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81 88 72 3 12 13
Black Cauldron Imperial Stout by Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout
8.00 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 05/09/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2010
Deep dark pour of black and inky in the goblet. Slimmer capping of light tan foam steps to the top briefly to step back down to a thin ring and a bit of blobby lengthy lacing.

Smokey, deep, dry, date/fig, tartly sweet aroma. Complexingly nice to try to take in as it has port-like smokeyness in sweetness and a blackened malt dryness. Uniquely red wine-like, green olive juiced? portly, lightly dashed of spice with meat seasoning, pepper, and vanilla pods.

Flavor is tangy, deep, smokey, and semi port-like. Surprisingly, much of the aroma character is found in its taste. Perhaps missing a bit of deeper tone and length, but that's really splitting some fine hairs, as I like what is there. Hard to say what exactly, chocolate maybe? Could boost more in my favor, but damn if its flavors aren't a bit off in a good way. Deep, earthy, and tangy with dark natured fruityness of date, fig, prune, plum, raisin, and green olive juice, with a slight smokey pull towards port wine and porterhouse steak spices.

Body is medium with an overall simple soft smoothness and tenderly dark carbonation. Semi slick and creamy. Deep, dark, tangy, and uniquely spiced.

Grand Teton has one heck of a solid Impy stout. Black Cauldron does seem to have that earthy tangyness that conjures up an impression of something being brewed in a big Ol' black kettle with frog legs, bird feet, and forest floor plants. Unique, savory, and drinkable.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 01/23/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 2009
What color are most cauldrons? Pours a midnight black color with a light red hue around the edges. Good viscosity and a soft tan head that does seem to dissipate pretty quick.

The nose has a lot of esters and penolics going on. There is some malt presence with a light roast and some light smoke aromas. But this is light as the plums, licorice, raisin bubblegum and slight clove aromas come out. Some noticeable butyric and a off mineral note that is a deterrent.

The taste is a bit more balanced. The malt comes out a bit more with a good roast flavor. Some chocolate and a bit of coffee as well. Some lactic notes gives it a more latte-esk flavor. A light smoke and an almost peaty flavor that doesn't blend well with a off butyric note. Some noticeable plums and licorice notes. The bubblegum backs off. Noticeable diactyl. Some minor yeasty notes but not overly off.

The body is a bit sweet. Not really under attenuated but some lingering sweet notes on the back end. Cabonation is low but that is ok. Overall there is a lot of off notes that really distract from the beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 11 18 4 9 0
1 Liter Swingtop

Bottled 11/5/07

I get the chance to try this RIS thanks to Bitterbill's generosity, thanks again Bill. When I got this bottle the neck tag let me know it was bottled on my birthday which I thought was pretty cool. Although this beer is small (abv) for an RIS, it glugs out of the big swingtop with the best of them. The body was dark chestnut as it came from the bottle but appears black in my snifter. The mocha colored head grew to one finger on the pour and fell to a skimming with a thick ring. The ring that's left leaves excellent sheet lacing after each pull that slowly falls back into the body.

The aroma is full of freshly roasted sweet grains, dark berries, freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate and spicy alcohol in that order from most to least. If the aroma tells me anything it's that this is a beer to be reckoned with. Very complex and inviting, especially on a cold windy evening like tonight. As it warms each swirl really brings the dark berries forward but as it settles the roastiness is still the king of the hill.

Everything the nose suggested the flavor brings. The sweet roastiness is at its highest point upfront but even as it settles lingers in the background. Dark slightly underipe berries come along with a solid helping of dark chocolate. The coffee grounds show up toward the finish and mix with spicy alcohol. The alcohol adds even more depth to this already complex stout. A slight coffee bitterness and dark molten chocolate combine on the swallow. Ghost like alcohol fumes float throughout the mouth and nose. Black Cauldron is an excellent RIS.

The body is on the lighter side for a RIS but it works really well in this case with the smaller abv than I'm used to encountering. There's creaminess on the swallow that really sets things off.

The lighter than usual body helps make this an incredibly easy drinking RIS. The complexity I'm sure would give some palate fatigue but won't stop me from enjoying this beauty. The moderate alcohol level boosts drinkability as well.

I imagined this being a good RIS but I didn't expect such a gem. The aromas and the flavors are big and enjoyable. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this and I've got another liter in the cellar for next year, all thanks to Bill!

Reviewed: 3/1/08

Served In: Snifter

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