Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout
Triple C Brewing Co.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel StoutChocolate Covered Pretzel Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,722
Ranked #9,109
4.02 | pDev: 8.21%
Triple C Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
Chocolate Covered Pretzel StoutChocolate Covered Pretzel Stout
Notes: Brewed with cacao nibs and a touch of salt.
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Photo of TheRaven
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best sipping stouts I’ve tasted. The description on my bomber says it was aged in bourbon barrels but the name on the label doesn’t specifically set it apart as a varietal. Moreover, this isn’t listed as an Imperial but the ABV is 9.2%, so it’s getting close. At any rate, the bourbon favor is huge in this one. The first few sips taste like you are drinking a chocolate coke mixed with Woodford Reserve. The flavors don’t fade all that much either as the palate becomes accustomed to the taste. An alcohol aftertaste comes with the territory, naturally. As for the attributes you can’t taste, what little head there was disappeared quickly with no lacing, the color was of dark roast black coffee, and the smell was nothing to write home about. The taste was outstanding however, and this is an option I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/31/17.

Pours a deep brown with minimal head and lacing.

The smell is really nice. It's full of bourbon, roasted malts, and light chocolate.

The taste is a bit different. There is bourbon and lots of chocolate. The salt also comes through lightly. There's a strange, bitter finish that's unusual. Is really bready and salty. I guess it does taste like a pretzel.

The mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and low carbonation - very nice.

Overall, this does live up to it's name. I'm not sure it totally works for, but it's still enjoyable with a great feel.

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Photo of spoony
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 650 ml bottle (dated February 19, 2015) to a snifter.

A-The beer looks thin as I pour it. The short head is a darker-than-average shade of brown. The beer beneath is pretty much black in color. Ho-hum looking stuff.

S-The aroma is heavy on the dark chocolate notes with hints of char or smoke. I pick up the salt, which seems to accentuate the bitterness from the dark roasted malt flavors, but I am not picking up any barrel notes. I would expect it to smell smoother than it does with addition of wheat, but it is kind-of abrasive.

T-The taste is also heavy on the chocolate and I am picking up quite a bit of salt. The pils malts give the beer an odd crispness that seems out of place on a stout, but I guess is mimics the bready flavor of a pretzel. The finish is strangely bitter, but not in a typical stout fashion and I suspect the bitter flavor is more due to the adjuncts than anything else. I am still not picking up any barrel flavors.

M-The body is on the thin side for a stout with a semi-crisp carbonation.

O-This beer did not really work for me. The salt seems to amplify things that I didn't want amplified. I'm not sure if it would drink differently fresh versus almost two years old, but I have had better.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Who doesn't just love chocolate covered pretzels? So seeing a stout that promises these flavors on the shelf proves far too irresistible to pass up. Triple C brewers seem to have the same folly with this sweet and savory combination, creating a beer of the same namesake and seduction.

Dark bark brown, nearly black, the beer's heady froth quickly reduces to a simmer while casting a scent of toast, chocolate, coffee, nuttiness and toffee. Sweet malty flavors of toffee, caramel and vanilla start the savory show with a quick followup of robust dark chocolate, dark-roast coffee and a host of roasty, toasty elements.

As the flavors slather the middle palate, its bittersweet chocolate flavors are front and center. Burnt toast and coffee offer an earthy and robust taste that pushes the chocolate deeper in the bitter cacao realm. Caramel and toffee slowly subsides and a bitter finish begins to build an earthy taste. Mildly bready but lacking the saltine character of true pretzel, the beer's taste is more of savory and bitter chocolate than pretzel-like.

A long, chocolatey, nutty linger is of walnut and broadly bitter, woodsy hops. Its full but restrained body is creamy while trending dry late. Mild astringency plays on the finish like fennel seed and roasted grape skin. The stout is a welcome beer in the glass for any stout-lover but its attempt to capture the true essence of chocolate covered pretzels are tepid and meek.

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Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Offers up between two to three fingers of very loose and agitated foam, hard pressed to find a larger quantity of such huge bubbles going off like fireworks across the surface, airy with poor retention, the lacing shimmers like chain mail then is gone. The liquid is an opaque black, considerable amount of bubble activity visible at the surface line, the color maybe shifts some to darkest brown. The nose is sweet, emphasizing milk chocolate, lactose, coconut flakes and caramel, stops just short of confectionery, maybe a smidgen of licorice, the roast is mild, soft breadiness, no real discernible fruit, easygoing and without alcoholic burn. Medium to full-bodied, slimmer than expected yet not lacking in intensity of chocolate, mocha, caramel flavors. Probably power of suggestion as much as reality regarding any savory salt or pretzel accents, hardly noticeable anyway. More roast here which makes the finish clenched. The carbonation does not do much for the mouth feel, more so makes you burp. Moderate plum to cherry fruit flavors, some anise or flowers. Would benefit from rounder contours and more soaking into the palate. Nice enough without being especially memorable.

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Photo of rudzud
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a two finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, no real salt, very little barrel or bourbon. Light bready notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice chocolate notes, there is a light bready thing going on, light salt, the barrel is almost a bit metallic and there is a strong bitterness on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is way over carbonated, incredibly thin.

O - Overall this was a tremendous let down. It had loads of promise but in the end it fell short thanks to a strong bitterness and really fizzy mouthfeel.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing
Big foamy fluffy chewy creamy head, fades slowly with tons of messy lacing, pitch black with light legs.

Nose dark choc, bakers choc and raw cocoa, mild grainy doughy malt, a little salty, faint fluffy nougat, little pretzel, touch vanilla.

Taste brings lush creamy malts, fair biscuity dough, with egg wash, fresh pretzel dough, salty background, chewy dough, with dark chocolate cocoa in the background and fair flavor of chocolate covered big pretzel, touch of nougat in the background and a little vanilla, very little bourbon, little sweet sugar in the raw earthy sugar thing, and weird earthy bitterness on the back end, raw herbal cocoa thing, weird nagging bitterness and bleh flavors that lingering, pretzel is gone.

Mouth is lighter bod feeling a bit thin, decent but distracting carb, almost no booze.

Overall eh, choc was nice, pretzel was surprisingly good, but it just gets icky, nagging sweet and bitter, and not so enjoyable as it goes.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that sticks around with a bit of lace ring. Aroma strikes me as chocolaty with bits of salt and some breadiness. Fuller bodied stout, the bread gives a fuller mouthfeel, the salt aspect is evident in the dry and crisp finish (possible hops but cannot discern hop flavors), and this all balances with a chocolate and slight vanilla sweetness and beer is smooth thanks to wood aspect. Overall, a mild and easy drinking stout that hits plenty of notes.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into a tulip glass.

A- Jet black, thin layer of lace on the first pour.

S - Chocolate, cocoa, slight bourbon notes.

T- Follows the nose, with some hints of salt, bitter finish.

M - Medium low carbonation, medium feel, slightly sticky.

O - A good local offering, the pretzel part might not come though as hoped, but a good stout nonetheless.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the beer and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts and milk chocolate over the top of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a moderate flavor of dark chocolate. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of bready malts and a hint of briny saltiness. Finally there is a strong flavor of bourbon, vanilla, and oak which lingers through the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and definitely delivers the flavors and aromas as described. Only the bourbon barrel aging makes any alcohol presence known in this beer and it is a very enjoyable slow sipper. Nice way to close out the night.

A special thanks to the guys at Triple C for sending me this one to "make right"my experience with the Dude Imbibes.

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Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that hardly died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of salt.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of milk chocolate and transitions to hints of pretzels. Notes of bourbon become apparent once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really smells and tastes like a chocolate covered pretzel—if you let it warm up it becomes more complex as the aromas and flavors of bourbon begin to peek out, but these never become that strong. Except for the bourbon, you do not get any of the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a wax topped bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black and thick on the pour, with a thin, surface coating of dark tan head. Aromas of sweet milk chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate, with cream highlights, vanilla, woody notes, roast and hints of smoke, and subtle brine characters. Smells tasty. Flavors are heavily roasted, with more of a bitter cocoa nib note forward. Bitter coffee backbone, with a subtle sea salt highlight, slight booze kick, and hints of vanilla and bourbon. Pretty chocolate heavy, but balanced and extremely drinkable. The body is bold and robust, but leaning more to the dry side than most BBAs you see out there nowadays. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted linger into the smooth, slightly dry finish. Good beer.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was a lot drier than I anticipated. Didn't get too much bourbon from it unfortunately, so it lost some points there. Overall, a good complex brew where no particular flavor seemed to jump out at me given all the 'features' noted on the side of the bottle.

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter, raises a finger of tan head. Smells like chocolate and bourbon. Loads of chocolate on the tongue, with hints if coffee, leather, and vanilla. Then the bourbon...plenty of it. Mouthfeel was spot on, creamy but not thin and cloying. Surprisingly great. Will be looking for more. Cheers!

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Photo of Mantooth
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black, smell and taste of biscuit, dark chocolate & salt - the first CCC beer to absolutely merit a 4+ rating on BA. These guys are coming on strong - and this beer is damn good.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 02/19/15.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch medium brown head that retains very well before slowly dropping to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Milk chocolate aroma with a moderate sweetness.

T- The flavor leans more toward the dark chocolate side of things and there's a pronounced booziness but not really much barrel character. Chocolate in the aftertaste is nice. Firm dark roasted malts. Pretty drinkable but not particularly exciting. Chocolate flavor intensifies as it warms.

M- Quite creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A pretty well-made BA chocolate stout but there's not a lot of "wow" factor. Triple C keeps putting out these barrel-aged offerings that are decent but can't really compete with the magic of other breweries that have a knack for it.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with half a finger of brown head that fades into a bubbly ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, burnt sugar, oak, a bit of bourbon, and semi-sweet chocolate dominate with a bit of vanilla. Maybe it's just because of the name of the beer, but there seem to be some pretzel-like aromas as well.

T: Roasted malts, burnt sugar, semi-sweet chocolate, oak, and bourbon dominate. The finish is lightly boozy and bitter with some charred aftertaste.

M: Very thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is quite viscous while still being drinkable.

O: An enjoyable beer, overall. It strikes a decent balance between the stout and barrel characteristics and is super creamy, which I like.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Stout from Triple C Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 70 ratings