Hazelnut Pot De Creme
Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,010
Ranked #9,387
4.24 | pDev: 8.25%
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States
Notes: Imperial Stout with chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla beans, and lactose.
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Photo of REVZEB
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shimmering black body with a brown collar. Smells strongly of sweet vanilla and hazelnut sitting atop milk chocolate with a kiss of booze. Taste is the same but with more decadence, really lets the hazelnut roast and sweetness come through, the lactose/vanilla combo brightens and cools, and the chocolate holds it all together lusciously, with again booze accenting well. Sure it is sweet, but it is literally designed to be a dessert beer so enjoy it as such! Feel is cool, stupid smooth, almost milky, and boozy. Best pot de creme in a long time if not ever! Everything just seems to flow together so well. The wife liked it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a superb looking ruddy dark brown color almost black with a small eggshell white foamy head softly falling off to leave some semi-messy semi-stringy lace swerving along my glass.
The aroma had a combined semi-sweet to roasty hazelnut melding and then seemingly throttling itself on into some milk chocolate/cocoa powder sweetness. Some wafer-like malts and an intricate underscore of some fudgy pudding thing going on.
The flavor pays up and leads with a sweetness combined of hazelnut, roasty, semi-toasty, subtle vanilla and wafer with a clean crisp dark chocolate sly bitterness weaving it's way underneath. Mellow aftertaste of dark chocolate, sweet coffee bean, some cocoa powder and nibs.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Some roasty smoothness with a sly grip but nothing bothersome. Good carbonation. Nothing cloying. Finishes awesome with dark chocolate smoothness and a clean dark toast.
Overall, awesome Imperial stout done up in the way I'm starting to know by Hubbard's Cave.

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Photo of Holderness
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S -- Hazelnut, booze, milk chocolate, marzipan, praline, vanilla, burnt sugar. The booziness is a bit too much like rubbing alcohol
T -- Milk chocolate, candied hazelnut, vanilla ice cream, marshmallow, toasted coconut. Just over the sweetness line into cloying territory, sadly
F -- Silky and smooth, medium+ mouthfeel, medium- carb
O -- Just too sweet to be a really pleasant experience. Has the potential to be quite tasty


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Photo of Cashbail
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

(L) Pours smooth and thick. Not much of a head.
(S) Chocolate at the beginning. Boozy tingle.
(T) Nutty chocolate and sugar
(F) As a kid—and now—I liked to let my ice cream melt before I ate it. This feels like smooth melted chocolate ice cream.

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Photo of Diet-z
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A true dessert sipper. Particularly impressed with the smell and the feel, smells like hazelnuts, feels like a milkshake. The beer tastes as its name suggests. It is a little sweet, but that is to be expected for a dessert beer. Overall excellent.

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Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Low head pour. Smells like a hazelnut - chocolate candle. Outstanding . Forward sweetness , melted milk chocolate and almost hazelnut liqueur. Incredible drinkability for 12%

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Hazelnut Pot De Creme from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 18 ratings