Old Growth Imperial Stout | Caldera Brewing Company

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by freed on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
79
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
9.05%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
38
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of Irishize75
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ER527
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thick, creamy, dark brown head lasts a long while before leaving a coating of thick lace on a Dogfish Head Snifter. This is another black Stout with no highlights.

Rich chocolate fills the aroma while roasted malt occupies the background. Warmth brings out espresso and molasses cookie.

The flavor profile is as expected from the nose. Roasted malt is balanced with sweetness. Attributes of chocolate syrup, espresso and light licorice are followed by a lingering, moderately bitter finish.

The body is full to medium with prickly carbonation and light alcohol.

This is a decent Stout, enjoyed on a quiet, snowy evening while listening to music.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled
pure black body with light brown big frothy head
Aroma is just pure joy, it's like hot chocolate with a wee dram of good whisky
The flavour has the aroma & more, mix in expresso a hint of liquorice and plenty of rye like malt
and some pine
it's good solid stuff but not heavy
The tasty side of dark

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerManDan
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured very dark brown, with a light amount of tan foam. The taste of smoke, chocolate and spice was evident in the flavor. Bitter on the finish, but, not overly bitter.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Pours decent thick black, with a significant dark tan head. The head lasts quite long into the pour and adds dark lacing to the glass.
Nose is a spicy roasted scent, heavy with licorice, but some molasses and perhaps even coffee notes. A very warm beer does give a light impression of band-aid, though.

Taste/feel is a tad astringent, but full of flavor depth, mouth coating cocoa, unsweetened chocolate, some licorice. Think a bit of alcohol comes through, even at somewhat modest 9%. Feel ends a tad chalky after the beer coats the entire mouth. Really bitter coffee, the aforementioned cocoa, just general dark bean tastes- there might be more underneath these, but I have trouble piercing it.

Enjoyed the depth of body in thus beer, even if the taste/feel was a tad chalky. It was a strange case of liking a few characteristics and being put off slightly by a few others.

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Photo of yeaprolly
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GaryGrube
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ivory black with a small mahogany head that reduces to nearly nothing. Smells roasted, malty, caramel/toffee, some spices I don't know. Rich full flavor, initial bitterness, burnt, roasted, espresso, very malty, slight sweetness, some chocolate, spices, finish is long lasting bready with traces of coffee.

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Photo of DrBier
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of patrykfus
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Old Growth Imperial Stout from Caldera Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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