Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
01-06-2014 06:26:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.06/5 rDev -0.7%
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?
02-27-2014 04:36:36 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-27-2013 01:43:50 | More by mothman
3.19/5 rDev -22%
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.
06-03-2014 01:54:07 | More by Alieniloquium
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
22 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
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.
12-09-2013 00:09:20 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.09/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-19-2014 23:46:09 | More by Duff27
4.03/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
12-23-2013 03:16:14 | More by maximum12
Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.