Black Cauldron Imperial Stout | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
608 Ratings
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
Ratings:
608
Reviews:
327
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
61
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Donkster46
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterLambic
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rarigney
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillisTalkinBout
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonSchwartz
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler Grlz

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Photo of Akeah
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brolo75
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black with ruby colored edges when held up to the light, head is full and tan colored, head did not retain long, good amount of carbonation streaming up the sides, lots of lacing.

A: Very subtle aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, needs more punch in the aroma, not getting any alcohol.

T: Roasted malts, char, smoke, dark chocolate and dark fruits, hint of coffee, very smooth and drinkable, alcohol is not noticeable on the taste, solid beer.

M: Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish, good amount of carbonation on the mouthfeel, smooth, creamy.

O: A solid RIS, could use some more punch on the aroma and flavor, has a nice mouthfeel, leans more on the smokey side of a RIS, glad to try it but there are better out there.

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Photo of Dave2234
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B_B
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNAle
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled: August 2015. Tasted Feb 14, 2016. Started with a ~3 or 4 oz pour. Very dark with a nice tan head (about 1/2 inch). Too dark for any visible carbonation. Nutty aroma, perhaps a bit of chocolate and raisin. Some vanilla. Very smooth initial taste, thick feel, stickiness on the tongue and throat in the aftertaste. Taste follows the aroma, nutty and dark fruits a bit past their prime. Alcohol is present in the taste, but not dominating (but it certainly hits you soon enough!). Semi-sweet. Very pleasant, but no bittering at all. Very, very smooth, thick, and mild. I consider the total lack of bittering to be a downgrade on what is otherwise an excellent stout.

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Photo of Magery
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devilfluff
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elglueckert
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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