Review: Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm's Deep | Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
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Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm's Deep
91 out of 100
Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0 IBU: 45

91/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 2
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Three Taverns German Chocolate Helm's Deep

What the brewers say

“Infused with espresso and toasted coconut after aging in Sherry barrels, this variant of Helm’s Deep produces flavors of German chocolate cake drizzled with coffee and rich Sherry sweetness.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Overwhelming toasted coconut with vanilla notes. Roasted, nutty coconut flavor. Fairly unattractive—no head retention with an oily/chunky sheen.”

Flavor: “Syrupy sweet toasted coconut floating in hot chocolate. The alcohol balances the sweet, but it’s right at the edge of cloying (if not over). The aftertaste lets more of the roast shine through. A bit of a barrel note on the swallow. It’s gloriously and unapologetically unbalanced in the best of ways.”

Overall: “Fantastic coconut character, though it’s a shame it gives it such a lackluster appearance. Chocolate bar meets whiskey shot meets crème brûlée, meets STFU and drink this! A bit too sweet overall, but enough rich complexity emerges on your palate after that initial sugar shock to keep it interesting. Oily, chunky, uncarbonated, but delicious!”

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