Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Space Ghost Imperial StoutSpace Ghost Imperial Stout

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 398
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 3.15%
Wants: 53
Gots: 99 | FT: 19
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gus34 on 11-20-2013

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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 398
Reviews by josephwa:
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of richj1970
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%

Bottle shared by Curran, thanks man!

Pours out an inky, opaque black, with a small filmy head, and no lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, slight alcohol, pepper heat, and chocolate.

Time may have mellowed the likely intense ghost pepper flavors, but this one still has a bite to it. The pepper bite varies in intensity sip to sip. Some sips I barely get anything, other sips I get the full singe factor. The heat lingers a little bit on the lips. Other than the titular ghost pepper flavors, there's some good cocoa powder and Hershey's syrup flavors. It's not quite as roasty as I'd like, and not very bitter. There's some vanilla cream flavors as well.

As with many Central Waters stouts, it's a little thin, but not to the point where it's a detriment. It certainly would be helped by a beefier body, though. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and keeps the beer very drinkable.

A most excellent pepper stout from Central Waters- it's not quite at the level of Huna/Abraxas/Bomb, but I think it's better than Mexican Cake personally. (1,040 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,447 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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. (165 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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. (1,687 characters)

Photo of McThulhu
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 77apm
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,541 characters)

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.