Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout
Angry Chair Brewing

Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake StoutImperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #51
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
99
Ranked #203
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 5.73%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
288
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Angry Chair Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
99
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Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake StoutImperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout
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Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I’m not sure if there is a better stout out there. Dark Chocolate Hershey Kiss taste. Perfect carbonation and thickness with a great mouthfeel. The color is robust and the finish is amazing.

Mar 03, 2021
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Rristow from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man just too thick and syrupy for my taste. Felt like I had to take insulin after drinking this. No way could I do more than 4-5 ounces. Lots of chocolate with some spices

Jan 17, 2021
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2019 b2. Thick, heavy pour. Negligible head and carbonation. Blast of Umami on the nose and when drinking. Very sweet, and not as much coconut as I’d like but that’s being picky.

Jan 12, 2020
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Jlabs from New York

4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured into a taster glass via draft at Other Half's Pastry Town (3/16/2019)

color is motor oil black with tan foam

smell is baker's chocolate and caramel

taste is chocolate mixed in with subtle metallic..uggh

low carbonation

mouthfeel is full and sticky

not sure if this was a bad batch or what..but the metallic taste overpowered everything and left a bad taste in my mouth (obviously)
I'd hope to try this again soon

Oct 31, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with dark tan head that quickly died with minimal lace ring. Smell is basically chocolate and that's not a bad thing. Smooth, creamy, tastes like chocolate icing off the top of a cupcake with a milky slickness as well. ABV is well-hidden in this slightly bready/chewy beer that is basically heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth, but not cloying and enjoyable for anyone who just likes a good sweet stout.

Aug 30, 2019
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - pours a used motor oil color. Looks viscous. Beautiful 2 fingure dark tan head that gives way to some tan lacing.
S - I think this is the weakest part of the beer and it is still great! Milk, roasted malts and bakers chocolate, sweetness (coconut)
T - while this smells, and tastes like a dessert stout, it is not overly sweet and. First to hit my tounge is light sweet coconut and vanilla, quickly followed by bakers chocolate and dark malts. There a good milk flavor. The lingering flavor is sweet vanilla.
F - what you expect from a 10.5% lactose stout. Viscous, think, rich, coats the tounge very well. Not cloying.
O - this is great! I love that the adjuncts do not over power the base beer and they all complement each other very well.

Feb 26, 2019
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mohaghandi from California

4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one honestly elevates above stout and is in a class of its own. I realize there are adjuncts to this one..,, but they blend so well it tastes more like all the flavors are natural malt and yeast derived.
I’ve probably had 2,000 different stouts, and this one makes my Mount Rushmore.

Feb 24, 2019
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This...is...terrific...

Plain and simple...

Nailed the aromas and flavors of a big fudgy German chocolate cake... lots of coconut and dark chocolate... very very tasty...

No booze...

World class

Feb 09, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2019 vintage. Released a week or two ago.

A: Pours jet black with a cap of medium brown, espresso-like head. Recedes quickly to a razor-thin ring. Average retention and a few streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Loads of toasted coconut, an undertone of vanilla extract, nuts, a bit of dark chocolate and roast. The coconut dominates the aroma almost to the exclusion of anything else.

T: Again, just loads of toasted coconut with a bit of dark chocolate bar, vanilla, and light roast through the finish. Extremely sweet, though the sweetness works well enough with the flavors (even if it’s a bit much).

M: Full bodied, super velvety, with light carbonation. Touch of alcohol heat. Pretty exceptional body to this.


O: Solid coconut-forward pastry stout, though extreme sweetness makes drinking more than ~4oz difficult. A little age might soften the overwhelming coconut aspect.

Feb 07, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a big black inky black color with a deep mocha head.

Smell - The beer has a tremendous boozy chocolate nose. Far from hot, the alcohol lets you know it’s there.

Taste - My first thought was alcoholic milk chocolate. As things progressed, vanilla and coconut were noticeable. The coconut paired well with the coconut, keeping a sense of balance. The chocolate is lightly warming in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Little bubbles in the carbonation made the beer silky smooth. There was tremendous body with this beer.

Overall - It is not my favorite AC, but it is still very tasty.

Feb 02, 2019
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/2017 - dig the coconut, chocolate, lactose, vanilla aromas, flavors; incredible mouthfeel, per usual from AC; a bit sweet, but hey, it's quite yum!

Jan 02, 2019
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from rutger this past summer. Cheers!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter
Batch 1: 2018
ABV: 10.5% edition

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, fizzy looking, noisy tan head with lousy retention. Head fizzes down to a decent foam cap and then eventually to a wisp. Black body with minimal carbonation evident. A ring remains leaving falling lace down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Milk chocolate, vanilla cream and cake icing, chocolate chip cookies with roasted malts as well. Nice nose.

TASTE: Milk chocolate, vanilla cream, toffee flavors, chocolate chip cookies and butterscotch up front. Flavorful and lots of sweetness. Bold finish of vanilla cream, milk chocolate, toffee and butterscotch sweetness, cookies and vanilla icing. Flavorful and sweet.

PALATE: Fuller body and lower carbonation. Creamy and silky on the palate, slick and smooth, enough weight, goes down fine and finishes slick and sticky. A touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. The sweetness and chocolate additions really work nice, and it has a big, silky feel to it as well. Lots of flavor and character to enjoy and drinks away far too quickly. This would probably barrel age really well. Well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the style and something I would gladly drink again. Thanks again, rutger!

Dec 23, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crazy though I may be, I actually prefer the non-barrel-aged bottle of Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout over the barrel-aged bottle.

This bottle, though not barrel-aged, is plenty rich and sweet enough - the chocolate to the nose and taste is thick and very pleasant, without any tangible heat from the ABV. It's quite pleasant without being too much in any particular regard, though it is tremendously sweet. I actually turned down pours of several other beers after drinking this one... my palate and my teeth just needed a break. So much sugar.

The Angry Chair reputation is well-deserved. They're crafting some particularly devious diabetes beers down there.

Sep 26, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with nice light brown head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is a very rich slightly sweet chocolate. Taste is a very smooth slightly sweet and rich chocolate.

Sep 25, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an angry chair pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a dark brown smallish head that sticks around for a minute or so before reduces to a ring of retention. Spotty lacing.

Aromas are the epitome of a pastry stout - straight chocolate cake with vanilla frosting, cocoa, Hershey's syrup, rich chocolate truffles.

On the tongue it's pretty sweet with tons of vanilla and chocolate, cocoa, roasty chocolate malt, coffee cake, fudgy brownies topped with caramel drizzle. Rich, decadent mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation with a heavy body.

Quite a delightful beer, this is the definition of a pastry stout. It's liquid cake. I've had the barrel aged version and while the barrel adds an extra dimension, and makes this beer that much better, this is quite a treat.

Sep 24, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours Pitch Black with a medium khaki head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of coconut, Swiss chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. It tastes of coconut, Swiss chocolate, creme brûlée, sugar, caramel, and vanilla. The feel is medium light, very smooth. This is probably the smoothest pastry stout i’ve ever had. The coconut really dominates, but an enjoyable beer.

Jul 08, 2018
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep black body with a brown head, huge lacing sticking to glass.
Coconut forward on the nose with lots of chocolate, caramel, cake alike.
Lots of sweetness in there, chocolate all the way, light bitterness, roasted in the aftertaste.
Mouth is lovely, it's like drinking a dessert, sticky and smooth.
Huge!!

Apr 30, 2018
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense finger and a half of dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of hte glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of chocolate and buttercream frosting with some coconut
T: Taste is coconut up front followed by a huge smack of chocolate, light coffee and roasted malt before some vanilla and sugary sweetness comes in hard. Saccharin sweet on the back end with more chocolate and vanilla. Swallow is more coconut, chocolate, vanilla, and sugary sweetness.
M: This beer is right about the middle of the road on mouthfeel that is just slightly silky but leaning toward syrupy. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a slightly drying finish that seems out of place but works well. You'd think something that tastes like it has this much residual sugar would not be drying on the palate.
O: This one lives up to the hype. Really tasty and decent complexity that makes this beer an enjoyable drink. Anybody got any insulin??

Apr 24, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has good retention

S- coconut is strong on the nose, as well as a heavy dose of chocolate & caramel, light coffee undertones

T- taste follows the nose with equal amounts of caramel, coconut & chocolate, followed by undertones of vanilla cake & icing, heavy cream, toffee & roast. Sweet linger that extends the caramel and coconut

M- medium body and low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns into a velvety finish that hides the alcohol well

O- an outstanding dessert beer that brings out all of the adjuncts but doesn't become cloying, very good

Jan 03, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to a tulip.

Pours pitch black, thick and oily. Looks heavy and thick. Pieces of coconut floating in the glass. Aroma is straight chocolate cake with subtle notes of coconut. Flavor is exactly as expected...rich chocolate cake and coconut. Absolutely decadent. Dessert beer at it's finest. Drinks thick....coats the mouth for sure.

This beer just does it for me. Likely one of the best non BA imperial stouts I've ever tasted. Just amazing.

Sep 11, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black in color and viscous. It produced a medium-sized tan head which hung around for a while. A fairly potent aroma of milk chocolate, German chocolate cake, and spices. The taste was spot on. Silky-smooth chocolatey flavor with the spices described above. Impressively, this was not too sweet and seemed to have just the right feel. This is an amazing beer.

Jun 21, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark viscous used motor oil black with a dark tan fizzy blanket that slowly reduces and thickens, specked with surprisingly large, thick white chunks, of...cocoa butter? coconut? Wtf?

Smell is sweet, decadent and indulgent, and it really hits the notes of the inspirational namesake. Chocolate, vanilla, and cake. Hints of fudge, coconut, nuts, and even cake batter...flour or egg or something, which, even though it's seductive, is very odd. I mean, it really smells like a coconut pecan frosted German chocolate cake...like wtf? I mean I didn't want it to be so good, to be honest...the Coffee-mate creamer beer trend has me questioning authenticity and ingredient usage--seriously, what's going on here? But, I just can't deny it smells delicious.

Annnnd on the tongue, IGCCS is rigoddamndiculously decadent and rich, with sweet chocolateyness all the hell over this thing and smooth fluffy vanilla cake notes. I also get a little mocha coffee and a hint of sweet, fresh coconut frosting. However, this beer is so insane that there's a cloying, throat coating Robitussin aftertaste long after the swallow...and because it's so sweet, you have to give it a good break between sips or else you're in for a sugar migraine, so it's inevitable you'll get this aftertaste.

Feel is really smooth, luscious and over the top slick with a nice medium-thin froth while keeping a surprisingly semi-dry, but sticky finish.

Jun 10, 2017
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Thick mocha and onyx pour that results in a rich sandy head
S: Awesome nose full of dark chocolate, coconut, and vanilla
T: Decadent and flavorful - this beer simply nails its namesake; very sweet, complex, and robust
F: Medium to thick mouthfeel
O: Overall this was a fantastic stout. The BA version is one of my favorite beers of 2017 so it would stand to reason that the base version would be nearly as enjoyable. Highly recommended!

Jun 05, 2017
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding. Angry Chair makes some of my favorite stouts, and this is one of their best. Super decadent and just nails the taste - if you want to drink your dessert tonight instead of eating it, crack open one of these!

Jan 23, 2017
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick rich dark with a small tan thin head. Smells like chocolate and more chocolate. Got a little of the coconut but man the thickness and the chocolate cake mouthfeel were amazing. An awesome beer.

Nov 23, 2016
Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout from Angry Chair Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 288 ratings