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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Added by Gus34 on 11-20-2013

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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of zkoehn
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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 majorbase2
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
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 SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluecrow
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 NolaHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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 shopk
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vande
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrKarl
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mstumpfphoto
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of T_Hass
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Crackblind
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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 bschmidt_37
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lemmy187
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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%
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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Space Ghost Imperial Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 511 ratings