Black Cauldron Imperial Stout | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
609 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:
609
Reviews:
327
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
61
For Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 609 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of denver10
3.41/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of beagle75
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Opaque black color with no head save for a loose ramp of light beige bubbles that tries to climb up the side of the glass. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild but roasty, with a fine thread of molasses that adds minor interest. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft roasted malt, herbaceous qualities, and a brief hit of smoky and fermented yeast. Acidity is mild into the middle where coffee emerges before a savory quality, also suggestive of smoke, marks the transition into the mild roasty finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: medium to thick viscosity, slightly acidic but balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This stout barely qualifies as imperial at 8% abv, and it shows in how it drinks. It has a slightly apologetic feel to it, which is unexpected from Grand Teton. It is an acceptable stout and does not offend, but it lacks the inspirational flair featured in most of their other recipes.

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Photo of brewduder
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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 samie85
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very pitch black with dark, mocha-color head.

S-Dark chocolate and roasted notes with earthy hops and licorice.

T-Sweet chocolate and slightly sour, roasted notes with not enough bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation and a slick feel.

D-Pretty easy and drinkable stout but not quite complex enough for my taste.

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Photo of EB1
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterNic
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of MPLS
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impulse buy, saw "imperial stout" and had to try despite being unfamiliar with the brewery. Single 12 oz serving.

A: Pours with a dark dark colored body and a head that grows to 1.5 cm in height. The peanut skins colored head retains itself, hints of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with a pinch of smoke is the most prominent scent. Sweetness, not dark fruit like, but more like a shot bittersweet chocolate in coffee.

T: The flavor of this beer it bitter coffee beans with an sweetness that fades into a pleasant roast. The roast is very short-lived and there is an unpleasant alcohol in the finish, unexpected with an 8.0% beer. Odd sweetness that's not totally to my liking.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied, could have been creamier and smoothe, mild acidity, not much heat in the alcohol finish.

D: Good to try another RIS, but there is so many other offerings that I'd choose over this. Didn't impress my palate with it's odd sweetness and mild astringency.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split w/ bbb099

A: Pours the color of stained chocolate, with a brown film on the periphery and an off-white center. It leaves a thick film on the sides.

S: "It stings the nostrils." Thick roasted malt and caramel with strong chocolate notes. Definitely some dark, fruity notes lurking underneath it all.

T: The taste of roasted malt is overpowering, but you can get a hint of chocolate, cocoa, and the same dark fruit. Not the order in which I'd have preferred the flavors.

M: Very highly carbonated. It comes out feeling pretty light, which isn't what I expected.

D: Smooth, and it tastes reasonably good. It's a solid brew but not something especially memorable, and I probably won't buy another one.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of awdturboiv
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage 12 oz bottle

A_ pours a thick black solid color with a small tan head and small collar

S- roasted malts,coffee,chocolate,cocoa

T-roasted malts and bread with loads of coffee and semi sweet chocolate with a good dose of hops ,alcohol is present in the background

M- is low carbonation with a boozy taste more bitter than smooth

O- just an average double to me it alright tasty but not the one i will reach for only bought a single of this.. ill buy one more and give it another try

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Photo of pisano
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of carteravebrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of trebbates
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smonice
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of taez555
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pitch black body with a small tan head.

Nose has a fruity choclate and dark malt sort of smell.

Taste is full bodied with an immediate big dark roasted bitter espresso flavor. Dark unsweetened chocolate and an everpresent sour fruit sort of bitter roasted flavor. There's some earth and even licorise sort of hop touches and a good subtle balance of overall bitterness to balance the malt.

Overall a pretty good beer, nothing crazy or in your face, just a good solid IS.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, wrapped in foil.
Bottled on 1/21/10; served in a snifter.

Pours an inky opaque black in color beneath a delicate, hazlenut-colored head that moves to the snifter's sides almost upon impact. Stippling lace around half of the snifter.

Warming, acidic alcohol nose that pushes past the espresso and bitter dark chocolate notes. Notes of semi-sweet toffee and vanilla.

Bitter dark chocolate and chewy, roasted malt flavors attack the palate. A dry alomond and peanut flavor cut the bitter chocolate; however, the lack of any sweetness makes this stout rather one-dimensional.

Full bodied; chewy, dry, and rough on the palate. This offering misses the syrupy smoothness that I love in an Imperial Stout.

Not one of my favorites stylistically, but not an unflattering ale. I wouldn't mind having another, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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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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