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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

520 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
There are few styles of beer more flavorful than Imperial Stout. Our thick, rich version was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts and subtly spiced with Nugget and Cascade hops. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt. At 22 degrees starting gravity and 8.0% alcohol by volume, this beer boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry.

43 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2006)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Cauldron opens to a dark, fruity aroma, the initial notes being almost exclusively dark fruit esters, including fig, date, raisin, prune, plum, and black cherry. These mix with touches of milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and whipping cream to form a dessert-sweet overtone, held in check by a light counter of ash, tobacco, and chocolate malt. Thick brown breads, yeasty rising whole wheat dough, and toast crust form an earthy base. As a whole, the sugars in here are very nice, and complex enough to be quite interesting. For an Imperial Stout, however, the dark, ashy notes are extremely light, and this beer could pass for a darkly-fruited Barleywine. The 8% ABV does add a bit of bourbon overtone, though this is not the barrel-aged version of this beer, which helps add hints of smoke and char. What comes across most, however, is a series of dark fruit esters that seem more likely to be found in a young port, or an extremely fruity cognac.

On the tongue, the beer turns out to have a darker, more ashy base than the nose let on, which comes as a relief. The strong dark fruit esters – fig, date, prune, plum, raisin, and black cherry – are still very large and would not be surprising in a young port, but there are pleasant bits of tobacco, ash, and coffee that bring a nice balance. Milk chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and heavy cream blend well with the fruits and ashy bits, and the beer rests on a base of thick brown bread, yeasty rising whole wheat dough, and burnt toast crust. In the latter half of the mouthful the ashy, tobacco-laden notes become stronger as the sugars die off, until the aftertaste is pleasantly dominated by ash, with just enough heavy cream, vanilla, and brown sugar left to please. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, while the nose elicited somewhat nervous responses with its emphasis on sugars, the beer turned out to be very nice on the tongue, with an excellent sugar-ash combo that nicely suits the style. There’s still perhaps a slightly-too-large sugary base here, and the beer could have used a bit more char in the first half of the mouthful, but the result as-is proves dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:40:04 | More by jondeelee
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750 ml bottle, with sticker on the bottleneck reading bottled on 09/21/2011, so this beer is approaching it's third birthday. I have had a bottle of this before, but I don't really remember how it went. Got this bottle on sale for something like $6.99.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany color, but appears opaque black in the glass with three big fluffy fingers of mocha head. Carbonation appears to have held up well, and the head still has some pretty nice staying power. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is comprised of the usual suspects - chocolate, coffee bean roast, cream / lactose elements, mild alcohol warmth, and some dried dark fruitiness. Very subtle smoke character is in there if you look hard enough.

T - The taste is comprised of roasty chocolate malts, coffee bean roast, mild notes of cream / vanilla, some dark fruit presence like cherries, and a some coiny metallics.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. It goes down nice and easy for a three year old imperial stout at 8.00% abv. Good adequate carbonation still hanging in there.

Overall, a decent, if somewhat average imperial stout from Grand Teton that has aged gracefully over the past few years. Definitely worth the 7 dollars I paid for this bottle, and I can safely say that I thought more of this beer my second time around than I did when I first drank it over a year ago.

Grand Teton Black Cauldron Imperial Stout ---4/5.

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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.