Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

549 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 25
Gots: 50 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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1.9/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is black. Like black hole black. With a tan head that settles from an inch to a whisp. Smokey, chocolate, and caramel aromas. Taste is overwhelmingly licorice and anise up front with dark chocolate notes. Warm alcohol flavor fades to bitter roasted barley flavor that lingers. This feels just like a stout should. A bit heavy, very full bodied with a dry finish.

I guess I'm not a fan of Black Cauldron. I quite like imperial versions of most styles, but imperial stouts just aren't my favorite to begin with, so you totally have to knock my socks off with your RIS. This beer just needed something to give it character. Hops, Belgian yeast, something to make it stand out from the crowd. In the end, it was just another heavy, bitter, one dimensional beer for me.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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

Bought a 4-pack (4-12oz bottles) from The Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO for $9.99. Poured one of the 12oz bottles w/ the Top Wrapped in Silver Foil, Blue/Silver labeled w/ 2 Witches on the front into my 16oz HotShots Pint Glass. Has BOTTLED ON 09/20/11 in the "designated" area on the side.

Aroma- A nice cocoa and rich malty aroma starts this one off. Has tons of coffee and roast in here too. The chocolate/cocoa aroma is the most dominate and adds to the complexity! Great!

Appearance- Pours a Dark Brown, 1 Finger head that has great retention! The body color is the darkest brown you can get before black and opaque. Leaves thick, dark lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of brown attributes (malty, rich, roastiness, burnt) that make up this flavor. Has a bit of coffee but not much, more in the background. The bitterness level is medium in here and the hops are hidden a bit behind the rest of the brew.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Bit of warming feeling on the palate, and then has a nice, viscous coffee flavor that goes down smooth and the tongue is unharmed.

Overall Impression- I am going to be aging one of these bottles and will re-review once a year passes. This was a tremendous stout with nice cocoa, coffee attributes all within. I would suggest picking up a 4-pack, enjoying two of them and then aging the other two. Once again, good brews from Grand Teton! Cheers!

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--Black as night, probably one of the darkest beers I can remember having. There is the smallest hint of a red hue if the light hits it just right. Thin brownish rim sticks to the glass, no legs.

S--Decent amount of booze on the nose, roasted malt and bitter chocolate, a surprising dark fruitiness. Also get some dark roasted coffee.

T--The main flavors I get are roasted malt and dark chocolate up front and a surprising bitterness/hoppiness on the back that cuts into the chocolate flavors rather nicely. There is a touch of alcohol, too, but overall the beer hides its strength pretty well. The bitter finish makes this beer really interesting, and as I am sitting here I start to get some of the fruit that was on the nose, mixing nicely with the chocolate. Not that sweet. I'm drinking this beer pretty warm (close to room temp).

M--Medium to full bodied, some of the sips come off a touch thin, but overall the beer and the flavors coat the mouth pretty well. Average carbonation. Alcohol isn't in the taste but it warms pretty well.

O--I wouldn't describe this as an "everyday" imperial stout if that makes sense, but it is a really interesting beer because of the bitterness, which I'm guessing comes from the hops described on the packaging. Lots of different flavors, nice fruitiness, and a satisfying winter beer.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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

Tasted oct 27th 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

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!

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.