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Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 404
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 52
Gots: 102 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 kojevergas
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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- (4,960 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Milk chocolate. Light peppers. A little coconut and vanilla. That could be left over from the Floyd D'Rue I drank previously.

Taste - Chocolate. Between dark and milk chocolate. Peppers build quickly. Sharp spiciness. Finishes with a nutty caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Very spicy. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - The pepper doesn't bother me so much, the way I thought it might. It's really just the stout that isn't very impressive. (552 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (2,115 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%

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 maximum12
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,157 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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 dar482
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
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 morimech
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,574 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle opened up by Shaun at our latest tasting 11/26/2013. Poured into a Hill Farmstead glass.

Review #301.

Pours a dark black body with a mocha head with good retention. Decent lacing, more bubbly than anything else. It really looks just like the CW Bourbon Barrel Stout that I poured into my other glass alongside it.

Smells very vegetal and peppery; not much in terms of the base malts. It's quite interesting that there may be some bottle variation with this given that you'd imagine the chili peppers would sink to the bottom of the tank. But it smells spicy and peppery on top of the freshly-sliced bell pepper smell. Its very interesting; even Hunahpu and Mexican Cake are not this peppery.

Very solid flavour profile, not complex but very nicely done. Nice roast malts give a bit of a chocolate and faint black coffee background that does a good job of cutting through the peppers. There is the vegetal flavour as well, and there is a nice peppery kick on the back end that burns a bit, but isn't incredibly spicy by any means.

Very full bodied, good carbonation with a nice creaminess to it. Reminds me a lot of Brewhouse Coffee, but obviously without the coffee. A good peppery kick on the backend keeps you awake.

Very interesting beer, Central Waters is doing good things with this base imperial stout. I think they should just bottle the base beer and call it Satin Solitude, but that's just me. In any case, this is definitely a beer that is worth trying if you like spicy peppers at all. (1,515 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a thumb of dark mocha head. Nose is loaded with burnt grains, chocolate, leather and toffee with hints of vegetal greens and earthy hops. One of the best chili beers I've ever had with the imperial stout coming off the top with dark chocolate, burnt toast, leafy green hops, molasses and black licorice. The heat comes through on the finish blasting you with loads of heat, but not overwhelming. A mind blowing brew for the style, and an incredible base beer that would easily stand amongst the best on its own. If you like chili beers, this is guaranteed not to disappoint. (598 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is dark malts, milk stout characteristics and a good hint of heat. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate and a long and deep heat in the finish. The first sip was not too bad as far as heat but after the second it became far too intense, to be expected with an ale made with ghost peppers. (293 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1%

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! (625 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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)

Photo of jegross2
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (2,758 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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 zeledonia
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,273 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.1/5  rDev -1%

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)

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Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.