Chocolate And Blackberry Pot De Creme | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States
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Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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4
Ratings:
8
pDev:
5.88%
 
 
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. Can
2019 Release

Poured into a Tree House glass a really nice dark brown/black color, pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus dark tan head, which also leaves some pretty nice size islands, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice chocolate/toffee, blackberry, vanilla, slight licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, with some blackberry, some pretty nice vanilla sweetness, licorice. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very tasty sipper, with a nice little dry/bitter/sweet finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. Nice to see it around here.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i liked this one a lot better than the raspberry version. i had that one in the bottle, and this one on tap, but more than the format accounting for the drastic difference, i reckon it is the inherent properties of the respective fruits. where the raspberry had some obvious acidity that seemed to almost clash with the stout, break down some of its richness and such, the blackberry is more jammy and sweet, and seems to enhance it. it goes especially well with the chocolate and the deep roasty barley in the base beer here, and it lingers in a sweet way, like chocolate dipped, desserty without being too much. i also think there was a weird friction between the raspberry and the vanilla, like one trying to be decadent and rich and the other one trying to be almost savory and sharp, where there is more of a shared vision with the blackberry and the vanilla in this one, perhaps just a better match overall. i have never had a fruited pot de creme dessert in real life, always just chocolate an coffee, so its hard to draw a parallel to the implied desserts, but the blackberries just seem to work better! smooth and full, layers upon layers of flavor, all very compatible and unique, flashes of chocolate and then fruit, vanilla and then dark roast, sweet but not overly so with the lactose, long and mellow to drink on, with somewhat of a less exposed alcohol property than i remember in the raspberry one too. delicious, even if a small pour is really all i need of this...

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Photo of REVZEB
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much better than the raspberry version, but still has some flaws. The smell is much improved, with the blackberry and chocolate covering all others, but hints of metal on some sniffs do endure. Taste is not as streamlined, with a weird peanut butter taste in the middle of it all, and again like raspberry, unnecessarily harsh booze in the finish where you would hope for a sweet dessert rounding out. Still think this idea for the stout is good, and in some sips it executed, just needs to be cleaned up

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany when poured, black in the glass with momentary creamy tan foam. It dissipates quickly to a glassy surface and thin ring at the edges of the glass. No lacing to speak of, but at 12%, that's understandable.

Aromas of rich chocolate, artificial vanilla, medicinal fruit. A little odd due to the fruit syrup and lactose.

Tastes nice, sweetness is moderate but well tempered by bitter dark chocolate. Fruit is there, though not overbearing or artificial. Vanilla is a little high in the mix, but ok. Lactose is noticeable, lending a weird artificial twang to the astringent booziness. Medium bodied with noticeable alcohol, sticky on the lips. Carb is light.

Overall it's pretty good, though it has some astringency present. Best shared.

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Chocolate And Blackberry Pot De Creme from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8 ratings