Double Chocolate Imperial Stout | Tustin Brewing Company

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Tustin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DoubleJ on 12-04-2011

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Photo of Sammy
2.29/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the Blue Palm. Worst beer I had in my week in California. Also known as Smog City The Nothing. It was all ashtray and cigarette smoke, in the smell and in the taste. Small head on black. Some chocolate detected. Not sure what could improve this one. Poor drinkability.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tustin

Pours nearly black in color with a finger of tan/khaki head. Definitely smells of chocolate, but also of booze and chocolate liqueur. Some roasted malt and coffee notes, but lots of just chocolate syrup and booze. The flavor isn’t very refined either. Heavy on the booze and heavy on the chocolate syrup. A touch of roast and coffee. Could actually use some bitterness. Medium to full in body with low, smooth, carbonation.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


On tap at Tustin Brewing.

A: Appears black at a glance, but it's a dark shade of brown with a thick chocolate head.

S: Dark chocolate, fudge, caramel, and brown sugar. I get some apple and plum. I get a lot of apple, actually. Roasted malt is prominent.

T: Rich fudge and caramel with roasted grains. I detect molasses and a little oatmeal. Booze is harsh and overstated. There's a lower moderate earthy bitterness.

M: Full body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy, thick, and sticky.

Overall: Some nice flavors, but the booze is overwhelming.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drippin' that chocolate saws...suh. On-tap at the source in an 8 ounce glass, on to the beer:

No surprise, black bodied. The head features a tanned color, though it is short lived as it shrinks to a lace. If chocolate is your thing, than the nose might be for you. If cheap vodka is your thing, than the nose might be for you. The nostrils are overpowered with chocolate syrup, chocolate fudge, and a lot of sharp alcohol.

The aroma gave me a good idea of what to expect when I tasted it. Two of mankinds finest creations, alcohol and chocolate, are huge in this beer. Chocolate sauce, chocolate candies, chocolate brownies, you get the idea. And liquor. A lot of liquor. It tastes a lot loke if somebody melted a bunch of chocolate together, and then drowned it in cheap vodka. It actually comes off more like liquor than beer. Don't get me wrong, the chocolate part is damn tasty, but the alcohol is annoying. The carbonation starts off too strong for my liking, but passing time means the bubbles tail off. The liquid itself is full and thick.

Tustin's Double Chocolate Imperial Stout tastes a lot like a mad scientist's take on Southern Tier Choklat; more chocolate and more (perceived) alcohol. A small glass would be great for dessert if you can handle the booze.

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Double Chocolate Imperial Stout from Tustin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 4 ratings