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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

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
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

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Beer added by: freed on 03-01-2005

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Photo of klipper
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, poured into a tasting glass

Thanks to KeanLacrosse for the share

The body sits a midnight black with a small mocha colored cap. Some rings of lace inside the glass. Viscous body. Leaves a little bit of an oil slick when swirled.

The nose is big and bold. Molasses, licorice, dark (almost charred roast), dark cherries, bitter dark chocolate and some burnt caramel. The sweeter elements seem to emerge more as the beer warms.

Robust dark roast just pummels the palate. Molasses, licorice, and burnt caramel poke through mid-palate, before a finishing rush of coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, and some smoke/char.

Full body, rich and lush. However, there was this chalky feel/flavor that emerged in the finish. It was a little off-putting.

Overall, this is a damn fine Imperial Stout. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of djre4orm
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of monitorpop
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split 3 ways in wine glasses. Big thanks to generous BA libbey for including this as an extra in a trade a few months ago!

Appearance: Poured slowly; no head but leaves an offwhite foam around the surface. Pours black with no lacing.

Smell: Pale malt, sweet coffee liqueur, some prune-like dark fruit aromas and roasted malt. Malty and inviting.

Taste: Very creamy. Lots of sweetness, but lots of roasted malt and high hop bitterness to balance it. Roasted character dominates most of each sip until the sweet finish. Some dark fruit and coffee liqueur-like highlights.

Some boozy heat comes out as the beer warms up, along with a nice molasses flavor. All in all, this beer has a really excellent balance. Tastes like they used a lot of high quality pale malt, and really got the sweetness / bitterness / roasted malt balance just right. Also, while it's full of nutty roasted malt flavor, it's not ashy or charred tasting at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Low to moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Could be fuller, but love the creaminess.

Overall: Great beer. Love how smooth it feels, and while the taste isn't too complex, the notes it hits are just right.

Pairing addendum: started eating some salty fries with rosemary and a soy BLT after I'd drank some of this, and the beer only got better (I'm not usually a big pairing guy).

Photo of avaldivia
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Nice viscous looking black pour. Has that light tan fading to dark tan layer of head.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate, some anise and herbal notes.

Taste, roast malt, some bitter pine and anise. Dark chocolate, a woody/peaty quality. Cocoa and some piney bitter finish.

Nearly full body, a smooth carbonation. A little warming, but on par with the style. Rock solid and worth while.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a huge 3" dark mocha head. Some trails and blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and faint sweetness.

T- sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and bitter almost some tartness to this beer.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightl creaminess and dryness but also drinks very easily.

O- very good RIS. Has nice aroma and tastes. Very well balanced with the roast, chocolate, coffee and slight bitterness.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 12.00. No bottling info noted. Served in a large snifter. 

Pours flat black with almost 2 fingers of dense deep tan head. Decent amounts of lacing left behind. 

Smells of roasted malts, smoke and cocoa.

Taste is all about those roasty malts. Burnt wood, smoke, toasted malts, licorice, burnt coffee, bitter dark chocolate & a bit of alcohol. A nice blend that favors the dark roasted malts. 

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Long lasting bitter finish. 

A darn good stout overall. Pretty unique profile with lots of complimentary flavors. I'd certainly have it again were I to find it under ten bucks for a bomber. 

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Exiled
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of radlleb
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of RS3Sport
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big ups to libbey for this bottle...

A: Pours straight black, completely opaque, with just a thin vale of mocha head along the edges of the glass. For very little foam, there is a good amount of lacing to this beer.

S: I get notes of chocolate, caramel, burnt toast, peated malt, slight raisin, and booze. There is a really strong peat note that I just can't get out of my head. It's bonkers.

T: Upfront I get a huge blast of sweet mixed with peat. It's almost like a licorice, but not quite. I can't place it. The chocolate and caramel come through in the middle, but that funk is still there. It's not bad, just hard to place and strangely familiar. The finish is bitter and burnt.

M: Full bodied beer. It starts out strong and coating, totally enveloping the palate. The flavors linger for-ever!

O: This is a hit or miss beer. If you like stouts are syrupy, bitter, a bit burnt, and coat (like I do), than you will love this beer. If you're into dark fruits and candied sugar, this beer is not for you. I still can;t figure out this funk, but I like it.

Side note: Just read the label... that flavor was licorice. I don't think I've ever had a beer with quite that black strap flavor (even compared with Unita's Labyrinth). Solid brew!

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small but dense light brown head. Retention is good, despite the tiny head. Leaves nice lines of lacing all over the glass.

S: Lots of roasted malt char. A bit of coffee and chocolate as well. Black licorice is fairly prominent. Touch of caramel?

T: Up front, nice roasted malt and chocolate. Lots of licorice in there, through the middle. Coffee kicks in the aftertaste and carries into the lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium-heavy body, fairly smooth and enjoyable.

O: A nice tasty RIS for sure. This one is quite heavy on the licorice. Not overpowering but it's a prominent flavor unlike any other big stout I've had. Unique and tasty.

Photo of reedjam99
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark red brown, appearing black in the glass. Thin dark tan head and some light lacing. Sweet and roasted malt, honey and slight floral notes to aroma. Taste follows with sweet and roasted malts, a mellow sweetness followed by coffee and chocolate notes, finishes with a mixure of dry and sweet, hop bitterness, light woody finish. Nicely integrated.

Photo of hopluva1
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of nickfromsacto
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had Pliny the younger, elder, Parabola and old growth in one night. Younger lived up to the hype. Parabola and elder are staple favorites (always good). Amongst these behemoths Old growth not only surpassed my expectations but set a bar for (none Deschutes, Hair of the dog & Rogue) Oregon beers. Thanks random beershop dude in Seattle. 

The head is nothing worth bragging about nor is the typical black body of most imperial stouts. The head lingers for a while as you smell some chocolate and roastyness. A few hints of cocoa and fig are mixed with smooth alcohol tones. The mouthfeel is incredible, a nice full body that does not overwhelm the other senses. Perhaps the best beer find durring my trip. Worth the ten bucks for this rare aged beer.

Photo of TheBeerologist
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a translucent black with a thin tan/light brown head - seems a little light for an RIS but looks nice. Smelled of roasted malts and slightly of chocolate. The aroma though was nicely balanced and left me excited to have a sip. This beer tastes perfectly roasted and not to sweet (which is great to me). Well balanced vanilla up front with chocolate notes to finish. It was lightly carbonated and a little dry. Overall this was a light and pleasant RIS to sip on with very well balanced flavors - I will definitely be looking to get more next time I pick this one up.

Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.