Black Cauldron Imperial Stout
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #484
Ranked #14,641
3.93 | pDev: 10.94%
Feb 06, 2022
Feb 23, 2006
Very Good
Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout
Notes: There are few styles of beer more flavorful than Imperial Stout. Our thick, rich version is brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts and subtly spiced with Cascade and Super Galena hops. We accentuate the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt. At 22.5 degrees starting gravity and 9.5% alcohol by volume, this beer boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry.

Black Cauldron is a strong ale best enjoyed in moderation. Try pairing it with full-flavored grilled or roasted meats. Rich desserts like chocolate cake, truffles, fruit tarts, caramel flan or crème brûlée are all excellent matches.

We brew our Black Cauldron Imperial Stout to recognize and honor the women in the history of brewing. Brewing has been women's work since the dawn of civilization. In all ancient cultures, beer was a gift from a goddess, and women maintained status and power through their skills as brewsters. This remains true today in indigenous cultures from Asia to Latin America, Africa to remote villages in Scandinavia. Around the world, women bake bread and brew their own beer.

In Europe, the rise of cities brought commercial brewing, as governments realized the potential tax revenue to be had from large breweries. By 1445, the first all-male brewers' guild was established, the campaign against witchcraft burst forth across Europe, and the purge of women from brewing had begun. Beer historian Alan Eames has written that, when an occupation was listed, most of the women burned for witchcraft in Europe were brewsters or alewives.

Most of the imagery we associate with witchcraft today originated with the brewster. The large black cauldron bubbling over with foam? A brew kettle, of course. The black cat? Necessary to keep rats out of the grain store. The tall pointed hat? It allowed the brewster to be seen over the heads of taller men in the marketplace. A broom? The symbol of household domesticity, it is still associated with brewing all over the world.

Without the work of these women through the ages, it's entirely possible beer would not exist today. To learn more about the role of women in today's brewing industry, visit For more on the history of brewing,

With its dark malts, alcohol and unfermented sugars Black Cauldron is ideal for prolonged cellaring. We’ve enjoyed samples aged as long as nine years.

Original Gravity (Plato): 22.5º
International Bitterness Units: 54
Color (Lovibond): 40.0º
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Ratings by Pacioli1445:
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3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Feb 06, 2022
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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Captain69 from Illinois


Jan 08, 2022
3.85 by Taybeh from Minnesota on Aug 06, 2021
4.09 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Jan 23, 2021
4.28 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Sep 14, 2020
4.28 by thefrog114 from Florida on Mar 22, 2020
4.49 by Dalbeast from Wyoming on Feb 07, 2020
3.93 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Dec 25, 2019
3.77 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Jul 10, 2019
4.04 by Mikexw from New York on Apr 10, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells pretty great - there's dark smokiness, roasted malt, raisins, sherry, espresso, and wood.

The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma, but it's still good. There's a lot of dark fruit here - it's almost tangy, with a nice warming smokiness, and tons of roasted character. There's dark chocolate, too - and a bit of coffee bitterness. There's definitely a lot going on for a no-frills imperial stout here.

This is not super thick, but not thin, with a decent level of drinkability. There's not much booziness here.

This is a pretty wonderful classic take on an imperial stout.

Mar 19, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours very dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has aromas of roast and subtle smoke. There are some light coffee notes in the background. There are also subtle sherry and dark fruit notes.

Taste: There is a balanced combination of roast and smoke with a low level of coffee and dark fruits. There are some sherry notes in the back ground with floral.

Feel: It has a full body with a slightly harsh bitterness which actually enhances the flavors as opposed to taking away from them.

Overall, a great combination of smoke and roast with several complex supporting background flavors.

Feb 17, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Feb 03, 2019
3.94 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jan 13, 2019
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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Stout80mizer from Florida

Meh...after dosing my pallet on Expedition the last week may be the reason why this is just so-so for me...Beautiful pour and visual but not much body . Kind of sweet for a RIS

Nov 26, 2018
4.02 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Apr 24, 2018
3.67 by DOCRW from Washington on Mar 04, 2018
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 01, 2018
3.2 by Grackos from Florida on Nov 03, 2017
4.53 by SirFolmarv from Idaho on Oct 20, 2017
3.84 by MjBrewhouse from Idaho on Oct 06, 2017
4.67 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Sep 01, 2017
3.75 by rspauldi from Texas on Jul 12, 2017
3.79 by Donkster46 from Washington on Mar 18, 2017
3.9 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Mar 15, 2017
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spielgau stout glass.

Before I review I'm gonna be honest, I'm watching the Disney movie Black Cauldron. I've been waiting to watch this movie with this beer for awhile hahaha.

Look is pitch black with a tan thin head.

Aroma is roasted malt and a milky sweetness.

Taste is a lot more roast that gives way into a milky sweetness.

Deliciously balanced.

Mar 05, 2017
4.12 by sjrider from California on Jan 13, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by PorterLambic from Florida

Pours black as pitch with a 1"+ head of dark brown foam perched atop. Head has decent retention but, as expected, drops to an ethereal ring within a few minutes.
Smell is rich with roasted malts, chocolate, molasses as well as lesser notes of smoked wood, dark fruits and wet cardboard which dissipates as the temperature increases.
Taste is full of toast, malts, molasses, chocolate, dark fruits (fermented) and whiskey. Balance is incredible.
Smooth as silk, warming from the start and increasing as the temperature rises. Full bodied without being cloying, this is a sipping beer for sure. 9.5 % ABV is noticeable but not overpowering.

Dec 01, 2016
4.04 by rarigney from Washington on Nov 29, 2016
3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Oct 04, 2016
3.83 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Oct 01, 2016
3.82 by WillisTalkinBout from Wyoming on Sep 25, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. pours out a nice black topped with a tan head. A nice sweet aroma. Some hops and dark roast in it as well. Taste of coffee, bitter hops, and chocolate.

Sep 22, 2016
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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Good thick black viscous appearance, 3/4" tan head on the top of it. Aroma had substantial alcohol and roast to a lesser degree.

Taste was better, mouthfeel hid the alcohol . Still plenty of dark fruit bitterness, licorice. The hopping from the Cascade and Nugget hops gives the bitterness a little more diverse play than just the dark fruit bitterness many RIS beers get bogged down by. Not a bad deal if you like stouts year round.

Jul 04, 2016
4.09 by Thirstygoat from Illinois on May 28, 2016
3.82 by CPAles from Illinois on May 27, 2016
4.81 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina on May 07, 2016
4.25 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Apr 05, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JonSchwartz from North Carolina

On tap at Growler Grlz

Mar 20, 2016
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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