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Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Space Ghost Imperial StoutSpace Ghost Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gus34 on 11-20-2013)
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Photo of guityler83


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a CW snifter from the bottle, the beer produced a dense mocha colored head made of tiny bubbles so tightly nit you could stand a quarter on the top. The foam had good retention, leaving behind a thin layer of lacing that looks like hot cocoa. The beer is pitch black and opaque.

S: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt aroma all fairly mellow, nothing super pungent. Notes of vegetal or green leaf, maybe the peppers? The aroma reminds me of a mellow version of 16 without the barrel.

T: Robust chocolate flavor with dark chocolate, bakers chocolate and cocoa. Toffee and caramel with toast and bread crust malt flavors. Bitterness is moderate, but the balance is on the malt side and slightly sweet. Also getting a nutty flavor. The peppers blend nicely with the chocolate but it's more of a mouthfeel then a taste.

M: A large chewy body in this beer. Moderate carbonation and big dose of heat from the peppers. The heat feels like it mixes with the alcohol warming in the chest, also getting some on the tongue and lips. Doesn't linger just keeps you from drinking it too quickly. Very creamy also. Nice and complex!

O: No date on the bottle, which I can give a pass to because it's a big stout however I would still like to see it. Tasty beer with amazing mouthfeel,The aroma was lacking a bit in my opinion, but you can't win 'em all.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:56:58 | More by guityler83
Photo of zeledonia


4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

CW makes great stouts, and the name reminded me of the classic cartoon, so I couldn't resist. Tasted 12 March 2014.

Pours black and thick. Half-finger of deep brown head, okay retention and lacing. Good, not amazing.

Smell is really good. Rich, sweet chocolatey stout, balanced by that nose-tingling zing of the peppers. The base stout is really good, full and rich with just enough char. And the pepper is spot-on, just enough to provide zest, without overpowering the rest of the beer.

Taste is fantastic. I love the way the pepper works here, and it's playing right on that edge, where it's just shy of being too much. It's spicy, for sure, and probably the spiciest beer I've actually enjoyed drinking. But the stout subdues that chilis, making them palatable and a near-perfect complement to the stout flavors. The balance between the base and the peppers is astoundingly good. The spiciness comes back in the finish for one last punch.

Feel is also really good. Thick and full-bodied, with the spicy and carbonation combining to provide a healthy buzz. The spice also brings heat, warming my mouth and opening things up pleasantly.

I can't think of a beer I've had that's used chili peppers as well as this one. Great balance, great spice, and just really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 02:14:49 | More by zeledonia
Photo of chanokokoro


4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Central Waters Brewing Co. branded snifter

Pours a deep opaque black topped by a fluffy dark beige head. Slightly above average retention with a bit of cascading lacing. The nose is chock full of bakers chocolate with some dark fruit notes and brooding, boozy alcohol. Dark chocolate upfront, hints of dried dark fruit especially hints of prune. Some spice from the chilis shows up midpalate, combined with the dark chocolate notes creating a mole sauce-like quality. Finishes with mole, medium roasted chili spice, and some booziness. Huge full body, creamy with touches of velvet. Moderate carbonation. Really enjoyable brew and a perfect example of how use chili peppers successfully without becoming overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 04:58:22 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of ksimons

New York

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-an inky dark pour with a thin layer of tan head that leaves a ring around the edge

S-rich dark malt, roasted dark coffee, milk chocolate sweetness, and a light chile pepper spice

T-taste is similar to the smell but with a big kick of spicy chile peppers in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-full body, light to medium carbonation, dry and spicy finish

Overall I am a big fan of stouts with chile peppers added and this might be the spiciest one I've had yet!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:15:16 | More by ksimons
Photo of jimmah120


4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with no date poured into tulip

Very dark, almost completely black, with a big mocha head that fades to a ring. smell is sweet milk chocolate, toffee, and roasty malts, melding with the vegetal chili, turning into something beyond classification. taste has much less heat than anticipated, it's more of a subtle peppery tingle than a burn. the chili is there throughout, (blending with the silky cocoa, rich toffee, and bitter coffee) but shines in the finish. only a hint of an alcohol burn, otherwise the 12% is imperceptible.

CW needs to make this a winter seasonal. until then, im stocking up.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 07:36:25 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Vonerichs


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque brown. The head is weak with little retention.

I'm surprised that I can't perceive the peppers in the nose, even in a vegetal state. It's heavy on the cocoa and roasted malt, not much else.

The taste is cocoa, roast, and a pleasant heat that's left on the tongue and back of throat. It doesn't have a lot of depth but I appreciate what was accomplished with the integration of the cocoa and ghost peppers. The play between the two is a seamless sweet to heat transition. Long peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Low carbonation. It works well for the sweet aspect of it.

I really enjoy the use of chiles in stouts when it's done right, and this is one of those times. Where it lacks depth and complexity it makes up on execution.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 14:29:45 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black but with translucent deep hazelnut & brown highlights when light hits the edges. Nice tight almond colored head, nice sheets of lacing, poor retention however the "head" never really leaves. S: The smell is lovely, very earthy. Robust, dirt, mushrooms, coffee, dried peppers that bring up a raisin-y quality. Chocolate.
T: Umami, soy sauce. Chocolate and roast followed quickly by a complex blend of earth, pepper, roast, and than chili pepper - but great fruity chili pepper flavor. As the beer clears the palate there is your spice, a hit at the back of the throat, bam! Warming spice, sharp, hot, quick, its over.
M: Appropriatly full and rich. Spot on.
O: I like this beer a lot. It is a great package. Roast, Spice, Sweetness, full bodied enjoyment with a kick. Ultimatley just slightly un-balanced in the direction of spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:06:43 | More by pmlondrigan
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired from generous Duff27 (thanks again!) and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which has earned my respect. Reviewed as an imperial stout.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour. Has a shiny sheen of a complexion and an even consistency. Ha some nice creaminess, but I do want more. Pretty rich. I can coax some lacing out of it by tilting the glass, but little sticks. Unfortunately, head retention is bad - maybe 40 seconds at best, though there is a floater ring which sticks around a bit longer.

Body colour is - predictably - an opaque solid black. Quite dark; almost a jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears aptly carbonated.

It's a good appearance for an imperial stout and I'm looking forward to the first sip. That said, it's far from unique for the style. Still, the head is pretty impressive - I just wish it'd stick around longer.

Sm: The chili notes are fused right into the imperial stout build to the extent that I have trouble identifying distinct notes. Chili pepper flesh, dark malts, wisps of milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and cream. Shockingly timid considering ghost peppers were used. It's average in strength. I wouldn't say it's a subtle aroma per se - just a reticent one - but I find it appealing for what it is.

No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. No off-notes. Heat seems pretty tame for a beer brewed with chilis. I'm looking forward to the first sip.

T: The heat is quite tame considering the chilis used, and doesn't really manifest substantially until the aftertaste - though you do start to notice it right on the finish. It doesn't leave me quenching a second beverage, and I have no trouble returning to it moments later for the next sip.

I admit I'm surprised how well the heat is integrated, though the build is still shy of gestalt. I do think the flavour profile is shockingly cohesive for an imperial stout brewed with chili peppers. The heat fits in nicely to the dark malt/chocolate malt foundation, and never quite fully obscures the subtleties hidden in the flavour profile; in spite of the light burn I can still find cream, chocolate, a touch of caramel, and near-perfect sweetness. Cocoa powder? Sure.

This reminds me of Copper Kettle's Mexican Chocolate Stout, which is a really good thing. I hate to get too comparative, but I'm not quite sure this is as well balanced - though that's nitpicky, because it's incredibly difficult to manage balance when you're working with ghost peppers, to the point that many brewers seem to abandon balance altogether (see Twisted Pine). As it warms, I'm picking up on a kiss of faint coffee replete with succulent mocha cream. As is often the case in imperial stouts, roastiness is sorely missed here.

I'm really liking this beer, and it's getting better and better as it warms. It's not necessarily a complex imperial stout (at least not to compared to behemoths like The Abyss or Narke's Stormaktsporter), but the careful balance and impressive subtlety is hard to ignore - I mean who manages subtlety in a ghost pepper brew? Certainly a nuanced beer, if not an intricate one. I'm impressed.

No hop character, alcohol, or yeast character comes through.

Mf: Has a mild warmth from the chili pepper. Hits the sweet spot in terms of creaminess, smoothness, and wetness, generating a comforting approachable presence on the palate. (How many chili beers are "comforting?). Good medium body and apt thickness. It's surprisingly soft and silky. Great execution across the board here, though the carbonation isn't quite perfect; I have to nitpick to find criticisms of this beer. Overall, it's just a great texture for this beer's taste, and it's clear the brewers took the time to carefully tailor specific elements of the texture to the taste. Pay close attention to the feel of the finish right as the core flavours expire - what a fucking satisfying close to a lovely flavour structure.

Not oily, gushed, boozy, hot (in an alcoholic sense), astringent, or harsh.

Dr: For a 12% chili imperial stout, it's damn drinkable. Finishing this bottle will be real treat. Central Waters surpassed my high expectations and delivered an impressively well balanced brew in a difficult to execute style. I'd highly recommend this to friends and trade partners and I'm extremely glad I got the opportunity to try this. Easily one of the best beers involving chilis I've ever had. Brilliant work from Central Waters.

Not recommended to age.

Would pair well with pie and fudge. Maybe fajita burritos?

Low A-

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:36:36 | More by kojevergas
Photo of JerUrbans


4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours jet black tar color, with dark caramel 1" head with tiny bubbles that holds on very well. Smells like roast coffee with hints of smokey oak and dark chocolate. Taste is like roasted chocolate on a chili pepper binge. Wow, do I love this. I'm big fan of chili pepper beers and this is excellent. Mouthfeel is great well carbonated and smooth, but with a huge bite and burn from the chili peppers. I have 12 bottles and will be aging some just to see what happens with this beer in a couple years.

Overall, I was so excited when I heard Central Waters was brewing this beer. It has lived up to my expectation and way beyond. I really hope this is not a one and done, because I hope to be drinking this till I'm pushing up daises.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:49:17 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of DersOne


3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

A-Pours dark black, small dark tan head with some lacing and small lingering bubbles.

S-Mild, faint roasted malts and chocolate, the spice reminds me of mexican chocolate cookies with the hint of pepper. Not overly impressive but still pleasant, more like CW's Satin Solstice with a kick.

T-Hits you with spice right away, my nose got tingly, which slowly moved to my lips and throat. Very heat forward but it blends slowly and quite deliciously to chocolate malts and a bit of hop bitterness. Spice isn't overwhelming, it is very complimentary to the underlying beer.

M-A bit thin but that may be due to the pepper oils. Otherwise it's like a typical imperial stout, a bit dry.

O-One of the better spice beers I've had but the underlying elements aren't anything radically different from the other standard CW stouts. Not a bad thing, but was hoping for something a bit different overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 16:02:12 | More by DersOne
Photo of ThickNStout


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Powderhornphil (thanks!). No bottling information but released 11/13. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours night black with a finger and a half deep tan head. The foam fades slowly, leaving only specks of lace.

Aromas of chocolate syrup, soy sauce, vanilla and brown sugar with some pepper nasal burn on the back end. Intriguing.

Taste follows the nose in the best ways. Dark chocolate and espresso are fairly dominate with layers of brown sugar, chili pepper, vanilla, roasty malts, faint smoke, molasses and a sort of dark fruit jam. A nice, hot chili pepper burn remains present throughout without distracting or being over bearing. There are so many positive flavors at work that the substantial alcohol bill is nearly invisible, making this dangerously easy to drink. Excellent.

Syrupy, medium heavy body with subtle carbonation. A lingering heat remains during the sweet mochaccino and brown sugar finish.

I admit a certain apprehension when approaching a beer brewed with ghost peppers but this is great. Fantastic use of chili pepper heat to complement a delicious base beer. A big brew that goes down incredibly easily while providing tons of flavor. Really glad to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 06:08:56 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of jegross2


4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Space Ghost from Central Waters Brewing Company out of Amherst, Wisconsin.

Score: 95

November 2013 vintage bottle. Served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 02/03/13.

Appearance: Black body. Pours a finger and a half of khaki head that settles down to a nice ring around the glass. Awesome lacing and retention. Really gorgeous stout. 5/5

Smell: Huge milk chocolate notes here. I could smell lots of chocolate from the moment I removed the bottle cap. Mild roast, a little bit of what can only be described as a vanilla cake like aroma, and spicy pepper notes too. Some dark fruit comes out as it warms up. Dark chocolate and burnt brown sugar too. Everything melds so wonderfully here. 4.75/5

Taste: Loads of milk chocolate and notes of dark chocolate, followed by the ghost pepper. This beer has a nice and bold spicy kick that dances on the tongue and lingers, either gradually fading or layering in intensity depending on how you space your sips. More dark fruit is present in the taste than it was in the nose, but the dark fruit character is still pretty muted overall. A touch of roast too. As the beer warms up, it gains a little more complexity - notes of caramel, coffee, and more dark chocolate come through towards the finish. No vanilla or vanilla cake flavor, which is a little bit of a let down after being teased a promise of such by the nose. All the complexities mix nicely. I particularly like how the dark chocolate comes through and plays with the spiciness in the finish as it warms; it reminds me of the high percentage cacao chocolates with chili peppers that I enjoy eating. There is also a touch of alcohol heat that is well-masked by the chili heat. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Sadly, like many Central Waters stouts other than 1414 (which is bizarre, considering that 1414 is barrel aged Satin Solstice), the body on this one lacks the heft it demands and deserves. Medium-light bodied, good carbonation. A little creamy, a little slick. Lightly dry towards the finish. Excellent spiciness. 3.5/5

Overall: But for the fact that this beer lacks a mouthfeel that is as substantial as its aroma and taste, it would be better than Hunahpu's. While I thought the tap version was marginally better than the bottle due to a seemingly better mouthfeel, I did not think that the bottle fell substantially short of the tap version of this beer unlike others claimed. Maybe there is some bottle variation at play? Either way, at $7 for a 22 oz bottle, you can't go wrong. If you like chocolate with peppers or are seeking a chili stout with more spiciness than Hunahpu's or Mexican Cake, then this is your beer. I really hope Central Waters brews this one again (and again and again and again)!

Cost: $7 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 04:17:35 | More by jegross2
Photo of GeezLynn


3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black with a modest tan head. Decent retention and easily revived.
S: not particularly strong – I get black patent malt and some bittersweet chocolate.
T: starts with roasted/black malt combo, followed by a sharp spicyness. A moderate sweetness cuts into the spice a bit and as it warms some smokeyness becomes apparent - not sure if it is malt or chile. Spice lingers on the finish.
M: body is thick with heavy fine carbonation.

I like a good chile beer, but as a stout this one had a bit too much pepper for me. The stout underneath didn’t do that much for me either. Not bad, but not something I’d buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:10:51 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of Duff27


4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Short lived mocha head. Dark brown/black body. Thin collar. Minimal splotchy lacing.

Sweet chili aroma.

Very balanced on the forefront then dives into some sharp but not overpowering chili heat. For reason I sense raspberries in here? Would guess around 10%abv

Big chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. They nailed it.

Very nicely done ghost pepper impy stout. Don't know if I would be able to finish a bomber by myself but would be great to share. Thanks for the share TATURBO.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:46:09 | More by Duff27
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Fire House in Eau Claire into a snifter.

As someone who loves stouts and chiles, somehow these are two great things that I don't enjoy all that much together. That said, Space Ghost surprised me in a good way. Carries a nice body for a CW stout...enter beaten dead horse...and a mild vanilla and coffee presence. The ghost peppers just tickle the tongue at the start and then wallop the back of the tongue and permeates the throat and chest. Big spicy peppery heat that is really well integrated and memorable. The pepper heat is a very noticeable build up that's an enjoyable ride.

My biggest suggestion is to end your night with this beer, as the peppers hang joyously along the palate and creeps into everything else that follows. A unique take on a chile stout and a take I enjoyed more than most.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 17:59:48 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out black as night with a nice two finger light brown head, Smell is malty. Really smells like a beer that is not as dark. Smells a little sweet with maybe a little peppers but I'm just guessing cause I know it's supposed to have peppers in it. Otherwise I wouldn't think peppers. Taste.is dark malts, dark fruits, and a decent amount of peppers although not overwhelming. Compared to say Huna it seems to have more peppers. It's really not that much hotter but the choice of peppers seems to be such that it just doesn't meld with the stout as well as I would have hoped although it's still OK but not too great. Mouthfeel is medium to a little thin for what I would expect but the peppers are kicking in, Overall the beer is a decent stout with a little too much pepper for my taste but others may love it. I'm just over the hot pepper thing. Not to say it is really hot but just a little too much for the beer as it becomes a little too much than the beet can handle,

After drinking more it seems like they didn't pick the right peppers for taste and a little too hot for my taste. The peppers just don't add to the taste and really make the beer taste worse. Poor choice of peppers.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 09:09:14 | More by NeedBeerHere
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3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a pitch black color with a decent brown head. Despite the description, the aroma is mostly just malty with no noticeable scent of peppers. The taste is bold and robust like any stout with a tingly spice taste that makes an interesting taste without being spicy hot.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:46:08 | More by Lemke10
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice chile presence that is not all that intense and works well with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 06:26:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enter into this beer with trepidation. I love chiles and chiles in my beers, especially dark beers, but Ghost chile is an abomination. Horrible flavor and with heat that only causes pain and misery.

Pours dark black and dense with two fingers of mocha colored head that was slow to settle to a very dense, thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass. A very attractive stout.

Impressive aroma that features several components. Get the rich malty stout smells along with a sweet, fruity chile hint. Notes of roasted, smoky, mocha malt. Probably the best aroma from Ghost chile that I have smelled. Actually smells good with some fruity hints.

There is heat in the beer but not excessive and it comes right in the middle of the taste experience and does not linger for long. The chile is not harsh or dominate the flavor. Must of used it very conservatively. Still pick up the dirty, earthy flavor of the Ghost. Good stout base that gives up good roasted, mocha, and smokey flavors. Definitely more sweet than bitter on the scale. Alcohol is well disguised for the massive ABV.

The stout feels like a big one. Full bodied, rich, smooth, and creamy. Excellent job here.

In the end an outstanding stout and not gimmicky. I would of preferred Ancho, Chiptotle, or Habanero chiles as they lend outstanding flavor to go with the heat, but the Ghost was not as bad as I thought it would be in this case at these levels. The heat from Ghost usually builds and builds until a person will do almost anything to put the fire out, but that character is not evident in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:47:31 | More by morimech
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and fairly sweet aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and some pepper. Dark roasted barley malts with hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee roast, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, nuts, yeast, and slight smoke. Sweet hints of molasses and burnt brown sugar. Slight anise hints. The scent of chili peppers is kind of subtle but noticeable. Light hints of dark fruit. Light backing hints of hops. A pretty solid stout aroma.

Taste: Like the roasty aroma, but with a much stronger presence of chili peppers. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee beans, burnt toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, yeast, nuts, and a little smoke. Big taste of chili peppers with a nicely biting but not overwhelming spice. Sweet taste of molasses and some brown sugar. Some anise licorice notes as well. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with notes of dark cherry, raisin, fig, and prune. Light presence of earthy hops in the background. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat slick, and very spicy. Alcohol heat is masked by the pepper heat.

Overall: A very good twist on an Imperial Stout. Great roasty chocolate and coffee flavor with a good dose of spice from the peppers.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 07:55:57 | More by MattyG85
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light layer of tan head. Color is a deep black.

Flavor profile: Rich chocolate. Lightly roasted malts. It has some kind of a burnt candy sweetness to it that I really enjoy. Caramel with some coffee. Raisins, lots of molasses. Fairly sweet. A lot of spicy peppers near the end. Not overly hot, but it shows.

Mouthfeel: Rich, sweet, and creamy. Full bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. Ends with a nice spice.

Overall, a really enjoyable beer for a really good price. $7 for a bomber really can't be beat. I'd easily drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 01:43:50 | More by mothman
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honestly, when I saw the 6.19 price tag on this bomber, I about choked on my own spittle. From a world-class brewery a probably great, big stout? One of many reasons I love CW. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

My eleven year old professionally pours this dark stout, moderate carbonation. Nose betrays there might be chile of some type in the beer: sweet milk chocolate & mild chile heat comes up the middle. Just what I was hoping for.

Space Ghost cries out for a late-boil addition of Pepto-Bismol. First impression: this is thicker, smarmier than any of Central Waters' beers (excepting the Anniversary brews), Good BWCA mud thick. Taste mimics the nose: chiles take the top of the heap though & suck most of the oxygen out of the beer. Mild sweet malts, milk chocolate, mostly drowned roast. But chile is the story here, & it's mostly felt right in the fundus. The richness of the base makes is a pleasure to suck down.

Hard to judge, because I believe the ghost peppers are masking a lot of what the base beer might bring to the House Party. Very good, but I'm going to stick one of these away & revisit in 6-9 months. I've bet it's better then.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:16:14 | More by maximum12
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

Pours deep dark brown with very small tan head.

Smell is mostly chocolate with toasted malt. Slight pepper detected.

Taste is slightly bitter. Heavy chocolate, sweet toasted malt, and yes the chili peppers. There is a slight tingling heat that builds after a little while.

A heavy bodied beer accompanied by a tingly sensation from the incorporated pepper.

Overall I quite enjoyed this one. This is my first experience with a peppered stout and I think it's great.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:57:39 | More by d5001986
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
12% ABV

A - Inky black, my tall pour of Space Ghost generated a massive and slow-to-leave dense mocha head that leaves heavy lace clinging to the glass wholeheartedly!

S - Space Ghost exhibits a rather transparent aroma of faint dark chocolate and notes of a green pepper's spice but neither attribute emerges with conviction. Instead, Space Ghost suggests what it might be like to try and smell a piece of Mayan chocolate; difficult. Given time to warm, chili pepper spice becomes victorious as the leading aroma.

T - Robust chocolate malt creates a heavy presence immediately, much more so than the nose. It's blend of bitter cocoa and smooth milk chocolate balance each other out while spicy chili peppers appear through the chocolate haze in the background. Mild and frankly tame at first, the chili pepper flavor opens up as the beer warms, integrating itself with the chocolate flavor for a cohesive spice profile.

M - Central Waters' imperial stouts seem to have a reputation for being 'thin' though I would disagree. With that said, I can say with confidence that Space Ghost is Central Waters' fullest-bodied beer I've experienced; rich, throat-coating, and it sits in the stomach like a brick. Chili pepper spice seems absent the first few sips but as the beer warms, a lingering heat sensation builds, first in the stomach, then in the throat. Space Ghost isn't quite as assertive as it's Great Taste debut (at least, how I remember it) but the slow burn catches up, balancing the big malt sweetness very nicely.

O - On one hand Central Waters' Space Ghost walks the line of being too approachable for a chili beer with it's somewhat tame chili pepper spiciness but, on the other hand, it's the most full, robust beer Central Waters' has released. Heavy chocolate flavor goes down like a liquified Hershey's bar with Anaheim pepper-like spiciness finishing out; spicy but under control. It's a great imperial stout with chilis but as a fan of both spicy food and chili beer, I yearn for just a little more eyeball sweat-inducing heat on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:09:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, dark tan head with bier bubbling through the head. Head has great retention. Toasted malt in the nose. Black. Starts with toasted malt and slight acidity. Toasted, roasted chiles build in intensity. Heat crawls up from below and reaches a nice low-medium heat (about a Jalapeno). Finish is roasted chiles and toasted malt.

Overall, pretty nice. The heat is nice, but I would like more (as someone who eats chiles daily).

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:11:43 | More by TheSSG
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Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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