Pot De Creme -Chocolate Raspberry
Hubbard's Cave Brewery

Pot De Creme -Chocolate RaspberryPot De Creme -Chocolate Raspberry
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,223
ABV:
9.7%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,988
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 5.57%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
43
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Hubbard's Cave Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
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Pot De Creme -Chocolate RaspberryPot De Creme -Chocolate Raspberry
Notes: Imperial Stout with chocolate, raspberries, vanilla beans & lactose.
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 43
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black color. On tap.

Raspberry tootsie pop. Chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, and fresh raspberry. A nice dessert beer. Fairly full bodied. Sweet. A nice fruited stout.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No canned on date, batch number edited to read "2019-1".

The pour on this is thick and viscous, motor oil with a good half inch of tan head that rises softly to the top. It settles back in slowly, leaving nice patterns of lace on and around the glass.

The nose is loaded up with toasty, charred malt and vanilla, with subtle but present undertones of raspberry. The chocolate presence is good as well, leaning more towards a lightly bitter dark chocolate aroma more than, say, milk chocolate.

A lot of the same qualities return on the palate, with those charred malts complimenting flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, rich caramel, raspberry, and vanilla. The flavors combine for almost a rye barrel influence, although this beer was never aged. Overall very well balanced, all adjuncts working nicely together.

The mouthfeel on this beer is insane. The lactose does wonders to soften the body and it goes down thick and smooth as hell. A comfortable boozy warmth and a touch of numbing alcohol are felt as it goes down. The contrast of boozy warmth and sticky smooth really work perfectly together.

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Photo of colts9016
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have not drunk a beer in a while, I thought it was time to imbibe. I got this beer a few months ago and been hibernating in the refrigerator. The beer is 50 degree and served in a tulip. The pour on the beer produced a two finger dark tan head. The head is creamy and foamy with solid retention. The head dissipated slowly leaving no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown nearly black it is SRM 36. The clarity of the is opaque.

The aromas in the beer are dark roasted malts, toffee, rich raspberry, coffee, dark chocolate, char, oats, and cream.

The flavors of the beer are cream, oats, dark chocolate, coffee, fresh raspberries, coffee, char, toffee, caramel, molasses, and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and rich.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and full finish.

This beer is incredible. The flavors of this beer exude character. What blew my mind was the raspberry was up front and fresh. Phenomenal beer would like to get more.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can, no date, poured into Aslin anniversary glass.

L: Decent light tan head, maybe 1.5F. Lots of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is very dark brown.

S: Raspberry, cocoa, dairy, roasted malts.

T: Solid raspberry flavor running across everything. Cocoa really can't keep up with it and it is more subdued. Pretty sweet, might have gone overboard with the lactose sugar. ABV not very evident. Somewhat roasty on finish but stays sweet the entire way.

F: Medium to full body. Not much carbonation. Construction and balance are...ehhh...OK.

O: It's too sweet, but not actively horrible or anything.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018 vintage, my bottle says 12% abv, not the listed lesser strength here, and it mentions nothing about being barrel aged, so i am fairly certain i have the right one here. its a great idea for a beer, one of my favorite desserts, but this isnt nearly as well refined as most of the beers i have had from these guys so far, and drinking most of the large bottle by myself was definitely more than i wanted or needed. it has a murky cocoa brown color and a lot of body, without much head at all, and kind of sedimented looking in the glass. aroma is right, tangy raspberry cutting through rich cocoa layers and a nice medium roasted barley, appealing but not as complex as i thought, sweet but not overly vanilla forward. the flavor is fine, but a little messy, lots of sugar to this, brown sugar and molasses to me, gives the chocolate a milk chocolate vibe, especially with the lactose, which i think is totally unneeded here. the chocolate flavor is great, and i like it starting early and lingering long. the fruit is lost a little bit to the heaviness and sweetness of the rest of the beer, not as natural and bright as it was in the aroma, and coming up mostly at the end in a wash of tang on the swallow. the idea is better than the execution here, and while i like the beer, it could be so much better than it is. its way too sweet, unnecessarily boozy, and a hard one to drink more than one glass of. i had higher hopes for this, and wont be so quick to jump on the next flashy hubbards cave bottle i see...

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Photo of REVZEB
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to like this one more but struggle to do so. It is unnecessarily harsh and bitter. The aromas are dominated by raspberry, but there are some vanilla and malt with some slight hop character, but the taste is not even as balanced. The flavors that so pleasantly are featured in the smell, are washed out by tart raspberry followed by bitter and dark malt. Thick body. I like what this beer could be, but the execution is not there. Ok, but could have been great.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- pitch black, tan head with a hint of pink that dissipates quickly

S- a little odd. Raspberry syrup and bitter hop aroma.

T- solid flavor. Definitely get chocolate and raspberry as well as roasted malt. A little too bitter.

F- higher carbonation than I would have expected. A little creamy, more of a medium thickness.

O- decent, but not stellar.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date. My first beer from Hubbard's Cave, excited to finally see these available at my local bottle shop.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Pour is dark black, opaque in the glass. About a finger's worth of dark chocolate tan head, with a hint of pinkish red to the foam as it thins to a ring. Spotty lacing.

S - Aroma brings in notes of milk chocolate, wood, must.

T - There is a lot going on here. Roasty, toasty, charred. Burnt malts, milk chocolate, juicy tart raspberry. Very delicious and impressive. The burnt / char flavor is cut by the tartness of the raspberries and the creaminess of the milk chocolate.

M - Feel is super smooth & creamy. Bitter, sticky, & roasty. Super easy-drinking stuff, especially considering the high abv.

Overall, very impressed with this first beer of mine from Hubbard's Cave; definitely can't wait to try more from these guys.

Hubbard's Cave Chocolate & Raspberry Pot De Creme -----4.5/5

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Pot De Creme -Chocolate Raspberry from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 43 ratings