Space Ghost Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Space Ghost Imperial StoutSpace Ghost Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BSiegs
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour, two fingers of medium brown foam. Retention is excellent and good lacing. The aroma is quite nice, with chocolate and peppers being most prominent, as you'd expect. Hints of smokiness. The taste follows. Rich chocolate, slight coffee notes early. The peppers then pop, big pepper flavor and leaves a long lasting slow burn on the tongue. The heat is well done to my taste (I admittedly like a lot of spice), prominent but not overpowering. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. A little overcarbed for my liking on a stout, but it is somewhat hard to tell if that tingle is purely carbonation or spice as well. Balanced finish. Overall, this is a good to very good pepper stout.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle.

The appearance is classic imperial stout with one twist--a reddish hue in the head. The head dissipates quickly, but there is a bit of lacing patrolling the sides of the glass.

Roasted malts, evoking coffee and chocolate are very forward on the nose, with just a touch of solvent alcohol and fruity pepper in the background. Very complex and balanced.

The taste is not for the faint of heart. The sweet roasted malts are very present and immediate, with bitter espresso notes bridging the path to a hearty pepper heat at the finish. I wouldn't call the pepper overpowering, but it may be a bit unbalanced in its lack of subtlety. The alcohol is actually less noticeable on the palate than it is on the nose. None of the "bite" is solvent--it is clearly pepper.

The beer feels medium bodied but also has a chalky consistency in the background that is somewhat strange. The carbonation seems lacking, but I suspect it's been intentionally dialed back because of concerns that it might, when combined with the heat, make the brew undrinkable.

Pepper brews can be great or terrible. This one is neither. The pepper is just a touch too strong, and prevents the drinker from really analyzing the stout flavors, which seem a bit shaded to the sweet side. That said, though I don't know if I will try it again, I'm glad I did, because it is the most "pepper forward" example of the style I've tried. If you are tired of the subtlety of most pepper-brewed beers, this is one for you to try, because it doesn't hide anything.

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Photo of Crackblind
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an extremely reasonably priced growler into a tulip glass.

Color is dark brown with some reddish around the edges. No head nor any lacing. Nice roasted malt with some coffee on the nose. I did know about the chili when I bought it so I was surprised by the spiciness. Flavor is strong in roast, with a mix of chocolate and coffee but not enough to consider it mocha. The chili flavor sneaks in the aftertaste - somewhat reminiscent of Mexican chocolate though without the sweetness. And except for the fact that I was knocked for a loop after two glasses, the alcohol is not that noticeable (which can be kind of dangerous, though the chili does make it a sipper so there's that).

Highly recommended stout, even if you're not a chili person. Without the added flavor, it is an immensely drinkable, creamy Imperial. The chili adds an very nice, and somewhat unexpected, complexity without overwhelming the beer.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this stout.......was scared that the ghost chiles would make this undrinkable. Typical imperial stout appearance with about a finger of light brown head. Lots of chocolate and roast in the nose.....only get a faint note of the chiles. The chiles, however, take center stage in taste. Lots of bitter chocolate, burnt sugar, and roast up front.....followed by a fair amount of heat on the back end. The heat does get more intense as it warms, but never becomes intolerable. Great use of a pepper adjunct in a stout.....

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to (elkhunter?) for sending this out, always a big fan of anything Central Waters.

Pours black, looks much like many of their stouts, this one might be even darker, brown head 2/3". Aroma of roast and really not much else, the spice aspect is missing here.

Taste, nice roasty stout, hides alcohol well. The chili heat is perceptible but far from over the top. Good smoothness to it, good mouth feel, carbonation right on point as always for these guys. The chili continues to have a warming effect, slowly but surely, but never "hot". Chocolate malt notes, unsweetened. Its good but I feel like some barrel aging would bring this into a more complex and better variety of tastes.

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Photo of Billolick
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber bottle

very dark brew, near black, slight mocha cap, leaves some fine lacing behind on the glass.

dark chocolate malts and a hint of roasted chili on the nose

More dark chocolate and black coffee notes on the palate...chili still moderate (at least by my standards...but chili pepper levels are very individual) but warmng the back of the mouth and throat nicely.

If you like a moderatly chili peppered rich and flavorful stout, this one will not let you down....nice job here by Central Waters.

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Photo of eifster82
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is dark brown-black with a good bit of foam upon pour. Smell is also solid with typical imperial stout and mild peppers coming out. But taste is where things start going south. There is so much pepper that I barely notice anything else, and the feel after it warms just burns. I like hot beers and all, but this has an unpleasant feel when warmed.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Inky black obsidian pour, with a mocha-cinnamon colored head of 1/2 finger.

I'm getting cocoa and coffee in the nose, but very little in the way of peppers. Strong roast malts with agitation.

Quite a bit of chocolate in this one, with roast malts and a touch of coffee. I wasn't tasting the peppers but now I see where they are...they're at the back of my throat, burning my esophagus!! If it's left on the tongue it starts to tingle.

Very thick, very creamy, just super present on the palate, invading like a black cloud. The burn is also apparent as noted earlier, burning the back of the throat and the apple.

Overall, Space Ghost is a classy beer. For sure one of the better stouts from Central Waters. The burn is a bit much for me, so I probably won't be buying it again. I would however recommend it!

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Photo of Kevhook
2.15/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Did I get a bad bottle? I bought two based on the reasonable price and reputation of the brewery. Most chili infused beers are very subtle. Not this one. There is a decent stout in there somewhere, but unfortunately, it is completely obliterated by a very chemical tasting and overpowering heat that burns the back of the throat. I eat spicy food every day so I am used to it. It was very off. I am keeping the other to see if it mellows out a bit over time but this was truly undrinkable. Drano on this bottle.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Wednesday, Central Waters Space Ghost, 12% ABV. Pours thick and black, with a small brown head, left light lacing. Nose is malt, peppers, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is roast malt, slight chocolate, some coffee bitterness, something sweet, with a pepper close. Not terribly spicy, not as spicy as Rouge Sriracha. Good mouthfeel, overall Excellent.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Ginger Man.

It's good and I probably could have finished it if I tried, but 12oz is too much for how hot this beer is. Definitely the hottest stout I've tried.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Think all stouts are the same? Well, have you tried one with a ghost? That's what the brewers at Central Waters have done to set their imperial stout apart from the rest. Roasty, toasty, saturated sweetness is rounded and balanced with ghost chili peppers for a taste that's a good swift kick to the palate.

Space Ghost opens with an ominously dark pour and an opaque depth. As a creamy crown builds on the rim, its scent has only mild glimpses to its heat inside, but instead billows with the taste of french-press coffee, cocoa, molasses and nutty roasted grains. Its taste is even sneaky as the sweetness of black-strap molasses, caramel and toffee strike first with smooth roasted flavors trailing closely behind.

Dark-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted pecan and burnt toast all pull from the sweetness and overtake the sugary malt influence with robust and earthen character at mid-palate. The stout's spicy warmth first resembles brandy and peppercorn with a hint of aniseed, but the pulp and flesh of the chili offers a fruity and almost tomato-like taste while its capsaicin heat builds to give the tongue a special, surprising zing.

The full-bodied beer is creamy and boldly bright. Its carbonation gives a greater heft to the beer's roast dryness and the pepper's elevated burn. Finishing with coffee and burnt sugars, the taste lingers deeply afterwards with the simmering warmth of supreme peppers. But the careful use of the chilies allows the beer to balance and burn but never becomes obnoxious or ill-placed with the spice.

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Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, chili pepper, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate chili pepper notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, chili pepper, light smoke/char, light licorice/raisin, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness and pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, chili pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate chili pepper flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and pepper spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present; with light-moderate pepper warmth after the finish. Overall this is an incredible pepper spiced imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate chili pepper flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV and well balanced pepper heat/spice. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Space Ghost pours a black color with a big lacing creamy head. There is a big strong roasted aroma. Taste is big and roasted, hints of smoke and a big spicy pepper flavor. Good feel, and great feel from the heat of the peppers. Overall its a great spicy beer, the pepper and heat are there and strong, but doesn't overpower the overall beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Woah, I did not realize how strong this would be until I finally opened it. I guess I'm only drinking one beer tonight.

The color is dark as night, with a minimal head consisting of small bubbles. Not an appearance that blew me away.

Smells of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, raisins and booze. Unlike the appearance, this smells marvelous.

Relatively low-key initial taste, with subtle roasted beans dominating the flavor. As the beer lingers the chilli really kicks in, adding a unique and spicy element to this. The spiciness of the chili was so dominating that any notes of alcohol were entirely removed.

This is a beer with attitude allright, and I definitely see the appeal of it. Personally however, it didin't exactly hit the right chords. Mostly due to the relatively subtle taste, besides the chili. The later of which, was incredibly present which I'm sure attracts people with more of a palate for hot spices. Good brew, joke's on me for buying a chili beer and then complain about the chili.

Bought a 22oz growler for $7 at my local liquor store.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - the appearance is dark brown-black with a nice mocha head that sticks a little bit but doesn't leave great lacing
S - dark malts, char, some kind of off smell coming from the dark malts + chili peppers I think that's a little off putting
T - At first roasty dark imperial stout, but then the chili pepper kicks in, nice and balanced
M - medium heavy mouthfeel, alc covered, spiciness builds up over time, after taste is spicy and roasty dark malts
O - Not as well balanced as some, but it has a really nice balance of dark roasty flavors and chili pepper spice nonetheless. I probably wouldn't buy it again, mostly because Prairie Bomb is so available where I'm from.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Scent of chocolate, roasted malts, earth, alcohol and peppers. Taste of dry peppers, light smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and earth. The body seems a little light for the alcohol content. Balanced well and easy to drink with the lighter body.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no date. Pours black with a small-sized brown head. Smells of cocoa, roasted malt, and chili. Taste follows closely with roasted malts, some mild cocoa, and a chili kick on the end. More chili in the taste than the smell. Has a good amount of dryness too. Medium carbonation and medium body. Overall, it's a pretty good IS with a pleasing spice, but would be even better barrel aged.

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Photo of cjohns73
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber. Deep color with a thin foamy head. Smell is chocolate malt, mirrored on the taste. The pepper comes out slightly on the finish with a lingering heat light on the back of the throat. This is what I want out of a pepper beer: a little heat and some added spice, but not an overpowering flavor. Very well done.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body with a sea foam, beige head. Aromas of dark roast, chocolate, malt, peppers. The peppers are far more present in the flavor. Medium bodied, finishing with a spicy kick. Tasty. Good for sharing several ways.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of dark malts with notes of chili peppers towards the finish, but once the beer start warming up the spiciness becomes much stronger and lingers into the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili lends some heat to the finish.
O: This beer is rather drinkable for a beer made with chili peppers - the peppers add some bite and heat but aren't overpowering - until it warms up - but it is still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KellyScottMad
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is malty brown. The pepper flavor is throughout the flavor palate. From when it first hits your mouth and all the way down the back of the throat. It is a good beer, and not what I was expecting. I have had better pepper beers, but this was a nice surprise.

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Photo of ufellc
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pepper flavor is latent. It has a slightly peppery smell. The flavor notes are malty, lightly chocolate and the heat of the pepper that kinda burns the throat. The beer is a deep brown with a caramel head.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

black in color, with tan head. roasty aroma, a little smokey. some smoke in the taste too - fairly dry, with a mouth tingling peppery aftertaste. thicker body.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly amazing stout, rich, viscous, fragrant and the blend of sweet chocolate and coffee malts and the burn of the ghost peppers make for a complex, multifaceted brew. The flavor of the chilies is not as overpowering as Stone's Crime & Punishment duo, but makes for a nuanced taste experience.

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Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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