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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

554 Ratings

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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
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Ratings: 554 | Reviews: 314
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4/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of Philousa
1.93/5  rDev -50.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of mechamifune
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%
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!

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Daktyls
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of prototypic
3.97/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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