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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 503
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%


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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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Black Cauldron pours a black color with a small head. There is a deep and prominent black licorice and black coffee aroma. The taste has large black licorice flavors, with good hints of black coffee, and finishes with a oakey and smokey taste. Body is a bit light, but still good flavors. Overall a very flavorful an complex stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 19:10:53 | More by vette2006c5r
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Black with a thin tan head and pretty good retention.

S: Tons of roasted malt with a bit of molasses, black licorice, rye bread and some faint smoke. Pretty nice.

T: Lots of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, rye bread and a touch of black licorice. Velvety mouthfeel made it a joy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 22:47:08 | More by notchucknorris
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Cru

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap, along with most of their other beers in the brewery.

Pitch black with dark lacy head, nicely carbonated.

Aroma is coffee, roasty, bready and the alcohol comes through in the aroma.

Chocolate and caramel dominate this flavor profile with a coffee background / aftertaste. The alcohol does not come through nearly as much in the flavor as the aroma.

Well done for an Imperial Stout. Many I've had seem to sacrifice the smooth, drinkable characteristic of the stout entirely for the bump in alcohol content. You know its there in this one, but much milder than most in the 9% range.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 22:33:53 | More by Cru
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brewerburgundy

California

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10oz served in a tulip at The Monk's Kettle on new year's eve. Review from notes.

Pure black with a gorgeous dark brown fine, foamy head that's sticky too. A good looking beer.

Nose is dominated by rich espresso, some darker berry comes through but it's subordinated. Dark chocolate is requisite but also weaker than the robust espresso emanating from the glass.

Darker berry and dark caramel come to the front, espresso rides the wave of dark, bubbly liquid. Raspberry and cherry mingle with dark chocolate. A little woodiness mixed in; very concentrated on classic Imperial Stout flavors, but very well executed.

Round, soft, and pretty much the standard for Imperial Stouts.

Better than decent drinkability and not even over the top in abv. As far as the style goes, quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 00:15:17 | More by brewerburgundy
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jdense

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Red Feather/Bittercreek 11.10.10, $5 12 oz. poured into big ass wine glass.

1/2 finger brown head, slow dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown almost black body, no visible carbonation. Significant chocolate nose, some roast, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, pretty complex aroma, though it faded significantly as the beer warmed. Taste mirrors nose, chocolate is the dominant taste, leading to a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was actually a bit on the light side for the style, a bit thin and watery, this is no meal replacement. ABV pretty noticeable, a bit hot. This isn't Old Rasputin, but other than mouthfeel and fainting aroma, certainly worth a try for fans of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 19:12:44 | More by jdense
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 20:53:58 | More by morebeergood
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this glass at Armsby Abbey days after their Stoutfest.

Man, this is a Creamy/chewy stout. Very enjoyable.

Finger of tight/creamy light beige head. Dark brown, not black, no light gets through, not even at the edges. Lots of spider web lacing.

Aroma is very nice. Sweet, roasted malt at first, but right behind this are some nice floral herbacious hops.

Chocolate, smoky malts, slight vanilla in the finish. Raisins, dark fruit. Perhaps molasses. Some nice pine hop notes towards the end. Just a hint of alcohol.

Thick, creamy and silky. As subtle as carbonation could be. Bold bodied.

Nice stout, really enjoyed it. Good balance and not too sweet. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 23:51:00 | More by Reagan1984
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ArsenicDrone

Arizona

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 07:00:40 | More by ArsenicDrone
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Halcyondays

California

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a soft tan head, nice notes of lace.

S: On the first smell I got a lot of what smelled like isoproponal, but I'm sure it was the ethanol. Some black malt and charcoal, but very light. Very boozy on the nose, like a spirit not a beer.

T: Here we go. Nice dark baker's chocolate and roasted malt. Very light coffee flavours. Solid taste.

M: Very thin for the style, this is an RIS, felt like a regular stout.

D: This beer is OK, but with all the classic great RIS's out there, this is going to get lost in the shuffle, it's from another time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 02:47:41 | More by Halcyondays
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland.

Pours a deeply opaque jet black. A solid mocha colored head and some nice lacing.

Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate dominate the nose. Very nice.

Taste follows the nose. Bittersweet chocolate on the front end, finishing with a roasted coffee and a modest hop bite. Very nice.

Rich, oily mouthfeel, just the way I like my RIS.

For my money, the only thing better than a flavorful beer is a flavorful beer that is low in ABV for its style. I am still rather stunned that this is only a 7.5% ABV as it tastes much bigger.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 15:52:24 | More by sholland119
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dnichols

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served a mug from the tap at the Sports Page bar in Pullman, WA.

A: It poured a black body with ruby tints at the edges when back lit. The head was moderate and deep chocolaty brown with sticky tiny bubbles. The head receded slowly and left little lacing.

S: It had a deep roasted malt aroma that gave off odors of chocolate and coffee.

T: Yummy...nice stout. Rich, thick and creamy. It presented a solid sweet and bittersweet chocolate profile complemented by a biting back side that reminded me of campfire coffee. As the brew warmed the flavors blended nicely into an easy moca latte.

M: It was medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy and rich presense. It had a sweet coco front, biting coffee back and a clean warm finish.

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

D: Its modest ABV, creamy chocolaty flavor and smooth warm and clean finish make this a beer that would be easy to enjoy long into the night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 03:08:20 | More by dnichols
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from draft at The Front Door ... poured into a Chimay goblet ... nice 3/4" lite brown creamy head with good lacing that lasted until the last sip. Aroma is chocolate malts and roasted grains... big aroma that reminds me of a cool mocha.. a little sweetness with a bunch of chocolate and coffee ... Flavor begins with the body... Fantastic body ... up front full mouthfeel ... viscous ... feels like it has a higher ABV .. creamy chocolate melts into the roasted barley ... not getting alot of hops, but I know they're there.. Dark fruits.. chocolate covered cherries.. yummy... Drinks like a bigger RIS.

I am sooo glad Grand Teton re-released this one... I drank my last of the previous vintage on my birthday back in June while hot-springing in the Idaho wilderness.

I've purchased the new bottles at a few different places in Boise.. ranging from $12-$13. All are in the Big 1ltr waxed flip tops. Note, the bottles no longer look like the BA pic, now they are the fatter ones ... Donkey Punch is bottled in the same bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 08:21:44 | More by JohnGalt1
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younger35

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed a pint of this on tap at Chili’s. I couldn’t believe it either. 5 taps of macros and then this. Awesome! Drank from a 16oz mug.

Appearance- Pours a really dark brown/black with hints of dark amber. Forms a nice one finger dark tan head that runs down the side of the mug. The head stays for almost the whole beer and it leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell- Loads of black licorice is the first smell that greats my nostrils. A bit of bitter chocolate and coffee with plenty of cream. There is a bit of sweetness from all the malt that is a bit more powerful that in previous RIS’s I’ve had. Plenty of alcohol shows as well.
Taste- The first thing that I notice about this bad boy is how sweet it is. I know the bottle says to age at least a year and I’m sure some of this sweetness would mellow a bit. Lots of milk chocolate comes through with a bit of licorice. There is quite of bit of fruitiness in the background as well. Chocolate covered raisins and dried apricots come to mind. The alcohol isn’t as evident in the mouth as it is on the nose.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin body with fairly aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- There are bottles of this stuff all over town right now and I’m debating on whether or not I should grab a couple for storage. It just sucks spending $10.99 per bottle. This was a fairly solid brew that I enjoyed. The sweetness could be toned down a bit but for the most part it’s not too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 00:24:13 | More by younger35
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BierJager89

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a brown ring of bubbly head.

S: Dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, roasted malt, a touch of smoke, and perhaps a slight hint of anise.

T: Smoke is more noticeable in the taste with some bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit and citrus peel.

M: Full bodied and smooth, creamyish.

O: A really good imperial stout. I like the anise, molasses and smoke a lot. Three great flavors one might find in such a beer.

Note: Bottled in late 2009, imbibed in late 2012.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:45:18 | More by BierJager89
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOD 9/23/13. Solid black pour with a thick tan head that laces well and lasts. Nose is of roast, chocolate and has hints of dark fruit (raisins) against a malt sweetness. Not quite full bodied with a slick creamy mouthfeel over normal carbonation. The complex taste profile is well balanced with many good flavors. Against a sweet background, it begins with a touch of roast, progresses to chocolate and ends with raisins against a touch of smoke and alcohol. The finish is smooth with a slight residual alcohol burn over charred oak. My first Grand Teton offering and it is an exceptional stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 21:05:40 | More by tillmac62
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Zorro

California

4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells of chocolate and berries with some raisin scent. Slightly earthy and smoky with a plum wine aroma like the Japanese wine. Not really getting the coffee aroma is is more of a mocha scent.

Starts out thick and quite restrained, like the first mouthful of a milkshake. Chocolate and berries with a smoky aftertaste, really hard to shake the sensation that this is actually a gourmet milkshake of some sort. Truly mild flavored, this isn't a RIS that knocks out your taste buds with two sips. Alcohol completely hidden. Could be a little more complex but it sure is good.

Perfect mouthfeel, any thicker and you would need to eat this with a spoon.

Overall this is pretty damn good. I would NEVER refuse another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:04:35 | More by Zorro
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ACarrell

Minnesota

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:04:14 | More by ACarrell
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being reviewed is a 2011 Vintage from the cellar.

A - Pitch black color and an even layer of toffee colored foam sticking on top that doesn't fade away with lots of sticky foam lacing when the glass is swirled.

S - Coffee beans, dark roasted chocolate malt, toffee cream, malted chocolate, very light alcohol.

T - Molasses, dark fruit (figs & dark fruit), some sweet coffee and cream with a mildly bitter chocolate bite at the very end. There is a very small hint of smoky char in the mix as well.

M - Medium body with alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Not really doing it for me but then again, perhaps I let it sit too long? Would love to have a 2013 to compare notes to.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:33:54 | More by jzeilinger
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. 12/10/09 bottle date. Hopefully this has held up well.

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of light tan foam. Great retention, average lacing.

S: There is a ton going on here. Smoke is apparent, but not dominant. Dark fruits, malted milk balls, and sherry come in after that. Roasted malts and dark chocolate are there, but are in the background.

T: Malted milk balls and vanilla are fairly strong here, followed by smoke and roasted malts. Dark chocolate and figs are also here, adding to the complexity. As I keep drinking, more and more dark chocolate comes out mixing well with the melange of sweet flavors.

M: A bit on the thin side, but creamy carbonation helps make up for it.

O: A great imperial stout. This has aged very gracefully. Lots going on here with very little oxidation evident.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:56:34 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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joe1510

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 Liter Swingtop

Bottled 11/5/07

I get the chance to try this RIS thanks to Bitterbill's generosity, thanks again Bill. When I got this bottle the neck tag let me know it was bottled on my birthday which I thought was pretty cool. Although this beer is small (abv) for an RIS, it glugs out of the big swingtop with the best of them. The body was dark chestnut as it came from the bottle but appears black in my snifter. The mocha colored head grew to one finger on the pour and fell to a skimming with a thick ring. The ring that's left leaves excellent sheet lacing after each pull that slowly falls back into the body.

The aroma is full of freshly roasted sweet grains, dark berries, freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate and spicy alcohol in that order from most to least. If the aroma tells me anything it's that this is a beer to be reckoned with. Very complex and inviting, especially on a cold windy evening like tonight. As it warms each swirl really brings the dark berries forward but as it settles the roastiness is still the king of the hill.

Everything the nose suggested the flavor brings. The sweet roastiness is at its highest point upfront but even as it settles lingers in the background. Dark slightly underipe berries come along with a solid helping of dark chocolate. The coffee grounds show up toward the finish and mix with spicy alcohol. The alcohol adds even more depth to this already complex stout. A slight coffee bitterness and dark molten chocolate combine on the swallow. Ghost like alcohol fumes float throughout the mouth and nose. Black Cauldron is an excellent RIS.

The body is on the lighter side for a RIS but it works really well in this case with the smaller abv than I'm used to encountering. There's creaminess on the swallow that really sets things off.

The lighter than usual body helps make this an incredibly easy drinking RIS. The complexity I'm sure would give some palate fatigue but won't stop me from enjoying this beauty. The moderate alcohol level boosts drinkability as well.

I imagined this being a good RIS but I didn't expect such a gem. The aromas and the flavors are big and enjoyable. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this and I've got another liter in the cellar for next year, all thanks to Bill!

Reviewed: 3/1/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:18:17 | More by joe1510
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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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jcbogantes

Costa Rica

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Imperial stout, very interesting beer.

A: Very dark deep caramel color, with off white head that stay for a while leaving nice lacing on the glass

S: Very smoky on the nose, some raisins and sweet aromas

T: Sweet molasses, coffee notes, the smokiness is strong kind of woody but for me the alcohol taste overpowers too much at the end.

M: full body

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 12:37:36 | More by jcbogantes
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The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop

Wyoming

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 00:33:09 | More by The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
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TheSixthRing

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 10/23/12

Appearance - Pours jet black with a half finger cocoa brown head. Fair retention, Leaving a fairly smooth surface, with bubbles gathering around the edge of the glass. Small, spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Chocolate and char smoke. Dark, fruity sweetness.

Taste - Strongly chocolate throughout, with noticeable notes of char and peat smokiness. Touches of anise and blackened caramel. Moderate dark fruit sweetness. Coffee roast bitterness creeps in subtly in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full body with modest carbonation. Somewhat creamy before a dry finish. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - A good, approachable imperial stout. One I think I'll be revisiting time and again. This particular bottle is nearly 6 months old... I'd love to try it a bit fresher, though I doubt there'd be much of a noticeable difference.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:48:57 | More by TheSixthRing
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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.