Black Cauldron Imperial Stout | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer "glugs" with some viscosity into my glass. Inky black appearance. Thin and bubbly brown head. Looks great. Nice aroma of anise, thick roasted malts, black licorice and baker's chocolate. Oily texture to this beer. It coats the palate nicely. Body is medium-full and the carbonation is quite low key. Flavors resemble aromas....anise oil, licorice, roasted bitterness, chocolate, dark fruits, prunes, black cherries, etc.... Very enjoyable.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip from 12oz bottle...

A: Pours a pitch black body with a two finger chocolately mocha head that fades fairly quickly to leave pretty good lacing and a thin foam on top of the beer.

S: Roasted malts with bittersweet chocolate and hints of coffee and cola. A few piney hops come through in the finish as well. Seems like this should be pretty well balanced.

T: Huge bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors upfront. A little burnt caramel comes in mid palate along with a unique cola flavor that I have not tasted in many stouts before, very nice. The finish is crisp with a faint hint of piney hops and bready nutty yeast that lingers long on the finish as the chocolate comes through again.

M: Heavy body that is exactly what I would expect from 8% and the carbonation is near perfect...just enough to wake up the taste buds. Nice.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, the flavors are very inviting and the abv is completely hidden. Very nice all around, will be revisiting this one again soon, especially at the price point!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 Edition, 750ml

I have been sitting on this one since about April 06. It was a bitch to get the wax off the top, but I did, will save this bottle. Pours a black color, not much carbonation at all, tiny creamy tan head, some minor lacing around the edges. Scents of hops, sweet roasted malts, slight spices, and caramel. The taste is of sweet roasted/smoked malts, slightly spicy, with a nice caramel taste. Medium body, well rounded. Very drinkable, an absolutely delicious beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of Hex92
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle dated Nov 2 2007. Its May 2012 so it has been sitting for a while. I never tried it "fresh" so I can't determine if it has changed over the last 4+ years.

A-black no lacing head disappeared quickly.
S-roasted malts
T- big malt, hardly any hops....just the way I like it. The malts are roasted perfectly. I don't like when they cross the line to burnt. These are perfect.
M- nice. Light on carbonation, but maybe that is due o being over 4 years old.

O- great representation of the style. If I see this again I will pick up a bottle and drink it a bit sooner.

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Photo of dnichols
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served a mug from the tap at the Sports Page bar in Pullman, WA.

A: It poured a black body with ruby tints at the edges when back lit. The head was moderate and deep chocolaty brown with sticky tiny bubbles. The head receded slowly and left little lacing.

S: It had a deep roasted malt aroma that gave off odors of chocolate and coffee.

T: Yummy...nice stout. Rich, thick and creamy. It presented a solid sweet and bittersweet chocolate profile complemented by a biting back side that reminded me of campfire coffee. As the brew warmed the flavors blended nicely into an easy moca latte.

M: It was medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy and rich presense. It had a sweet coco front, biting coffee back and a clean warm finish.

A thick sticky liquid that rolls through the mouth, is nicely complimented by a more subtle carbonation than most. Quite nice.

D: Its modest ABV, creamy chocolaty flavor and smooth warm and clean finish make this a beer that would be easy to enjoy long into the night.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a brown ring of bubbly head.

S: Dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, roasted malt, a touch of smoke, and perhaps a slight hint of anise.

T: Smoke is more noticeable in the taste with some bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit and citrus peel.

M: Full bodied and smooth, creamyish.

O: A really good imperial stout. I like the anise, molasses and smoke a lot. Three great flavors one might find in such a beer.

Note: Bottled in late 2009, imbibed in late 2012.

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Photo of aluskungs
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wax sealed bottle bought from the brewery in 2005. Cracked it open on my birthday okt. of 08.

Pours nice and heavy, not thick like oil. Good dark lacing on the sides of my rapscallion cognac glass. The beer is pretty much black.

Strong date smell with some alcohol and coffee thrown in there.

The taste is smooth (3 years old) and very drinkable. Dates, licorice, tobacco flavors, like a port wine. Excellent!

A great beer that doesn't need to be 18 percent alcohol! A well balanced beer that shows that you don't need a lot of alcohol to make a great "extreme" beer. Really great job. I should have bought more. My loss.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle to a NBB globe glass. Bottled on 12/8/2010.

A - The beer pours a deep bitch opaque black color. Black edges, dark. A nice 1.5 finger mocha colored head. Good retention and lacing.

S - There is roasted barley and chocolate immediately but a citrus sweetness from the hops comes in afterwards. Its a nice blend of sweet and roast. No sense of alcohol.

T - Just like the nose the beer starts with a bitter roasted barley and chocolate malt flavor. It's not so much that it's unbearable but rather a smooth roasty character. The hop sweetness and citrus character comes in the middle. It's a very balanced brew. I am not used to such hop character in an imperial stout. I really like it!

M - Good carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes smooth and creamy. Good.

D - Very

Overall, this is a very good beer. I had the opportunity to get a 4-pack or a bomber. I went with a bomber. I will immediately get more. Recommended.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-13-2011 01:50:08

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from draft at The Front Door ... poured into a Chimay goblet ... nice 3/4" lite brown creamy head with good lacing that lasted until the last sip. Aroma is chocolate malts and roasted grains... big aroma that reminds me of a cool mocha.. a little sweetness with a bunch of chocolate and coffee ... Flavor begins with the body... Fantastic body ... up front full mouthfeel ... viscous ... feels like it has a higher ABV .. creamy chocolate melts into the roasted barley ... not getting alot of hops, but I know they're there.. Dark fruits.. chocolate covered cherries.. yummy... Drinks like a bigger RIS.

I am sooo glad Grand Teton re-released this one... I drank my last of the previous vintage on my birthday back in June while hot-springing in the Idaho wilderness.

I've purchased the new bottles at a few different places in Boise.. ranging from $12-$13. All are in the Big 1ltr waxed flip tops. Note, the bottles no longer look like the BA pic, now they are the fatter ones ... Donkey Punch is bottled in the same bottles.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

04/24/06- Purchased at a liquor store in Jackson, WY.

Presentation- One liter swingtop bottle with black hardend wax over the cap. Special release in 2005. Poured into my Ruination 22oz mug.

Appearance- Used motor oil black in color. Nice 3/4 inch dirty brown head forms. Light random patchy lace left behind.

Smell- Very dark and smokey malt in the nose. Light chocolate and espresso as well.

Taste- Burnt sweet malt with a medium smoked flavor. Not rauchbier smoked, but just enough to taste and not feel like you are drinking scorched bacon. A bit of a plum or date flavor as well. Chocolate flavor comes in first with a nice bitter hop taste. After that a espresso flavor is next. Hop bitterness is nice and lasting.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth with a nice bitter aftertaste. One of the lowest carbonation factors in an imperial stout that I have had. Creamy with a thicker texture.

Drinkability- High quality stout here. Right below the upper eschelons of impy stouts (Stone, Rogue, Sammy). Chugging a full liter will make you sleep really good. Good job!

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Photo of beergoot
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing aroma: roasted grains, coffee, a spicy bitterness of sorts, charred malts. Burnt and richly roasted grains dominate the malt side, a near-piercing bitterness gently slaps your eyes open before smoothing out nicely at the finish. Mouthfeel comes across surprisingly on the light, clean and dry side of things.

Sweet and bitter. Well-balanced with excellent complexity to detect while putting away your drink. No high-powered alcohol notes; it's nicely folded into the other flavors. Well-done imperial stout!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 10/23/2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very rich and robust dark stout aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, dark toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and cream. Good hints of smoked malt. Big presence of sweet molasses and some anise spicing. Good hints of dark cherry, raisin, fig, and plum. Also some solid hints of earthy and herbal hops coming out from the background. A really nice full imperial stout aroma.

Taste: As rich, roasty, and complex as the aroma hints at. Big taste of dark roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, burnt toast, biscuit, and a little milk cream. A nice taste of smoked malts are tasted along with a big taste of molasses sweetness and some licorice anise spice. Strong dark fruit undertones with notes of raisins, dark cherry, fig, prune, and plum. A decent backing of herbal and earthy malts round things out. A very good full on stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and somewhat slick. Fairly sweet and has a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A great imperial stout. Very rich and complex with some nice fruit and hop notes under all the dark malts.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque jet black, with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Does not leave much lacing.

Smells of toasted malt, coffee, black cherries, wet hay, and wet horseblanket.

The forward palate is burned toast, rich espresso and chocolate, with a sour dark Morello cherry finish.

The mouthfeel is rich, with a chewy viscosity and light carbonation.

This is one fine smooth IS, I am liking the dark Morello cherry flavor along with the coffee and chocolate. I am liking the intense rich flavor despite a low amount of alcohol for a IS or RIS. Good job. If I want a rich IS without an alcohol hammer, this is the one I will go for.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark pour of black and inky in the goblet. Slimmer capping of light tan foam steps to the top briefly to step back down to a thin ring and a bit of blobby lengthy lacing.

Smokey, deep, dry, date/fig, tartly sweet aroma. Complexingly nice to try to take in as it has port-like smokeyness in sweetness and a blackened malt dryness. Uniquely red wine-like, green olive juiced? portly, lightly dashed of spice with meat seasoning, pepper, and vanilla pods.

Flavor is tangy, deep, smokey, and semi port-like. Surprisingly, much of the aroma character is found in its taste. Perhaps missing a bit of deeper tone and length, but that's really splitting some fine hairs, as I like what is there. Hard to say what exactly, chocolate maybe? Could boost more in my favor, but damn if its flavors aren't a bit off in a good way. Deep, earthy, and tangy with dark natured fruityness of date, fig, prune, plum, raisin, and green olive juice, with a slight smokey pull towards port wine and porterhouse steak spices.

Body is medium with an overall simple soft smoothness and tenderly dark carbonation. Semi slick and creamy. Deep, dark, tangy, and uniquely spiced.

Grand Teton has one heck of a solid Impy stout. Black Cauldron does seem to have that earthy tangyness that conjures up an impression of something being brewed in a big Ol' black kettle with frog legs, bird feet, and forest floor plants. Unique, savory, and drinkable.

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Photo of Rayek
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 10/29/09 vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black with no light penetrating through. A dense tan head starts strong, but falls too quickly to a patchwork film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: The aroma of Cocoa dominates. Hot chocolate is the first thought that came to mind. Letting the nose linger reveals espresso and vanilla.

T: The hot cocoa theme from the nose carries straight into the flavor. Bittersweet baking chocolate is at the forefront. Balance is created with a nice coffee bite. Hop flavors are minimal and a bit earthy. A vanilla sweetness comes in late. Chocolate and a light acidity linger into the finish. The flavor of alcohol is completely masked, but there is a nice warmth as the beer hits the system.

M: The medium-heavy body has fine carbonation and is a little syrupy.

D: For me, this is a very nice Imperial Stout. It doesn't have the over-the-top bitterness that so many of these beers can have. Instead, it comes across as a Sweet Stout with the volume turned way up. I'm really glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 11/07

a: This was an inky black color. It poured with a thick, dark mocha colored head that faded fairly quickly.

s: I got lots of cocoa and milder notes of bitter coffee plus a little bit of cherry. Despite the relatively low abv, I found a little warmth as well.

t: Lots of raw, bitter cocoa that had some coffee qualities. There were some faintly sour dark fruits at the end as well. This wasn't at all overpowering, but it was far from a lightweight. It was rich yet restrained.

m: Maybe just a little thin for an RIS, but with a slightly lower abv, I guess that's to be expected. The carbonation was creamy and long lasting.

d: Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for this treat. I wish this readily available to me. I'd love some more of this one.

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Photo of joe1510
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 Liter Swingtop

Bottled 11/5/07

I get the chance to try this RIS thanks to Bitterbill's generosity, thanks again Bill. When I got this bottle the neck tag let me know it was bottled on my birthday which I thought was pretty cool. Although this beer is small (abv) for an RIS, it glugs out of the big swingtop with the best of them. The body was dark chestnut as it came from the bottle but appears black in my snifter. The mocha colored head grew to one finger on the pour and fell to a skimming with a thick ring. The ring that's left leaves excellent sheet lacing after each pull that slowly falls back into the body.

The aroma is full of freshly roasted sweet grains, dark berries, freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate and spicy alcohol in that order from most to least. If the aroma tells me anything it's that this is a beer to be reckoned with. Very complex and inviting, especially on a cold windy evening like tonight. As it warms each swirl really brings the dark berries forward but as it settles the roastiness is still the king of the hill.

Everything the nose suggested the flavor brings. The sweet roastiness is at its highest point upfront but even as it settles lingers in the background. Dark slightly underipe berries come along with a solid helping of dark chocolate. The coffee grounds show up toward the finish and mix with spicy alcohol. The alcohol adds even more depth to this already complex stout. A slight coffee bitterness and dark molten chocolate combine on the swallow. Ghost like alcohol fumes float throughout the mouth and nose. Black Cauldron is an excellent RIS.

The body is on the lighter side for a RIS but it works really well in this case with the smaller abv than I'm used to encountering. There's creaminess on the swallow that really sets things off.

The lighter than usual body helps make this an incredibly easy drinking RIS. The complexity I'm sure would give some palate fatigue but won't stop me from enjoying this beauty. The moderate alcohol level boosts drinkability as well.

I imagined this being a good RIS but I didn't expect such a gem. The aromas and the flavors are big and enjoyable. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this and I've got another liter in the cellar for next year, all thanks to Bill!

Reviewed: 3/1/08

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying my first Idaho beer and it is very nice. The Black Cauldron Stout is great. The beer pours an opaque color with tan thin head. The smell is roasted molassis, vanilla, black licorice. The taste follows the smell. The mouthfeel is a medium to full body with decent carbonation. Overall it is a very good stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours nearly black with a 3” rocky tan foam collar that produces Guinness quality lace.
S: Dark malts, roast, dark dried fruit.
T: Some initial maltiness, sweet caramel and dark dried fruit gives way to bitter dark roast flavors that lead to a dry roasty astringent finish.
F: medium body, very creamy texture with fine soft carbonation.
O: Like biting into an espresso bean but in a very good way.

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Photo of blammasterj
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a regular pint glass, bottled on 1/21/10.

A: Poured as thick as ink and as black as sin. The light brown head settled quickly, but left a pleasant ring of lacing around the glass as it was imbibed.

S: Had an aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, tobacco and a faint hint of leather. I didn't pick up coffee in the nose that would later follow in the taste.

T: At first the taste followed the nose rather closely: roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a little heat from the alcohol on the finish. As I allowed it to warm it opened up with sweet, dark fruits, coffee and milk chocolate. Very narrow hop profile that kind of snuck in some pine through the backdoor.

MF: This beer is as thick as it looks and as creamy as a melted milkshake.

D: Overall a good offering from Grand Teton and a beer that I will continue to purchase. However, I had this on tap about a week ago and was much more impressed then as I seem to remember the flavor profile being much more complex.

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Photo of jjjeremy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a chalice
Appearance-BLACK! Black with a coffee colored head.
Smell-Hints of coco and molasses
Taste- Delicious,bitter chocolate,slight raisan taste,touch of coffee flavor
Mouthfeel-Thick and chewy!!
Overall-Great!!! I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 Cellar Reserve. I know where I can purchase a half dozen more of these for about half what they normally go for. Tempted to pick them up and enjoy them for the next several years as they age. EDIT 02/01/16: So I eventually got around to buying some more of these. I added four to my collection, meaning, I have five left to go, not counting the one I already reviewed. This is going to be fun to revisit through 2021, assuming I'm patient enough to hold onto them.

Dark brown or black, completely opaque save for edges which are still a dark cola color. Head is fine, filmy, creamy, and brown, fairly dark for what it is, but a golden tone to it. Roastiness, licorice, earth, ethanol, and cocoa aromas. Milk chocolate in a big way throughout. But dark or overripe fruits, spirits, and general booziness are not to be outdone. Not so subtle soil notes, roastiness on the back end combined with peppercorn fumes and small contingent of spicy and earthy hops which are nearly balanced out by the rest of this exquisite palate. Lighter example of a full bodied brew, viscous and velvety, medium carbonation, slightly tingly with smaller, finer bubbles, low astringency for the style, a considerable warmth factor.

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Photo of chumba526
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours like coffee: pitch black with a thin hardly noticeable ring of brown foam and no sign of carbonation. The smell has hues of Carmel, smokiness, toffee. The taste is smooth; it has a nice but not overbearing Smokey presence, a slight sweetness and even a slight presence of hop bitterness. The flavor combination is amazing, the flavors blend so well with each other. It's well balanced, but still exciting to the taste buds. The low carbonation of the stout lets the flavors of the beer blend particularly nicely. An excellent Imperial stout one of the best I have had.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap this past Saturday night at the Dive Bar in Worcester. Served in a small goblet glass for $6. Pitch black body. Very thin bubbly head. Some nice lacing. Smelled like a pot of melted dark chocolate. Loved the flavor. Loads of chocolate, roasted barley, smoked peat, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. This beer tasted so good my wife almost stole it from me, but that was not happening. Mouthfeel was thick and smooth, and the abv was hidden well. Absolutely delicious; I could have gone for a much larger glass of this. The best Imperial Stout I have tried in the past 12 months. I can't wait to see bottles of this on shelves in MA.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, with not color hints around the edges. Big, creamy mocha colored head that looks like a dark version of a root beer float head. Big bubbles. Head drops very slowly, with big chunky lacing.

Aroma of sweet dark cocoa, espresso coffee, and roasted malts. No hop aroma. Hints of licorise as it warms. Fruity esters.

First sip is of a creamy coffee milk shake, a hint of alcohol. No alcohol flavor. Medium finish with an emphasis on roasted flavors - coffee, roast malt and dark cocoa. Fades slowly, begging for another sip. As it warms, hints of licorise, dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is actually a little thin for the style, not watery, though. Some alcohol warmth. No carbonation prickle. Nice creamy texture.

Very drinkable RIS. Will enjoy finishing the bottle as a nightcap.

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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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