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 Kevhook
2.15/5  rDev -47.6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Milk chocolate. Light peppers. A little coconut and vanilla. That could be left over from the Floyd D'Rue I drank previously.

Taste - Chocolate. Between dark and milk chocolate. Peppers build quickly. Sharp spiciness. Finishes with a nutty caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Very spicy. Medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall - The pepper doesn't bother me so much, the way I thought it might. It's really just the stout that isn't very impressive.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.21/5  rDev -21.7%
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 NeedBeerHere
3.26/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out black as night with a nice two finger light brown head, Smell is malty. Really smells like a beer that is not as dark. Smells a little sweet with maybe a little peppers but I'm just guessing cause I know it's supposed to have peppers in it. Otherwise I wouldn't think peppers. dark malts, dark fruits, and a decent amount of peppers although not overwhelming. Compared to say Huna it seems to have more peppers. It's really not that much hotter but the choice of peppers seems to be such that it just doesn't meld with the stout as well as I would have hoped although it's still OK but not too great. Mouthfeel is medium to a little thin for what I would expect but the peppers are kicking in, Overall the beer is a decent stout with a little too much pepper for my taste but others may love it. I'm just over the hot pepper thing. Not to say it is really hot but just a little too much for the beer as it becomes a little too much than the beet can handle,

After drinking more it seems like they didn't pick the right peppers for taste and a little too hot for my taste. The peppers just don't add to the taste and really make the beer taste worse. Poor choice of peppers.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is dark malts, milk stout characteristics and a good hint of heat. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate and a long and deep heat in the finish. The first sip was not too bad as far as heat but after the second it became far too intense, to be expected with an ale made with ghost peppers.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense, dark tan head with bier bubbling through the head. Head has great retention. Toasted malt in the nose. Black. Starts with toasted malt and slight acidity. Toasted, roasted chiles build in intensity. Heat crawls up from below and reaches a nice low-medium heat (about a Jalapeno). Finish is roasted chiles and toasted malt.

Overall, pretty nice. The heat is nice, but I would like more (as someone who eats chiles daily).

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of SonnyJay
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like chili beers, but there wasn't enough else here to keep this interesting/in balance. If you like a straight chili bomb this will probably work for you, but I think this would be a lot better if they dialed the chili back about 25%

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: black with a modest tan head. Decent retention and easily revived.
S: not particularly strong – I get black patent malt and some bittersweet chocolate.
T: starts with roasted/black malt combo, followed by a sharp spicyness. A moderate sweetness cuts into the spice a bit and as it warms some smokeyness becomes apparent - not sure if it is malt or chile. Spice lingers on the finish.
M: body is thick with heavy fine carbonation.

I like a good chile beer, but as a stout this one had a bit too much pepper for me. The stout underneath didn’t do that much for me either. Not bad, but not something I’d buy again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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 eifster82
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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 kkleu357
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 4/26/14

Bought a bomber at the central waters. Actually, not that bad. Not my cup of tea, but ok. Decent stout, with a slight pepperyness.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight chile pepper aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice chile presence that is not all that intense and works well with the base beer.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.77/5  rDev -8%
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 Mindcrime1000
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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 WiscoTerr
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't find this beer to be overly hot. Got a taste of the chilis that warmed the palate on my first few sips, but the went away quick. Beer lacks the sweetness od some Imperial stouts, which would have been nice here. That blended with more chili would be great. Will try again as I hear the spiciness varies by bottle.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black but with translucent deep hazelnut & brown highlights when light hits the edges. Nice tight almond colored head, nice sheets of lacing, poor retention however the "head" never really leaves. S: The smell is lovely, very earthy. Robust, dirt, mushrooms, coffee, dried peppers that bring up a raisin-y quality. Chocolate.
T: Umami, soy sauce. Chocolate and roast followed quickly by a complex blend of earth, pepper, roast, and than chili pepper - but great fruity chili pepper flavor. As the beer clears the palate there is your spice, a hit at the back of the throat, bam! Warming spice, sharp, hot, quick, its over.
M: Appropriatly full and rich. Spot on.
O: I like this beer a lot. It is a great package. Roast, Spice, Sweetness, full bodied enjoyment with a kick. Ultimatley just slightly un-balanced in the direction of spice.

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Photo of Irishmafia
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at CW 17. The peppers make this beer way too hot. Guessing with some age the peppers would mellow out. At this time no good in my opinion.

Side note I put sriracha on a lot of food and have habanero flakes to go on my pizza.

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Photo of DersOne
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip.

A-Pours dark black, small dark tan head with some lacing and small lingering bubbles.

S-Mild, faint roasted malts and chocolate, the spice reminds me of mexican chocolate cookies with the hint of pepper. Not overly impressive but still pleasant, more like CW's Satin Solstice with a kick.

T-Hits you with spice right away, my nose got tingly, which slowly moved to my lips and throat. Very heat forward but it blends slowly and quite deliciously to chocolate malts and a bit of hop bitterness. Spice isn't overwhelming, it is very complimentary to the underlying beer.

M-A bit thin but that may be due to the pepper oils. Otherwise it's like a typical imperial stout, a bit dry.

O-One of the better spice beers I've had but the underlying elements aren't anything radically different from the other standard CW stouts. Not a bad thing, but was hoping for something a bit different overall.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a pitch black color with a decent brown head. Despite the description, the aroma is mostly just malty with no noticeable scent of peppers. The taste is bold and robust like any stout with a tingly spice taste that makes an interesting taste without being spicy hot.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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 HopHunter19
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a moderately thick, .5 finger mocha colored head with low retention. Beer is a dense, slick, opaque black. Lacing is spotty and stringy with little stick and thin legs. Just above average.

Nose is fudge, cocoa powder, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Very rich and dense but no real pepper spiciness to speak of. Still nice though.

Opens cocoa powder, fudge, chocolate, soy sauce and spice. Some roast and more fudge sweetness and bakers chocolate in the middle with a building heat that really peaks at the end. Finishes mellow and soft with more spice. Sweet finish with a heat that lingers well after the beer is gone.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Dense and rich in the mouth and goes down spicy. Finishes soft with a sticky, messy aftertaste. Finish and aftertaste are a bit weird but the body is fantastic.

There are a bunch of chile-infused stouts out there but this is the spiciest one that I've come across by a large margin. Worth trying if you're into that kind of thing, but otherwise this beer is also quite complex.

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Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a CW snifter from the bottle, the beer produced a dense mocha colored head made of tiny bubbles so tightly nit you could stand a quarter on the top. The foam had good retention, leaving behind a thin layer of lacing that looks like hot cocoa. The beer is pitch black and opaque.

S: Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt aroma all fairly mellow, nothing super pungent. Notes of vegetal or green leaf, maybe the peppers? The aroma reminds me of a mellow version of 16 without the barrel.

T: Robust chocolate flavor with dark chocolate, bakers chocolate and cocoa. Toffee and caramel with toast and bread crust malt flavors. Bitterness is moderate, but the balance is on the malt side and slightly sweet. Also getting a nutty flavor. The peppers blend nicely with the chocolate but it's more of a mouthfeel then a taste.

M: A large chewy body in this beer. Moderate carbonation and big dose of heat from the peppers. The heat feels like it mixes with the alcohol warming in the chest, also getting some on the tongue and lips. Doesn't linger just keeps you from drinking it too quickly. Very creamy also. Nice and complex!

O: No date on the bottle, which I can give a pass to because it's a big stout however I would still like to see it. Tasty beer with amazing mouthfeel,The aroma was lacking a bit in my opinion, but you can't win 'em all.

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Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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