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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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very good

540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
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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5/5  rDev +27.6%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp alcohol aroma is followed by chocolate, roast, vanilla and very mild coffee. Deep black body with a diminishing finger thick mocha head. Rich roasted malts, more vanilla and chocolate run through the middle fore and finish. Has a very nice creamy texture and a good intensity of flavor, but little range. Still it's a good attempt at the style and an enjoyable beer to sip at.

Jredner, May 19, 2006
Photo of RuckusDu
3/5  rDev -23.5%

RuckusDu, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Irrationalist, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - jet black with about half a finger's worth of solid brown foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - definite chocolaty tones, probably strong in alcohol due to the sweet smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - roasted chocolaty flavor as it sits in my mouth at the beginning. Hoppiness noticable in the finish and aftertaste. Texture is a bit syrupy, but lighter than I would have expected.

Overall - not a terribly complex brew, but not bad-tasting at all, and at least a little interesting.

Nerudamann, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ambruns1979, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev +2%

Diomede, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of hopfacebrew
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle to a NBB globe glass. Bottled on 12/8/2010.

A - The beer pours a deep bitch opaque black color. Black edges, dark. A nice 1.5 finger mocha colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - There is roasted barley and chocolate immediately but a citrus sweetness from the hops comes in afterwards. Its a nice blend of sweet and roast. No sense of alcohol.

T - Just like the nose the beer starts with a bitter roasted barley and chocolate malt flavor. It's not so much that it's unbearable but rather a smooth roasty character. The hop sweetness and citrus character comes in the middle. It's a very balanced brew. I am not used to such hop character in an imperial stout. I really like it!

M - Good carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes smooth and creamy. Good.

D - Very

Overall, this is a very good beer. I had the opportunity to get a 4-pack or a bomber. I went with a bomber. I will immediately get more. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-13-2011 01:50:08

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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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.

jondeelee, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

sludgegnome, Jul 18, 2012
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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Kenai4, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ajs4bd, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

SaxmanRick, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque jet black, with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Does not leave much lacing.

Smells of toasted malt, coffee, black cherries, wet hay, and wet horseblanket.

The forward palate is burned toast, rich espresso and chocolate, with a sour dark Morello cherry finish.

The mouthfeel is rich, with a chewy viscosity and light carbonation.

This is one fine smooth IS, I am liking the dark Morello cherry flavor along with the coffee and chocolate. I am liking the intense rich flavor despite a low amount of alcohol for a IS or RIS. Good job. If I want a rich IS without an alcohol hammer, this is the one I will go for.

Beerenauslese, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and black with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malt,
coffee bean, vanilla, and dark fruit. Initial flavors of burnt toast and
raisin chocolate covered espresso bean and vanilla. Light smoky
flavors play well off light anise and the mild hoppy backbone. The
body is full, lush, and smooth.

DaveHS, May 23, 2010
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
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Cauldron pours just that, black as a cauldron. About a half finger of extremely dark brown head (was not expecting that) is produced, but short lived. It does leave the occasional lacing.

The nose is sweet and roasted malts. It has a light smokey note, as well as subtle hints of cocoa and coffee. Fairly straight forward for an Imperial Stout, but still good.

Taste is just like the nose. Sweet and roasted malts, the light smokey character, and light bitter chocolate and coffee. Nothing too complex, but it still tastes good.

Smooth and creamy, with a medium body. I would liked to have seen this with a little more substance in the body, but with the ABV being only 8 I don't see that happening. I would be all for bumping up the ABV to give this more umph. Drinkability is pretty good, while it's not terribly difficult to hide 8% ABV, it is well hidden here.

Overall, a solid stout. Nothing special, and honestly just about what I expected it would be from Grand Teton.

Mistofminn, Jan 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

RedHaze, Jan 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Beerswag, Dec 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Travisnin, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of dnichols
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.

dnichols, Feb 09, 2008
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.