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Old Growth Imperial Stout - Caldera Brewing Company

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Old Growth Imperial StoutOld Growth Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 29
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by bitterthebetter:
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bitterthebetter

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +20.2%

2004 VINTAGE

found this delicious glory at Bailey's Taproom.

pours an absolute opaque oil black with tannish head. it just looked so enticing with its murkiness and darkness. by the color i knew i was in for a treat

rich rich malty aroma with caramel, roasty notes, chocolate, slight pepper, interesting floral notes, and i think licorice, slight dried figs or raisins, and candied sugars

BOOYA! on the palate. rich rich rich plethora of flavors begin the symphony of beer and endure for minutes. a rich coating of more bittersweet chocolate upfront, followed by semi-dry roasted notes, coffeish notes, hints of hot pepper, faint raisins, mildly floral notes which i couldnt place but are definetly there, and slight candied sugar notes on the finish.

super smooth and balanced with a medium weight, the beer just absolutely coats the mouth with layers of goodness. its hard to get all the nuances at once but man is there a lot to enjoy. balanced all the way through, not too sugary or dry, and the flavors just meld seamlessly together with every sip tasting different than the last, and no trace of the alcohol

amazing stuff, truly, one of the more memorable stouts I've had in a long time, with layers of flavor mixing together to create a textured, balanced, nuanced, and super smooth stout. i wish i had had the patience to drink it room temp. cause I'm sure even more goodness could be discovered, but alas, i enjoyed every second of the beer and if you see it on tap, order it

01-21-2009 06:05:23 | More by bitterthebetter
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours jet black with a thinner well retained deep mocha colored head,even when held to the light there isnt much to be seen thru the glass.Molasses and dark fruit dominate the nose along with dark coffee roast.Heavy roast and molasses flavors at the onset when the dark fruit comes into play,a big earthy almost raw finish.This is a nice American impy stout,a little raw with full flavor packed in.

10-30-2011 21:56:39 | More by oberon
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-06-2014 04:08:00 | More by mjtiernan
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

Imperial stout = dark beer, no different here, its black. Foam about 3/4" deep, tan, light brown colored, hits the bricks right quick sucka.

Coffee absent in the aroma, otherwise, chocolate malt, light boozy in a good way, warming, hides abv relatively well, no coffee to it still on the mouthfeel. Sticky, bitter, low carbonation. About 1/100th of the smoke they put in rauch ur bock. Plenty chewy. Maybe some licorice.

Pretty good stuff. What a bummer mine followed a Mogli. Tough act to follow, but would not heitate to recommend this beer, just like 99% of the rest of Caldera's stuff.

09-15-2011 01:53:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dc55110

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Received in trade with ArchEnemyBrew.

Pours a deep black, with a quickly fading mahogany head.

The aroma is full of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hits of dark fruit and just a bit of alcohol.

The flavors delivered are lockstep with the nose. Full of roasted malts, almost a slight smokiness. Bitter dark chocolate, with out being off-putting. All rounded out with the slight sweetness of dark fruits, raisin, plum, fig.

The mouth is a little thinner that every other part of this brew would lead you to believe. It's not watery, but just slightly lacking. I prefer a RIS to coat a bit.

This is really good RIS. I didn't have any idea of what to expect when I opened this one up. I was pleasantly surprised with what this brew delivered. Other than being slightly thin, the look, aroma and flavors are all what you want in a solid RIS!

12-26-2011 04:25:02 | More by dc55110
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

11-10-2012 23:03:42 | More by acurtis
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switzer

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-09-2012 17:10:37 | More by switzer
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +11.1%

Thick pour with an awesome shimmering deep black walnut with whipped cream density mocha head. This stuff has the propensity to stain your lips and glass.

Smell is deliciously inviting. Chocolate fudge, frosting, dark fruits, coffee and a hint of black licorice.

Tastes of light roast, coffee, chocolate licorice, anise and whipping cream.

This has Russian imperial written all over it. Full bodied, complex and voluptuous. Like letting a Hershey Kiss melt away in your mouth.

I don't say this to often but this double mash imperial is really underrated. Absolutely no bitterness or alcohol detected. On par with ten-fidy. If this were mainstream-fuggetaboutit! Bought this on a whim while passing thru Albany NY so I doubt I would see this again for a loooong time. Damn fine Imperial Stout that even Peter the Great would approve of!

12-01-2013 03:53:29 | More by joeseppy
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Review from notes.

A: Pours an oily black with a small tan colored head on top. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a ring around the top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Earthy with some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. There is a little bit of wood and a vanilla.

T: The flavor profile starts off with some roasted dark malt, then some mocha, a combination of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Rather smooth and easy drinking. Slightly bitter finish.

O: Was skeptical at first, since I didn't even know that Caldera bottled their beer, but this was a solid RIS. Would be awesome if they canned it.

01-30-2012 20:54:33 | More by mdaschaf
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours pitch black with 1/2" of foamy, brown head. Great retention. Smells of roasted malts, a little coffee, and a little chocolate. Taste is similar to the nose in some respects but far more complex. Deep roasted malts and hint of coffee up front followed by a rich chocolatiness in the finish; just a hint of alcohol esters in there as well. A few more sips reveals a little toffee and some dark fruits; alcohol becomes more prevalent as the beer warms but doesn't detract from the flavor or drinkability. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and surprisingly, dangerously drinkable.

09-03-2011 10:00:32 | More by tdm168
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-26-2012 03:22:42 | More by let8it8grow
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Picked this up at the tap house in Ashland. It came in a quart jar filled from the tap. I drank it the next day.
Minimal head on a clearer brown body. It's a light color for a stout.
It smells like oak and caramel. Rich.
The taste is oaky and sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end.
Smooth texture with minimal carbonation and a medium body.
Pretty good and very drinkable for an imperial stout.

01-10-2013 02:14:56 | More by Fatehunter
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SamuelR

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-07-2014 17:21:38 | More by SamuelR
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sbluerock

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-04-2012 02:21:25 | More by sbluerock
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-02-2013 01:07:15 | More by Gonzoillini
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Got this one from the Nashvillian, cheers John!

Pours ebony with less than a pinky of mocha colored head.Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, & a touch of Bourbon once warm

T: Follows the nose, plus some herbal & woody hop notes, charred grain & dryness up front. More charred grain & Baker's chocolate as this warms. Finishes with a nice chocolate sweetness, herbal hops, a bit vanilla & more charred grain

MF: Chewy, oily, subtle carbonation

A nice Imp Stout, didn't quite come together for perfection, but a solid offering

10-29-2011 18:17:30 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-04-2014 00:45:33 | More by Kegatron
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -20%

11-21-2012 20:43:10 | More by zillo043068
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Viscous fluid that is pitch black in color. An attractive 2+ fingers of mocha colored head forms and had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. This beer is a real looker.

The aroma is great too. Roasted malt with notes of chocolate, smoke, coffee, dark fruit, and some herbal qualities. Alcohol is not detected.

The flavor was a bit of a letdown compared to what I had previously expected. A little astringent and rough. There is a biting bitterness that is not very pleasant. I can still pick out some chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes a little chalky. Alcohol is well disguised with just a light warming affect.

Big bodied and nicely carbonated. Smooth, silky texture. The only fault is that is falls off the palate a little quick.

This beer was not successful where it counts the most. Otherwise an impressive RIS.

09-23-2012 18:39:02 | More by morimech
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Bung

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

22oz. Nice viscous looking black pour. Has that light tan fading to dark tan layer of head.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate, some anise and herbal notes.

Taste, roast malt, some bitter pine and anise. Dark chocolate, a woody/peaty quality. Cocoa and some piney bitter finish.

Nearly full body, a smooth carbonation. A little warming, but on par with the style. Rock solid and worth while.

07-28-2012 03:50:57 | More by Bung
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madpentzer

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-22-2012 05:56:27 | More by madpentzer
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DrewZ926

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-04-2014 03:21:22 | More by DrewZ926
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suncrust

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -2%

22oz bomber poured to a snifter.

A- Pours like a thick motor oil. Ebony tint with a tiny ring of mahogany soap on the brim, otherwise virtually no head. Zero lacing.

S- Dark licorice aromas with a little tobacco, smokey char, and a slight bit of alcohol on the tail. Strong undertones of molasses and sticky dark fruit round out the nose.

T- A bursting blend of licorice, dark baker's chocolate, burnt sugar (almost creme brulee crust...) with a dominate raw tobacco character. Followed shortly by an intricate smokey char that is kindly humble and not overpowering as it goes down. Balances well with the moderate roasted coffee tones and woody cedar characters that hit mid-palette. It got more aggressive in flavor as it warmed, but for the most part I found the taste to be balanced and smooth.

MF- Smooth, velvety and soft. Lower on the carbonation with a slightly soapy feeling in the throat and a lighter dry coffee astringency on the tongue.

Overall a nicely crafted, smooth stout. The char and tobacco characters really highlighted the complexity of this beer for me. Pretty good.

12-31-2011 22:47:23 | More by suncrust
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Big black. Nice medium brown head. Nice lace. Big roast, coffee and chocolate hints. BIG roast, BIG chocolate and a hint of coffee. Slight alcohol, but barely noticeable. Creamy feel, full bodied. I don’t really get any licorice, but this is a great stout nonetheless.

01-27-2012 21:51:13 | More by EgadBananas
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-03-2013 16:06:45 | More by jaydoc
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Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.