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Old Growth Imperial Stout | Caldera Brewing Company

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Old Growth Imperial StoutOld Growth Imperial Stout
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4.04/5
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202 Ratings
Old Growth Imperial StoutOld Growth Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by freed on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,936
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
202
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
36
Trade:
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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a black color with a slim finger’s off white to tan head. The smell starts off with milk chocolate, big and roasty and sticky sweet, meshing with roasty coffee beans. Subtle marshmallow creeps in to balance. The taste follows the smell nicely. A healthy amount of balanced roasty to sweet stickiness. Sticky sweet cocoa aftertaste runs into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a nice sessionable feel about it (guessing because of the age, this smoothed out the way it did). Overall, pretty nice imperial stout that I would have again. Hopefully get to try fresher some day.

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Photo of Briken
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JLK7299
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momma_Knapp
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at home. Very dark ruby-brown pour with a tall tan head with decent retention, that eventually gives way to a sticky lacing. Notes of roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation and a roasty bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. 8.8% ABV.
Pours pitch black with a tan, mocha head. Lingering lacing covers the glass.
Smell is rich with tons of roasted malt, dark chocolate, plums and figs. The taste is all covered in dark chocolate but with a sweet malty finish that balances all very nice. Some warm alcohol accentuates a milky mouthfeel.
Very nicely done, refreshing and easy to drink Imperial Stout.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, earthiness, and some leather on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with chocolate and roast.

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Photo of OldDirty
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

smooth as silk

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Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours opaque, black in color, with minimal head. Taste is cocoa, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, and roasty. Above average stout that is tasty but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of travolta
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuncanBishop24
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ejane
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014 and could have sat another year or two. The nose and flavor have so much roast it's almost unbelievable. Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt for days. Easily one of the best lower ABV Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of Irishize75
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black pour, almost 1" of tan head. Retention didn't really go as well as hoped. Aroma was roasty, but not much else.

A little bit of smoke, plenty of roast, a little bit of licorice/bitterness from the roasted malts. Its definitely not the best stout they make. This is more of a RIS version, not quite hitting the dark fruit bitter notes, this one supplants that with licorice and smoke. Lots of resiny viscosity.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a 22 oz bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown to black color with creamy dense tan head of 3 cm foaming up. The head fades slowly leaving some sticky lattice on the glass and a thick sturdy edge layer around the beer.
Aroma is rich and malty with dark chocolate and roasted malt mixing with some black licorice and dark fruit notes. Pretty complex and appealing nose, definitely hints of a heftier beer.
The first sip reveals a thick body with silky smooth texture and a very fine tingly carbonation. This is a nice sipping beer and even better on a cold winter evening.
Flavor is deep malty hits just as the nose advertised up front. Roasted malt, some dark fruit, plums, a bit of coffee and some licorice too. Pretty complex flavor profile but no hops and surprisingly not really any booze. No warmth on the swallow and no peppery hits either. A very drinkable beer for the 8.8% and the complexity.
Glad to have tried this and I would definitely pick up another bottle.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 202 ratings
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