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Old Growth Imperial Stout - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of muffiewolf
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If this was judged by looks alone it is a 5. Huge head and black as night. Considering this is 8.8% abv it is absolutely outstanding. Heavy chocolate but very smooth. These guys know what they are doing. If I hit the west coast I'm going to check their establishment out. These guys are on to something. Outstanding!!

Photo of beerdrifter
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Thick pitch black pour with a two finger caramel-colored head with nice retention and crazy lacing. One of the most eye appealing stouts I've had in a while. Big roasty nose with hints of chocolate fudge, coffee, black licorice, molasses, leather, toffee, cocoa, and nuts. The taste is rich and roasty with lots of chocolate fudge and fresh coffee up front along with hints of black licorice, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, cocoa, subtle pine, tobacco, caramel, and a touch of peat and smoke. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick, creamy, and mouth-coating with a subtle sweetness that balances the bitter hops nicely. Velvety smooth, dry finish. Overall, a hugely surprising beer. Beautiful to look at, rich and flavorful, and incredibly drinkable. Highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, thanks Anthony. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014 as part of our cellar/extras cleaning tasting.

App- Pitch black body, viscous, 1cm tan head that recedes quite slowly. Not much lacing.

Smell- Coffee, milk chocolate, roast, toffee. Smells delicious

Flavour- Dark chocolate, black coffee, roast malts, lactose, no licorice but a strong earthy bitterness on the back end that could be attributed to licorice

Mouthfeel- Thick viscous body, creamy mouthfeel, well-done. Bitterness is almost unbearable though and makes it difficult to drink, definitely a sipper.

Overall- Very good beer that is hard to drink because it is too bitter on the backend. Otherwise it has a great body and aroma.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Great looking stout. Ebony body with cola highlights. Firm, pillowy dark khaki head. Great retention and nice lace.

S - Soft chocolate, anise, pine sap, caramel, and Tootsie Roll.

T - Touch of anise up front before building into a deep roast grain center. Smooth chocolate, cream, and gingerbread on the back end.

M - Creamy, smooth, medium frame. Shade light on the finish.

O - Not a bad stout. Exceptionally creamy. If it had a little more body it would be a lot higher.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a black color with a brown head.

The aroma has dark chocolate, roasty malt, a bit of licorice.

The flavor follows with those notes, but with coffee and a sweeter chocolate. The licorice gently shines through, but does not overpower the beer. A really good beer that shows off how a gentle licorice can compliment an imperial stout.

A very good example of the style.

Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.