Mocha Pot De Creme | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout with Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla Beans and Lactose.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of Damian
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint can purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Viscous, absolute pitch black appearance. The motor oil-like body was capped by a super tight and creamy, half-finger tall, saddle brown head that fell to a thin, lasting collar. A blanket of spotty lacing cascaded down the glass after every sip.

The nose was a total mocha bomb. Huge creamed and sugared coffee presence. Chocolate notes came through strong as well. Nice mix of super rich and fudgey dark chocolate and smooth milk chocolate. Lactose notes were also quite apparent. As the beer warmed, the chocolate continued to intensify.

Mocha notes came through big time in the flavor profile as well. Loads of roasted and caramel malts on the front end. Coffee appeared next. Medium roast coffee perhaps. Rich chocolate fudge notes were also apparent. Nice milky lactose quality. Vanilla was noticeable in the center. More roast on the back end and the finish. There was a slightly metallic quality initially, but this disappeared rather quickly. Kiss of booze. For 12% ABV, however, the alcohol was surprisingly restrained.

Rich, thick, full bodied mouthfeel. Uber creamy and smooth. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that fluffed up beautifully on the palate. After a few sips, the sugars in the beer left a sticky film on my lips.

Tree House are masters of the adjunct milk stout game, but this Hubbard’s Cave beer was as good, if not better, than anything they have released. Both the chocolate and coffee notes were off the hook, and the 12% ABV was nearly undetectable. I am shocked that this brewery still manages to fly under the radar.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hubbard's Cave Mocha Pot De Crème, 12% ABV. Pours deep brown/black, with a half-finger brown head. Nose is mocha, lactose, and vanilla. Taste follows, quite sweet but short of cloying, almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class. Many beers are touted as chocolate bombs, but then you only get a faint hint of chocolate. No doubt here, really incredible, though some may say it's too sweet. I knew it would be good when the last dregs from the can looked, poured, and smelled like Hershey's chocolate topping. Basically chocolate with imperial stout added.

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Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic firm head production. Retention starts solid, lasting for a long while, but once it fades, it disappears nearly completely.

Aroma is swimming with rich, smooth chocolate, accented by vanilla. Coffee makes a showing, as well. Beneath the flavorings lurks an imperial stout, with molasses, brown sugar, toffee, char, caramel, licorice, red grapes, and prunes.

Flavor follows, leading with coffee, but quickly giving way to the impressively strong chocolate. Decadently sweet, with notes of brown sugar, syrup, and molasses, with the vanilla and chocolate both contributing to the sweetness. Absolutely wonderful coffee notes, with dry roast bean flavor lasting throughout the entire sip, complementing the sweetness. Minor notes of char and red grape.

Smooth, creamy, full bodied, nearly chewy. Fills the mouth in a really unique way, almost as though a small sip expands. Mild warmth, but no bite from the alcohol.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

4/30/19 (Chicago): $7.89 plus tax 16 oz can purchased 4/18/19 at Beer on the Wall, no canned date on can, poured into snifter. Dark black pour, light tan head dissipates quickly leaving nominal lacing. Very rich roast coffee and chocolate aroma, balanced. Excellent tasting stout, rich coffee taste is outstanding, back by a creamy rich chocolate. The lactose provides extra creaminess, the vanilla subtle, just the right balance. This is one of the richest, creamiest stouts I have taste, the mouth feel is very special. Mild carbonation lingers, rich, smooth, very easy drinking. The ABV is well masked, strong at 12%, but easily crushable. Excellent work Hubbard's Cave, another reason I love hitting up this brewery and Une Annee!!! Keep them coming!

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Mocha Pot De Creme from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 8 ratings