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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Kettle Series. 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: Brewersí licorice;
Hops: Galena, Saaz;
Original gravity: 1.088;
Alcohol by volume: changed from 9% to 10.3% to 8.8%.
Release date: December 1.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12279) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
22oz bottle. Small beige head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some milk chocolate, earthy/grapefruit, light alcohol, ash. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some earthy, bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, some stickiness, low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Very nice, very solid -- and quite unusual. The base stout is just good: nicely flavored, balanced, solid, but nothing at the end of the day to write home about. BUT, but, but -- the licorice makes this beer. Surprised others haven't tried this combo before, because it works. A fun, surprisingly not sweet, dessert beer if you will B+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle via trade. Canít remember who sent it to me, which means itís been in the rot box too long. 2010 vintage, per my cellar list. Pours a nice-looking deep brown, nearly opaque, with a finger of tan head that takes a while to settle. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and licorice. I donít get any licorice in the flavor, which starts with earth, nuts, and bitter dark chocolate and transitions into a long coffee finish. Medium-bodied, a little thinned from the time, with moderate carbonation and a roasty mouthfeel. Good imperial stout, probably better if I didnít drink so much other stuff I had lying around first.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3385) - California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
17 may 2013, bottle. Molasses brown. Nose is faint barley wine hints: some crayon, dry raisins, faint molasses. Full body and moderately fizzy. Burnt molasses, crayons, toasted granola, moderate alcohol. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11520) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
pitch dark, small light brown head. mild aroma, roasted malts, flavor is roasted malts, almost peppery bitterness, hard roasted malts, licorice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
22oz bottle thanks to EgadsBananas, appreciate it. Typical color for an imperial stout but the head was really nice looking, chocolate brown and huge in the snifter. Aroma was good, roasty imperial stout, a little oily with hints of chocolate and malt. The flavor was pretty typical for the style and solid. Alcohol was well hidden and my only complaint was that it seemed just a tad bit thin but that also made it go down fast! I liked it, this was probably the best Caldera beer Iíve had. Serving type: bottle 02-03-2013 15:10:16

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UnionBeerCzar (81) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bomber to shaker glass, thank you MissAliceDonut. Pours 99% blackout black with a dense tan foamy 2 finger head that never completely subsides, excellent dark sticky lacing as it goes down. Nose is light roast, light coffee, sweet licorice, good and plentys. The taste follows along the same lines, excellent mouthfeel, very silky while being full like an imperial stout should. Bits of dark chocolate play with the licorice in a nice way, finish is long and continued smoothness, the roast level is just right. This is a well put together imperial stout, sometimes brewers licorice can be overwhelming, but for this beer it is added perfectly. Top notch brew, will seek out more offerings from this brewery and this beer particular... Hit me up if you want to trade for some Michigan goods. Cheers!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2013
In short: An intense, roasted, cacao-ized and very bitter big black stout. Tasty and excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz, a few times, not too sure about the age of this one, tasted fresh.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: The intense nose is bursting with cocoa, roast, black coffee, hop pellet. Taste is bold and without subtlety, charred malts, a lot of cocoa, burnt toasts, bitter black coffee, some vanilla, hop pellet. Very bitter finish where you donít know what comes from bitter flavors (bitter chocolate, bitter coffee) and what comes from hops bitterness. The bitter finish washes away all the initial sweetness sensation. Full body with nice medium carbonation helping drinkability. I once again went through a full bomber as if it was a session stout. This is clearly a superior Imperial Stout for those who like the truly bold-American take on the style. I really loved that beer, I probably picked the right moment to open it, sometimes I fell like Iíve spent as much time in front of my cellar wondering what beer to open next as I have trying to figure out if my celling fan is slowing down or speeding up after I pulled the chain.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 13, 2013
Botella. Black colour, medium light brown head. Sweet well roasted maltiness in the aroma along with chocolate. Good mouthfeel. Sweet roasted maltiness and chocolate in the flavour with a good bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (668) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Deep dark chocolate brown with two fingers of well-sustained, dense and sticky mocha colored foam. It smells boozy, a bit like bourbon, also huge notes of coffee and caramel. The flavor is a massive dose of bittersweet mocha. I taste just a touch of licorice, adding some brightness without an overly medicinal quality. Full-flavored, thick and stout mouthfeel, but finishes with an almost powdery quality. Itís a delicious and bold imp stout.


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