Space Ghost Imperial Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
491 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Space Ghost Imperial StoutSpace Ghost Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gus34 on 11-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
491
Reviews:
88
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
124
For Trade:
21
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 491 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

 444 characters

Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian74
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

 648 characters

Photo of zkoehn
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

 531 characters

Photo of majorbase2
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

 1,348 characters

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

Photo of Bluecrow
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

 377 characters

Photo of BSiegs
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

 698 characters

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2-yr old bomber and still plenty pepper in this bad boy. Wow!

61 characters

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

 1,560 characters

Photo of shopk
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vande
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrKarl
3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mstumpfphoto
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of gobuccos
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 491 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe