Black Cauldron Imperial Stout | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Black Cauldron Imperial StoutBlack Cauldron Imperial Stout
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78.4%
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3.93 w/ 610 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
Ranking:
#5,753
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came on tap in a pint glass, exhibiting a low, tan head and a black body. Smelled of sweet malts and chocolate. In addition to the chocolatey-coffee taste, there was a malty smokiness as well which lingered on the tongue, along with a slight earthiness.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and licorice with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors chocolate, coffee, molasses and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, a bit viscous, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of denver10
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours black with a nice deep mocha head. Aroma is roasty with some chocolate and earthy hops. Flavor is bitter chocolate, roasted malt, leather, and bitter earthy hops in the finish, Fuller mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. Overall, a good beer though not really my favorite take on the style.

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3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 10/23/2012

A - Pours dark, opaque black with a 1 finger dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

S - Nice roasted coffee and sweet milk chocolate aroma.

T - Starts roasty, moves on to sweet chocolate, and finishes with a big dry roasty bitter coffee taste. After a couple of sips I noticed a little bit of an alcohol burn in the back of my throat that stuck around for a while.

M - Full bodied, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Overall, I would consider this an average Imperial Stout. It's good, but I've had a few other Imperial Stouts that I consider to be much better. It would interesting to see how much better this beer is with a year of age on it to mellow out the alcohol.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Detlef90
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from this brewery and definitely made me intrigued about their other beers. I thought this was a smooth and creamy stout. Not too bitter (which was nice as many of the stouts I have been drinking recently have been quite hoppy). I recommend it for it's body and for it's easy drinkability.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PrivateEquity
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black color letting through little light. Nice tan lacing. Very appealing look.

S - Chocolate and coffe malts are very nice and enticing.

T - Chocolate, fruity strong malt base. Very nice and roasted. Maybe just a little less chocolate and this would be subperb.

M - Nice roasted thickness and creaminess.

O - Solid Imperial Stout that is consistent all around. Very nice drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not your run of the mill imperial stout. it pours dense and black, midnight dark, with no light at all breaking through. a stunning three inch coffee colored head rests patiently on top. the nose is a complex dark malt profile, english sweetness, american robustness, not smokey, but roasty and deep. not sure if there is oatmeal in this, but the massive body would indicate yes. its also got a velvety smoothness, and the thickness of it doesnt make it any less drinkable. more hops than i am used to in an imperial stout, and i appreciate it here. the only sweetness in the taste is a touch of vanilla. id like a barrel aged version of this! just enough carbonation, great as it warms up, this is a steal at 7 bucks a bomber.

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4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce foil-capped bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottle 10 December 2009.

A: Thin, mocha head forms atop a stolid, viciously, viscously black beer.

S: Bone-dry and bitter, with a more than a touch of coffee and of smoke. Molasses or burnt sugar.

T/M: Tasty, but not overwhelming. A solid imperial stout, a bit thin (perhaps from age) and dry (from the touch of smoked malts). Bitter and lingering, there are berries (mostly sweet, lightly sour) and chocolate amidst the still-extant hops and heavy roasted malts.

O: Really nice imperial stout. Recommended! I wouldn't dig around for it like I did to find this one, but it's good.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/10/10. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours black with a 2" cola colored head. Small bubbles of lacing speckle the glass.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and faint pine.

T- Sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate and slight pine bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Lower abv for the style but drinks amazingly well and easy.

O- Good RIS. Not very complex, but has nice sweet and roasted malt flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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