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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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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:
#6,031
Reviews:
327
Ratings:
613
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
61
Trade:
4
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of rderedin
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was surprising to me in how thin it felt. For an imperial stout, this one had a more noticeable hop character (though not dominant by any means) and there was a slightly smoky profile. Not too strong on the nose, which was a little disappointing as it is one of my favorite components of the imperial stouts. I appreciate that it tastes unlike the other stours I've had, but I don't think it's particularly great, especially when I can only get it in a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of SalMineo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of sludgegnome
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ajs4bd
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells absolutely wonderful. Deep roastiness with plenty of sweetness to make this a rich, decadent treat for the nose. Chocolate, caramel, and hints of molasses.

3.5 T: Smells better than it tastes, but it's not bad. Lots of roast, but not as sweet as I thought it would be. Less chocolate and caramel too. Moderate roasty bitterness.

3.0 M: Heavier medium body. A bit too much carbonation, but okay. Lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: Decent beer. I just wish it tasted like it smells.

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Photo of Jlang2012
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of beergoot
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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 carteravebrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of drpimento
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this at a good temperature, with a smallish, dark tan, foamy head that soon subsided to a ring and no lace. Color is (apparently) a clear, very dark, almost black, ruby red. Aroma is roast malt, licorice, fruit, toffee. Flavor's like nose; fairly mellow, good balance between sweet and bitter and slight carbonic tang. Body is good, full, round with tiny peaks, but carbonation is a touch soft. Finish is like flavor, long, and a little boozy. Was expecting more out of this.

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Photo of rkarimi
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Black color with a towering espresso colored head.

There's a nice hoppy presence for an RIS. Dark berries, fudge, and root beer smells.

There's a hint of smoke that compliments the berries and fudge in the taste. Pine and earthy hops splash the char flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

It's a pretty solid and fairly complex RIS. The price point on it ($6.50 a bottle at a local grocery store) only adds to my admiration. I'd defitely buy this again.

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Photo of DruD
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Hex92
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice ris. A really excellent nose with a consistently thick body and a consistent delivery of flavor. It carries a lot of the characteristics I like to see in the style (though admittedly, not as intense as others, but who cares) and does it well. Oddly, this seems like an easier drinking ris. Very nice.

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Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SgunnarW
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 613 ratings
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