Imperial Chocolate Mudbank Milk Stout
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

Imperial Chocolate Mudbank Milk StoutImperial Chocolate Mudbank Milk Stout
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #245
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,116
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.18%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
80
From:
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  9
Gots
  12
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Imperial Chocolate Mudbank Milk StoutImperial Chocolate Mudbank Milk Stout
Notes: Brewed with copious amounts of Chocolate malt and 28 pounds of semi-sweet Belgian Chocolate added to the boil, Imperial Chocolate Mudbank is a tuned up version of our Winter seasonal with all the chocolate bang for your buck. This jet black brew is chock full of bready two-row barley, biscuity Victory, and enough Caramel malt, and Flaked Oats for a bold, rich, big mouthfeel and taste. 9.1% ABV and only available in even numbered years.
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Photo of Shade1951
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice! I was skeptical when this brew was recommended to me because I've had a couple misses from this brewery. But this one was definitely worthy of the recommendation.

Rich, chocolaty, creamy, and sumptuous. What more does anyone really need to know?

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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania, Sep 30, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark mahogany brown pour. Nearly black with thick foamy tannish head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Rich and sweet... chocolate, roasted grains, and burned sugar.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet and chocolatey. Minimal espresso flavor... some bitterness from the roast but definitely favoring the sweet. Dessert in a bottle... medium bodied (lighter than expected really)... creamy mouthfeel. The finish is chocolate milk and dark cocoa.

O: A delicious dessert beer. Big, flavorful, and like dark chocolate, beer, and lactose got all mixed together and confused. Really tasty.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Apr 26, 2018
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4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I somehow segued into Imperial/Sweet/Milk/Chocolate Stouts towards the end of New Beer Sunday (Week 687), which was yesterday. I had this one ready to go to add to The CANQuest (tm), but a 9.1% ABV beer suddenly seemed a bit daunting. I decided to hold off until I got home today to pick up where I had left off, if you CAN dig it!

From the CAN: "Brewed with copious amounts of Chocolate malt and caramelized chocolate from Pierre's New Hope added to the boil, Imperial Chocolate Mudbank is a tuned up version of our Winter seasonal with all the chocolate bang for your buck. This jet black brew is chock full of bready 2-row barley, biscuity Victory, and enough Caramel malt, and Flaked Oats for a bold, rich, big mouthfeel and taste. Hopped with Fuggles and coming in at 9.1% ABV this hefty brew is sure to keep you warm on a cold Winter's night as well. Too bad Winter is only three months long! This limited brew is only available once every two [even numbered] years, so be sure to keep a few bottles in the basement, as this beer will age and grow in character with time."

I Crack!ed open the vent on this Pint of foolishness & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention that left behind some nice lacing as a calling card. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), allowing cola highlights at the edges. Nose was quite sweet & quite chocolaty. Mmm. I am not generally crazy about sweet anything, but some of these Stouts have been quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, like a dollop on my tongue. This was unabatingly sweet, really chocolaty & true to their advertising. It was kind of making me sweat a little as I am not that big a fan of sweet. It was beCANming clear that for me this was a novelty, not one that I would want on a regular basis. Finish was sweet chocolaty & I was ready for a slug of water to wash it down. Phew!

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Apr 23, 2018
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3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from my brother. Pours out kind of thin, small ring of head. Sweet chocolate in the aroma, lacto notes. Taste also is sweet, a bit of heat, bur mostly lacto sweetness. Some of the roast grains, and body is thin.

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 11, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured near room temperature into a 16 tulip glass not sure when it was canned. Pours a very dark near black with a massive 3 finger tan head that leaves plenty of thick streaks of lace behind as it slowly settles into a thin layer of khaki bubbles with nice retention.

Smell is cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, a hint of coffee, and biscuity grain.

Taste follows cocoa, vanilla, traces of coffee, biscuity grain, and some toffee.

Mouthfeel is little bigger than medium, moderate carbonation almost creamy, maybe a tad dry, and this 9.1% ABV drinks like 6.5% ABV with no alcohol detected for me.

Overall this is a very one dimensional beer, it is so crazy tasty I am digging it. Exactly what the can says it is and the drinkability is off the charts. Thanks jzeilinger for this one.

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, Mar 11, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black colored pour with frothy and dense tan colored lacing that's very sticky.

S - Sweet chocolate, cream, cocoa, dark roasted chocolate.

T - Roasted, cocoa, earthiness, cream, and alcohol presence.

M - Thick and frothy with a silky mouthfeel.

O - A heavy hitting Milk Stout that still retains all the qualities without being overly boozy. Recommended.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Feb 28, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is black, solid, dark, head is tan with fine to small bubbles with a head that presents about 3/4 inch thick and then lingers very very well with some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is moderately strong with notes of roast, espresso, toast, light earthy hops, bitter cocoa.

Taste is where this beer comes to form - its simple, but well constructed and pleasing: nice roast, touch of espresso, bitter chocolate is not overdone, earthy/bitter hops are present but not detracting from the malt. The lactose smooths the flavors out some.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation, lingering full sweetness but just enough bitterness to counter.

Overall: a great brew, smooth sweetness plays well with the bitter cocoa and roast.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Mar 16, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours deep black with a nice head.

smells like chocolate and cream, has a nice mellow aroma.

taste is sweet and like a chocolate bar. full of chocolate without being overly sweet. finishes thin and slightly dry/sweet.

i bought this beer in February and never got to it. it's been sitting in my fridge since and today i decided to crack it open. i always forget how much i like stouts because i strongly prefer IPAs/dIPAs. this is good, not great.

a great stout is as good as a great IPA but an average stout is worse than an average IPA (at least for me). this is good but not great, worth a try if you like a sweet and/or chocolate stout. it's mellowed with some age but it's good.

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Wiffler27 from New Jersey, Jul 21, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured slowly into a small glass

A - Frothy, tan-colored head settles into a pillowy 1-2 fingers with bubbles of varying sizes. Dark but allows little bit of light penetration. Little bit of wet, slippery lacing.

S - Coffee, alcohol, sugar, molasses, little bit of graham cracker

T - Lot of chocolate. Burnt sugar and alcohol.

M - Silky, soft, bit of carbonation. Interesting contrast to the boozy flavor.

O - Interesting but the chocolate, booze, burnt sugar flavors just don't quite work together. Not sure if age would help or not. I think plenty of people will find this enjoyable. Not my bag.

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deaddear from Pennsylvania, Mar 13, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near pitch black - no light gets through when held to sunlight. Thick, foamy, tan head forms with great retention. Significant clumps of lacing and no syrupy coating on the inside of the glass.

Nose is a bit mild - sweet lactose, malt and a hint of chocolate. A bit subdued but nice.

Flavor is on point. Great roasty malt profile, well rounded and balanced. No off notes, no hint of the significant ABV. This is relatively standard but truly well done and better than average for sure.

Feel is pretty great. Smooth, rich, velvety. Nice body, not too thin but not too thick, overly viscous/sticky/syrupy. Really a bit light but not lacking in depth at all. Incredibly easy and quick drinker here, unexpectedly so.

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oldn00b from Virginia, Feb 21, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1%

The nose is full of a malted milk chocolate ball, remember Whoppers, with some grain and chocolate malt.

The flavor is a dry chocolate malt, malted milk, roasted grain and barley, nuttiness and a sweet peanut brittle.

This is just sweet enough and just complex enough to be delicious.

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KYGunner from Kentucky, Dec 01, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is actually heavies to of a roasted malt smell and not chocolate as I would have anticipated. It does however also have a milk chocolate smell that carries with it a lactose and vanilla sweetness. A little bit of a caramel smell and a hint of a darker fruit is there as well.

Taste – Unlike the nose, the taste begins with a huge and smooth milk chocolate bar like taste with tons of milky lactose flavors and a big vanilla presence. This chocolate flavor remains massive throughout the entire taste creating a fantastically smooth milk chocolate flavor throughout. There is a moderate roastiness upfront that gains just a hint of intensity toward the end. Some flavors of cherry and plum also develop on the tongue throughout the taste mixing with the milk chocolate and the roasted flavors to leave a delicious lightly fruited sweet milk chocolate bar flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thicker and creamy with a carbonation level that is low. The feel is amazing for the rich milk chocolate flavor so the brew coating the tongue in all the rich flavors and creating a very smooth and lush feel.

Overall – This is a delicious and decadent chocolate brew. The mix of big sweet chocolate with the fantastically smooth feel make for one very nice sipping dessert beer.

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4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, nearly black, with a huge beige foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left thick sticky rings on the glass. Chocolate and earthy roasted malt aromas with notes of molasses and pine hops beneath. Full bodied with rich, full, creamy carbonation through the middle. Dark roasted and dark roasted malt flavors up front followed by slowing building pine hop bitterness from the middle to the end. Finishes with a moderate pine hop and sticky, roasted malt aftertaste.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, Apr 02, 2014
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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown to black color with over a finger of beige head. The nose had a touch of chocolate and a touch of coffee. The body was fairly hearty and smooth with some roast as well as a hint of maple syrup and the same touch of chocolate found in the nose. The alcohol presence did get a bit too much on the finish but overall this was a pleasurable drinking experience.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Mar 12, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Pours dark brown approaching black with 2 fingers of fluffy, light tan head. Excellent retention along with some very subtle light penetration along the edges.

Nose
Semi-sweet chocolate, raisin, licorice, cocoa and molasses.

Taste
Raisin and prune mingled with semi-sweet chocolate and powdered cocoa. Creamy milk along with notes of licorice and molasses. Finishes with a light earthy bitterness that never overrides the sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, creamy and smooth.

Overall
Chocolates and dark fruits mixed with a beautifully creamy and milky body. Impeccably smooth and easy drinking for 9.1%.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2014
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4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is nearly perfect.
I was completely Impressed
First time in a while that I picked up a beer and it actually tastes like what is described.
The only concern I had was a somewhat of a harsh alcohol bite.
Since it is an imperial stout it wouldn't hurt for it to be aged so the bite could
mello out.

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Joshdavid87 from New Jersey, Feb 02, 2014
Imperial Chocolate Mudbank Milk Stout from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 80 ratings