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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

546 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 25
Gots: 50 | 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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Travisnin, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

nh2032, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

MadeInOregon, Oct 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of ArsenicDrone
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in a goblet at Boulders on Broadway in Tempe, AZ. Wanted to have Odell's Bourbon Barrel Stout, but this was a nice substitute when they were out.

A: Opaque, nearly black, arrived with no head at all, and a small rim of bubbles that left a little bit of lace. Excellent sign of what's to come.

S: Rather subtle for the style. A bit of the fruity esters, and the only thing that stood out as different was a hint of soy sauce smell.

T: Excellent. Quite smooth, and solid but not overbearing. Malty, sweet, and with only a little bit of roasted flavor - just right, I thought. Definitely chocolate, but not your standard bitter dark chocolate flavor - almost a chocolate Twizzler. If that sounds weird, don't worry, it's good. A very nice balance with the fruit, which was there when you wanted to pay attention to it, but not in the way.

M: Slightly thin by comparison to others, but little to complain about. Works just fine.

D: Would be dangerous if I didn't like taking my time with a beer like this. Goes down easy. Alcohol content just about right and pretty well hidden.

Recommended for those who like smooth imperial stouts. I bet I wouldn't have liked the Odell's as well. Will have to try this in a bottle.

ArsenicDrone, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the privilege of grabbing a 4-pack of these while working in Casper. Poured into a pint glass

A - Leaves very little to be desired. A rich dark, dark brown body with a respectable light brown to an almost reddish head that diminishes to just residual head within a minute, and a decent amount of pretty lacing.

S - Vanilla bean and cocoa. A simple and nice smell, but not a very powerful one.

T - Whoa. Follows the nose to some degree but with exponentially more power. Chocolate is a major player, to be sure, but not a bitter, dark, unsweetened chocolate. There is quite a brown sugary, vanilla-y sweetness to it. Has a hint of fruity undertones, primarily figs and very ripe bananas, but the fruit is really only terribly noticeable if you're looking for it.

M - Extraordinarily smooth. Not the driest of all mouthfeels, in fact, quite the opposite. But that proves to be a virtue, as it enhances the complexity of the brew and makes for an orgasmic finish.

O - Masterful regional entry to the stout canon. Easy to go overboard with its imperial ABV and its drinkability.

The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of lackenhauser
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me start by asking why the f#@k would you wax coat a bottle? Man I almost lost a finger trying to open this. I almost started a post in the forum over wax coated bottles. STOOPID!

Big ole 1 liter bottle from 11/07. Pours a very, very nice deep black color. Great cocoa head on top. Heavy dark chocolate aroma-like walking into a bakery. Great flavor-fantastic blend of chocolate and a mild espresso. Lingering fresh baked brownie taste. Some dried fruits in there. Almost a faint iodine inky taste in a good way. Black and velvety smooth mouthfeel for the heavy roasted and chocolate flavors. Incredibly drinkable-a liter bottle goes down like nothing. Make a night of it. Damn fine RIS-and a hell of a lot of flavor and character for 7.5%.

lackenhauser, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Bobikel
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the giant one litre bottle into a .5 litre goblet.

Appearance - Inky jet black with a nice sizable milk chocolate colored head. Almost no light passes through this sucker. The head is slow to die down leaving a little bit of lace down either side of the glass.

Smell - Deep and roasty, as all Impereal Stouts should be. Coffee, burnt chocolate, a very small amout of heat from the alchohol, and caramel sweetness round out the nose.

Taste - That is a fantastic Imp Stout. Again the deep roastiness consumes the mouth. Alchohol is warming but otherwise not present. I was a little dissapointed to see such a low ABV on an imperial stout. But now I think if it were any higher the balance would be thrown off. Chocolate, coffee, a slight rumminess fill the mouth with a lingering sweetness that is slowly replaced by bitterness after the finish.

Mouthfeel - A thick sticky liquid that rolls through the mouth, is nicely complimented by a more subtle carbonation than most. Quite nice.

Drinkability - A nice slow sipper, perfect.

note - The wax dip around the swing top is/was the worst idea in mankinds history.

Bobikel, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of mp2mp
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark. Pours with a slight but lacey head. Little or no residue for a bottle aged beer. Nice caramelly aroma with elderberry overtones. Very smooth on the tongue at first taste developing into full, rich stout. No pansy fruity flavors. One starts to enjoy the hops in a pleasant lingering aftertaste. Very well balanced.

We served with a espresso cheesecake with acclaim from all guests. But it holds it's own as an after-a-hard-days-work as well for a pleasant buzz.

The carton is good reading and the graphics are cool.

mp2mp, Dec 05, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

refractor82, Jan 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

a77cj7, Nov 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

MikeDAdams, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of brdc
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks johngalt1 for this beer; been sitting on it for a long time. Should have waited longer, cut my finger bad trying to open through all this wax. Swivel top very large bottle.

Poured into a snifter, produces a beautiful pitch black brew with a dense, creamy, voluminous coffee colored head that lasts forever, and coats the sides of the glass as you swing it around. Just beautiful.
Not a lot of hops on the aroma of this properly aged beer, just a faint hint of grassy hops; mostly dominated by chocolate notes, a bit on the sweeter side, caramel, roasted malts, dark fruits, a hint of spices.
Creamy on the palate, very close to full bodied, and it tastes better than a lot of beers around 10%; I cannot believe this is around 7%.
A little closer to an oatmeal/milk/sweet stout as the perceived IBUS are quite low, but a delicious beer. Wish I had more.

brdc, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown/black with ruby highlights.

S-Heavy roasted malt aroma...bakers chocolate is strong too..also some raisins and dark fruits and a hint of smoke.

T-Dark chocolate...roasted malts....a little licorice and raisins....light smokiness...

M-Big body...creamy texture...this is clearly an Imperial Stout.

D-This is a damn fine Imperial Stout that could go toe-to-toe with all the big hitters. Not saying it is better....not saying it is worse....it's in that ballpark though

ZAP, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of rayjay
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Ray's in Paradise, bottles in Nov 09. Poured into a shaker pint. Rich, thick, oily, and chewy. Lots of dark fruity esters, especially plum-like notes. Mildly carbonated with a bid mouthfeel, but drinkability remains high and it's even refreshing. Sweet and sticky with lots of carmel malt, but also lots of deep black malts galore. Alcohol is very well hidden, and I tend to like my RIS's in this alcohol range instead of stratospheric heights. Probably not much aging potential, I'm loving it fresh. A great stout that I'll be sure to go back and buy more of. Cheers!

rayjay, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07 batch; Got this one in trade with Bitterbill, cheers Bill! Curses to Grand Teton & their insipid over waxing of the flip tops! Cut myself with a butter knife getting this baby open.

Pours ebony/black with 2 fingers of brown head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Dark fruit, & rich chocolate, brown sugar a touch of vanilla & some smokeyness as this warms way up.

T: Dark fruit, dryness, baker's & semi-sweet chocolate up front. Leafy hops, dryness & more chocolate, & a touch of oaky booze are on the scene as this warms. Finishes with a bit of booze, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Slick, oily, medium bodied with just enough carbonation smooth this out. Pretty warming

Drinks pretty easy despite the complexity/ A really good take on the style that uses finesse to win the day. So far; I'm fairly impressed with these Grand Teton cellar reserves

russpowell, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap this past Saturday night at the Dive Bar in Worcester. Served in a small goblet glass for $6. Pitch black body. Very thin bubbly head. Some nice lacing. Smelled like a pot of melted dark chocolate. Loved the flavor. Loads of chocolate, roasted barley, smoked peat, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. This beer tasted so good my wife almost stole it from me, but that was not happening. Mouthfeel was thick and smooth, and the abv was hidden well. Absolutely delicious; I could have gone for a much larger glass of this. The best Imperial Stout I have tried in the past 12 months. I can't wait to see bottles of this on shelves in MA.

morebeergood, May 17, 2010
Photo of cokes
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours absolute black. No glints around the edges. Just jet fucking ink black. A mocha rise spews upwards for a minute or two then slides down the sides of glass leaving rings of laces.
The nose is every bit as dark. Equal parts liquorice, prune, campfire smoke, barbequed meat, cigar ash, and baker's chocolate. Then add a strong winey alcohol presence and bits of vanilla.
The mouth delivers oily smokiness, both via burned leaves and pork fat. The drippings soak in espresso. Cocoa and caramel and buttery bread pop up for sweetness, then it migrates- still full of ember and ash- toward prune. It gathers a vinous bit of alcoholic temper. And a offsetting green clorophyll hoppiness. The smoke lingers long after the sip, with wavering, shimmering colors, not simply burnt black.
Clingy and dripping medium full bodied. Carbonation is minimal, but adds a bit of levity. This almost begs to drink like tar, and when it doesn't, it seems a bit thin.
I absolutely love this. A big truly rauchy stout. This is for smoked beer fans first and Imperial Stout fans second. As a fan of both (in that order), I'm in love.

cokes, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, with not color hints around the edges. Big, creamy mocha colored head that looks like a dark version of a root beer float head. Big bubbles. Head drops very slowly, with big chunky lacing.

Aroma of sweet dark cocoa, espresso coffee, and roasted malts. No hop aroma. Hints of licorise as it warms. Fruity esters.

First sip is of a creamy coffee milk shake, a hint of alcohol. No alcohol flavor. Medium finish with an emphasis on roasted flavors - coffee, roast malt and dark cocoa. Fades slowly, begging for another sip. As it warms, hints of licorise, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is actually a little thin for the style, not watery, though. Some alcohol warmth. No carbonation prickle. Nice creamy texture.

Very drinkable RIS. Will enjoy finishing the bottle as a nightcap.

JamnesCameron, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours like coffee: pitch black with a thin hardly noticeable ring of brown foam and no sign of carbonation. The smell has hues of Carmel, smokiness, toffee. The taste is smooth; it has a nice but not overbearing Smokey presence, a slight sweetness and even a slight presence of hop bitterness. The flavor combination is amazing, the flavors blend so well with each other. It's well balanced, but still exciting to the taste buds. The low carbonation of the stout lets the flavors of the beer blend particularly nicely. An excellent Imperial stout one of the best I have had.

chumba526, Apr 17, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a regular pint glass, bottled on 1/21/10.

A: Poured as thick as ink and as black as sin. The light brown head settled quickly, but left a pleasant ring of lacing around the glass as it was imbibed.

S: Had an aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, tobacco and a faint hint of leather. I didn't pick up coffee in the nose that would later follow in the taste.

T: At first the taste followed the nose rather closely: roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a little heat from the alcohol on the finish. As I allowed it to warm it opened up with sweet, dark fruits, coffee and milk chocolate. Very narrow hop profile that kind of snuck in some pine through the backdoor.

MF: This beer is as thick as it looks and as creamy as a melted milkshake.

D: Overall a good offering from Grand Teton and a beer that I will continue to purchase. However, I had this on tap about a week ago and was much more impressed then as I seem to remember the flavor profile being much more complex.

blammasterj, Apr 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

MacDonaldT84, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of jjjeremy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a chalice
Appearance-BLACK! Black with a coffee colored head.
Smell-Hints of coco and molasses
Taste- Delicious,bitter chocolate,slight raisan taste,touch of coffee flavor
Mouthfeel-Thick and chewy!!
Overall-Great!!! I really enjoyed this brew.

jjjeremy, Mar 27, 2011
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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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