Black Cauldron - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DaveAnderson:
2.48/5 rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
This looks like a regular bottle of Black Cauldron, but with a sticker that amends the ABV and states that it was aged in bourbon barrels.
Poured vigorously into a Darkness tulip, I can barely get this to form a small, dense brown head, which dissipates very rapidly. The beer is very dark, but not particularly viscous.
I don't really smell bourbon on this one. It's an oak monster, though. It smells like oak and burnt oak and burnt chocolate aged in oak and smoked oak and maybe a little oak. I'm not sure what they were trying to accomplish with this one, because the oak leaves very little room for anything else.
It doesn't get a whole lot better in the mouth. It tastes like charred wood. It's as if every ingredient were smoked or burned before brewing. I feel like I should pay a carbon tax after drinking this one.
I don't have any idea what regular Black Cauldron is like, but I presume it is more enjoyable than this. I don't have the patience or determination to claw my way through this.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2012 04:41:14 | More by DaveAnderson
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3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Served on tap at World of Beer Cherry Creek into a 10oz snifter.
Dark and opaque with a thin head that lingered.
Aroma is dominated by bourbon with vanilla, cocoa, and caramel malts
Flavor maintains strong bourbon notes with a more pronounced chocolate taste. The beer is fairly straight forward and did not offer too many other flavors. I don't necessarily think of that as a negative though. Carbonation is low as expected.
Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I would have anticipated from the aroma. On second observance its only 8% and maintains that level of drinkability.
Overall it is a very enjoyable beer. Was it the best Imperial Stout I have ever had? No. But I am quite happy I got to try it as I've never seen it before and it was quite satisfying.
Serving type: on-tap
03-08-2014 07:01:24 | More by Cody
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Mini-Growler fill tonight from Whole Foods for ~$12.... Pours with a long lasting brown head.... nice lacing.... the brew is the expected black.
Let this warm up significantly for the full effect.. Fridge temperatures really mute the aroma... The nose shows as almost tootsie roll... fudgy and vanilla... bigger roasty char than I was expecting.
Not as much barrel presence on the palate as I hoped for, but it is still there... good standard RIS flavors with a light smack of vanilla/oak.. plenty of dark fruits.
Body is lighter than many of the big boys but is appropriate for a lower ABV... Carbonation is light and lends to a more creamy mouthfeel.
Pretty good... Glad I got the chance to try this one.
Serving type: growler
11-01-2013 03:15:11 | More by JohnGalt1
3.03/5 rDev -23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Bottle art is awesome.
Okay. I've had two different bottles of this, and neither impressed me.
I hate do this, but I'm reviewing this simply because I didn't see any other reviews that mentioned the issues I had.
The first bottle I had when I received my Beer Club shipment had good flavor. I did not notice any barrel though, and it was pretty much flat. I emailed the brewery about this and they offered to send me a replacement bottle, which was totally awesome of them. I declined however because I did not think it merited all that ruckus, I just wanted to make them aware.
The second bottle I had today was way different. I've had enough barrel aged beers now to know what happened to this bottle. I don't think this was intentional, but as I poured it into my glass, I got excited; "Alright! A good head on this one."
That was where my excitement stopped. I couldn't smell much of an aroma and I took my first sip, I knew what was going on. It was really fizzy, and metallic tasting, sour.
Looks like the bugs got this one. Oops.
I'll open another bottle soon and see if it's present throughout all of the bottles or just this.
I really wish this beer was a bourbon and vanilla bomb, because I think the witches are cute.
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2013 00:49:21 | More by Daemose
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
a treat as usual form my rare beer club. been hanging onto this one for some time, but the time finally came. its a nice step up from the regular black cauldron, which I admire for its dry feel, lack of sweetness, and overall drinkability. this pours about the same shade of flatter black with creamy mocha head about an inch tall with fine retention. a lovely specimen really. the nose is changed a lot by the barrel, not more oaky and alcohol forward, with some vanilla in there too. it also takes on a sort of peaty smoked aroma, which goes well with the special dark malts. the taste is still bold but not sweet, which I just love in this style. cocoa powder taste and feel, and there is even a slight bitterness towards the end, as well as a toasted coconut presence. complex and balanced. good feel, well carbonated but maybe a little less than the barrel. medium to full body, still drinkable though. overall a nice addition to the normal version, they should release this to the masses.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2013 17:49:14 | More by StonedTrippin
Black Cauldron - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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