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Space Ghost Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Space Ghost Imperial StoutSpace Ghost Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gus34 on 11-20-2013

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 436
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think all stouts are the same? Well, have you tried one with a ghost? That's what the brewers at Central Waters have done to set their imperial stout apart from the rest. Roasty, toasty, saturated sweetness is rounded and balanced with ghost chili peppers for a taste that's a good swift kick to the palate.

Space Ghost opens with an ominously dark pour and an opaque depth. As a creamy crown builds on the rim, its scent has only mild glimpses to its heat inside, but instead billows with the taste of french-press coffee, cocoa, molasses and nutty roasted grains. Its taste is even sneaky as the sweetness of black-strap molasses, caramel and toffee strike first with smooth roasted flavors trailing closely behind.

Dark-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted pecan and burnt toast all pull from the sweetness and overtake the sugary malt influence with robust and earthen character at mid-palate. The stout's spicy warmth first resembles brandy and peppercorn with a hint of aniseed, but the pulp and flesh of the chili offers a fruity and almost tomato-like taste while its capsaicin heat builds to give the tongue a special, surprising zing.

The full-bodied beer is creamy and boldly bright. Its carbonation gives a greater heft to the beer's roast dryness and the pepper's elevated burn. Finishing with coffee and burnt sugars, the taste lingers deeply afterwards with the simmering warmth of supreme peppers. But the careful use of the chilies allows the beer to balance and burn but never becomes obnoxious or ill-placed with the spice.

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, chili pepper, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate chili pepper notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, chili pepper, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, chili pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate chili pepper flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and pepper spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present; with light-moderate pepper warmth after the finish. Overall this is an incredible pepper spiced imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate chili pepper flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV and well balanced pepper heat/spice. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Space Ghost pours a black color with a big lacing creamy head. There is a big strong roasted aroma. Taste is big and roasted, hints of smoke and a big spicy pepper flavor. Good feel, and great feel from the heat of the peppers. Overall its a great spicy beer, the pepper and heat are there and strong, but doesn't overpower the overall beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Woah, I did not realize how strong this would be until I finally opened it. I guess I'm only drinking one beer tonight.

The color is dark as night, with a minimal head consisting of small bubbles. Not an appearance that blew me away.

Smells of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, raisins and booze. Unlike the appearance, this smells marvelous.

Relatively low-key initial taste, with subtle roasted beans dominating the flavor. As the beer lingers the chilli really kicks in, adding a unique and spicy element to this. The spiciness of the chili was so dominating that any notes of alcohol were entirely removed.

This is a beer with attitude allright, and I definitely see the appeal of it. Personally however, it didin't exactly hit the right chords. Mostly due to the relatively subtle taste, besides the chili. The later of which, was incredibly present which I'm sure attracts people with more of a palate for hot spices. Good brew, joke's on me for buying a chili beer and then complain about the chili.

Bought a 22oz growler for $7 at my local liquor store.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - the appearance is dark brown-black with a nice mocha head that sticks a little bit but doesn't leave great lacing
S - dark malts, char, some kind of off smell coming from the dark malts + chili peppers I think that's a little off putting
T - At first roasty dark imperial stout, but then the chili pepper kicks in, nice and balanced
M - medium heavy mouthfeel, alc covered, spiciness builds up over time, after taste is spicy and roasty dark malts
O - Not as well balanced as some, but it has a really nice balance of dark roasty flavors and chili pepper spice nonetheless. I probably wouldn't buy it again, mostly because Prairie Bomb is so available where I'm from.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Scent of chocolate, roasted malts, earth, alcohol and peppers. Taste of dry peppers, light smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and earth. The body seems a little light for the alcohol content. Balanced well and easy to drink with the lighter body.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a small-sized brown head. Smells of cocoa, roasted malt, and chili. Taste follows closely with roasted malts, some mild cocoa, and a chili kick on the end. More chili in the taste than the smell. Has a good amount of dryness too. Medium carbonation and medium body. Overall, it's a pretty good IS with a pleasing spice, but would be even better barrel aged.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber. Deep color with a thin foamy head. Smell is chocolate malt, mirrored on the taste. The pepper comes out slightly on the finish with a lingering heat light on the back of the throat. This is what I want out of a pepper beer: a little heat and some added spice, but not an overpowering flavor. Very well done.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a sea foam, beige head. Aromas of dark roast, chocolate, malt, peppers. The peppers are far more present in the flavor. Medium bodied, finishing with a spicy kick. Tasty. Good for sharing several ways.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of dark malts with notes of chili peppers towards the finish, but once the beer start warming up the spiciness becomes much stronger and lingers into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili lends some heat to the finish.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a beer made with chili peppers - the peppers add some bite and heat but aren't overpowering - until it warms up - but it is still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KellyScottMad
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is malty brown. The pepper flavor is throughout the flavor palate. From when it first hits your mouth and all the way down the back of the throat. It is a good beer, and not what I was expecting. I have had better pepper beers, but this was a nice surprise.

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Photo of ufellc
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pepper flavor is latent. It has a slightly peppery smell. The flavor notes are malty, lightly chocolate and the heat of the pepper that kinda burns the throat. The beer is a deep brown with a caramel head.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

black in color, with tan head. roasty aroma, a little smokey. some smoke in the taste too - fairly dry, with a mouth tingling peppery aftertaste. thicker body.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly amazing stout, rich, viscous, fragrant and the blend of sweet chocolate and coffee malts and the burn of the ghost peppers make for a complex, multifaceted brew. The flavor of the chilies is not as overpowering as Stone's Crime & Punishment duo, but makes for a nuanced taste experience.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thumb of dark mocha head. Nose is loaded with burnt grains, chocolate, leather and toffee with hints of vegetal greens and earthy hops. One of the best chili beers I've ever had with the imperial stout coming off the top with dark chocolate, burnt toast, leafy green hops, molasses and black licorice. The heat comes through on the finish blasting you with loads of heat, but not overwhelming. A mind blowing brew for the style, and an incredible base beer that would easily stand amongst the best on its own. If you like chili beers, this is guaranteed not to disappoint.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was jet black with a mocha head.

Smell - The nose was largely composed of malts with the heat hidden.

Taste - At the front, chocolate malts amd raisins were present. The heat manifests a short time later. The burn is not overwhelming, but certainly leaves its mark at the back of the throat. Heat and chocolate dominate the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For the heat, the beer has surprising smoothness.

Overall - This is a great beer for the price. It is not as good as many spiced stouts, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a moderately thick, .5 finger mocha colored head with low retention. Beer is a dense, slick, opaque black. Lacing is spotty and stringy with little stick and thin legs. Just above average.

Nose is fudge, cocoa powder, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Very rich and dense but no real pepper spiciness to speak of. Still nice though.

Opens cocoa powder, fudge, chocolate, soy sauce and spice. Some roast and more fudge sweetness and bakers chocolate in the middle with a building heat that really peaks at the end. Finishes mellow and soft with more spice. Sweet finish with a heat that lingers well after the beer is gone.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Dense and rich in the mouth and goes down spicy. Finishes soft with a sticky, messy aftertaste. Finish and aftertaste are a bit weird but the body is fantastic.

There are a bunch of chile-infused stouts out there but this is the spiciest one that I've come across by a large margin. Worth trying if you're into that kind of thing, but otherwise this beer is also quite complex.

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Photo of SonnyJay
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like chili beers, but there wasn't enough else here to keep this interesting/in balance. If you like a straight chili bomb this will probably work for you, but I think this would be a lot better if they dialed the chili back about 25%

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Photo of msf55
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer because I loved the 70s cartoon. Wow this definitely caught me off guard. Solid imperial stout and then the heat kicks in, yummmmm. Very impressed with the smoothness and a big 12% extremely well hidden. If you're into imperial stouts and like a bit of spice, give this a try.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely has hints of pepper and spiciness. It almost taste like a cocktail. It is very good and I would recommend to a first time non-stout drinker that wants to try something new. It has a tan the head that dissipates quickly leaving a oil slick like layer over the top. It is dark black in color.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: naturally, black-bodied, shiny and opaque, with a finger of dark mocha foam

S: roasted malt chocolates and espresso, suggestions of molasses and hints of hot chili

T: luscious bittersweet dark chocolate flavor undercut with coffee and spiked with tingly stings of ghost pepper magic... minor notes of something herbal and hoppy round off the approach

M: smooth and full-bodied, rich and satisfying, and all a-tingle with the chili pepper heat

O: a very nice Imperial stout with an appropriate amount of heat - assuming you enjoy the heat of chili peppers in beer - I do - for the style (chili stout), a sure-fire winner. Recommended.

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Photo of Austin32
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in January, I opened the bottle in March, still very strong chili pepper taste. After snifter number two a decent heat had built up on the tongue....and I loved it.

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Photo of richj1970
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with 1-2 finger dense mocha colored head. Decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Light chocolate, roasted malts, and chilies.

T: Roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and a mix of chilies. The spices are apparent and warming but not overpowering.

M: Full bodied but not thick. Finish has some nice spice heat, but complements the other flavors.

O: Another nice offering from CW. Really well done spiced stout.

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Photo of don1481
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with a chocolate head that dissipates rapidly.

Smell: coffee, chocolate. No sign of peppers.

Taste: ... and THERE IT IS. Starts like a smooth drinking imperial stout and then... BAM. The peppers balance against the stout taste nicely.

Mouthfeel: crisp, clean.

Overall: I have two more bottles of this aging. Looking forward to seeing how this goes.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - A really nice looking stout. Creamy, milk chocolate head pours a half finger high with low lace and ok retention. Dark motor oil black.

S - Pumpernickel bread, raisin, touch of vanilla, and cocoa.

T - Really nice. Thick medium roast coffee, burnt toffee, milk chocolate, molasses, and a bright warm chili heat through the finish.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - A fantastic, bold rolling heat build around an outstanding stout base. The level of spice is dead on perfect. One of the best chili beers on the market.

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