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Old Growth Imperial Stout - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 31
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: freed on 03-01-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

teddyarrowhead, Nov 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Bandi, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of licorice are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of licorice along with notes of dark malts and hints of roast. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite heavy on the licorice in both the smell and the taste, so if you don't like licorice you probably wouldn’t like this beer. It's rather drinkable as it manages to hide any traces of its alcohol rather well.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Oct 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MattXT, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of timmy2b
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark Black color with a hazy brown lacing around the edge of the glass after the head settled.

Smell is a little boozy with some chocolate and some coffee hints.

Taste of chocolate, coffee and some fruit underneath that is a little tart, like cherries or berries.

Moderately heavy in the mouth but still fairly creamy and easy to drink. I expected it to be heavier from the ABV and the boozy scent.

Good representation of the style and a added bonus with the tart fruit.

timmy2b, Sep 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jweik, Sep 21, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -10.1%

GeyserBev, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of craftbeersweden
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Dark brown, almoust black with a one finger high brown, fluffy, head.

Nose: Dark dry chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, licorice, milk chocolate, chocolate cookies - a LOT of chocolate here! Cocoa, red berries and some green apples deep down! Fat milk, plum and coffe beans. This is so complex! I could stay for hours just smelling this beer!

Taste: Espresso coffee, coffee beans, dark bitter chocolate, roasted notes, cacao, fudge, caramel, oak, a little bit of licorice and a dry bitterness.

Mouth: A full, complex body with a high bitterness. Creamy and very smooth.

I'm so glad I got this bottle - I love Imperial Stouts and this is one of the better I've tried. Highly recommended!

craftbeersweden, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Paccamacca, Aug 29, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

Jhickcox, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bump8628, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

muskiesman, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

John_M, Jul 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

kjkinsey, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

KingdomBobcat, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bobv, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

SamuelR, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

magictacosinus, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

sia478, May 23, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in VT a few months ago, split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 5/20/14

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - pours with a medium sized, tan head, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Rich chocolate - dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, dark chocolate cookies, brownies - light sweetness, with some nice caramel, toasty - roasty with some light burnt - nice chocolate malts - decadent but not overwhelmingly beastly

Taste: Brownies and fudge in a blender - dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, fudge, brownies, chocolate cookies - dark caramel, sweet caramel, with a touch of molasses - some nice roasty coffee notes as well - kind of sweet overall, but it works

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, smooth, adequate carbonation, roasty finish

Overall: Old... sensibilities

This is a no-frills RIS; no barrel aging, no coffee added, no weird stuff, nothing other than a straight-up RIS. And it's solid. There are some solid chocolate, lightly burnt, lightly roasty notes. I would definitely buy this again. I bet it would only get better with aging.

angrybabboon, May 21, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours straight black. Head is thick, creamy, and dark khaki. Solid retention. Keeps a small clumpy andncreamy cap. Sticky notches of lacing. Thick pour.

Smell: Licorice and roasted malt. Burnt malts. A touch of caramelized malt. Super roasty. A touch of char. Some kind of dark fruit layered through the back. So much chocolate. Cocoa and milk and dark chocolate. Loaded with cocoa, like legit. Plum and cherry skin. Dark chocolate bar. Cocoa dusted cherries. A hint of coffee bean as well.

Taste: Mega roasty. A touch burnt with some char. Deep cocoa powder and baker's chocolate. Rich dark fruits. Some cherry and plum. A nice push of coffee bean. Some milk chocolate and something that reminds me of oats. Almost earthy and woody. Layers of chocolate and roast. Sweet balanced by the roast. Nicely complex.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium tobfull body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Like an old gnarled tree.

Just drink this. It's damn good and hits everywhere it needs to. Hope you like cocoa.

Goblinmunkey7, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

bsuedekum, Apr 25, 2014
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Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.