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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
91
outstanding

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 30
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -1.5%

AlexFields, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of muffiewolf
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
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!!

muffiewolf, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of beerdrifter
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

beerdrifter, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Kegatron, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of DaveRinn
4.75/5  rDev +17%

DaveRinn, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of CraftFan5
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of lunarbrew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

lunarbrew, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Stevedore, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of smb71481
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

smb71481, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.25/5  rDev -20%

iatethecloudsfor, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of stella77artois
4/5  rDev -1.5%

stella77artois, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

vfgccp, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of humulusphile
4/5  rDev -1.5%

humulusphile, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of JorSince88
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JorSince88, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of DrewZ926
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DrewZ926, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of woooobeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

woooobeer, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

joeseppy, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

dar482, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Swedgin
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Swedgin, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of BVukelich
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of licorice so when I brought it home and noticed "brewed with licorice" on the label I was a bit disappointed that I missed it. Surprise! This stout was pretty good. I wasn't overwhelmed with licorice at all.

Poured a decent head, lace was average upon drinking. Appearance was like pitch black, liquid gold. Aroma, taste and mouthfeel were all very decent. Not going to be my go-to imperial stout but highly likely to have again. Lesson be learned all...try new things! I would have never given this purchase a serious look if I would have noticed licorice.

BVukelich, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thin opaque body, comes off very opaque black-brown looks like a glass if ink with an average tan head that rises to roughly 1/3".

Smell: Deep coffee bean scent, it's smells ridiculously well by disappears quickly. Comes and goes.

Taste: Bitter coffee with a shot of mocha. It's delicious taste simple and addicting.

Mouth: Medium bodied brew, feels a little lighter on the carbonation side. A body the has is a bit dry.

Overall: Not a bad beer but there is much better out there. I love imperial stout and have a particular liking to Russian imperial stouts, this one is good but not on the level of greatness as some other easier to find beers are.

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of BryanK
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BryanK, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of kirchy
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kirchy, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of brinkdeer
4.75/5  rDev +17%

brinkdeer, Sep 12, 2013
Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.