The PastryArchy Edition #13: Chocolate Dipped Pretzel
DuClaw Brewing Company

The PastryArchy Edition #13: Chocolate Dipped PretzelThe PastryArchy Edition #13: Chocolate Dipped Pretzel
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,654
Ranked #18,599
4.01 | pDev: 8.73%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
The PastryArchy Edition #13: Chocolate Dipped PretzelThe PastryArchy Edition #13: Chocolate Dipped Pretzel
Notes: Brewed with cacao nibs, cacao powder, Tahitian ground vanilla bean, & pink Himalayan sea salt

Imagine taking a big bite of your favorite pretzel snack that's been dunked into luxurious chocolate & topped with a sprinkling of salt. Now sip on this: The PastryArchy Chocolate Dipped Pretzel imperial stout brings to the table subtle roasted sweetness, malty chocolate undertones, a smooth full-bodied mouthfeel, & a light salt bite.
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap nearly black with almost a finger of beige foam that didn’t fully dissipate. Aroma has notes of yeasty bread malts, chocolate, vanilla. The taste is a base stout dominated by an unusual, almost dough flavor that I assume is meant to represent the pretzel. The chocolate is present, but more cocoa than milk chocolate on a dipped pretzel. Mouthfeel is creamy with lots of carbonation. Overall it is good but I prefer Sweet Baby Jesus.

Oct 20, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of salty chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of cocoa along with notes of salt and hints of vanilla beans.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and rather "fluffy" on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This stout really smells and tastes like a chocolate dipped pretzel as it has both the chocolate and salt. The saltiness makes this more of a savory beer than a dessert stout as the salt seems to mask any sweetness that might be contributed by the underlying cocoa nibs.

Serving type: can

Oct 20, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, no canning date but I think this was released a month or 2 ago. Thanks to Brutaltruth for this one! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like cocoa, salt, bready/grainy malt and vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some roasted malt and toffee flavors noticeable too. Not as sweet tasting as I expected, but that's not a complaint. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's easy to drink and a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this, it does remind me of a chocolate covered pretzel but maybe with more dark than milk chocolate. Worth a try for sure!

Oct 17, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite amazed by this beer can emulates everything you want with a pretzel sourdough notes, a nice twang of saltiness, and did I forget that this beer has nice chocolate tones? Quite an exceptional imperial Stout with slight pretzel notes. I approve!

Oct 13, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black as sin and twice as tempting. It’s like pouring a pocket of deep space into your glass. This fathomless void produces a beige carpet of flawless, ultrafine foam.

A serenade of silky, dark chocolates with a subtle backdrop of cold, crushed vanilla beans. Concludes with a distant afterthought of rich, malted milk chocolate.

A luscious, pillowy stout. Full bodied, ample, and sensuous as rose petals. Its carbonation is a sleek, murmuring undercurrent that just barely glances the tongue.

Chewy, wheat malts beneath a semi-frequent bite of coarse, tangy salt. This emulates a pretzel’s baked dough and big chunks kosher salt astonishingly well. The ensemble is given a hearty dunk in the deepest, darkest vat of cocoa.

Oct 10, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic head production. Excellent retention and lacing. Little to fault or improve here.

Very nice roasty nose. It doesn't so much evoke the thought of a chocolate dipped salted pretzel as it does those flavors added to a solid imperial stout base. Toffee, caramel, molasses, light char, toast, salt, chocolate, cola.

Similar presentation on the palate. Much thicker than previous entries in the series; this actually feels like an imperial stout, thick and smooth. Flavor is smoothly roasty, featuring toast, salt, chocolate, chewy salted caramel, tobacco, and plenty of dark malt.

The PastryArchy series has consistently disappointed me with high promise and low delivery, especially in the mouthfeel department, with almost every entry coming across thin. Of all the ones I've tried, this is easily the best across the board. It's a legitimately excellent beer.

Oct 09, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As masters of fusing the whimsy with tradition, the brewers of DuClaw step into the fall season with the same "PastryArchy" Imperial Stout that we've grown to expect, and this time chocolate dipped in the added flavors of pretzel and salt. Yep, you heard that right.

Very dark brown and easily mistaken for black, a froth pour yields a dense blanket of foam before its rounded scent of chocolate, coffee, nuttiness and heavy cream, leading toward a sweet and creamy taste of caramel, chocolate fudge and vanilla cream.

As the tastebuds saturate in its rich malt sweetness, its coating of dark sugars are enough to command the middle palate with bold attributes of vanilla, condensed milk and roasted walnut to support the billowing taste of milk chocolate that continues to pour onto the tongue. Light on bitterness, there's a balance and heft with its gentle salinity that trails into a sweet and bready taste late on the palate.

Trending on the sweeter side of bittersweet, the full bodied and decadent stout remains malty and firm in the finish, showing a creamy and pleasantly weighted texture. It sells its chocolate flavors well as the beer tastes like a milk induced stout. A long finish of mocha and chocolate keeps its dessert-like impressions well.

Oct 06, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How about a nice big stout from DuClaw, with pretzel and chocolate. I'm in, of course, and it is a success.

It pours like a medium stout, with nice fine bubbles. The aroma is cool - chocolatey stout. The taste is a nicely balanced roasty stout with chocolate and other extras (the pretzel and salt, I guess). It all goes down easily with a nice roasty aftertaste and a creamy mouthfeel. First rate stuff.

Highly recommended.

Oct 03, 2020
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steve_littrell from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can into snifter.

L- Pours dark black, hard pour produced two fingers of caramel colored head that faded quickly. Good lacing
S- Light roast, not sweet, hard pressed to call it a chocolate covered pretzel
T- I don't pick up chocolate or pastry, more coffee for me. Not bad but, again, hard to say chocolate dipped pretzel
F- Good solid mouth feel, coats well, slight thickness to it
O- Not bad, just not 'Chocolate Dipped Pretzel', bit disappointing as most of their PastryArchy series are really on point.

Sep 28, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours black; small creamy khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of cocoa and vanilla. Mild hints of smoke. Some pretzel dough. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More cocoa along with some hints of smoke leading the way. More pretzel dough notes. Some milk. The Himalayan sea salt comes through in the finish without dominating. It's slightly sweet, but definitely nothing cloying or anything like that. Solid malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is still ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly sharp and slightly creamy. It's smooth.

This is a solid stout. It's not as flashy as you might think a "Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Stout" would be. It drinks like a classic and traditional English stout/milk stout. I don't think this is a milk stout, but it drinks like one. This beer might not ultimately be anything crazy, but it's not bad at all.

Sep 21, 2020
The PastryArchy Edition #13: Chocolate Dipped Pretzel from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 17 ratings