Old Growth Imperial Stout | Caldera Brewing Company

Old Growth Imperial StoutOld Growth Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.04/5
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by freed on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,793
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
202
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of ER527
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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

Photo of BeerManDan
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -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 -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GaryGrube
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wLcz0rz
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of patrykfus
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in the glass with a small but pretty compact mocha head, at least for a while. Sticky lacing afterwards.
Really rich roasted malts, a bit smokey, with lots of dark chocolate, some black coffee and just hints of the added licorice. Dark spices and caramel too, hinting at chocolate cake (granted, a bit burnt).
Licorice is more alive in the taste, so are some cola notes and dark fruit, especially in the start. Some smoked prunes, light raisin, a bit of Morello cherries too, even some citrus peel. Roasted malts only follow, but are pretty rich, with really dark chocolate and burnt dark bread, kept "zingy" by the licorice. Black coffee notes in the finish, extra ashy malts and a nice herbal note too. Light caramel sweetness throughout.
And none whatsoever in the aftertaste. Just deep roast, some dark chocolate shaving, dusty cinnamon and the faintest bit of dark licorice. Medium body, low carbonated, smooth and a bit sticky.
The ashy finish really makes you wanna have another sip, and the nice licorice lacing makes up for the straightforward (even tho, kinda rich) roasted taste. A solid imperial stout, dark and deep.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Morey
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Old Growth doesn't look so much old as it does burnt - this charred black beer resembles less the tree on its label than it does the aftermath of a brush fire. Even its "head" is little more than a waning wisp of smoke. Of course, these are the qualities we expect from the style.

This Imperial Stout smells just how I like it: like espresso steeped in pine resin. And with a half a bar of top-grade, high cocoa content chocolate melted in there too. Heck, hints of dark honey, brown sugar, or even spices the likes of nutmeg or cinnamon are conceivable if one can make it past the tall order of roasted malts. It could distract the nose for hours.

The taste, like the aroma, is wicked good. Anyone on Weight Watchers, however, best stick to just smelling it - there's no way anything with this much rich, decadent, delicious flavour is low in anything. Here here! Be sure to bring a knife and fork - there's everything the dessert lover could ask for: fudge brownie, french vanilla crème brûlée, tiramisu, and a shot of espresso.

Not only that, however, there's a whole other, more earthy and savoury component that includes flavours of pine, spruce, and rosemary. It's not only rich as a cake it's also meaty as portobellos. Indeed, the most sensational imperial stouts are those that combine overt hoppiness with all the roasted, voluptuous, bittersweet maltiness. This one does so seamlessly.

Old Growth is a delicious enough I want to eat the glass when I'm finished with the liquid in it. This is exactly the kind of imperial stout I'd offer if I had my own brewery. It is luscious and rich yet, against all odds, still considerably approachable. I wish I had more! Oregon is home to some of the country's most outstanding brewers and clearly Caldera belongs there.

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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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