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
BEER INFO

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

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 www.pinkbootssociety.org. For more on the history of brewing, www.grandtetonbrewing.com.

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,721
Reviews:
327
Ratings:
610
Liked:
478
Avg:
3.93/5
pDev:
10.94%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
61
Trade:
4
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a rich, absolutely opaque black with a small dark tan head. Head recedes to a ring around the glass on some whispy carbonation on top. Some lacing.

S: Chocolate-forward with a bit of spicy alcohol lingering behind. Slight roasted coffee beans, a little smokiness, and milky vanilla. Hint of hop resin. Sweet and smooth.

T: In front, milk and bittersweet chocolate with roasted coffee and a hint of fruity sweetness from the hops and alcohol. Smoked malts are definitely doing their job here, with a hefty dose of smoky bitterness lingering well-after the beer leaves the tongue.

M: Soft and tingly carbonation. Good body.

O: The smoked malts are certainly there, but aren't overpowering. ABV is on the low end for an American RIS, which lets the malts come into focus. I really liked this one.

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

Pours nice and black with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malt,
coffee bean, vanilla, and dark fruit. Initial flavors of burnt toast and
raisin chocolate covered espresso bean and vanilla. Light smoky
flavors play well off light anise and the mild hoppy backbone. The
body is full, lush, and smooth.

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

Pours a three finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a very good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is baked chocolate, flavor is same with almost a burnt chocolate finish. Bottled Sep 2010. $8.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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750mL bottle poured into a snifter. 09/21/11 date.

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Some tan froth and lace.

(S)- Some roasty bread, cocoa, and raisin. Some dusty chalk and roasted caramel.

(T)- A sweet profile overall. Raisin, molasses, and raisin with some rich; almost burnt caramel.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Some very sweet notes and bready caramel bits. Smooth, but very sweet.

(D)- A solid stout with some nicely balanced flavors. Sweet, but rich too.

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Pours pitch black with a tan head.

Smells of roast, sweetness, coffee, chocolate, and grapefruit.

Taste is chocolate up front with coffee, a general caramel sweetness, and a fruity and roasted malt finish that is quite nice actually.

Full body with medium carbonation.

I was quite pleased with this beer. It is sweet yet drinkable and complex with a difference in its more fruity/hoppy finish.

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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 78.4% out of 100 with 610 ratings
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