Space Ghost
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,903
Ranked #4,819
4.08 | pDev: 8.33%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: Out of the light and into the darkness comes an Imperial Stout with Ghost Peppers added. Space is full of mystery. Darkness. And the heat of 1,000 suns. Don't fear the heat. It's the ghost that will get you!
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first from Central Waters. Purchased for $16 from a private collection. Very excited because i love beers with peppers added. This is not currently in production any more, so it may have sat on the shelf for a while. Poured out nicely dark brown and opaque, with a very brief lasting head of khaki color that soon recedes into a narrow ring around the glass and a couple floating islands of bubbles. Scent is of dark fruit, I'm getting raisin, date, fig, and a little cherry. Also very coppery smelling, a bit like fresh metal in the rain. I don't detect any peppers, or if they're there it's very faint. Taste is very unusual. It's more bitter than I would expect from it, there isn't a whole lot of sweetness. The pepper is right up there in the front, and fills the mouth completely with a nice tingly burn well after the beer is swallowed. Flavors follow the nose, with raisins being the most prominent, followed by figs, and dried cherries, but without the sweetness profile. Chocolatey but really it's basic cocoa without the sugary taste. Maybe some coffee, but it's dark and roasted the whole way through. Mouthfeel is slippery and sticky on the lips, medium bodied, and highly effervescent. Overall it's a unique experience. Personally, I would like this beer to be maltier / sweeter, but it's not bad as it stands. Extra bonus points for having a big spicy feel to it, which i'm a huge fan of.

May 08, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, without any bottling date information.
Black colored body, with a single speck of garnet colored back lit highlight. One finger of mocha brown head. Leaves behind scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate, joined by a vegetal pepper spice smell.
Taste is dark roasted malts, with chocolate. The hot pepper sensation joins in almost from the start of the taste profile, and lingers far into the after taste. The heat is noticeable but not overbearing or overwhelming.
Medium plus mouth feel. Smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.
One must be able to tolerate a higher level of pepper heat in order to enjoy this beer. Not burning hot, but an integral component of the taste profile.

Feb 27, 2019
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip shows a reddish-brown dark brown body and fails to produce either a cap of foam or lacing.

Aroma includes dark stone fruits, pepper, and chocolate.

The flavors are only slightly different with chile peppers up front with spice and at the back in warmth. In between is a taste of chocolate and an almost vinous, grape-like quality.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth leaving a pepper heat behind.

Overall a really good stout with pepper heat.

Nov 26, 2018
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Qbdoo from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid imperial stout that could scale back on the chili pepper just a bit. Black color with tan head. On the nose I get dark fruit. That dark fruit does come through in the taste, with of course some roastiness and chocolate. But the pepper somewhat overwhelms the base flavors. With a more subdued chili burn, this could excellent.

Mar 02, 2018
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spav from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as black as I would have wanted. Dark khaki head. Good aroma but nothing special. Flavor is very pepper forward with a burn. Not quite full body. Great value, complex beer

Jan 15, 2018
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jws7968 from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, head fades fast. Smells like cocoa/chocolate. Taste is chocolate with some intense heat from the chili peppers. This is a dangerous brew as is doesn't present as a 12%. Central Waters comes through again.

Dec 31, 2017
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Dark coffee brown with a dense 2 finger tan head. Fades slowly and leaves behind some spotty lacing on my glass. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee bean, earthy hops, and bakers chocolate. I can tell this will be a roasty stout and not so much of a sweet stout. On the first sip it is all about the roasted malts and bakers chocolate. Not much caramel, but a bit of earthy hops and pepper. Then it happens, the pepper hits with heat in the back of mouth and throat, leaves a slight tingle on my lips. It seems about the same level of heat as salsa with some jalapenos, but not too hot. Feel is quite smooth and sliky with a nice soft carbonation. This really is the perfect stout to sip when you are freezing cold in the dead of winter.

Nov 12, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger brown colored head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, Hershey's chocolate syrup, brownie batter, chili peppers, coffee grinds, brown sugar, cocoa powder, roasted grains and peppery spices. The dark chocolate basically dominates the nose with the chili peppers as the sole accent.

Tastes like it smells with dark chocolate, chili peppers, Hershey's chocolate syrup, brownie batter, coffee grinds, brown sugar, cocoa powder, roasted grains, soy sauce, hot fudge and peppery spices. The heat and chili spice is much more pronounced and compliments the chocolate sweetness. This goes down a lot smoother than it should, was quite complex and very enjoyable for a chili infused stout.

Sep 03, 2017
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Forgetting the adjuncts, this is a Nice stout. It could use a bit more body, but it also pours with a pretty decent head that doesn't dissipate quickly - so the feel is a combination I like. The 12% is hidden by the heat at the end. And that heat is significant. For me, the back end heat is just too much. I can't get past it - it's what the beer is supposed to be, for sure, but it's just too much for me to have really enjoyed this beer.

May 11, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks goes out to sembo for this brew.

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger light tan head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, slight vanilla, slight peppers/spice, dark fruit. The taste is malty, pretty nice touch of chocolate/toffee, vanilla, peppers, dark fruit. Full Body, ABV hidden very very nicely, never thought this was a 12% brew. nice little spicy finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, nice touch with the peppers. Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Eric!

Apr 29, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one that I walk by in stores constantly but never pick up. This one came my way as a trade extra or maybe it was a BIF or something? None-the-less, trying it now.

Classic stout looks. I catch the pepper on the nose along with chocolate and other typical stout notes. First sip shows that the brew is pretty thin and the heat comes through in a big way. Decent stout, but big heat from peppers...not the ABV. A bit more than what I like w peppers...but that was to be expected. Not really my bag, but not a bad beer.

Apr 23, 2017
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majorbase2 from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a thick, chocolatey brown head. Recedes quickly, leaving a small ring of lacing around the edge.

Aroma of roasted malts and booze. Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee beans, not not much chili pepper from the description.

Roasted malt flavors of chocolate and coffee are still present here, but the chili peppers now make themselves known pretty fiercely, with a strong bite on the finish. For 12%, alcohol is fairly subtle. Roasted malts intensify as it warms, really creating a great first impression once the liquid hits the tongue. But I can't get over the burn from the peppers that lingers on the back of the throat. It's not heat from the peppers, its just a burn. A bit too much. It's a very complex palate here that can easily confuse the taste buds between the high alcohol, roasted malts, and strong peppers.

Medium-heavy body, low carbonation. Would be easy to drink despite it's very high ABV, but the chili peppers limit it to a long-haul sipper.

Overall, this is a beer that has a great start and some great promise but just doesn't quite deliver. Reading some of the reviews, this one seems a bit polarizing. I think the taste is great until you hit the slightly overdone notes of chili peppers that just coat the esophagus. Good beer, but not great. Probably won't have again.

Apr 21, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-bottle pour is clear brown with a slight red hue. Visible carbonation dissipates quickly. Coffee and sweet toasted malt dominate the nose. Dark chocolate and the chili are fully noted in the flavor. The mouthfeel is very smooth and full-bodied. There is some chili heat, but not too much. The alcohol is well-hidden. This is an enjoyable sipper. I'll look for another.

Apr 01, 2017
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Mar 10, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Feb 19, 2017
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Crackblind from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Jan 01, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
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.....

Dec 31, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Dec 27, 2016
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Billolick from New York

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Dec 27, 2016
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eppie82 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -12%
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.

Dec 24, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Dec 13, 2016
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Kevhook from Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

Dec 08, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 24, 2016
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BltByKrmn from New York

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nov 22, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Feb 23, 2016
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