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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

520 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 47 | FT: 2
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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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-29-2013 23:36:22 | More by dfhhead25
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-28-2013 04:19:53 | More by BillRoth
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beertunes

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-25-2013 06:19:57 | More by beertunes
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-23-2013 19:37:28 | More by jaydoc
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g_jenkins

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-23-2013 04:25:17 | More by g_jenkins
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Zorro

California

4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells of chocolate and berries with some raisin scent. Slightly earthy and smoky with a plum wine aroma like the Japanese wine. Not really getting the coffee aroma is is more of a mocha scent.

Starts out thick and quite restrained, like the first mouthful of a milkshake. Chocolate and berries with a smoky aftertaste, really hard to shake the sensation that this is actually a gourmet milkshake of some sort. Truly mild flavored, this isn't a RIS that knocks out your taste buds with two sips. Alcohol completely hidden. Could be a little more complex but it sure is good.

Perfect mouthfeel, any thicker and you would need to eat this with a spoon.

Overall this is pretty damn good. I would NEVER refuse another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:04:35 | More by Zorro
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jeff1973

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-19-2013 03:21:57 | More by jeff1973
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Furlinator

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-18-2013 05:57:39 | More by Furlinator
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MaseFace

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-11-2013 03:47:18 | More by MaseFace
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Black Cauldron pours a black color with a small head. There is a deep and prominent black licorice and black coffee aroma. The taste has large black licorice flavors, with good hints of black coffee, and finishes with a oakey and smokey taste. Body is a bit light, but still good flavors. Overall a very flavorful an complex stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 19:10:53 | More by vette2006c5r
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ACarrell

Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent find by a friend.

Smell was a bit hoppier than I'd like, but the taste compensated for that quite well. Surprisingly it didn't have any overwhelming hops despite the first impression upon opening.

Really builds into a more and more solid beer as you drink more of it.

Would definitely buy again!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:04:14 | More by ACarrell
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herman77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-27-2013 23:17:29 | More by herman77
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damienblack

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

10-11-2013 02:13:33 | More by damienblack
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being reviewed is a 2011 Vintage from the cellar.

A - Pitch black color and an even layer of toffee colored foam sticking on top that doesn't fade away with lots of sticky foam lacing when the glass is swirled.

S - Coffee beans, dark roasted chocolate malt, toffee cream, malted chocolate, very light alcohol.

T - Molasses, dark fruit (figs & dark fruit), some sweet coffee and cream with a mildly bitter chocolate bite at the very end. There is a very small hint of smoky char in the mix as well.

M - Medium body with alcohol warming on the way down.

O - Not really doing it for me but then again, perhaps I let it sit too long? Would love to have a 2013 to compare notes to.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:33:54 | More by jzeilinger
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ctwybeerguy

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-07-2013 08:39:15 | More by ctwybeerguy
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-07-2013 05:05:28 | More by ROGUE16
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Beardcore

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-30-2013 20:06:57 | More by Beardcore
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-25-2013 09:24:13 | More by ambruns1979
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FINLANDski_1619

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-23-2013 00:37:24 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. 12/10/09 bottle date. Hopefully this has held up well.

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of light tan foam. Great retention, average lacing.

S: There is a ton going on here. Smoke is apparent, but not dominant. Dark fruits, malted milk balls, and sherry come in after that. Roasted malts and dark chocolate are there, but are in the background.

T: Malted milk balls and vanilla are fairly strong here, followed by smoke and roasted malts. Dark chocolate and figs are also here, adding to the complexity. As I keep drinking, more and more dark chocolate comes out mixing well with the melange of sweet flavors.

M: A bit on the thin side, but creamy carbonation helps make up for it.

O: A great imperial stout. This has aged very gracefully. Lots going on here with very little oxidation evident.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:56:34 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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olliegaff

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-13-2013 21:56:49 | More by olliegaff
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-03-2013 19:48:31 | More by jroberts8811
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laxer8811

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-30-2013 00:14:34 | More by laxer8811
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-28-2013 18:23:45 | More by GraduatedCashew
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joe1510

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 Liter Swingtop

Bottled 11/5/07

I get the chance to try this RIS thanks to Bitterbill's generosity, thanks again Bill. When I got this bottle the neck tag let me know it was bottled on my birthday which I thought was pretty cool. Although this beer is small (abv) for an RIS, it glugs out of the big swingtop with the best of them. The body was dark chestnut as it came from the bottle but appears black in my snifter. The mocha colored head grew to one finger on the pour and fell to a skimming with a thick ring. The ring that's left leaves excellent sheet lacing after each pull that slowly falls back into the body.

The aroma is full of freshly roasted sweet grains, dark berries, freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate and spicy alcohol in that order from most to least. If the aroma tells me anything it's that this is a beer to be reckoned with. Very complex and inviting, especially on a cold windy evening like tonight. As it warms each swirl really brings the dark berries forward but as it settles the roastiness is still the king of the hill.

Everything the nose suggested the flavor brings. The sweet roastiness is at its highest point upfront but even as it settles lingers in the background. Dark slightly underipe berries come along with a solid helping of dark chocolate. The coffee grounds show up toward the finish and mix with spicy alcohol. The alcohol adds even more depth to this already complex stout. A slight coffee bitterness and dark molten chocolate combine on the swallow. Ghost like alcohol fumes float throughout the mouth and nose. Black Cauldron is an excellent RIS.

The body is on the lighter side for a RIS but it works really well in this case with the smaller abv than I'm used to encountering. There's creaminess on the swallow that really sets things off.

The lighter than usual body helps make this an incredibly easy drinking RIS. The complexity I'm sure would give some palate fatigue but won't stop me from enjoying this beauty. The moderate alcohol level boosts drinkability as well.

I imagined this being a good RIS but I didn't expect such a gem. The aromas and the flavors are big and enjoyable. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this and I've got another liter in the cellar for next year, all thanks to Bill!

Reviewed: 3/1/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:18:17 | More by joe1510
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.