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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 57
Gots: 93 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gus34 on 11-20-2013

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Ratings: 347 | Reviews: 59
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of SonnyJay
3.56/5  rDev -13%
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%

Photo of msf55
4.54/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of CraigP83
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Typically stout look/smell just a hint of chili powder. The heat is not over powering.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Austin32
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of richj1970
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of don1481
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Jlabs
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Soild pepper stout..wish there was some vanilla and/or cinnamon yo balance the chili heat

Photo of Boccu
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well done just not my style definitely get the chili peppers at the end

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a sample size pint/tulip hybrid

A. A very nice dark brown with a dark tan 2 finger head. Looks very nice.

S. Roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Coffee. But not much chili that I can really distinguish.

T. This is nice. You get everything in the nose. Very well balanced. And just a nice amount of heat to compliment it. Slight grassy aftertatse. This is very nice to me. It's somewhere between Stone's Chipotle Smoked Porter and Habenero Sculpin on heat. I love the Stone beer. Not very fond of the Sculpin. But for me this beers hits it just right.

M. Not too much to complain about but just a little light bodied. But it's still very acceptable. There is also a medium amount of carbonation which I don't usually like in stout's. But it plays well with this heat.

O. A very solid beer from CW. I am really liking the way they put this together. Nice sweet and spicy with the feel just playing along so well. Smells awesome. Can't wait to use this in my chili. Well done.

Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma hits of bright skin of peppers, licorice, a touch of chocolate.

The flavor follows with that really fresh pepper flavor, with a full pepper heat. Some mole type pepper comes in with an underlying milk chocolate. There's almsot a fruity quality from the peppers and it does dominate the beer.

However, I prefer heat and it verges on overpowering the beer and slightly does so. The base could use more robust quality and body.

Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bad azz imperial stout. Appearance with an aggressive pour was a smallish, rust brown, thick, soon to settle head, a little lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is black patent malt, roast, coffee, cocoa, fruit. Flavor's like nose, very slight sweetness, good bitterness, enough tart, peppers both up front and lingering, but in a very balanced controlled, pleasing measure. Excellent round, full, rich body with a happy warmth that is indiscernible whether from alcohol or peppers. Almost an easy drinking beer for being such a heavy hitter. Great stuff!

Photo of WiscoTerr
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't find this beer to be overly hot. Got a taste of the chilis that warmed the palate on my first few sips, but the went away quick. Beer lacks the sweetness od some Imperial stouts, which would have been nice here. That blended with more chili would be great. Will try again as I hear the spiciness varies by bottle.

Photo of McThulhu
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a beer that needs a lot of explaining. Solid imperial stout with the great smooth heat of ghost peppers. not overwhelming, not even sweat inducing, but very flavorful. would buy again! Great beer for under 10 a bottle.

Photo of martyl1000
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UPDATE 4/19/15:
I'm upgrading my rating from earlier this year (4.34). I just love this. It's not for everyone, certainly. But for me, this is my favorite double stout of the year. What might be a bit overly sweet gets dried out perfectly by the pepper spice.

PS: Don't be discouraged by the first sip or two. This brew gets better and better as the night wears on. That's probably the slow buildup of the pepper burn. It's genius that the chili spice pulls together and perfects the traditional beer flavors.
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Oh, my f-ing word, this is good. I'm heading right back to the store to get more.

(Days later...)
I'm always astonished when a beer presents as discrete levels of disparate flavor in rapid (or not so rapid) succession. Here, the stepwise stages of intensity start in the spacey (yuk-yuk) realm of brandy-laced chocolate. Cold black coffee insists on recognition next, but can't shake the "ghost" of the indeterminate pepper burn that rides in on its back. A red wine fruitiness cools things down. That seems to be it. Until it isn't. And the turnaround experience, the strongly identifiable next flavor, comes as quiet yet surprisingly forthright Wonder Bread grain, all the more interesting that it's carried by mere saliva at that point.

So, I mean, whoa? How did that just all happen? It's like my palate had just been taken over by this unruly parade of flavors (or was it a party in my mouth?) Whatever. I just love it.

Photo of Irishmafia
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at CW 17. The peppers make this beer way too hot. Guessing with some age the peppers would mellow out. At this time no good in my opinion.

Side note I put sriracha on a lot of food and have habanero flakes to go on my pizza.

Photo of bound4er
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark brown to almost black with a tan head of 2 fingers.

S. Somewhat shy nose - chocolate, creamy vanilla and dark roasted malt.

T. Really expressive palate - rich chocolate, roasted malt, expresso followed by some chili pepper heat. Finishes long with roasted malt and lingering heat from the peppers on the back end.

F. Moderate to full bodied with good creaminess. One of the better feeling stouts from Central Waters.

O. I believe this was released in early 2014 - some cellar time has really put the pepper heat into a nice place. It's still there but not so dominating as it was right after release. This is an excellent beer - one of the tops I have had from CW. I hope they brew this again.

Photo of IMFletcher
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Amazing. Great body and flavor from the imperial stout, with a serious, but underlying pepper burn that never overpowers, but definitely builds some heat as you sip.

Photo of kkleu357
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 4/26/14

Bought a bomber at the central waters. Actually, not that bad. Not my cup of tea, but ok. Decent stout, with a slight pepperyness.

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

1 PINT 6FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is as dark as the ace of spades. It is capped with an inch of mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is of dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, plum, fig, anise, and coffee.

The taste is deep and rich. I get some intense roasted malt featuring dark chocolate and anise with a slight burnt flavor. The chili peppers tingle my tongue but are not hot.

It is thick and full on the mouthfeel.

It is a pretty damn tasty imperial stout. I feel this style seems to do best with peppers being added. The roasted flavors and heat make for a great combination. Endorphins released!

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

After the initial glug from the bottle into the glass I swear this beer is one of the blackest I have ever seen. There's no hope of peeking through the body. Not much foam formed but what's there is swirling and menacing. a thin cap on top of the black hole. A few striations of lacing is left behind.

The nose is packed with depth. Overripe berries galore, mostly black and blue, sit over the top of dark chocolate with an intensely high cocoa content. The pepper aspect adds both fruitiness and a leathery earthiness that works very well. A touch of lactic sweetness and some coffee roast make for a big, robust, mouthwatering aroma.

The pepper translates slightly different to the flavor profile than the nose. It's slightly vegetal but still has that leathery, earthy quality the nose suggested. Dark chocolate is king of the castle with a large impression. Dark berries come through mid-palate through the finish with a touch of fruity sweetness. Coffee style roast finishes it off along with a faint heat from the peppers. Delicious!

Weight is hard for me to pinpoint. It's toward the top of the spectrum, not necessarily full but not far off either. The finish dries up fairly fast leaving behind a soft roasty bitterness and pepper heat that eventually grows to moderate. The feel is soft and velvety.

Pepper beers, with me at least, are love or hate. I'm a big fan of Space Ghost. While the heat grows, as it should, the base stout is expertly done like most of Central Waters big beers. It's roasty, softly sweet and bitter with the heat adding depth. I wish I had more of these in the fridge, good beer, go buy you some.

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Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.