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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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538 Ratings

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 25
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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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black (although doesn't appear very thick) with a medium dark tan head that goes down slowly. Scent is roasted malt with a lot of dark chocolate. Some sweet dark fruit as well. Taste is exactly like it smells, except there are some light espresso notes and the dark fruit seems to come through more in the taste. Mouthfeel is way too light (somewhat airy and watery) for this style of beer. Drinkability is fairly high as the ABV is somewhat low (for this style) and the taste aint bad at all.

DovaliHops, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +2%

kiki3drt292, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Detlef90
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery and definitely made me intrigued about their other beers. I thought this was a smooth and creamy stout. Not too bitter (which was nice as many of the stouts I have been drinking recently have been quite hoppy). I recommend it for it's body and for it's easy drinkability.

Detlef90, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev +2%

BAsbill, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

MarioM, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

dragomni, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2%
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!

whatthehull, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Furlinator, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of ACarrell
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

ACarrell, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

prototypic, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

jeffjeff1, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

jlindros, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

KarlHungus, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Hopswagger
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Hopswagger, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

avalon07, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

WYVYRN527, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Pipmeister
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Pipmeister, Jul 12, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Vdubb86, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

kaseydad, Oct 24, 2010
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.