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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

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 24 | 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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woooobeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-11-2013 00:59:22 | More by woooobeer
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joeseppy

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:53:29 | More by joeseppy
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dar482

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 23:35:55 | More by dar482
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Swedgin

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-17-2013 06:05:13 | More by Swedgin
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BVukelich

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:27:38 | More by BVukelich
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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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BlurryVisi0n

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 05:34:22 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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BryanK

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-25-2013 03:12:38 | More by BryanK
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kirchy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-23-2013 01:54:52 | More by kirchy
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brinkdeer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-12-2013 04:06:39 | More by brinkdeer
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metalgdog

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-06-2013 00:51:09 | More by metalgdog
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

08-16-2013 01:34:04 | More by sliverX
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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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hardrock

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-07-2013 01:12:28 | More by hardrock
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-23-2013 22:54:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-24-2013 16:15:25 | More by djrn2
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-20-2013 21:38:07 | More by chugamugofsud
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russwbeck

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 22:44:28 | More by russwbeck
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cattersley

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Blacker than black! Thick, creamy head.

S - Burnt coffee, chocolate, coal.

T - Fantastic, malt bomb! Chocolate, coffee, low hops, creamy taste!

M - Very light on the palate.

O - Would love to have this again... hint hint! LOL!

Thanks to me pal Evan! My father and I loved this!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 19:27:23 | More by cattersley
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dannykugler

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-06-2013 19:46:13 | More by dannykugler
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle thanks to EgadsBananas, appreciate it. Typical color for an imperial stout but the head was really nice looking, chocolate brown and huge in the snifter. Aroma was good, roasty imperial stout, a little oily with hints of chocolate and malt. The flavor was pretty typical for the style and solid. Alcohol was well hidden and my only complaint was that it seemed just a tad bit thin but that also made it go down fast! I liked it, this was probably the best Caldera beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 15:10:16 | More by ArrogantB
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-30-2013 03:45:47 | More by calcnerd
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-12-2013 21:38:28 | More by Axnjxn
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

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

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich black color with a one finger khaki colored head. Tons of spotty lace down the glass.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise and a touch of smoke. A touch of powdered cocoa as well.

T: Tons and tons of roasted malt, charred malt and unsweetened chocolate. A touch of smooth chocolate malt on the finish and some faint earthy hops. A super dark, bitter and roasts RIS. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:39:25 | More by notchucknorris
Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.