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German Chocolate Cake | D9 Brewing Company

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German Chocolate CakeGerman Chocolate Cake

Brewed by:
D9 Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coconut Pecan Stout aged in Brandy Foeders.

20 IBU

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks Dwayne!
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color almost black but not quite there. Modest off white head slid off fairly quick.
The aroma smelled practically just like "German chocolate cake." The superb dark to milk chocolate layers scaling into sweet coconut shavings. Some nutty sweetness.
The flavor matched the aroma sweetly and allowing a light roastiness to come in underneath. Mild aftertaste of pure "German chocolate cake."
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt just a tad under but I don't see any dates on the can so I don't know what to think. ABV felt appropriate. Exceptionally smooth finish of coconut shavings and the dark chocolate sweetness.
Overall, damn nice imperial stout mimicking the "German chocolate cake" qualities.

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Photo of Crimson-RV
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

poured from a 16 oz can excessive carbonation a sweet chocolate aroma with metallic taste as beer warms german chocolate flavors are more pronounced and flavors become more present including german chocolate dough, icing and heavy coconut after taste. at medium temperature the beer is as advertised but for my preference german chocolate and beer don't match. but if you enjoy a liquid german chocolate cake once the metal clears you should like this beer.

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Photo of mntlover
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black at first glance but ruby brown when held to the light . Sports a nice big fluffy tan head that falls slow and laces well though.

Aroma is little hot first whiff but that fades to nuts and sugary goodness kind of like the topping on a German chocolate cake. Toasted malts a lot like a brown ale even though the can says a stout some light coconut mingled in too.

Taste is little light and astringent at first sip but moves quickly to toasted malts, chocolate, coconut and nuttiness that lingers. Finish is lingering toasted notes and nuttiness with some earthy hops. Still seems light for a stout more like a big brown.

Mouthfeel is medium but seems to lighten in the finish which is kind of weird as the carbonation is fairly mellow.

Overall little strange not sure this is really a stout, might get rated better if labeled different. Flavor overall is good except for the first sip where it weirds out a little.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DISKORD
1.29/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigGold
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had at Crystal Beer Parlor, Savannah, on draft into tulip.

This 8.00 ABV version is a nicely-made brown ale, which smells like (German) chocolate (cake), makes judicious use of pecans, and closes with a bit of a bite, apparently from the brandy-foeder aging.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexsergio
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
2.09/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't see a can date or batch number. The can i have says "8% ALC BY VOL"

Appearance: The beer is a dark brown around the edges and it fades to black closer to the middle. It is oddly lighter than most other Imperial Stouts. It sports a short off-white head with a hint of light khaki. It has minimal retention and a ring of lacing.

Aroma: It has a bit of an odd smell; slightly metallic and a bit like dog hair. There is a touch of what smells like chocolate that comes through the dog hair at times.

Taste: It's a weird tasting beer. It tastes a bit like burnt sugar and something else that is really hard to describe. It just doesn't taste very good. The can says this is a "COCONUT PECAN STOUT" and titles it "GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE" but nothing in this beer gives the impression that any of these ingredients were used.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and a bit hard to drink just because of the overall unpleasantness.

Overall: The beer felt a bit more like a Porter but it wasn't a very good Porter or Stout. This wasn't the decadent treat that the can portrayed it to be. I would recommend skipping it.

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Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
1.95/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of MTKATL
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OompaMentor
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tinypalooza 3/24/2018

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can with an Oct. 2017 canning date.
Pours with a near black body and a modest size head that has weak retention.
Aroma; smells like a pastry and not unlike German Chocolate cake.
Flavor: Sweet with chocolate, a hint of coconut, and dark bread notes.
Overall: too sweet and with a messy finish that lacks harmony.

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Photo of Tommo
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be brief, Not good. Like this is just not enjoyable. Thin body with loads of pecans and not much else. Something of a metallic taste to the whole thing. Not my cup of tea

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ale_Lover
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DVMin98
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark brown (approaching black) in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate malts, bittersweet chocolate, pecan, and coconut with a light aroma of earthy hops. There is a light amount of sweetness in the aroma and a hint of wood/oak + brandy sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted + chocolate malts with a just shy of moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of bittersweet chocolate, pecan, and coconut as well as some hint of brandy sweetness + wood/oak. Light flavors of earthy hops which impart a touch of bitterness when combined with the roasted malts but fades quickly leaving a light amount of chocolate + pecan + coconut sweetness lingering.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with very well hidden alcohol and a lighter mouthfeel. Enjoyable but not as sweet as I might have expected considering it is a German Chocolate Cake stout.

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German Chocolate Cake from D9 Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 26 ratings