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Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 44
Gots: 41 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gus34 on 11-20-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

zeff80, Dec 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mnphish, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

MNBeer1017, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Balvenie
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Balvenie, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

maximum12, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

FleetwoodMatt, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

bigpoppa67, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Soneast, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

DrGonzoDDS, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of d5001986
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

Pours deep dark brown with very small tan head.

Smell is mostly chocolate with toasted malt. Slight pepper detected.

Taste is slightly bitter. Heavy chocolate, sweet toasted malt, and yes the chili peppers. There is a slight tingling heat that builds after a little while.

A heavy bodied beer accompanied by a tingly sensation from the incorporated pepper.

Overall I quite enjoyed this one. This is my first experience with a peppered stout and I think it's great.

d5001986, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

plumcrazyfx, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

King_KongDCO93, Dec 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Zenk, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bunuelian, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Gonzoillini, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

brother_kenneth, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Drew26, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, dark tan head with bier bubbling through the head. Head has great retention. Toasted malt in the nose. Black. Starts with toasted malt and slight acidity. Toasted, roasted chiles build in intensity. Heat crawls up from below and reaches a nice low-medium heat (about a Jalapeno). Finish is roasted chiles and toasted malt.

Overall, pretty nice. The heat is nice, but I would like more (as someone who eats chiles daily).

TheSSG, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

madtowndmb1, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of mjpolzin
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was one of the pleasant surprises for me at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2013 so I was very excited when Central Waters decided to bottle this interesting beer. CW is by far my favorite brewery so often times I feel like I overrate their beers but I do think they really do produce some world-class beers.

When you tell someone about Space Ghost, their inclination is to think that it is going to be an overly spicy beer but that is not the case. The ghost peppers offer a spicy but subtle warmth as an aftertaste to what is a solid but not spectacular stout.

I am not sure what the base beer is for this? It is posted on BA as being 12% abv which I cannot believe as it does not seem like high. I can believe though that a decent amount of malts were needed to balance out the spicy peppers. Another hit from Central Waters!

mjpolzin, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Powderhornphil
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a touch thicker than most CW stouts. Black with a couple fingers khaki head with a slight reddish tint.

Aroma is enticing. Milky Chocolate malts, a bit of sugary sweetness and a subtle pepper note.

The taste is chocolate malts supported by a unique tingling spicyness. Not terriblely complex beyond those two flavors. I don't find the spice to be particular hot. Just a lingering warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium but creamy and coating. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer. Exceptional value at about $6, and the ghost chilis are well integrated.

Powderhornphil, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Stevedore, Nov 28, 2013
Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.