1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

554 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 554
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 29
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2006

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: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 554 | Reviews: 314
Photo of ghostwalker
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body. Solid finger of tan head. A little thin for the style.

Aroma is solid malt, dark fruits and a hint of sour. Is that sourness intentional?

Smooth and rich maltiness. Dark fruits jump out at me. No real coffee or chocolate contribution, or other things that one often encounters in Imperial Stouts. Almost Belgian in style, but without the Belgian yeast character. Kind of reminds me of Black Albert, but without the hoppiness. Different, but good.

Thin for the style. Slight creaminess, slick and coating.

Overall is good. I like it, but it lacks a certain intensity. Bet it's better with a little sidecar of good bourbon. Think I'll find out!

Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Crass3000
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 12/29/2011

5/5 Pours out dark as used motor oil with a huge four-finger, dark brown head with great retention.

4.5/5 Smell is dark malts, dark fruits, mollasses, and a tiny bit of chocolate.

4/5 Taste is nice roasted malts, dark fruits, mollasses, and a tiny bit of bitter coffee.

4/5 Mouthfeel is nice and thick as expected for an imperial stout. Really a great beer. The best of the night although they are all recaps.

Photo of awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev +2%

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

This beer is real black - only slight dark brown edging at the bottom of the tulip glass I used. Dark tan foamy head, but not super thick. The alcohol comes through in the nose a bit, with molasses, fruits, and chocolate. Has a dark fruit flavor/sweetness with some hops and dark chocolate. Roasted finish, but not strong. There's an essence of smokiness in there too that makes this brew pretty unique.

Photo of budgood1
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out ann opaque ink black colour with a cherry red tinged dark tan head. receding foam leaves a good deal of clinging lace. choco covered cherry aroma...hints of java, nougat, yeast, and coconut. the taste lends itself towards coffee and cocoa notes...then veers heavily toward the yeasty, fruity esthers reminiscent of plums and chokecherries. some brandy like alcohol rears its head, making this seem more RIS than ADS. definitley more fruit centric than dark roasted malt centric. add in some lactic aspects and this big stout provides a unique, boozy goodness that is welcome in its balance of flavours. nice full body with a smooth mouthfeel only interrupted by a slight alcohol sting. drinkability is real nice...a well constructed DIS.

overall, i was impressed. this had some baltic porter characteristics, and a surprisingly boozy kick for only 8.00% ABV. worth trying, and worth laying down.

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Pours pitch black with a tan head.

Smells of roast, sweetness, coffee, chocolate, and grapefruit.

Taste is chocolate up front with coffee, a general caramel sweetness, and a fruity and roasted malt finish that is quite nice actually.

Full body with medium carbonation.

I was quite pleased with this beer. It is sweet yet drinkable and complex with a difference in its more fruity/hoppy finish.

Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas of sweet malts, raisins and sherry in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste has lots of flavors of raisins and sherry.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful and the taste of sherry makes this an interesting beer to sip.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying my first Idaho beer and it is very nice. The Black Cauldron Stout is great. The beer pours an opaque color with tan thin head. The smell is roasted molassis, vanilla, black licorice. The taste follows the smell. The mouthfeel is a medium to full body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a very good stout.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/18/10. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted and charred/burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with the roasty/charred and bitter coffee flavors being the strongest, and some light sweet dark fruit flavors also noticeable (which do get stronger as the beer warms up more). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick with low/moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, and it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ryancorn
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ChuckStingray
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of rj10340
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of rfranklin7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Cru
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. 09/21/11 date.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Some roasty bread, cocoa, and raisin. Some dusty chalk and roasted caramel.

(T)- A sweet profile overall. Raisin, molasses, and raisin with some rich; almost burnt caramel.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Some very sweet notes and bready caramel bits. Smooth, but very sweet.

(D)- A solid stout with some nicely balanced flavors. Sweet, but rich too.

Photo of Mscarpen
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 10/14/10, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours completely black with no light getting through, not even around the edges. It formed a 1/2-finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Little head remains and there is a tiny bit of lacing.

S - Smell is interesting, a bit funky with a whiff of alcohol and roasted malt and in the background. The most prominent odor seems to be a bit like wine. It smells like it has a very mild case of infection.

T - A bit of tang and astringent fruit comes along with molasses, coffee and roasted (slightly smokey) malts. There is a surprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - This has medium body, is smooth on the way in with light carbonation and a dry finish.

O/D - I threw this in the cellar to see what would happen to it in a year. The beer definitely change from the predominantly roasty stout that I experienced a year ago. I enjoyed tasting it a year later and have one more to see what it's like next winter.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.