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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

503 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%


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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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle from November 2010 that I opened as part of a small stout tasting on 01/03/2012. Poured into a 5 oz. snifter, and reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown, near black with faint ruby hues. A thin tan/brown head develops with good retention but minimal lacing.

The aroma is of roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, a touch of milk chocolate, and faint coffee grounds. A bit of a "charred" impression is gained.

Taste is rather unassuming, with roasted/smoked malts, caramel, cocoa nibs, ground coffee, and a certain earthy dirt flavor. Seems a bit muddled and unintegrated, but not wholly offputting.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, though there is a slightly bitter characteristic from the cacao (it seems). It finishes with a creamy texture and dry aftertaste.

Overall, a good stout. Not mind-blowing, but affordable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 17:21:18 | More by eclipse54
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle to a NBB globe glass. Bottled on 12/8/2010.

A - The beer pours a deep bitch opaque black color. Black edges, dark. A nice 1.5 finger mocha colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - There is roasted barley and chocolate immediately but a citrus sweetness from the hops comes in afterwards. Its a nice blend of sweet and roast. No sense of alcohol.

T - Just like the nose the beer starts with a bitter roasted barley and chocolate malt flavor. It's not so much that it's unbearable but rather a smooth roasty character. The hop sweetness and citrus character comes in the middle. It's a very balanced brew. I am not used to such hop character in an imperial stout. I really like it!

M - Good carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes smooth and creamy. Good.

D - Very

Overall, this is a very good beer. I had the opportunity to get a 4-pack or a bomber. I went with a bomber. I will immediately get more. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-13-2011 01:50:08

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 14:08:35 | More by hopfacebrew
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:43:34 | More by ghostwalker
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Crass3000

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 10:51:21 | More by Crass3000
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stealth

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 10:32:57 | More by stealth
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 01:02:10 | More by budgood1
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 16:26:10 | More by TenHornsProud
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 15:53:08 | More by metter98
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:16:03 | More by WoodBrew
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:32:05 | More by bluejacket74
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Cru

Montana

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 22:33:53 | More by Cru
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sweemzander

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:08:43 | More by sweemzander
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:31:13 | More by LaCoursiere
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Philousa

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 04:49:19 | More by Philousa
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DCon

Missouri

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:06:54 | More by DCon
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DanThomas

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:57:28 | More by DanThomas
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mechamifune

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 18:40:57 | More by mechamifune
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whatthehull

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 08:35:04 | More by whatthehull
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 19:39:03 | More by Daktyls
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prototypic

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:28:06 | More by prototypic
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mkotsayfan

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:58:54 | More by mkotsayfan
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gatornation

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:44:57 | More by gatornation
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 16:19:50 | More by barleywinefiend
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benclimbs

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:09:13 | More by benclimbs
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Duff27

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 21:22:58 | More by Duff27
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.