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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

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 30
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 03-01-2005)
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

sliverX, Aug 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours out of the bottle very dark in color and yields a large brown head. The head hangs out for a long time, receding down to less than an inch of a cap on the beer, lacing minimally as it goes. 4

S: The aroma is roasty with some underlying chocolate. The roast is full bodied and the licorice tries to balance it out with sweetness I worry this is going to be a one-trick poney, however. 3.5

T: The taste, sadly, is the one-trick poney I feared. It's both roasty and sweet, with the sweetness well needed, but all of the flavors sort of exist together, without playing well together. I don't really get much more than a normal stout with some licorice thrown in and typically, I'm not a big licorice in beer fan. It's a good stout, just didn't stand out. 3

MF: The beer is thick and syrupy, but it's a little under carbonated for my preferences. The finish is the highlight of the beer for me, mouth-wateringly roasty. 3.5

O: This beer just didn't do anything special for me. Just an average imperial stout. 3

russwbeck, Feb 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

zillo043068, Nov 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

iatethecloudsfor, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

IdrinkGas, Jan 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

sia478, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Marco_Gtz, Jun 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

monitorpop, Aug 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

johnhenryconway, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

morimech, Sep 23, 2012
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3.64/5  rDev -10.3%

GeyserBev, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 15, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not a heavy or chewy imperial stout (which is what I usually look for in a RIS), but the mouthfeel still feels hearty. It’s quite roasted, not burnt, just a damn smooth, no booze heat, well done roast. Reminds me a lot of Grand Teton’s Black Cauldron (which happens to have nearly the same under 9% ABV). The nose is coffee and graham crackers. Despite the label's indication of licorice, I'm not picking up on it much at all.

nsabo, Feb 11, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a blackness with a beige foam head. The smell while not greatly profound does carry notes of blackened malts and bitter coffee. There is a touch of licorice in the nose as well. The taste mostly reminds of a bad cup of coffee. There is a distinct coffee flavor but mostly it's backed up by a burnt char flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. There is a nice medium sticky mouthfeel to the beer as well. It's drinkable, but only as it warms to room temperature. The only bitterness that I really can't get past is a burnt bitterness and it's pretty palatable in this beer and is really the only reason I was not too fond of it.

Vdubb86, Feb 14, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, with amber edges; light tan head that quickly falls to leave decent lacing. Smell is faint chocolate and stale coffee, smokiness. Taste is better, slight sweet chocolate, slight coffee, and minimal smoky oak, almost salty at times. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is medium high, overall drinkability is good for a light stout. Not something I'd seek out again, certainly wouldn't refuse it if offered.

youradhere, May 09, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter.
2011 vintage.
from notes.

Pours black with a thick mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The aroma is of cocoa, with roasty malts. I can just barely pick up notes of the licorice.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. Cocoa mixed with astringent coffee, though the licorice is more pronounced then in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with subtle carbonation.

This was quite drinkable, and left me a very good impression of the brewery.

vkv822, Jan 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

switzer, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

SamuelR, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

John_M, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

klipper, Nov 05, 2012
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Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.