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Old Growth Imperial Stout - Caldera Brewing Company

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 29
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: freed on 03-01-2005

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4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in the glass with a small but pretty compact mocha head, at least for a while. Sticky lacing afterwards.
Really rich roasted malts, a bit smokey, with lots of dark chocolate, some black coffee and just hints of the added licorice. Dark spices and caramel too, hinting at chocolate cake (granted, a bit burnt).
Licorice is more alive in the taste, so are some cola notes and dark fruit, especially in the start. Some smoked prunes, light raisin, a bit of Morello cherries too, even some citrus peel. Roasted malts only follow, but are pretty rich, with really dark chocolate and burnt dark bread, kept "zingy" by the licorice. Black coffee notes in the finish, extra ashy malts and a nice herbal note too. Light caramel sweetness throughout.
And none whatsoever in the aftertaste. Just deep roast, some dark chocolate shaving, dusty cinnamon and the faintest bit of dark licorice. Medium body, low carbonated, smooth and a bit sticky.
The ashy finish really makes you wanna have another sip, and the nice licorice lacing makes up for the straightforward (even tho, kinda rich) roasted taste. A solid imperial stout, dark and deep.

Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Morey
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Growth doesn't look so much old as it does burnt - this charred black beer resembles less the tree on its label than it does the aftermath of a brush fire. Even its "head" is little more than a waning wisp of smoke. Of course, these are the qualities we expect from the style.

This Imperial Stout smells just how I like it: like espresso steeped in pine resin. And with a half a bar of top-grade, high cocoa content chocolate melted in there too. Heck, hints of dark honey, brown sugar, or even spices the likes of nutmeg or cinnamon are conceivable if one can make it past the tall order of roasted malts. It could distract the nose for hours.

The taste, like the aroma, is wicked good. Anyone on Weight Watchers, however, best stick to just smelling it - there's no way anything with this much rich, decadent, delicious flavour is low in anything. Here here! Be sure to bring a knife and fork - there's everything the dessert lover could ask for: fudge brownie, french vanilla crème brûlée, tiramisu, and a shot of espresso.

Not only that, however, there's a whole other, more earthy and savoury component that includes flavours of pine, spruce, and rosemary. It's not only rich as a cake it's also meaty as portobellos. Indeed, the most sensational imperial stouts are those that combine overt hoppiness with all the roasted, voluptuous, bittersweet maltiness. This one does so seamlessly.

Old Growth is a delicious enough I want to eat the glass when I'm finished with the liquid in it. This is exactly the kind of imperial stout I'd offer if I had my own brewery. It is luscious and rich yet, against all odds, still considerably approachable. I wish I had more! Oregon is home to some of the country's most outstanding brewers and clearly Caldera belongs there.

Photo of ZEB89
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wattersmike90
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buzzy
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gpblackgt
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of teddyarrowhead
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of timmy2b
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of jweik
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GeyserBev
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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!

Photo of Paccamacca
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jhickcox
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.