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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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AgentMunky

California

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce foil-capped bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottle 10 December 2009.

A: Thin, mocha head forms atop a stolid, viciously, viscously black beer.

S: Bone-dry and bitter, with a more than a touch of coffee and of smoke. Molasses or burnt sugar.

T/M: Tasty, but not overwhelming. A solid imperial stout, a bit thin (perhaps from age) and dry (from the touch of smoked malts). Bitter and lingering, there are berries (mostly sweet, lightly sour) and chocolate amidst the still-extant hops and heavy roasted malts.

O: Really nice imperial stout. Recommended! I wouldn't dig around for it like I did to find this one, but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 07:35:20 | More by AgentMunky
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/10/10. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours black with a 2" cola colored head. Small bubbles of lacing speckle the glass.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and faint pine.

T- Sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate and slight pine bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Lower abv for the style but drinks amazingly well and easy.

O- Good RIS. Not very complex, but has nice sweet and roasted malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:38:02 | More by kawilliams81
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is as black as an oily black cauldron, naturally. A mocha colored head recedes to chunky bubbles with a thick ring of foam around the edges. Wispy, sticky lacing coats the glass.

The aroma is oily and of black licorice up front. Also bitter coffee and sweet vanilla comes out.

The taste starts out with a dark-roasted assault in the memory of Oreo cookies. It's a rick, dark, almost chalky fudge-like note. Underneath this, and really hidden comes faint sweet vanilla bean. Does this sound like a dessert beer sipper so far? The finish presents the sharper, bitter hops with bitter coffee grinds coming to mind.

The mouthfeel is maybe chewy, due to the extremely rich nature of this brew.

Overall, a good dessert beer, or a nice sipper on a breezy, chilly Autumn night.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 22:54:52 | More by JuicesFlowing
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

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

Pours out black with a sand colored single finger of foam that lasts for about a minute and a half, leaving behind some mediocre lacing. Rich full smooth body, lightly carbonated.

Smells and tastes of a combination of blackberries and prunes, black coffee, and charred malt with a fair dollop of smokiness, aniseed and licorice on the side. The aroma is a little bit less intense than the richness of the flavor is, but the ABV is hidden very well. The finish has a hint of chalky mineral character. It's a somewhat better than average RIS to be sure!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:03:31 | More by WastingFreetime
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blackcompg

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was surprising to me in how thin it felt. For an imperial stout, this one had a more noticeable hop character (though not dominant by any means) and there was a slightly smoky profile. Not too strong on the nose, which was a little disappointing as it is one of my favorite components of the imperial stouts. I appreciate that it tastes unlike the other stours I've had, but I don't think it's particularly great, especially when I can only get it in a 750mL bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:07:54 | More by TheRealBigC
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells absolutely wonderful. Deep roastiness with plenty of sweetness to make this a rich, decadent treat for the nose. Chocolate, caramel, and hints of molasses.

3.5 T: Smells better than it tastes, but it's not bad. Lots of roast, but not as sweet as I thought it would be. Less chocolate and caramel too. Moderate roasty bitterness.

3.0 M: Heavier medium body. A bit too much carbonation, but okay. Lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: Decent beer. I just wish it tasted like it smells.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 20:08:23 | More by DavoleBomb
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beergoot

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing aroma: roasted grains, coffee, a spicy bitterness of sorts, charred malts. Burnt and richly roasted grains dominate the malt side, a near-piercing bitterness gently slaps your eyes open before smoothing out nicely at the finish. Mouthfeel comes across surprisingly on the light, clean and dry side of things.

Sweet and bitter. Well-balanced with excellent complexity to detect while putting away your drink. No high-powered alcohol notes; it's nicely folded into the other flavors. Well-done imperial stout!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:36:22 | More by beergoot
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this at a good temperature, with a smallish, dark tan, foamy head that soon subsided to a ring and no lace. Color is (apparently) a clear, very dark, almost black, ruby red. Aroma is roast malt, licorice, fruit, toffee. Flavor's like nose; fairly mellow, good balance between sweet and bitter and slight carbonic tang. Body is good, full, round with tiny peaks, but carbonation is a touch soft. Finish is like flavor, long, and a little boozy. Was expecting more out of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:20:32 | More by drpimento
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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

Black color with a towering espresso colored head.

There's a nice hoppy presence for an RIS. Dark berries, fudge, and root beer smells.

There's a hint of smoke that compliments the berries and fudge in the taste. Pine and earthy hops splash the char flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

It's a pretty solid and fairly complex RIS. The price point on it ($6.50 a bottle at a local grocery store) only adds to my admiration. I'd defitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:01:03 | More by Vonerichs
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Hex92

Virginia

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

Opened a bottle dated Nov 2 2007. Its May 2012 so it has been sitting for a while. I never tried it "fresh" so I can't determine if it has changed over the last 4+ years.

A-black no lacing head disappeared quickly.
S-roasted malts
T- big malt, hardly any hops....just the way I like it. The malts are roasted perfectly. I don't like when they cross the line to burnt. These are perfect.
M- nice. Light on carbonation, but maybe that is due o being over 4 years old.

O- great representation of the style. If I see this again I will pick up a bottle and drink it a bit sooner.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:37:35 | More by Hex92
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice ris. A really excellent nose with a consistently thick body and a consistent delivery of flavor. It carries a lot of the characteristics I like to see in the style (though admittedly, not as intense as others, but who cares) and does it well. Oddly, this seems like an easier drinking ris. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:29:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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woemad

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls about a year ago and forgotten about until now. According to the stamp on the label, this was bottled on October 14, 2010. Hopefully, with an abv of 8%, things will still be tasty.

Poured a viscousy dark brown, almost black color. Decent sized dark tan head hung around for a few minutes before receding to leave spotty lace on the sides of my glass.

The ol’ factory rewards of this beer are sweet, as in mollasses, and a bit boozy. There’s also some bitter, coffeeish notes in the background that are harder to detect.

Modest, sweet mollasses flavor starts off the taste, to soon be joined by some bitter coffee notes to balanced things. This is not a flavor bomb of an Impy stout by any means. There’s a mild, bitter zap to the palate at the swallow. Not nearly as boozy, taste-wise, as I expected from the aroma. Weird.

Somewhat thick, oily and coating in the mouthfeel department, which I suppose is what’s expected.

Meh. This is an okay beer for it’s style, nothing spectacular. However, it is possible it’s a little too old, so at some point, if and when a fresher one becomes available again, I’ll try it again and if neccesary, I’ll re-review it. But for now, it seems to be nothing terribly special in a style that generally is supposed to hold up for the long haul.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 23:17:47 | More by woemad
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:27:58 | More by mdaschaf
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mactrail

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely sudsy appearance with beige head. Spritzy on the tongue. Surprisingly thin body. A sort of cloud of carbonation in the mouth. There just seems to be not much real flavor beneath the black stoutness.

Quite pleasant as a stout, but suspiciously overstrong. Fairly sweet taste with some milk chocolate, but dries quickly to a flattened flavor of soupy darkness. Hops seem to have evaded me in taking notes.

As a regular stout this would be pretty good. But with the apparent addition of EverClear, it's good for a bedtime tipple but not much for savoring.

05-15-2012 - Another tasting, apparently I forgot I had this before. I would not rate it so high this time. such a huge flavor of both raw and burnt grain. Seems stronger than 8%. Burnt pumpernickel toast.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 06:04:10 | More by mactrail
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Etan

Wisconsin

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a rich, absolutely opaque black with a small dark tan head. Head recedes to a ring around the glass on some whispy carbonation on top. Some lacing.

S: Chocolate-forward with a bit of spicy alcohol lingering behind. Slight roasted coffee beans, a little smokiness, and milky vanilla. Hint of hop resin. Sweet and smooth.

T: In front, milk and bittersweet chocolate with roasted coffee and a hint of fruity sweetness from the hops and alcohol. Smoked malts are definitely doing their job here, with a hefty dose of smoky bitterness lingering well-after the beer leaves the tongue.

M: Soft and tingly carbonation. Good body.

O: The smoked malts are certainly there, but aren't overpowering. ABV is on the low end for an American RIS, which lets the malts come into focus. I really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 21:15:51 | More by Etan
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beagle75

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Opaque black color with no head save for a loose ramp of light beige bubbles that tries to climb up the side of the glass. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild but roasty, with a fine thread of molasses that adds minor interest. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft roasted malt, herbaceous qualities, and a brief hit of smoky and fermented yeast. Acidity is mild into the middle where coffee emerges before a savory quality, also suggestive of smoke, marks the transition into the mild roasty finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: medium to thick viscosity, slightly acidic but balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This stout barely qualifies as imperial at 8% abv, and it shows in how it drinks. It has a slightly apologetic feel to it, which is unexpected from Grand Teton. It is an acceptable stout and does not offend, but it lacks the inspirational flair featured in most of their other recipes.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 14:02:25 | More by beagle75
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with a creamy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is smokey charred dark grain and espresso.

Taste is similar to the nose. More of the charred dark grain. Espresso and chocolate makes an appearance. Subtle dark fruit sweetness - plum and date. Tobacco hop character comes on surprisingly strong. Finishes with a dry oak and vanilla quality.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

Overall, a decent stout. No off flavor here. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:30:33 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick dark black with clear mahogany highlights, the head was a nice creamy dark tan that quickly turned into just a light ring.

The smell is dominated by the smokiness and roasted barley.

Has a heavy black burnt grain and smokey flavor with some touches of molasses sweetness coming through, just a bit of herbal hops keep it almost in balance. Some nice notes of chocolate and brown sugar, a bit of vanilla pokes through as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily, a bit chewy.

A good Imperial Stout, but nothing groundbreaking here. A bit on the mild side of imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:27:52 | More by bashiba
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

750ml (1 pint, 9oz) bottle. Date reads, 9/21/11. Split between two into a Victory snifter

A: Pours a dark black color. There are some faint reddish hues at the bottom of the glass. Three fingers dark tan head. Tight tiny bubbles. Alcohol feet. Beautiful head. Two tones and sticks around forever.

S: I got lots of roast and coffee and mild chocolate. It's very pleasant.

T: Really nice chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Lots of dark chocolate but also milk and there is some coffee too. As it warms the chocolate really mellows into a smooth flavor blending milk and dark.

M: Medium to full bodied. Not overly thick.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 22:50:51 | More by inlimbo77
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rawfish

California

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle pours into a tulip glass. Pitch with mahogany glints along the glass. Pretty good lacing forms from a tiny mocha head of half a finger.

Aroma highlights fruit and complexities in the malt, molasses, char, licorice with plum, raisins and currants in the mix. Slight hoppiness of citrus mixed in there. Low on chocolate or coffee depth. That's um, different.

Charred roasted malts with a sweetness that comes from molasses and candied fig. Slight mild chocolate finally appears as the hops come in with flavors of muted grapefruit. Finishes with roasted malt and lactic acid. Not your typical RIS but delightfully complex.

Suffers from a really stick mouthcoating that doesn't clear the palate for the next sip. Decently carbed and body otherwise. Lactic acid finish is accentuated by the roasted malt finish that draws on.

Rushed through this one a bit so I could avoid the aftertaste and biting finish but the flavors here are welcome change from most stouts I have tried. Malts are pleasant and complex with a brighter hop finish than expected. Not my favorite but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:03:26 | More by rawfish
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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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barnzy78

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 9/20/2011, pours a syrupy black with a thin, tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are mainly some roasted malt and anise, not too boozy, but as it warms booze and dark chocolate seem to come out. Tastes are bitter with anise and pine dominating the forefront followed by roasted/charred malt, burnt brown sugar, somewhat boozy, with some white pepper that finishes with a prickle on the tongue. Mouth-feel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, pretty good complexity here, but at times I found it wasn't going down so smoothly. Good example of the style, just not a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:38:47 | More by barnzy78
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours very dark brown, appearing black. Half finger dark brown head dissipates slowly to a thick ring, light lacing. Muted aroma of dark and roasted malt and light chocolate. Flavor of roasted and slightly charred malt melds into a thinner, slightly sour fruit, roasted malt and coffee middle and finish. Body is light to medium. A satisfactory stout, but the finish is thin and not a good flavor progression. I bought this almost two year old bottle from a cooler room at the store, but can't be sure of its storage history. Good enough that I'll try a fresh one if the opportunity arises.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:59:18 | More by LiquidAmber
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intensify

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter and reviewed.
First off, this was recommended by a good friend of mine who knows his booze so i was curious to try it.
Pour- poured a dark brown with a nice 2 finger head.. excellent retention. As a matter of fact, retention is nearly flawless.
Smell- dark malt characters and a bitter chocolate aroma. A kiss of coffee and no alcohol.
Taste- pretty damn tasty. Almost pin point to the smell. Bitter but sweet chcolate, coffee and a sweetness that balances out very nicely. Overall a bit bitter finish.
Mouthfeel- creamy, creamy, and creamy. Low carbonation which suits this style nicely.
overall its a tasty stout. The creamyness lives up to its style and its one i will enjoy in the future. If you like strong coffee character stouta.. try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 07:23:40 | More by intensify
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.