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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout

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very good

504 Ratings

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Ratings: 504
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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Photo of MisterNic


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 10/23/2012

A - Pours dark, opaque black with a 1 finger dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

S - Nice roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate aroma.

T - Starts roasty, moves on to sweet chocolate, and finishes with a big dry roasty bitter coffee taste. After a couple of sips I noticed a little bit of an alcohol burn in the back of my throat that stuck around for a while.

M - Full bodied, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Overall, I would consider this an average Imperial Stout. It's good, but I've had a few other Imperial Stouts that I consider to be much better. It would interesting to see how much better this beer is with a year of age on it to mellow out the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 18:11:09 | More by MisterNic
Photo of cope0021


2.33/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer had a lot of promise out of the bottle. It poured a rich, thick black pour of promise. This was little head formed. Then came the let-down that began with the first smell. It smelled like Robitussin. I took several smells to hope my nose was not being decieved by one too many Robotrips. Alas, it was not. The smell persisted.

The disappointment continued on to the first taste. It actually seemed to have a small bit of flavor of Robitussin. Other than that, I could not discern much in the way of flavor. There is an off-bitter after taste.

For the price and the hoopla from my local beer shop, this was a huge disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 23:50:43 | More by cope0021
Photo of Phoenix2443


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

Always a treat from this one:

Appearance: poured in a Real Ale Tulip: Rich dark brown/black oil slick pour and presents a nice tan head of foam about an inch high.

Smell: Roasted Goodness with a good hop bouquet. I like that in this style. Lots of coffee tones with a little caramel/milk chocolate.

Taste: Roasted notes continue but aren't like the nose, more milk chocolate. As one reviewing compared, cocoa mix like chocolate taste to it. Finishes with a hop bitterness but nothing to pull my bottom lip up and ruin the balance, just a nice hop note.

Mouthfeel: Solid, much better than alot of poorly constructed american double stouts which is quite an accomplishment.

I seek this out once a year and usually pair it with some nice dark chocolate for an after dinner beer and I think it's best that way, try it!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:15:12 | More by Phoenix2443
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 07:00:40 | More by ArsenicDrone
Photo of eggland


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

Tops Liquor , Phoenix, AZ

a - dark, like car oil sludge dark from my old toyota 4runner. the head is even brown.

s - slight sweeetness to the smell

t - damn it's dark, if you like smooth dark, it's nice. starts smooth, subtle sweet then a hanging bitterness...

m - nice and dark, not too heavy.

d - i like dark, and I like this... one of the darkness i've had in a while. It's hard to find super dark.


Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 03:40:27 | More by eggland
Photo of AronVietti


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass at 51 degrees.

A - Dark tan head that collapsed quickly with moderate lacing. This beer is an opaque dark, dark brown, no light is getting through even the edges.

S - Chocolate and dark maltiness with a hint of dark stone fruits and the slightest bit of alcohol and hops. The aromas are subdued and I expected it to be a little stronger at this serving temperature.

T - Dark Chocolate, as in 80% Cacoa, heavy toasted notes with some maltiness and a slight bit of bitter herbs that quickly fades.

M - Medium bodied, the finish is long but only consists of bitterness and hops after about a second of sweetnes

D - Not the most drinkable beer I've had. The lingering bitterness on the finish makes a glass about as much as I want at a single sitting. But I would drink it with a group of friends around the fire in small glasses.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 05:40:21 | More by AronVietti
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:48:49 | More by jjjeremy
Photo of HoppyHachey


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured out a great looking dark black liquid. The consistency seemed thick as i poured. It had a average sized head with a nice chocolatey looking color. Looks delicious.

S: Great smell of chocolate and a small sweetness from the raisins. I want to smell this smell for the rest of my day.

T: Definitely a chocolate after taste. I like the way it lingers in my mouth, the prefect amount of chocolate. I didn't notice any sweetness in the taste that I got from the smell but probably better anyway.

MF: Seems thicker than most of the stouts I've had recently. Drinks really easy for an Imperial too. Doesn't leave you with anything but wanting more.

O: Definitely like it, probably get some more from the store just to hang on too. Grab some.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:45:10 | More by HoppyHachey
Photo of ILessThan3Brett


2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I found this one disappointing. Potential for pleasant maltiness and drinkability masked by excessive bitterness, alcohol content, and, especially unpleasant, readily discernible acetone. Not awful beer, and it is fun to see how inky black it pours, but not enough fun to drink, either.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 12:17:26 | More by ILessThan3Brett
Photo of Zymurgo


3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Brewer's Haven in Boise.

A - Dark, black, and thick being impenetrable to light. Head was an attractive and rocky dark brown. Color was so dark and thick the brew lingered on the sides of the glass for some time.

S - The weakest part of the brew was the smell. The dark malts and some roasted coffee notes came through. However the pleasant aromas were secondary to a fairly pronounced sour note.

T - Completely inverse to the aroma of the brew, this was a delicious beer. The dark malts matched well with the alcohol content allowing the alcohol bite to only show up at the finish. It portrayed a coffee nuttiness and slightly piney hops flavors. Could of used a little stronger hop profile for the style.

M - Silky and smooth texture with a thickness to the brew that is true to it's hearty appearance.

D - A good beer, I don't think I would pick this one out in a line up of others in it's class. Still, if offered this one I would defiantly take it. Don't look for anything spectacular here and you will be happy.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 18:11:14 | More by Zymurgo
Photo of kcsc007


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I wouldn't have purchased this beer if not for the awsome bottle. At $10.50, I thought it was a little pricey, but I took the risk and was happy with the result.

It looked in the glass like most stouts, dark brown, the color a a nice dark brewed coffee with a rich, foamy head. The aroma of brown sugar and deeply malted barley. The taste was very malty, as to be expected, with hints of chocolate, toasted oats and coffee yet with a tinge of bitterness at the tail end of the swig. The brew seemed to strengthen over time, with a strong hollow-bitterness I associate with stouts not of the Irish brand. Not as thick and creamy in the mouth as some others, or as complex.

I tried some of this beer with dark chocolate, and I must say, it really improved the flavor and finish of the beer.

I was not too impressed with this beer, but it is worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 17:20:34 | More by kcsc007
Photo of Juggernaut929


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was quite good, I bought a few extra bottles a put them away for a year or so, This is the 2nd beer I've drank of this, and the one I'm reviewing.

Appearance - Black, completely dark, with a thin line of head that disappears after a few minutes. Carbonation seems low but appropriate to the style IMO.

Smell - My bad sense of smell says that this is an imperial stout. ;P Which smells good.

Taste/Drinkability - This beer slides down your throat as a thick sauce of awesomeness. It has some darker fruit notes, maybe raisin or cherry, with a nice chocolate flavor coming across. I was rather pleased by this. I found it to be lighter than some imperial stouts, kind of a middle ground, where its still drinkable, I feel i could drink a few of them. Very light hop flavor coming across, and a nice finish and after flavor, begging another sip.

Finish/Overall Impression- I was impressed by this, like I said put a few bottles away for aging, I found the alcohol bite was a bit high, but I think a little waiting will cure that, not that its a bad thing. The price for this was very reasonable too, i think I spent a little under $3 per bottle, and I really like the label. Overall nice work to the brewers on this one.


Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 18:39:26 | More by Juggernaut929
Photo of Cru


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:06:34 | More by Detlef90
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 00:40:48 | More by mp2mp
Photo of ninetofive


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

750ml bottle from wades wines in westlake, CA.
poured into a lengthwise pint glass.

a- black with a big brown head. good lacing through out.

s- bitter and roasty malt, bitter chocolate.

t- boozy, and roasty. chocolate and bitter hoppyness. coffee on the finish.

m- full bodied, with big carbonation. slight silky feel.

d- pretty big stout. nice to sip, my glass got better as it warmed up a bit. nice cold weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 10:56:52 | More by ninetofive
Photo of mnbeerdrinker


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown into a pint glass. Appears to be some suspended residue that you can see when holding the glass up to the light. Some settles out, but the beer is so thick that most stays in suspension. It doesn't appear to impact the mouthfeel or the taste as far as I can tell.

No head at all. Beer appears thick and somewhat viscous. Not that much carbonization. No lacing.

Aroma is typical for an imperial stout. Sweet, heavy on dark chocolate, and a hint of smoke. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thick, matching the appearance.

Taste is of roasted malt. Some chocolate. There is a very slight bitterness during and after swallowing, but it is more sweet while it is in your mouth.

Stouts are one of my favorite styles. I like this one a lot, and will be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 00:14:54 | More by mnbeerdrinker
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:04:14 | More by ACarrell
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.