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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

525 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 525
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 49 | FT: 3
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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Reviews by stoutfiend27:
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz bottle served around 50 degrees poured into a snifter..thanks again James

a-black..small khaki colored head that fell quickly...some lacing...no bubbles

s-lots of roast up front...fruity as well...fruity hops are present and take over....finishes a tad bitter with some coffee on the nose...

t-starts off with a little roast and coffee then the fruity hops kick in...followed quickly by bitter piney hops...finishes dry and bitter

m-a tad thin for the style...a little more body and mouthfeel would have went a long way...carbonation was pleasant

d-could have a couple but the bitterness lingers forever...

overall a solid imp stout...glad i had the opportunity

03-27-2010 01:34:46 | More by stoutfiend27
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%

Appearance - This poured a dark, dark brown with a nice, brownish-white head that came up beautifully and showed great retention.

Smell - The aroma here was kind of flat even after the beer warmed. There's a nice, chocolaty malt base here with some light coffee notes but everything is muted and doesn't really open up like I was hoping.

Taste - The roasted malts have a nice, crisp, sugary flavor to them but again they are muted and aren't really opening up. Also, untrue to the style, I'm not finding that structured hop base.

Mouthfeel - This is bigger than medium-bodied but not quite full. There is some mild but pleasant carbonation and a reserved bitterness that kept things interesting.

Drinkability - This was a smooth drinker but underwhelmed.

03-06-2010 08:04:39 | More by RoyalT
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Dense rocky mountain of a head, soot black color; can't get much darker than this beer. Hint of molasses taffy, higher alcohols, ripe blackberries and a kiss of smoke make for a varied and semi-complex nose. Bittersweet chocolate, blackberries, ripe figs and a mild chicory flavor show the bold side of this brew. Light smoke and hops jump to add to that. Some char and herb middle to end. Bitter roasted flavors take over the finish yet never go astringent.

Great to experience an Impy Stout that thinks outside of the mash tun. The extra smoke component without the beer being big, bad and syrupy-sweet works very well. A sipper that begs to be paired with stinky blue cheese. Try it, you'll like it.

01-03-2011 15:34:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Ben7773

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-16-2014 06:30:39 | More by Ben7773
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-03-2013 15:19:47 | More by bulldogg915
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-21-2012 04:05:50 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev 0%

1 liter waxed swing-top -bottle (a bit of a pain!) dated 2005. Pours a dark brown with a very thin light brown head (even after a vigorous pour), that quickly dissipates to a tin collar that leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma is sweet earthy lactic chocolate, toffee, some bitterness, coffee, and a touch of astringent alcohol. Anise and smoke come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet malty chocolate leading to a slightly burnt bitterness. Some smokiness and lots of anise comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full and a little watery.

Overall a nice imperial stout. I was kind of surprised since I haven't been too impressed with their other beers. It starts off very sweet and chocolaty when colder. As it warms it more anise and bitterness come out.

09-05-2006 06:52:10 | More by Beaver13
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bishopdc0

Maine

2.8/5  rDev -28.8%

Served in a red wine glass black with a fluffy tan head the dissipates to the glasses edge.

The nose is sweet and malty but the alcohol is harsh, needs some age. There is slight almost leather nose at the end

The taste is flat to much alcohol hints of choc at the end but I expected more. There are more hops then u might expect spiced seems like a home brew experiment that goes nowhere

10-04-2011 03:18:55 | More by bishopdc0
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-15-2013 16:35:01 | More by Beerswag
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%

Appearance: black in color, minimal head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt, sugar, and chocolate

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium bodied, light carbonation

Drinkability: An above average imperial stout where the alcohol is well hidden. Not a bad beer, but nothing I will rush out for.

05-13-2010 22:15:37 | More by tigg924
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badbeer

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Black with a tan head and decent retention. Roasty aromas, as well as licorice, tar, and also a fair amount of earthy hops. Taste was roasty, with almonds, caramel, dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Body was medium and so was the carbonation. I'd drink this again if it were available to me. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

01-03-2009 04:07:21 | More by badbeer
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours black with a brown head. The aroma is meaty smoke with some chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is very similar with roasted and burnt malts, chocolate and some smoke. The smoke is more present in the aroma than in the flavor. Medium-thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

05-19-2010 01:44:22 | More by Mora2000
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with thin tan head and light lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and molasses is predominate with nice nuances of coffee and smoke.

Taste: Very chocolaty, with nice layers of molasses, coffee, and a general smokiness. A slight level of English hop bitterness rounds out the flavor.

Feel: Low carbonation, smooth and full body, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: More than solid Russian Imperial Stout with an emphasis on chocolate and simple balance. Pleasantly surprised by this.

07-14-2010 02:05:26 | More by bsp77
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Happy_Camper


1/5  rDev -74.6%

04-25-2012 18:01:15 | More by Happy_Camper
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

The beer came on tap in a pint glass, exhibiting a low, tan head and a black body. Smelled of sweet malts and chocolate. In addition to the chocolatey-coffee taste, there was a malty smokiness as well which lingered on the tongue, along with a slight earthiness.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

12-29-2012 03:49:42 | More by NilocRellim
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

08-03-2013 00:40:04 | More by jondeelee
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hiphopipa

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-26-2011 21:44:12 | More by hiphopipa
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2011 19:41:14 | More by bpfrush
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 10/23/2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very rich and robust dark stout aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, dark toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and cream. Good hints of smoked malt. Big presence of sweet molasses and some anise spicing. Good hints of dark cherry, raisin, fig, and plum. Also some solid hints of earthy and herbal hops coming out from the background. A really nice full imperial stout aroma.

Taste: As rich, roasty, and complex as the aroma hints at. Big taste of dark roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, burnt toast, biscuit, and a little milk cream. A nice taste of smoked malts are tasted along with a big taste of molasses sweetness and some licorice anise spice. Strong dark fruit undertones with notes of raisins, dark cherry, fig, prune, and plum. A decent backing of herbal and earthy malts round things out. A very good full on stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and somewhat slick. Fairly sweet and has a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A great imperial stout. Very rich and complex with some nice fruit and hop notes under all the dark malts.

02-08-2013 07:52:23 | More by MattyG85
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far333

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

Brownish black and opaque with a low light brown head that rises up very minimally, and then settles out right away.

Aroma of roasty malt and floral hops, some subtle cocoa. Flavors of darkly roasted malt, assertive bitter espresso notes, dark chocolate, notes of floral hops. A bit ashy and acrid. Some winey port notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick and watery, would like more body. Not very full. Finishes tingly and a bit warming, a bit dry. Overall not a bad beer, fairly tasty, but could use more depth and body.

04-23-2011 12:38:51 | More by far333
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-11-2013 21:35:10 | More by doremite
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%

Another solid effort of an imperial stout. Good and black, not super thick.

Aroma, not my favorite aspect. A little more alcohol whiff than I wanted.

Taste is quite nice, the alcohol is missing thankfully, a little bit of licorice maybe, nuance.

Good mouthfeel, appreciate it more and more throughout, quite drinkable and affordable, especially for an imperial stout.

02-18-2010 20:06:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Zonian1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-31-2014 03:46:23 | More by Zonian1
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-10-2012 02:33:44 | More by acurtis
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-23-2012 07:30:18 | More by InfernoBoss
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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.