'm getting neither of those.

Per appearance and mouth feel - the beer is heavily over-carbed. Is this bottle infected? It did not gush when opened, and it is not sour. I'm confused. Regardless - this is a highly disappointing beer.

Jan 11, 2018
4.28 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Aug 27, 2017
4 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2017
4.23 by sanitarium16 from New Jersey on Apr 10, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Pitch black pour and thin toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Chocolate and cream.

T - Chocolate cream, smoke, light char, bitter chocolate finish.

M - Medium body, silky, and a dry finish.

O - A nice beer.

Dec 15, 2016
4.25 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Dec 09, 2016
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4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Amguerra305 from Florida

Pours thick and syrupy and sits opaque in the glass with nair but a hint of light at the extreme edges. Gets you excited for what's to come. Smell is chocolate forward but more on the milk chocolate side as opposed to the dark chocolate side with a slight hint of vanilla. Taste is very chocolate and cocoa forward with vanilla bringing up the back end. The maltiness of the base stout comes through in the middle as well. Overall though this is a bit of a chocolate bomb though not in an overpowering way, still pleasant. The mouthfeel on this beer is where it really falls short. Feels thin and too carbonated for the style, not thick and coating as the look suggested. Overall this is a very good chocolate adjunct beer that needs more body to make it truly world class.

Dec 06, 2016
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4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Omisco from Colorado

This beer should be way higher in rating in my humble opinion. It's possibly the most chocolate forward beer I have ever come across and I've tried a few in my time. The beer is a thick oily jet black, with no light passing through what so ever. The smell is crazy, straight milk chocolate and cocoa, mixed with some slight vanilla notes. I personally don't get any alcohol in the smell or taste. The taste is as follows bursting with straight cocoa, milk chocolate flavor dominating the palate. followed by some vanilla and roasted malt character. I really love this beer and I hope I can find it again. This is truly not something to pass up on if you like a sweet adjunct stout with the main adjunct being a dominating chocolate flavor. Keep in mind this is not like most chocolate beers that capture a bitter, dark chocolate kind of vibe. This is a very sweet, bright chocolate flavor. Almost akin to chocolate syrup. FIND THIS BEER!

Nov 04, 2016
4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Oct 23, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Derek from Canada (BC)

Damn that was pricie for an old beer.

Sep 17, 2016
4.5 by David_Porter from Missouri on Aug 02, 2016
4.09 by FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC) on Jul 16, 2016
4.24 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jun 11, 2016
4.13 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2016
4.49 by DallasK from Oregon on May 25, 2016
4.42 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on May 18, 2016
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on May 06, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by frontrangefart from Colorado

Like drinking dark chocolate. Really pleasant flavor that leaves a vanilla sweetness on the lips. Taste is of chocolate and dark fruits. Almost reminds me of dark chocolate dipped strawberries. That fruit note at the end is really nice. Smells of coffee and chocolate and little bit of dark fruit. Bummer it's retired. If you see one pick it up. Ours aged very nicely!

Apr 21, 2016
4.6 by malfunxion from New York on Apr 08, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a snifter glass straight from the bottle

Appearance: Dark brown to black body with a somewhat dark tan head and somewhat thin body. Head rose initially to about one finger's length dropping quick with sticky lacing.

Smell: Rich chocolate scent with hints of coffee

Taste: Sweet maple with espresso and hard doses of mocha. Think of throwing a Devils chocolate cake into a cup of espresso. Light malts with a bit of sweetness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation with stickiness which gets better as the brew nears room temperature.

Overall: Well above average brew, might be a little sweet for some. It feels closer to a sweet stout or milk stout. Salud!

Mar 29, 2016
4.16 by trxxpaxxs from New York on Mar 26, 2016
4.13 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Mar 26, 2016
4.6 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Mar 24, 2016
4.21 by alucard from New York on Mar 22, 2016
3.97 by grue_soda from New York on Mar 07, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Jkolls from Ohio

Look: body is solidly black, with a large foamy espresso head -partially due to my pour

Smell: Chocolatey goodness, some oak/wood.

Taste: HUGE chocolate flavor. probably the chocolatiest beer i've had. Like a chocolate milk beer. little bit of oak and coffee in there.

Feel: Low carb, creamy thick and smooth. Delicious

Overall: One of my favorite trinity offerings.

Feb 21, 2016
3.78 by DIPAFAN from New Jersey on Feb 13, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Greywulfken from New York

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. You can smell, it, taste it, and feel it. smooth and rich, sweet with dark bittersweet and creamy milk chocolate elements. indulgent and enjoyable.

Feb 07, 2016
3.73 by Jhfinn from New York on Jan 27, 2016
4.07 by daem3384 from California on Jan 23, 2016
3.99 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Jan 20, 2016
Chocolate River from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 73 ratings