Black Cauldron - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Black Cauldron - Bourbon Barrel AgedBlack Cauldron - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with one finger of diminishing mocha-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Unctuous and earthy, yet defined by a persistent spirituous--even boozy--quality that extends beyond the effect of the wood.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined dark malt, anise, and somewhat aggressive acidity. Flavors turn genuinely soft as acidity fades, with a diminishing combined effect of vanilla and toasted coconut. Alcohol is not detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly acidic but otherwise smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This easy-drinking stout is ultimately a little too docile, unable to compare to other beers in its barrel-aged peer group. Tasted acidity counters traditional qualities, making the beer seem bright and lively.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoughtful extra courtesy of Ed...thank you for this opportunity.

Inky black with some heady perseverance.

Smells of black cherry, milked coffee, lightly woody, and a kiss of vanilla.

Woody barrel envelops the flavors from the smells. Light alcohol burn at the finish. Dark fruits intermingle.

Body is on the lighter end but fluffed by the carbonation.

Not a sludgy monstrous RIS, but by no means a slouch either. Plenty of character, light but present barrel, and complex enough to keep subsequent sips interesting. ABVkeeps this accessible and I appreciate that as well.

A fun try and a beer I knew nothing about prior to receiving. Cheers and thanks again Ed.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mindfuldave
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BBrewington
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini-Growler fill tonight from Whole Foods for ~$12.... Pours with a long lasting brown head.... nice lacing.... the brew is the expected black.

Let this warm up significantly for the full effect.. Fridge temperatures really mute the aroma... The nose shows as almost tootsie roll... fudgy and vanilla... bigger roasty char than I was expecting.

Not as much barrel presence on the palate as I hoped for, but it is still there... good standard RIS flavors with a light smack of vanilla/oak.. plenty of dark fruits.

Body is lighter than many of the big boys but is appropriate for a lower ABV... Carbonation is light and lends to a more creamy mouthfeel.

Pretty good... Glad I got the chance to try this one.


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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mwilbur
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottled on 11/19/12.
A: Pours a fairly thick blackish brown...opaque with no light emerging with backlighting. Faint dark mocha head quickly recedes. Looks like motoroil.
S: Dark semi-bitter chocolate, roasted caramel malt, wood smoke, uber dark fruit, molasses, and a faint hint of sweet bourbon. Simply intoxicating.
T: Dark roast coffee, raisins, bready yeast, notes of wood and bourbon, cinnamon and extra-dark baker's chocolate. Beechwood-smoked malt and sweet cherries. Phenomenal.
M: Medium body, but feels lighter since you are expecting a heavy ass beer. Smooth and creamy up front, turning slightly bitter with a mild alcohol burn, then finishing sweet and wood smoky with a good dose of light dry hops. Very pleasant and lingers wonderfully on the palate.
D: Thanks to the relatively low ABV for style, this one is extremely drinkable. Honestly if they had pumped the ABV up to 10-12% this one could get out of control (and for complete disclosure I love high ABV beers) is a big beer as is. Aging this one in bourbon barrels added a nice extra layer of complexity...and not just as a big wallop of boozy bourbon. The bourbon note is actually quite muted but it brings along some cherry and vanilla notes too. Very limited it out if you can! Thanks RBC!

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Cody
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at World of Beer Cherry Creek into a 10oz snifter.

Dark and opaque with a thin head that lingered.

Aroma is dominated by bourbon with vanilla, cocoa, and caramel malts

Flavor maintains strong bourbon notes with a more pronounced chocolate taste. The beer is fairly straight forward and did not offer too many other flavors. I don't necessarily think of that as a negative though. Carbonation is low as expected.

Mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I would have anticipated from the aroma. On second observance its only 8% and maintains that level of drinkability.

Overall it is a very enjoyable beer. Was it the best Imperial Stout I have ever had? No. But I am quite happy I got to try it as I've never seen it before and it was quite satisfying.

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Photo of CCutch
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Tray_Honestasio
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Mundelein Craft Beer Festival shaker pint glass.

What better time to open a beer-of-the-month-club-exclusive bottle than at a holiday party amongst close (and beer-loving) friends, eh? This stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dark brown foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, coffee, charred bourbon barrel, and light buttercream. The taste brings in more of the same, creating the distinct flavor of roasty bourbon on my tongue. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one that has taken to the barrel very well.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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