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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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517 Ratings

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Ratings: 517
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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Photo of whatthehull


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted oct 27th 2011 (from notes)


A - deep dark black/brown, very small deep tan head and minimal lacing

S - bourbon, chocolate, coffee, sugar, cinnamon, roasted malts and slight hop

T - nice bourbon boozey flavor, milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, whiskey barrels, chicory coffee, some earth and some slight hoppiness

M - full bodied, well balanced, low acidity, nice complexity and long finish

D - easy for a stout and especially an imperial stout. Yet, you can still tell its an imperial. Everything you like about stouts and nothing you don't

Final thought - another excellent reserve series from grand Teton. Much love!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 08:35:04 | More by whatthehull
Photo of jreindl


4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-20-2013 13:26:55 | More by jreindl
Photo of imperialking


4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-21-2012 04:48:20 | More by imperialking
Photo of Furlinator


4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-18-2013 05:57:39 | More by Furlinator
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 20:06:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent find by a friend.

Smell was a bit hoppier than I'd like, but the taste compensated for that quite well. Surprisingly it didn't have any overwhelming hops despite the first impression upon opening.

Really builds into a more and more solid beer as you drink more of it.

Would definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:04:14 | More by ACarrell
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angelmonster for this one. Bottled 1/4/11

A: Pours a very deep black with a small khaki head on top. No retention leaving only a thin ring around the top. Spotty/thin lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit, some cherry and plum, a little bit of molasses and chocolate.

T: Even more dark fruit than the aroma mixed with some chocolate and roasted malt. There is a little bit of molasses and licorice and a little vanilla.

M: Medium to full bodied, a little on the oily side, but carbonation helps it be rather smooth.

O: Liked how fruit forward this Imperial Stout is, a nice change compared to most. Would drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:27:58 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of prototypic


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Black Cauldron pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. Looks onyx and opaque. Pretty impressive. It’s topped with a tan head that barely covers the surface. It dissipates very quickly. It had just arrived! Lacing was lighter, but a little sticky. Really like the color.

The nose is good. It starts out with a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate variety definitely seems stronger. Smells like dark chocolate. It’s not very sweet. Coffee is definitely there and complements the malts well. Secondary scents include light dark fruit and molasses. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through very strong. Smells good.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. The malt base is a mix of chocolate and roasted varieties. Bittersweet dark chocolate is the focal point. It’s not sweet at all. Coffee has a nice presence and complements the malt flavors very well. Light plum and molasses flavors are secondary and subtle. They add some nice depth. Alcohol is masked well. I’m not getting much at all. Pretty impressive. Finishes malty with a touch of java.

Black Cauldron has a medium body. It leans toward full with a little warming. Carbonation is mid-range. It feels nice and smooth. Goes down easy. I like the 12 oz. serving size. It’s not too much. Good call.

Black Cauldron is a pretty impressive stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co. Who knew a stout from Idaho would be this good? While it’s not among the best stouts out there, it is pretty darn good. There aren’t a whole lot of shortcomings here to discuss. It’s solid all-around. Frankly, it lacks pizzazz to really distinguish itself. Perhaps some hops might do the trick. It’s good stuff in any event. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:28:06 | More by prototypic
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up after a beer tasting at Bevmo during a beer tasting.

Appearance- black color

Smell- chocolate, bit of caramel

Taste- chocolate

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- very nice, I like it, very good stout, I will definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:13:04 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grand Teton finally made it to MA. Here comes the first of a few reviews later to come.

A: An aggressive pour yields a small 1/2 finger dark fluffy head over dark pretty much pitch black color.

N: Lots of dark malts, some black patent malt, tons of roast, some coffee, little luscious dark fruit, some earthy bitterness from charred malts and hints of hops. A little smoke too. Overall not as prevelant on the nose as I thought it would be.

T: Tons of smoke. Overwhelmed with smoked malts, some smoked and cured meats, roasted malts, a little coffee... if they added oatmeal it would be breakfast in a bottle. Chewy malts, dark crystal, luscious chocolate, black patent malt, bitter earthy charred bitter malt flavors with some earthy hops to go along. A slight minerality as well. Semi sweet with heavy feel and no real booze to detect, so it hides the 8% pretty well.

M: Thick, pretty creamy and smooth, but no real carbonation.

F: More bitterness, a strong earthy bitterness mostly from charred roasted malts, but some from hops. Lots of lingering minerals, some soy sauce taste. A lot of roasted flavors as well and some coffee.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:49:16 | More by jlindros
Photo of KarlHungus


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a quarter inch of tan foam that recedes within seconds into a mere ring of lacing around the edges of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, hints of burnt malt, and faint toffee. The taste is similar to the aroma. It is very malt driven with tons of roasted and chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture and low carbonation. Overall, this is a good imperial stout, but it is far from being great. I would happily drink it again though when in the mood for a maltier big stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:25:42 | More by KarlHungus
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Robust heavy roasted malts, coffee, bitter sweet chocolate and baking cocoa. Lots of barley and hints of smoked hay and subtle presence of cigar smoke. Nice prickly carbonation but the body was on the thin side. Overall stellar RIS. Lots of bitter coffee and cocoa on the dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2014 00:02:02 | More by Hopswagger
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South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of chocolate, malt, and a smoky element you don't find with most stouts.

T: Tasted of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, a sugary component and a smoky/burnt quality. An interesting, generally well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is, in some ways an odd beer, but it never strays from the basis of what makes a stout good. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 13:13:11 | More by avalon07
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just came in today. Figured I would give it a try.

A: Black in color with a thin tan head that settles very quickly. More than most 8%ABV beers do. Carbonation is subtle, and lacing is minimal.

S: Roasted malts are dominant on the nose of this beer. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and toast are present, and hops take a back seat with dome grassy character.

T: Same as the smell, but more. Coffee, chocolate, and burnt toast . Hops mellow out the malt with dry notes, blancing out this beer.

M: Medium to full bodied, this beer is no slouch. Flavors are complex, and the finish is silky and clean.

D: Black Cauldron is a good example of the style, and since it is more mellow, I would reccomend it for those just starting to get into imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 05:39:24 | More by WYVYRN527
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a two finger mocha head. No light shines through at all with a brown tint just under the foam.
Smell is roastiness and a little chocolate but what stands out the most is that it smells like a cedar plank. Just like some cut wood, but in a pleasant way.
The taste is toasty with some light chocolate and woodiness coming through. Has good carbonation with a creamy texture. Definitely a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:41:57 | More by Pipmeister
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This beer pours a deep dark black that shows no light through it, the head by the way is tan in nature. The smell is of smoked malts, some nice cocoa, orange and the smell that exists on a cold fall night (I don't know what that is, but honestly that's what I can describe it as). The flavor is mainly of the smoke, some nice oak, cherry, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is a bit too bitter and thin, but the flavors are not bad in the slightest and it's not that bad going down the gullet. I'm pretty happy with this bad boy.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 07:02:22 | More by Vdubb86
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for seven months. Had to get my drink on....

Black as motor oil pour with a huge hot cocoa head with major lacing. Nice chocolate aroma with some hot cocoa whiffs minus the marshmallows. Some caramel also in the mix and roasted malts. Roasted, malty flavor with some dark chocolates in the swallow followed by a roasty black coffee bitterness on the swallow and aftertaste. Lingering bitterness. Full bodied and leaves the mouth working as to what is just partook of. Drinkability is somewhat low based on the number I could take down in one sitting. Not a bad beer at all and once I saw that it comes in a bomber, I had to partake of it and look to add the bomber to my cellar and go beyond seven months. Worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 21:18:07 | More by kaseydad
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from BevMo88. Cheers!

A- Dark dark brown, minimal head, but good for the ABV. Nice lacing on this one.

S- Roasted malts in full form, followed closely by candied plums. A dash of campfire is noted.

T- Follows the nose... pretty damn smoky. A rauchbier stout, methinks. The fruit is a close second, and is good at making this a multi-faceted beer. Really rich, but enough depth to not wear out the tounge.

M- A bit acidic, but it works with the super smoky-roasty beer qualities. Good carbonation, a bit mild but no complaints. @8% it's pretty damn easy sippin'.

D- High. No qualms about putting this one down. I'd like to see it in a 22oz format, as I could really go for some more, but I'll take what I can get. My 2nd Grand Teton beer and every bit as good as the first. A really stellar brewery I hope to have more from.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:32:27 | More by ShogoKawada
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Average really. I was a bit worried because it poured BLACK with little to no head. Bit of a dark tan head. Leaves a bit of ring as you drink it.

S- Very roasted aroma, a lot of coffee/dark roast notes. Very pleasing.

T- Interesting. Doesn't even taste like most Imperials I've had, course it is more of an American one. Smooth start, dark roasted finish, on the bottom end you can really taste the alcohol with a bit of bite. I'm impressed.Hearty malt aftertaste.

M- Pretty smooth for an imperial stout, not the grainy feel they usually have. Interesting mix.

D- Excellent as a stand alone stout. Great for those days you just want to stay inside because of how cold it is. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:00:07 | More by Zebus0
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brian @ Blue Palms for splitting one of these with me many months ago - the sample under review was one I purchased on my own. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Opaque seal brown body with a deep camel layer of foam which recedes by half. A tall bubbling collar gropes the sides of the glass and a creamy head persists. The viscous thick nature of the liquid is evident as you pour - it seems to be the consistency of champurrado at first glance.

Deep roast malt with toasty chocolate overtones in the nose. River rocks, minerals, chalk, and wheat are suggested as well (this character really distinguished this beer the last time I tried it as well - it may come from the touch of smoked malt Grand Teton adds to the kettle).

Faintly peppery/spicy palate entry with some low dark fruit notes as well. Cocoa, and a diverse malt bill are in evidence. The "stone" like flavors come through mid-palate along with a delicate hop bitterness to offset the sweetness. Finishes medium-dry and rich. The esters become more discernable as the beer warms suggesting peach pits and cherry stones.

Full velvety well carbonated mouthfeel. Warming but not hot.

A unique version of the style, with an interesting back-story (celebrating the history of women in brewing, not to mentino their persecution as witches!) - worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 21:49:49 | More by augustgarage
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/18/10. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted and charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with the roasty/charred and bitter coffee flavors being the strongest, and some light sweet dark fruit flavors also noticeable (which do get stronger as the beer warms up more). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, and it's certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:32:05 | More by bluejacket74
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Black as night, probably one of the darkest beers I can remember having. There is the smallest hint of a red hue if the light hits it just right. Thin brownish rim sticks to the glass, no legs.

S--Decent amount of booze on the nose, roasted malt and bitter chocolate, a surprising dark fruitiness. Also get some dark roasted coffee.

T--The main flavors I get are roasted malt and dark chocolate up front and a surprising bitterness/hoppiness on the back that cuts into the chocolate flavors rather nicely. There is a touch of alcohol, too, but overall the beer hides its strength pretty well. The bitter finish makes this beer really interesting, and as I am sitting here I start to get some of the fruit that was on the nose, mixing nicely with the chocolate. Not that sweet. I'm drinking this beer pretty warm (close to room temp).

M--Medium to full bodied, some of the sips come off a touch thin, but overall the beer and the flavors coat the mouth pretty well. Average carbonation. Alcohol isn't in the taste but it warms pretty well.

O--I wouldn't describe this as an "everyday" imperial stout if that makes sense, but it is a really interesting beer because of the bitterness, which I'm guessing comes from the hops described on the packaging. Lots of different flavors, nice fruitiness, and a satisfying winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:57:28 | More by DanThomas
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

(Insert seemingly necessary MacBeth quote here.) This brew pours a deep pitch topped by a minor bit o' light tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light peat smoke, chocolate, and molasses. The taste follows closely, with the roast really dominating something fierce. A hint of oaky whiskey weaves its way in as well. The body is a firmly hefty medium, with a slightly biting light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, were it not for the unexpected carbonation bite, which sends a small shockwave of bitter roastedness across the tongue, this would be a damn fine stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 06:35:04 | More by TMoney2591
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One-finger, beige head. Leaves good ring lace. Near black color where no light shines through (even on the edge).

Cafe du lait is the first smell I get. Slightly chalky. Very true to expectations.

More mellow in taste initially than most stouts. The darker (and more bitter) malts take over in the swallow. Lots of chocolate and creamy milk in the flavor. There's some bitterness in the swallow. I'm not sure if it's from hop or black patent malt. The aftertaste is pleasant: chocolaty and somewhat bitter.

Not as harsh as some regular stouts, but I consider that to be a positive. Potent and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 23:31:59 | More by smcolw
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their foil wraped 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured 2 fingers of mocha brown head that comes down to a solid creamy cap in a few minutes, body is opaque and nearly black, very nice lacing left after each quaff.

Smell - Dark fruits, molasses, roasted malts, and a little soy sauce.

Taste - Dark fruits, tart fruitskins of plums, grapes and cherries, nice roasted malts, some molasses sweetness, nice roasted malts, and a touch of pumpernickel crust and licorice can be found long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel, nice smoothness that is almost creamy, medium carb has some gentle edges and cleanses just enough to transition from sweetness to roastiness to dryness. In my opinion this is a bit on the thin side for an imperial - i would classify this as a really good, full bodied stout

Overall - This is really a nicely balanced and complex stout, really nice full flavors, great appearance, not quite an imperial, but a very good stout that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:46:14 | More by blackcompg
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.