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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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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 29
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 03-01-2005)
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-24-2012 05:45:08 | More by radlleb
Photo of RS3Sport

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-19-2012 08:16:11 | More by RS3Sport
Photo of Kopfschuss


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-19-2012 04:20:07 | More by Kopfschuss
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3%

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!

05-11-2012 03:44:18 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of Texasfan549


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2012 04:51:07 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of Dope


4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

04-13-2012 03:00:10 | More by Dope
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-12-2012 10:47:11 | More by reedjam99
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

04-03-2012 03:18:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-26-2012 01:48:05 | More by hopluva1
Photo of nickfromsacto


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

03-14-2012 22:22:01 | More by nickfromsacto
Photo of TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

03-14-2012 00:26:49 | More by TheBeerologist
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

03-09-2012 17:10:37 | More by switzer
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Tulip glass. Thanks to spry for this.

A: Pours black with a cap of dark brown head. Pretty good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Sweet, creamy roasted malt, and dark fruits (blackcurrant, licorice). Quite nice.

T: Roasted malts, dark coffee, and a soupcon of licorice which comes to the surface only briefly. Finishes with some moderately bitter espresso (slightly harsh).

M: Light carbonation, full body.

O: Pretty good. Licorice makes for a pleasant, fruity nose. I wish more had come through on the palate.

03-06-2012 04:10:03 | More by pmarlowe
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-04-2012 02:21:25 | More by sbluerock
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-27-2012 01:43:31 | More by kylemckinnis
Photo of billab914


4.1/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, frothy tan head barely covering the top.

The aroma shows a mix of chocolate and roasted malts with a little bit of the vanilla and licorice coming out. Pretty nice aroma to it, very flavorful and it came together well.

The taste shows more of the sweeter chocolate and licorice to it up front. Towards the finish the roasted, bitter malts start to take over with some strong coffee notes to it.

The mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a very good beer. It had some bold flavors but they came together well. Very enjoyable beer overall.

02-20-2012 23:14:16 | More by billab914
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-12-2012 08:15:33 | More by shelby415
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-12-2012 01:51:29 | More by CoryR
Photo of nsabo


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

02-11-2012 04:21:56 | More by nsabo
Photo of mdaschaf


4/5  rDev -1.5%

Review from notes.

A: Pours an oily black with a small tan colored head on top. Decent retention, slowly reducing to a ring around the top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Earthy with some chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. There is a little bit of wood and a vanilla.

T: The flavor profile starts off with some roasted dark malt, then some mocha, a combination of chocolate and coffee.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Rather smooth and easy drinking. Slightly bitter finish.

O: Was skeptical at first, since I didn't even know that Caldera bottled their beer, but this was a solid RIS. Would be awesome if they canned it.

01-30-2012 20:54:33 | More by mdaschaf
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-28-2012 03:33:25 | More by bozodogbreath
Photo of EgadBananas


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Big black. Nice medium brown head. Nice lace. Big roast, coffee and chocolate hints. BIG roast, BIG chocolate and a hint of coffee. Slight alcohol, but barely noticeable. Creamy feel, full bodied. I don’t really get any licorice, but this is a great stout nonetheless.

01-27-2012 21:51:13 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of madpentzer


4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-22-2012 05:56:27 | More by madpentzer
Photo of rtaps


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

thanks to mrvonzipper for opening and share a bottle.

pours an oil black with a half finger brown head leaving a laced rim around the glass.

roasted nuts, mild tobacco, dark chocolate, and licorice, nice earthy aroma here

follows the nose, it's earthy and tobacco type kick to it, coffee and licorice also found here.

full bodied, light-medium carbonation dry mouth viscous.

overall an enjoyable stout not sweet like most RIS so it's different but its enjoyable

01-22-2012 03:45:30 | More by rtaps
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-18-2012 08:20:01 | More by PuFtonLyfe
Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.