Spring House Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout

Posted: December 13, 2016 in American Double/Imperial Stout, Reviews, Spring House Brewing Company

The Mexican restaurant by us has a great beer selection, so whenever we go there, I try one of the beers on tap that I can’t get in Jersey. This was the first beer I had during dinner.


ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Kerplunk! Imperial Chocolate Stout is named for the delicious sound made as large amounts of chocolate nibs 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.”

Random: This won bronze at the World Beer Cup in 2016.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown that was almost black. Since it was so dark, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose had notes of chocolate milk with a lot of chocolate syrup and white sugar. There wasn’t any smoke, but a touch of mild roastiness. The taste was like a slightly smoky chocolate milk that was thin. It had dark toasted grains, but lacked some of the white sugar that I picked up in the nose. It had an overly thin body with light carbonation. I didn’t pick up the alcohol, but I wish the body was more robust. It had a swift finish with chocolate. This beer was alright, but nothing I’d revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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