Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Space Ghost Imperial StoutSpace Ghost Imperial Stout

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 397
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 52
Gots: 100 | 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: 397
Photo of cjohns73
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (797 characters)

Photo of KellyScottMad
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of ufellc
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (209 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (178 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of SonnyJay
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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% (236 characters)

Photo of msf55
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of Austin32
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (172 characters)

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 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 vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.46/5  rDev +8%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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! (563 characters)

Photo of WiscoTerr
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (325 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 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 Irishmafia
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (242 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (707 characters)

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91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.