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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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540 Ratings

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 25
Gots: 49 | 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  rDev +2%

IpeeA, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +2%

Paul68, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +2%

mgbickel, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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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.

mkotsayfan, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -18.4%
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 -3.1%
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 -3.1%
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 -31.6%
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 -28.6%
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 +7.1%
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
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged one year in the beer fridge.

Dark black pour with 2 full fingers of rich, dark, thick, creamy head. Laces wel.l

Nice mix of dark roast malt, dark roast coffee, rich chocolate malt, and citrus hops. All the flavors are there, just not quite enough of them.

Creamy smooth texture with muted roast coffee and light chocolate flavors. Touches of vanilla under the chocolate. Good hop presence in the finish, even after a year under wraps.

Appropriate body for the style. Creamy.

Overall, very easy to drink. Hides the abv extremely well.

beer2day, Sep 26, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 9/21/10.

I this one from billab914 in a really nice local trade.

A: Almost pitch black, but not quite, with a finger or so head that was only a couple of shades lighter than the brew itself.

S: Ham, smoked salami, dog food, green peas, soy sauce, and raw cacao. That's a strange combination I know, but that is honestly what I got. Very unusual, yet intriguing.

T: Toasted soy sauce and/or sesame oil, sweet milk chocolate, prunes, and a good bit of smoked pork. The finish was mildly dry, but I've had much, much more saliva sucking in my life.

M: Sweet, syrupy lingering on the palate for sure, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing in this setting. Very thick, measly carbonated, and with spotty lacing.

O: This is a great stout folks... one of the more unique ones I've tried in a while even. I would gladly try this again if given the opportunity and would love to get this one as an extra in a trade again!

Chaney, Sep 17, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque, nearly black, with a dark brown head and lasting lace

S: lots of dark malt in the nose, rounded out by some fruit and smoky spicy notes

T: big start with plenty of malt and roast coffee and chocolate flavors, molasses, some smoke, and a long chewy bitter-sweet finish with just a bit of a tang

M: full bodied, creamy, warm

O: that first bit of roast coffee I tasted after pouring this seemed too burnt and bitter and even a bit chaulky, but as the beer has warmed a little the sweeter side of this big malty brew is coming out. The beer is much better balanced as it warms a bit, and much more enjoyable. It has been raining all day today, and it's that first rain towards the end of summer that seems cold as well as wet, making you feel like fall is just around the corner. This beer is a nice fit and warm enough to drive away the chill.

BobCS, Sep 08, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Liquors 44, Northampton, MA. Bottled on 01/04/11. 12oz pry-top brown glass bottle with foil.

Pours a medium-thick black with some thin tan head that has poor retention. Nose is kind of like roasting meats, coffee and a little tire rubber notes. Palate is medium-full bodied and slick with alcohol and a faint suggestion of acidity (not infected though, maybe just from the hops). Flavors of coffee, tar, char, BBQ, etc. Fairly long finish. Good mouthfeel.


SFLpunk, Aug 25, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a treat from this one:

Appearance: poured in a Real Ale Tulip: Rich dark brown/black oil slick pour and presents a nice tan head of foam about an inch high.

Smell: Roasted Goodness with a good hop bouquet. I like that in this style. Lots of coffee tones with a little caramel/milk chocolate.

Taste: Roasted notes continue but aren't like the nose, more milk chocolate. As one reviewing compared, cocoa mix like chocolate taste to it. Finishes with a hop bitterness but nothing to pull my bottom lip up and ruin the balance, just a nice hop note.

Mouthfeel: Solid, much better than alot of poorly constructed american double stouts which is quite an accomplishment.

I seek this out once a year and usually pair it with some nice dark chocolate for an after dinner beer and I think it's best that way, try it!

Phoenix2443, Aug 20, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Stone IRS specialty glass. Bottled on date of 10/14/10

Appearance - Pours with a little more than a 1 finger high, creamy, tan colored head. As I pour, I notice it's nice and viscous and the color of oil. Looks nice, head sticks around for a decent amount of time, leaves minimal lace.

Smell - Lots of deep roasted malt aromas, with dark coffee and coffee bitterness, also some toffee, chocolate, and caramel notes in there. A bit of a coffee creamer/vanilla scent in there and maybe a slight hint of smoke way in the back. As this warms I get some subtle hints at sweet dark cherries in the background.

Taste - Nice roasted malt, some charred and smokey notes to it but not too much, coffee notes are subtler than the nose but still present, bittersweet chocolate almost like an airy powdered cocoa mix, caramel and toffee in there but very light. There's some sweetness and a bit of dark cherry in there also, then more roast and coffee and airy chocolate on the finish. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Consistency is really quite silky and airy smooth, almost like powdery or chalky but not quite that for a lack of a better word to describe it. Definitely not at all what I was expected from an Imperial Stout. Light carbonation, light and fluffy body, with a smooth and relatively short finish. I like the mouthfeel, it makes this Imperial Stout very drinkable, but it's definitely not what I expected.

Overall - I have to say I enjoyed this, but I think it might be a bit better with a bit thicker mouthfeel. Other than that, a nice Imperial Stout. Not quite my favorite, but definitely one I'll have again on many occasions and one that I will probably end up cellaring a few of. If you like Imperial Stouts, this one's definitely worth a try.

matttttYCE, Aug 18, 2011
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.