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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-23-2006

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

Had a bottle brewed in Fall '09. I always prefer sub-10% ABV stouts for what you gain in drinkability and this met my expectations nicely. It had candy chocolate flavors up front followed by a dry, roasted, and cocoa powder character that followed and led the aftertaste. The lack of esters that so many double stouts present makes me think of this beer as a double Irish stout (if such a style existed). The beer is true to heavy roast and coffee flavors, without mucking about with anything fruity. I'd recommend that fans of North Coast's Old Rasputin check this stout out.

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

Tops Liquor , Phoenix, AZ

a - dark, like car oil sludge dark from my old toyota 4runner. the head is even brown.

s - slight sweeetness to the smell

t - damn it's dark, if you like smooth dark, it's nice. starts smooth, subtle sweet then a hanging bitterness...

m - nice and dark, not too heavy.

d - i like dark, and I like this... one of the darkness i've had in a while. It's hard to find super dark.


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

Pours a thick black with a full and thick brown head that quickly fades.

Nose of sweet dark chocolate, light whiskey, sweet espresso and roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice balance and nice carbonation; feels/gets a bit thinner in body, it seems, as you drink it.

Flavors are all full, big roasted grain, black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Yet, the flavors are a bit simplistic.

Finish is all bitter espresso.

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Sharp alcohol aroma is followed by chocolate, roast, vanilla and very mild coffee. Deep black body with a diminishing finger thick mocha head. Rich roasted malts, more vanilla and chocolate run through the middle fore and finish. Has a very nice creamy texture and a good intensity of flavor, but little range. Still it's a good attempt at the style and an enjoyable beer to sip at.

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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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Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 609 ratings.
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