Space Ghost Imperial Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.11/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours like a dark Imperial Stout with little head that quickly collars.
Smell: Dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. There is a definite pepper presence underneath it all that tingles the nostrils.
Taste: Semi-bitter roast over dark chocolate, followed by the chili heat on the middle of the tongue. As the drink washes over the palate, the peppers creep to the back of the throat and offer an assertive burn there, followed by some coffee and dark chocolate; both of which fade out to end the experience.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style, but still full enough to be enjoyably drinkable and not annoyingly watery.
Overall: Nothing wrong with this beer at all, although I wish they would do a version with some vanilla. After recently having had Mexican Cake and enjoying it, these peppers (from what I've read, there are Anaheim chiles and Ghost peppers) are more robust, offering some good taste and not just burn at the back of the throat. Would definitely drink this again.
04-24-2014 01:29:47 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
4/5 rDev -2.2%
A: Poured into a CW snifter from the bottle, the beer produced a dense mocha colored head made of tiny bubbles so tightly nit you could stand a quarter on the top. The foam had good retention, leaving behind a thin layer of lacing that looks like hot cocoa. The beer is pitch black and opaque.
S: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt aroma all fairly mellow, nothing super pungent. Notes of vegetal or green leaf, maybe the peppers? The aroma reminds me of a mellow version of 16 without the barrel.
T: Robust chocolate flavor with dark chocolate, bakers chocolate and cocoa. Toffee and caramel with toast and bread crust malt flavors. Bitterness is moderate, but the balance is on the malt side and slightly sweet. Also getting a nutty flavor. The peppers blend nicely with the chocolate but it's more of a mouthfeel then a taste.
M: A large chewy body in this beer. Moderate carbonation and big dose of heat from the peppers. The heat feels like it mixes with the alcohol warming in the chest, also getting some on the tongue and lips. Doesn't linger just keeps you from drinking it too quickly. Very creamy also. Nice and complex!
O: No date on the bottle, which I can give a pass to because it's a big stout however I would still like to see it. Tasty beer with amazing mouthfeel,The aroma was lacking a bit in my opinion, but you can't win 'em all.
03-17-2014 00:56:58 | More by guityler83
4.39/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
03-13-2014 02:14:49 | More by zeledonia
4.09/5 rDev 0%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Central Waters Brewing Co. branded snifter
Pours a deep opaque black topped by a fluffy dark beige head. Slightly above average retention with a bit of cascading lacing. The nose is chock full of bakers chocolate with some dark fruit notes and brooding, boozy alcohol. Dark chocolate upfront, hints of dried dark fruit especially hints of prune. Some spice from the chilis shows up midpalate, combined with the dark chocolate notes creating a mole sauce-like quality. Finishes with mole, medium roasted chili spice, and some booziness. Huge full body, creamy with touches of velvet. Moderate carbonation. Really enjoyable brew and a perfect example of how use chili peppers successfully without becoming overwhelming.
03-12-2014 04:58:22 | More by chanokokoro
Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.