Hubbard’s Cave Chocolate & Cinnamon Pot De Creme

Sometimes I pick up beers because I’ve never heard of the brewery. Little did I know that this would be such an outstanding beer.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to chicagoarchitecture.org, “More than just a street underpass, Hubbard’s Cave is a triple-decker infrastructure sandwich that passes beneath railroad tracks, parking lots, even entire warehouses are perched over this most vital of Chicago’s motor arteries. Now and then there are gaps in the roof allowing people to peek down into traffic. Or more often — allowing the traffic below brief glimpses into shafts of sunlight from above. The earliest reference to ‘Hubbard’s Cave’ we could find in local newspapers was from 1962, and it’s clear from the context that the name was already in common use by the public. Back then what we now call the Kennedy Expressway was known as the Northwest Expressway and people traveling the route were in much more peril than today’s travelers.”

Random: This brewery appears to be a division of Une Annee.

This beer poured with a one finger, medium brown head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black, with no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was filled with smoke, dark chocolate, roasted malts and lots of good quality cinnamon. The taste started with a pungent dark chocolate note and quickly went into smoke and cinnamon. The booze was apparent on the beer, but not overwhelming. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with dark chocolate and cinnamon. I picked this bottle up for $15, which came to $.68 per ounce. I thought this beer was outstanding and definitely would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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