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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout
- Spring House Brewing Company
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Spring House Brewing Company
Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout
Kerplunk! Imperial Chocolate Stout is named for the delicious sound made as large amounts of Wilbur chocolate and west coast hops are added directly into the simmering brew kettle. This hefty black Imperial-style stout boasts a rich caramel sweetness lavished by a robust, deep-roasted heartiness you can sink your two front teeth into. The bold flavors found in Kerplunk! are produced using a generous blend of roasted barley, crystal malts and locally produced chocolate. The resulting brew exhibits a deliciously complex and unique profile of subtle mocha coffee and intense chocolate, balanced nicely by the underlying roasted hop bitterness.
(Beer added by: Deuane on 01-21-2009)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
64 oz growler purchased at the brewery into an over sized tulip glass.
Pours a dense black with a finger sized head of light mocha colored foam. This simmers down into a thin creamy layer of retention that just flares up fabulously when swirled, leaving a full and rich cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass that releases a thick coating of spotty lacing. The aroma is full smelling but not overly complex at first, with straight up notes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and floral hops in the back. However, once this warmed up a bit, it thankfully released some additional hints of smoke, molasses, hop spices, and the slightest undercurrent of alcohol warmth. Good stuff that became quite deep smelling once it got closer to room temp.
The taste is similar, being exceedingly biting at first, with strong burnt dark roast, bittersweet chocolate, and a firm dose of hops that assault the palette all at once. Warming allows more character to come out. Smoky textures. A spicy kick of hops. A silky undercurrent of oats and chocolate that is much more sweet in nature. The finish really has me digging this in the end, with lingering notes of smoke, char, sticky sweetness, and dry lingering bitterness that just sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is full and creamy but once again, it takes some warming up to get there. Despite the higher ABV, I'm not getting much alcohol at all. Just some beef in the body and that's it, which helps keep this smooth in the mouth and pretty darn drinkable for the bigger flavors that are at work.
I actually ended up liking this much more than I originally thought that I was going to when I first started the growler. A bit one-note at first with all of the bitterness involved, this opened up nicely in the end. A bit more tweaking and this could be a most kick-ass beer! This is a solid, locally produced big Stout that I'm glad to have tried.
Serving type: growler
01-25-2009 23:22:27 |
More by Kegatron
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Deuane for picking this growler up for me. It was shared at the 3rd Annual BA Stone Soup. This review is from the remnants.
A: The stout is a dark chocolate brown color; black from afat but deep brown up close. A small pool of head is all that remains from a decent carbonation.
S: The nose is quite a gut punch. Lots of bitter chocolate is spread throughout the aroma. The intensity is matched by a huge hop profile that is almost as bitter as the chocolate. The nose is unlike any other chocolate stout I've encountered.
T: Chocolate, hops and faint smokiness run roughshod in the first sip. I'm not sure which aspect is more overwhelming, the bitter chocolate or the hops. Either way, this stout isn't for the faint of heart. Roasted malts, deep and stout-y, add a sense of balance to the chocolate and lupulin. The bitterness takes some warming up to.
M: The ale starts bitter and never really deviates from that script. The bitter chocolate stands out; the first beer I've had that spotlighted it so strongly.
D: One Stone Soup-er referred to this as liquid marijuana. I'd not at that point yet but I can see myself getting there.
Serving type: growler
01-25-2009 00:38:43 |
More by akorsak
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A-Deep, dark, burly, black/brown with a medium light tan head that stuck around and left nice lace.
S-Builds as it warms. Initially a bit flat with just the aroma of bitter dark chocolate and cocoa. With warming more subtle tones emerge with notes of cream, roasted malt and a nice spicy hop pop.
T-Much like the aroma this one needs to warm before truly enjoying. Bitter dark chocolate kicks things off with the complimenting Centennial hops adding a nice bitter, spicy bite. As it warms a bit of milky creaminess and notes of roasted malt become present. This brew has a good amount of flavour but you need to have patience to find it all.
M-Medium bordering on medium-heavy bodied with a nice lingering cocoa/hop bitterness and plenty of lasting flavour.
D-This is the kind of beer that grows on you. At first it is a bit one-dimensional but with warming and exploration it becomes more and more interesting. I think with a little tweaking this beer could become outstanding. With all of that dark chocolate and clocking in at 70 IBU's this one provides a bitter kick that lovers of big, bold beers will appreciate. It is certainly not lacking.
Serving type: on-tap
01-22-2009 13:32:39 |
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