Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.21/5 rDev +2.4%
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
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
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
3.84/5 rDev -6.6%
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
4.06/5 rDev -1.2%
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?
Serving type: bottle
02-27-2014 04:36:36 | More by kojevergas
4.44/5 rDev +8%
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
Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.