Black Cauldron Imperial Stout | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout
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Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2006

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle, pop top, nice label, foiled neck. Bottled in October 2009. From the cellar, into my New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Black. Black black. Pours with an ample and attractive dark mocha head which, as it recedes, begins to leave some nice lace.

Smell: Rich aromas. Definitely (in my opinion) much more in the British tradition than the American. Some of the could have to do w/the age, of course, but I'm not getting much if anything in the way of hops here. Rather it's all about dark molasses, dark roasty malts, earthiness, and some kind of dark, sugary chocolate. Maybe like dark hot chocolate spiked with creme de cacao? A few swirls brings out a generic dark fruitiness as well.

Taste: I don't know what this is like fresh, but it's pretty tasty at nearly two years in. Very mellow, rich and full roasty notes set the stage here. Dark roast, a hint of dark, slightly juicy fruits, dark, dusty chocolate. Ends with a brief, dry roasty snap. Fair bit of fruity bitterness left over, but this is mostly after the beer's out of your mouth. I just read the brewery's info on this beer and noticed two interesting things. First, it's brewed with Carafa Special (debittered black malt from Germany as the only roasted malt). That explains the smoothness I guess. Even more surprising, however, is that there's a small inclusion of rauchmalt in here. There's the faintest hint of smokiness, but I would certainly not describe this as a 'smoked stout'. Overall, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Again, I don't know what this was like fresh, but now it's silky smooth. Alcohol? Are you kidding me? It feels at LEAST 2% lower than it actually is.

Conclusion: Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this brew, esp. considering the decidedly sub-par storage conditions in our last place. Overall, this was a very nice surprise!

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Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A very dark brown with about an inch of light brown foam with little intention. No light getting through and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells a nice balance of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The coffee is not overpowering so I'm hoping the taste is as balanced as the smell.

t - The first taste that hit me was coffee, but it was not overpowering. The coffee taste is really mellow, and there is almost a cream flavor to it as well. Also tastes of roasted malts and a little chocolate.

m - Medium to full body with little carbonation, it is smooth and creamy.

d - Overall, I thought this was a pretty good stout. I liked that the coffee taste had mellowed out and was not too overpowering, and liked the creamy taste it had as well. Would definitely try it again.

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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 612 ratings
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