Fallen Acorn x Emperor’s “Simple Tricks & Nonsense” Chocolate Imperial Stout

Name: Simple Tricks & Nonsense
Brewers: Fallen Acorn Brewing Co., Emperor’s Brewery (United Kingdom)
Style: Mixed-Style Beer (Base Style: Imperial Stout)
ABV: 11%
Review Year: 2022

We kick off #StarWarsWeek with Simple Tricks & Nonesense, a massively decadent “German Chocolate Cake Stout” (15.3% ABV) brewed by Fallen Acorn Brewing Co. and Darth Damian Doherty of Emperor’s Brewery.


This beer is being evaluated as a Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (30A) with the Imperial Stout (20C) as the base style, in the context of the 2021 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version can be found on the BJCP website.


Pours semi-opaque dark brown; no head but visible clumped oil. Simple Tricks & Nonsense smelled like rich and decadent chocolate bar with a vanilla accent. Mouthfeel could be described as medium-full-bodied, moderately-low carbonation, and smooth. The noted decadent chocolate on the nose was also translated to the palate against a subtle backdrop of bitter and roasty coffee. Bitterness was at a notch higher than the moderate sweetness. This Imperial Stout finished long with lingering flavors of bitter dark chocolate. No hints of alcohol.


Simple Tricks & Nonsense is a liquid chocolate bomb. This is probably one of the finer beers on this spectrum we have tried. Chocolate and vanilla were a heavenly tandem, while the presence of bitter roasty coffee kept this Imperial Stout grounded. The absence of perceived alcohol also enhanced the drinkability of this beer.

Excellent. Enjoyed with cheesecake.

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