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Caldera Kettle Series Old Growth Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Brewed in late December of every year,this imperial stout ages for one whole year before its release. Grist: Premium Two Row, Munich, Chocolate, Brown, Carafa Special, Crystal; Spices: Brewers’ licorice; Hops: Galena, Saaz; Original gravity: 1.088; Alcohol by volume: changed from 9% to 10.3% to 8.8%. Release date: December 1.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6515) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of dark grains, dark chocolate and an underlying roastiness. Flavor has creamy chocolate with dark grains and some growing roasted malts with a light bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (811) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2014
6FL OZS. Bottle. 8.8 ABV
Pours black with light brown head.
Aroma chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, liquorice.
Taste roasted bitters, chocolate sweets.
Mouthfeel smooth, creamy, sticky.
Awesome!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Handypaul (191) - - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a very thin brown frothy to creamy head that diminishes to a ring and leaves some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and light molasses. Medium to heavy bitter, light to medium sweet in a light to medium body with an oily texture. Flavors of burnt malt, bitter chocolate, light licorice and alcohol. Average carbonation and a long bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Version à 8.8%. Gros corps noir avec une coiffe foncée des plus solides. Parfums intenses de cacao, de mélasse et de réglisse avec des copeaux de chêne et une tonne de houblons terreux. Ce truc sent très bon. Saveurs noires bien déployées. Malts généreux mais amers, réglisse noire sucrée et salée, fruits au fond de mon verre, café mocha et chocolat pur. Impression en bouche des plus plaisantes. Liquide huileux, dense et agréablement touché par les bulles. Finale solidement amère de grains tournés, de cacao, de café et de houblons. Belle surprise étasunienne. Facilement buvable même lorsque le mercure atteint les 35 degrés.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (4327) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle: Served in a shaker: Medium sized brown head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of liquorice, bay leaf, roast, some oat, some iron and some mocha/caramel tones. Flavour is good bitter with some fine roasty and liquorice notes. Also dark coffee roast, some iron, malt roast, some dark light dry chocolate, herbal roast, coal and a mocha roasty sprinkle. Aftertaste is bitter, roasty, some coffee, some bay leaf, dark bitter chocolate and herbal/leaf toast/roast. Low carbo, light creamy close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied and an oily texture. Wow, at 8.8%ABV this is a first class no nonesense stout! Very good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
Bottled. 30cl sample. 8.8% version. Thanks to my sister and brother in law. The aroma has roast, chocolate, coffee. Black coloured beer with a thin-medium beige head. The taste is moderate bitter. The roasty bitterness lingers. Quite nice with touches of chocolate and coffee, slight hint of dark fruits. A clean, pleasant no-nonsense imperial stout. Where do you get those nowadays? ;)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2596) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle purchased 10/2013 and opened 6/2014. Nearly black in color with a large brown head. Nice and creamy leaving light bits of lacing. Strong nose of roast, ash, and dark chocolate. Silky mouthful and more or less a light heavyweight… good balance of flavors with roast, dark chocolate, faint bitters, and minimal licorice. Solid brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Dark brown, aroma is toasty, slight molasses, and a dash of brown sugar. Fairly full body, sweet, rounded sugars, dash of molasses, the alcohol helps to dry out the palate. Good, drinkable impy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1334) - SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2014
Pours black with low light brown head Aromas of violet, milk chocolate, brown sugar, hints of coffee, grassy notes Taste well balanced between sweet caramel malts and dark bitter maltyness

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle from Bottleworks, Seattle
Black color with medium sized brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt paper, liquorice, light anise, leather, black pepper, firewood; quite an adventure. Very smooth mouthfeel, round; strong flavor of roasted malts, some coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, salt; strong bitterness too; dark biscuity feeling too.
Well constructed.


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