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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

531 Ratings

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

IPx, Nov 24, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

Pours a not quite pitch black with very slight brown head that dissapears pretty quickly. Lacing evident, carbonation about right.

Smell is sweetness, roastiness and dark chocolate. Not overly strong. Nothing wrong per se, just doesn't really hit me that much.

Taste is very strong, great chocolate flavors upfront that give way to a great roasted character. Slightly bitter on the finish, but in a good way.

Moutfeel is very creamy and smooth. I remember drinking this fresh last year and thinking that the body seemed a bit thin, but for whatever reason that seems to have evened out with a year of aging.

Overall this is a great example of an IS. I enjoyed it just as much if not more so than some of the more heralded examples of the style.

mechamifune, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted oct 27th 2011 (from notes)


A - deep dark black/brown, very small deep tan head and minimal lacing

S - bourbon, chocolate, coffee, sugar, cinnamon, roasted malts and slight hop

T - nice bourbon boozey flavor, milk and dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, whiskey barrels, chicory coffee, some earth and some slight hoppiness

M - full bodied, well balanced, low acidity, nice complexity and long finish

D - easy for a stout and especially an imperial stout. Yet, you can still tell its an imperial. Everything you like about stouts and nothing you don't

Final thought - another excellent reserve series from grand Teton. Much love!

whatthehull, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Allurex, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

IpeeA, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours the usual color with a one finger tan/mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly to a fine lacing that hangs around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Definitely roasted malts on the nose here, they make themselves more present than anything else. There's also some dark cocoa and a bit of chocolate present as well as some sweetness.

T: Sweetness, chocolate notes and light amounts of coffee all complement the roasted malts.

M: Mouthfeel is a little bit lighter than expected for an RIS, but this correlates with the lower ABV. Medium-light amount of carbonation with a somewhat creamy feel.

O: Overall a little surprising in that it deviates somewhat from the typical RIS, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'd definitely buy again.

Daktyls, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Paul68, Nov 20, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Black Cauldron pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. Looks onyx and opaque. Pretty impressive. It’s topped with a tan head that barely covers the surface. It dissipates very quickly. It had just arrived! Lacing was lighter, but a little sticky. Really like the color.

The nose is good. It starts out with a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate variety definitely seems stronger. Smells like dark chocolate. It’s not very sweet. Coffee is definitely there and complements the malts well. Secondary scents include light dark fruit and molasses. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through very strong. Smells good.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. The malt base is a mix of chocolate and roasted varieties. Bittersweet dark chocolate is the focal point. It’s not sweet at all. Coffee has a nice presence and complements the malt flavors very well. Light plum and molasses flavors are secondary and subtle. They add some nice depth. Alcohol is masked well. I’m not getting much at all. Pretty impressive. Finishes malty with a touch of java.

Black Cauldron has a medium body. It leans toward full with a little warming. Carbonation is mid-range. It feels nice and smooth. Goes down easy. I like the 12 oz. serving size. It’s not too much. Good call.

Black Cauldron is a pretty impressive stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co. Who knew a stout from Idaho would be this good? While it’s not among the best stouts out there, it is pretty darn good. There aren’t a whole lot of shortcomings here to discuss. It’s solid all-around. Frankly, it lacks pizzazz to really distinguish itself. Perhaps some hops might do the trick. It’s good stuff in any event. Definitely worth seeking out.

prototypic, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mgbickel, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel tulip. Pours a deep dark black with a mocha colored head with nice tight bubbles. The aroma has some dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a nice caramel sweetness. The taste has a lot of roasted malts and coffee, and some dark chocolate as well. The mouthfeel is medium-thick bodied with a good amount of carbonation, and is delightfully very creamy and smooth.

A nice stout from Grand Teton, a good example and pretty standard for the style. The creaminess and smoothness add to the drinkability, I'd love to get some more of this.

mkotsayfan, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage 12 oz bottle

A_ pours a thick black solid color with a small tan head and small collar

S- roasted malts,coffee,chocolate,cocoa

T-roasted malts and bread with loads of coffee and semi sweet chocolate with a good dose of hops ,alcohol is present in the background

M- is low carbonation with a boozy taste more bitter than smooth

O- just an average double to me it alright tasty but not the one i will reach for only bought a single of this.. ill buy one more and give it another try

gatornation, Nov 08, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark brown, nearly black with good carbonation

S: Big roastiness, notes of light espresso and cocoa

T: A mild chocolate upfront,creaminess a weird mix of smokae and roastiness, little alcohol burn and hints of espresso throughout

M: Big body, no carbonation issues but the taste falls a little flat on the palate

O: This beer missed the mark on the style. The feel and flavor leaned more toward an Imperial Porter than Imperial Stout

barleywinefiend, Nov 04, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours big and black with a slight head, very viscous looking

smell is nice, but a bit of alcohol, even a bit of chemical on the nose, but the backbone is classic stout...lots of cocoa, dark fruit etc.

taste is nice, a little licorice with more cocoa, a little coffee, some nice clean bitterness in the end.

overall this is a nice beer - a good example of the style and not too big, very drinkable.

benclimbs, Nov 04, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

Thin mocha head on a dark brown/black beer. Good lacing and head retention.

Smells of cola and brown malts.

Roasty, and to a lesser extent kind of smokey. Quick hit of chocolate. Some cola notes. Some hop presence still around. Drinks around 9%abv.

Real smooth. Medium to medium-thick mouthfeel. Retains good carbonation.

Not let down nor impressed, Black Cauldron drinks a pretty middle of the road imperial stout...just like I would have suspected. Not a bad beer by a long shot but I probably wouldn't spend money on it going forward.

Duff27, Oct 30, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Checked this one out in attempt to prepare myself for a stout tasting the following day. Bottle conditioned, regional brewery, seemed interesting. 12 oz. into snifter on October 21st, 2011.

A – More a dark brown than black. Retention of head amounts to khaki bubbles. Average lacing.

S – Strong roasted note, spice, a tad bit of espresso bean and rye bread. Twinge of leather or smoke on the end.

T - Front is a quick dark chocolate bitterness. Middle of the tongue is completely and utterly dominated by that thick roasted character. Beyond that sits alcohol both in taste and warming. That’s pretty much it.

M – Medium body, truly unmemorable carbonation despite the second fermentation in the bottle.

D – Meh. The taste is entirely uncomplex and needs some revamping.

Auracom, Oct 27, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a red wine glass black with a fluffy tan head the dissipates to the glasses edge.

The nose is sweet and malty but the alcohol is harsh, needs some age. There is slight almost leather nose at the end

The taste is flat to much alcohol hints of choc at the end but I expected more. There are more hops then u might expect spiced seems like a home brew experiment that goes nowhere

bishopdc0, Oct 04, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a impenetrable black with 2 fingers of creamy dark tan head. Not looking too thick... great lacing.

Smells of rich and bitter dark chocolate and some hearty coffee, getting some dried dark fruit as well along with some kind of a spice, I'm thinking cinnamon. Smells pretty delicious.

Taste is very coffee and dark chocolate forward, roasted malt is playing second fiddle. Its also giving off some sherry like qualities in the aftertaste. Booze is well hidden but the burn is present at the end. Not complaining about that at all.

Medium bodied but slightly thin for my taste. I wish that this beer was thicker and chewy because it would be up in the rankings of great stouts for sure. Still, the beer coats the tongue with each sip and has a slightly drying hop aftertaste.

Overall, this is a cash money beer considering that my parents got it for me while they were on vacation in Jackson Hole, WY. A little disappointed with it being thin but the taste of this beer makes up for the bodies short coming. I have seven of these left and I dont think that it will be too hard drinking the rest.

dcloeren, Oct 02, 2011
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.