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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
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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Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Joey Redner for this one.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a nice 1/4 finger solid head. Good retention and some lace noted.

S: Aromas of burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, and light smoke.

T: Tasty brew. Nice chocolate up front with a bit of bitter coffee. Hints of smoke and tobacco come through in the middle with light hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth with great carbonation.

D: Good, what a nice rare tasty treat.

tpd975, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head and decent retention. Roasty aromas, as well as licorice, tar, and also a fair amount of earthy hops. Taste was roasty, with almonds, caramel, dark chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Body was medium and so was the carbonation. I'd drink this again if it were available to me. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bad boy way back in the day from younger35. Ah yes, memories...thanks Dan!

1 liter black wax swing top bottled poured into a snifter. NOV 01 2007.

Pours a deep onyx black with a quick one finger dark mocha colored head that disappears almost instantly. Thin spotty lacing holds on to the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty smokey with roasted almonds, coffee grinds, and bbq meat. Underneath all that smokey goodness is dark chocolate and rich caramel malts in the nose. Overall though, this beast really is about the toasted aromas, I just wish it had more UMPH! Taste is a bit more sweet than the nose which is nice surprise but still a good amount of smoke. Milk chocolate, leather, and fig with smokey bbq flavors. Aftertaste is somewhat fruity with dark berries and tobacco. Medium to full body with a slick feel from the soft carbonation. A bit thin for the style, but it seems to help with the drinkability. Probably one of the more drinkable RIS's that I've had. A very fitting beer for a bitter cold night in Syracuse. Thanks again Dan-O for the opportunity.

BeerTruth, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks johngalt1 for this beer; been sitting on it for a long time. Should have waited longer, cut my finger bad trying to open through all this wax. Swivel top very large bottle.

Poured into a snifter, produces a beautiful pitch black brew with a dense, creamy, voluminous coffee colored head that lasts forever, and coats the sides of the glass as you swing it around. Just beautiful.
Not a lot of hops on the aroma of this properly aged beer, just a faint hint of grassy hops; mostly dominated by chocolate notes, a bit on the sweeter side, caramel, roasted malts, dark fruits, a hint of spices.
Creamy on the palate, very close to full bodied, and it tastes better than a lot of beers around 10%; I cannot believe this is around 7%.
A little closer to an oatmeal/milk/sweet stout as the perceived IBUS are quite low, but a delicious beer. Wish I had more.

brdc, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland.

Pours a deeply opaque jet black. A solid mocha colored head and some nice lacing.

Roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate dominate the nose. Very nice.

Taste follows the nose. Bittersweet chocolate on the front end, finishing with a roasted coffee and a modest hop bite. Very nice.

Rich, oily mouthfeel, just the way I like my RIS.

For my money, the only thing better than a flavorful beer is a flavorful beer that is low in ABV for its style. I am still rather stunned that this is only a 7.5% ABV as it tastes much bigger.

HV

sholland119, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this big bad bold bottle of beer. Alliteration is Amazingly Awesome.

Gigantic 1 quart, 1.8oz bottle with a wax capped flip top pours a deep black with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing and retains pretty well.

Nose is alot of roasted malt, a significant dark fruit presence, some light smoke, and a bit of peat.

Taste follows with big roastiness, some dark fruit, but not as much as indicated in the nose. A slight "Belgian Royal stoutishness" if you will. haha. The peat does show up in the taste, but it is very subtle. Some defenite chocolate here, but coffee flavors are light. A slight wine like dryness is present towards the finish, which comes with a nice subtle display of hop character. Alcohol presence is relatively low, but that was somewhat expected by the lower abv on this one.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly viscous for the abv, bold, slick like an Impy oatmeal stout, and very easily carbonated. Very palateable.

Drinkability is quite good here, The abv has a bit to do with that, but nowhere near as much as you would expect. The mouthfeel is almost perfect here, and that combined with the balanced yet complex taste makes for a very easy drinking imperial stout.

Overall a suprising and good experience from GT. A very elaborate bottle presence represents some hard work that was done to craft this beer. A unique, balanced, and very enjoyable offering from the Cellar Reserve series. I will certainly be turning my head in the direction of Grand Teton more often due to this beer. Not to be scoffed at. I may just finish this 1L on my own. (In fact i planned on it all along) Thanks again to Toby for hookin me up with this one. Great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Oct 13, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wax sealed bottle bought from the brewery in 2005. Cracked it open on my birthday okt. of 08.

Pours nice and heavy, not thick like oil. Good dark lacing on the sides of my rapscallion cognac glass. The beer is pretty much black.

Strong date smell with some alcohol and coffee thrown in there.

The taste is smooth (3 years old) and very drinkable. Dates, licorice, tobacco flavors, like a port wine. Excellent!

A great beer that doesn't need to be 18 percent alcohol! A well balanced beer that shows that you don't need a lot of alcohol to make a great "extreme" beer. Really great job. I should have bought more. My loss.

aluskungs, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 11/07

a: This was an inky black color. It poured with a thick, dark mocha colored head that faded fairly quickly.

s: I got lots of cocoa and milder notes of bitter coffee plus a little bit of cherry. Despite the relatively low abv, I found a little warmth as well.

t: Lots of raw, bitter cocoa that had some coffee qualities. There were some faintly sour dark fruits at the end as well. This wasn't at all overpowering, but it was far from a lightweight. It was rich yet restrained.

m: Maybe just a little thin for an RIS, but with a slightly lower abv, I guess that's to be expected. The carbonation was creamy and long lasting.

d: Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for this treat. I wish this readily available to me. I'd love some more of this one.

DIM, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of lackenhauser
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me start by asking why the f#@k would you wax coat a bottle? Man I almost lost a finger trying to open this. I almost started a post in the forum over wax coated bottles. STOOPID!

Big ole 1 liter bottle from 11/07. Pours a very, very nice deep black color. Great cocoa head on top. Heavy dark chocolate aroma-like walking into a bakery. Great flavor-fantastic blend of chocolate and a mild espresso. Lingering fresh baked brownie taste. Some dried fruits in there. Almost a faint iodine inky taste in a good way. Black and velvety smooth mouthfeel for the heavy roasted and chocolate flavors. Incredibly drinkable-a liter bottle goes down like nothing. Make a night of it. Damn fine RIS-and a hell of a lot of flavor and character for 7.5%.

lackenhauser, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this 1 Liter, wax tipped, flip top. November, 2007 vintage.
Appears a near black with a small tan cap that fades into a mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee, mocha, cocoa, caramel, plums, raisins, and grainy astringency.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some roasted coffee beans standing out among the varietal of flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, roasty, grainy, acidic, and slightly thin in the swallow.

weeare138, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2005 bottling; tasted 7/30/08
2007 bottling; tasted 1/4/09
2010 bottling; tasted 8/17/10
2012 bottling; tasted 8/4/12

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown color with a modest tan head that turns into a ringlet rather quickly and only dots the glass (the 2007 and 2010 had better head retention so I have bumped up the score by .5; the 2012 retention was not as good but the lacing was better)

Smell: Roasty, with tons of dark fruit (blackberries and dried plums), licorice, coffee and cocoa; the 2012 smells almost burnt, however, and has a hoppy aspect

Taste: The fruit and coffee make themselves apparent up front, with a roasty bitterness taking control by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee and chocolate elements move to prominence but the dark fruit remains to accompany those flavors to the finish; somehow a bit of orange is in there all along though that only becomes discernable halfway through the bottle (the 2012 version is much hoppier, with a burnt character that overwhelms the other elements)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; almost creamy

Drinkability: A first rate RIS that has stood the test of time

I think I got the 2005 a while back from Bitterbill. Thanks for the opportunity. Can't remember who shared the 2007, but thanks as well. The 2010 was provided by FlandersNed and I purchased the 2012 in South Carolina when the brewery started to distribute to that state

brentk56, Jul 31, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07 batch; Got this one in trade with Bitterbill, cheers Bill! Curses to Grand Teton & their insipid over waxing of the flip tops! Cut myself with a butter knife getting this baby open.

Pours ebony/black with 2 fingers of brown head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Dark fruit, & rich chocolate, brown sugar a touch of vanilla & some smokeyness as this warms way up.

T: Dark fruit, dryness, baker's & semi-sweet chocolate up front. Leafy hops, dryness & more chocolate, & a touch of oaky booze are on the scene as this warms. Finishes with a bit of booze, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Slick, oily, medium bodied with just enough carbonation smooth this out. Pretty warming

Drinks pretty easy despite the complexity/ A really good take on the style that uses finesse to win the day. So far; I'm fairly impressed with these Grand Teton cellar reserves

russpowell, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to find one of these anywhere after I bought one back in December, well I got lucky by digging around at Northridge and there was one bottle left. I'm quite excited.

A: Poured from a 33.8 oz swing top with a bottling date of Nov 2, 2007. Poured out thick, extremely dark brown, almost black, and completely opaque, poured aggressively and a large brown head sat on top, reduced to an inch, then to about nothing, excellent lacing. Some big yeast chunks settled at the bottom.

S: Big heavy malty smells, very dark coffee, funky smell similar to pepperoni pizza, faint detection of hops not really standing out. Smells sweet.

T: Chocolatey up front, very malty, pretty bitter up front and in back. The latter half of the beer is very hoppy, piney hops really pop out and leave a very clean feeling in the mouth, linger there for quite a while. Pretty sweet beer overall, lots of malted sugars in this one. No alcohol, which is surprising being at over 7%.

M: Very creamy and smooth, pretty thick, and very sticky. This thing is like eatin a chocolate ice cream cone, it sticks to the lips like mad. The finish is very clean and there is a nice hop/coffee lingering in the mouth. This is an amazing feeling imperial stout. Not as thick as others, but still quite a bit thicker than a standard stout.

D: This is an easy drinking Imperial Stout, not as extreme as others, and very flavorful. Alcohol is a bit sneaky though, and I recommend splitting the liter with someone else. Very delicious though.

pokesbeerdude, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served a mug from the tap at the Sports Page bar in Pullman, WA.

A: It poured a black body with ruby tints at the edges when back lit. The head was moderate and deep chocolaty brown with sticky tiny bubbles. The head receded slowly and left little lacing.

S: It had a deep roasted malt aroma that gave off odors of chocolate and coffee.

T: Yummy...nice stout. Rich, thick and creamy. It presented a solid sweet and bittersweet chocolate profile complemented by a biting back side that reminded me of campfire coffee. As the brew warmed the flavors blended nicely into an easy moca latte.

M: It was medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy and rich presense. It had a sweet coco front, biting coffee back and a clean warm finish.

A thick sticky liquid that rolls through the mouth, is nicely complimented by a more subtle carbonation than most. Quite nice.

D: Its modest ABV, creamy chocolaty flavor and smooth warm and clean finish make this a beer that would be easy to enjoy long into the night.

dnichols, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Bobikel
4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the giant one litre bottle into a .5 litre goblet.

Appearance - Inky jet black with a nice sizable milk chocolate colored head. Almost no light passes through this sucker. The head is slow to die down leaving a little bit of lace down either side of the glass.

Smell - Deep and roasty, as all Impereal Stouts should be. Coffee, burnt chocolate, a very small amout of heat from the alchohol, and caramel sweetness round out the nose.

Taste - That is a fantastic Imp Stout. Again the deep roastiness consumes the mouth. Alchohol is warming but otherwise not present. I was a little dissapointed to see such a low ABV on an imperial stout. But now I think if it were any higher the balance would be thrown off. Chocolate, coffee, a slight rumminess fill the mouth with a lingering sweetness that is slowly replaced by bitterness after the finish.

Mouthfeel - A thick sticky liquid that rolls through the mouth, is nicely complimented by a more subtle carbonation than most. Quite nice.

Drinkability - A nice slow sipper, perfect.

note - The wax dip around the swing top is/was the worst idea in mankinds history.

Bobikel, Feb 07, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to try this one courtesy of one of my friends who brought it back from Wyoming. Pours a dark black/brown with a thin layer of foam on top. Smell is of whiskey, chocolate, and licorice, blended together nicely.

Taste is outstanding. A firm blend of chocolate, coffee, licorice, with hints of fruit and whiskey in the background. Very tasty indeed. Alcohol, while not as high as other imperial stouts is well hidden. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel top this one of. An excellent RIS and worth your time!

YonderWanderer, Feb 06, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from draft at The Front Door ... poured into a Chimay goblet ... nice 3/4" lite brown creamy head with good lacing that lasted until the last sip. Aroma is chocolate malts and roasted grains... big aroma that reminds me of a cool mocha.. a little sweetness with a bunch of chocolate and coffee ... Flavor begins with the body... Fantastic body ... up front full mouthfeel ... viscous ... feels like it has a higher ABV .. creamy chocolate melts into the roasted barley ... not getting alot of hops, but I know they're there.. Dark fruits.. chocolate covered cherries.. yummy... Drinks like a bigger RIS.

I am sooo glad Grand Teton re-released this one... I drank my last of the previous vintage on my birthday back in June while hot-springing in the Idaho wilderness.

I've purchased the new bottles at a few different places in Boise.. ranging from $12-$13. All are in the Big 1ltr waxed flip tops. Note, the bottles no longer look like the BA pic, now they are the fatter ones ... Donkey Punch is bottled in the same bottles.

JohnGalt1, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed a pint of this on tap at Chili’s. I couldn’t believe it either. 5 taps of macros and then this. Awesome! Drank from a 16oz mug.

Appearance- Pours a really dark brown/black with hints of dark amber. Forms a nice one finger dark tan head that runs down the side of the mug. The head stays for almost the whole beer and it leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell- Loads of black licorice is the first smell that greats my nostrils. A bit of bitter chocolate and coffee with plenty of cream. There is a bit of sweetness from all the malt that is a bit more powerful that in previous RIS’s I’ve had. Plenty of alcohol shows as well.
Taste- The first thing that I notice about this bad boy is how sweet it is. I know the bottle says to age at least a year and I’m sure some of this sweetness would mellow a bit. Lots of milk chocolate comes through with a bit of licorice. There is quite of bit of fruitiness in the background as well. Chocolate covered raisins and dried apricots come to mind. The alcohol isn’t as evident in the mouth as it is on the nose.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin body with fairly aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- There are bottles of this stuff all over town right now and I’m debating on whether or not I should grab a couple for storage. It just sucks spending $10.99 per bottle. This was a fairly solid brew that I enjoyed. The sweetness could be toned down a bit but for the most part it’s not too bad.

younger35, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with no head - just a few brown bubbles along the side.

The smell is of whiskey (JD?) and oak. Dark coffee and chocolate with dark fruits emerge robustly. Whiffs of alcohol come through.

The taste is of whiskey/oak with dark chocolate and coffee. Dark fruitiness underneath. Finishes with a warm sweetness.

Not quite as full-bodied as expected, but flavors hang on nicely. It's under-carbonated, as reflected in the appearance and feel, making me wonder if there was a bottling issue with this one. Still, it has a wonderful aroma and taste, and is quite easy to drink.

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from a recent trip to Idaho!

jwc215, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a one liter 2005 vintage bottle at the brewery in late August for approximately 10.99.

A-4.0
S-4.5
T-5.0
M-4.5
D-4.5

Beer poured black as night with a brown head that dissapated pretty quickly. Nose is a boquet of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is awesome, it is sweet from the sherried raisins with chocolate and coffee, smoked malt notes, and is balanced out by a fair hop finish. Mouth and feel is full as this style dictates and very smooth. Drinkability is near perfect. There is a bit of an alcohol back bite but other than that it is one awesome beer. Unfortunately I do not believe Grand Teton distributes to Arizona. I need to make it a point to visit my brother and his family in Idaho Falls once a year!

Update 4-17-10:
Good news is that Grand Teton distributes to Arizona now. Picked up a 4 pack at Bevmo back in early December for $8.99. Bottled on 10-29-09.

Beer poured black with a decent tan head that dissapated quickly. Nose is roasted and smoked malts with a hint of mocha. Taste is smokey roasted malts, cocoa powder, with a decent hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Drinkabilty is good. Initial sips were hot but is settling down quite nicely! This beer seems better when sitting for a year or so. Looking forward to try again in the fall!

arizcards, Jan 13, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Edition, 750ml

I have been sitting on this one since about April 06. It was a bitch to get the wax off the top, but I did, will save this bottle. Pours a black color, not much carbonation at all, tiny creamy tan head, some minor lacing around the edges. Scents of hops, sweet roasted malts, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is of sweet roasted/smoked malts, slightly spicy, with a nice caramel taste. Medium body, well rounded. Very drinkable, an absolutely delicious beer, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Oct 29, 2006
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 liter waxed swing-top -bottle (a bit of a pain!) dated 2005. Pours a dark brown with a very thin light brown head (even after a vigorous pour), that quickly dissipates to a tin collar that leaves a bit of lacing.

The aroma is sweet earthy lactic chocolate, toffee, some bitterness, coffee, and a touch of astringent alcohol. Anise and smoke come out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet malty chocolate leading to a slightly burnt bitterness. Some smokiness and lots of anise comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full and a little watery.

Overall a nice imperial stout. I was kind of surprised since I haven't been too impressed with their other beers. It starts off very sweet and chocolaty when colder. As it warms it more anise and bitterness come out.

Beaver13, Sep 05, 2006
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2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I bought one of the few remaining bottles of the '05 batch at the brewery last week and was advised to drink it soon as the brewer feels that this is peaking right about now. I don't know if I was too late or too early, but I was disappointed by what I had heard was a solid RIS.

It pours a deep mahogany with a light tan head. The bouquet is heavy on alcohol and licorice with almost no hop presence that I could detect (was this hoppier earlier and now mellowed with age?). Given the complexity of bouquets I've seen with this style, Black Cauldron seemed fairly straightforward--you know, it's not offensive, but it's not particularly enticing or interesting either.

The same could be said about the taste which is heavy on fruity sweetness and alcohol warming but lacks a lot of the roastiness, bitterness, or other deep flavors that I would have hoped for. The flavor actually comes across as pretty thin which makes it more drinkable and light bodied, but I'm not sure that that's a good thing.

As impy stouts go, Black Cauldron is pretty lightweight. No roast. No chewiness. Almost too easy to drink. Again, it's enjoyable, but probably for the wrong reasons. Maybe the folks at the brewery were wrong, and this was past its peak. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and see what happens when the '06 batch comes out.

benito, Jul 27, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz sampler bottle a pitch black with a small tannish head of foam that quickly shrunk to a very fine layer.

The smell has notes of roasted malt and chocolate.

The taste is roasted malt with plenty of chocolate, coffee and some vanilla and I sense a wee bit of anise along with a bit of smokiness.. and it has good hop bitterness in there as well to make for a pretty smooth and balanced, all be it, complex RIS. In fact, it's a pretty easy drinking sample of the style and I look forward to further samples. ;^)

Bottom line: If you see this one around, by all means try it! Good stuff!

Edit:

The 2007 vintage just hit the shelf(only 1 store here carries it at the moment) and tastewise, it's very similar to what I described above with the exception of, this time around, I can taste some notes of sherry...just like they say on their attached card but...I can't detect any roasted malt at all. It's still yummy. The foam also seems to be lasting longer, all the way to the final sip, in fact. The mouthfeel *is* a bit thin for the style but it's so darn drinkable that I can't fault it too much. With my edit, I've adjusted my numbers just a tad. Appearance went from 4.0 to 4.5 and taste went from 4.5 to 4 because I *really* like that roasted malt flavour in samples of this style.

Bitterbill, Jul 06, 2006
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp alcohol aroma is followed by chocolate, roast, vanilla and very mild coffee. Deep black body with a diminishing finger thick mocha head. Rich roasted malts, more vanilla and chocolate run through the middle fore and finish. Has a very nice creamy texture and a good intensity of flavor, but little range. Still it's a good attempt at the style and an enjoyable beer to sip at.

Jredner, May 19, 2006
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.