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RATINGS: 140   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
laiti (5694) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Draught at Baileys Taproom, Portland as "Caldera Old Growth" (8,8%)
Aroma is really nice with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.Flavour is dry with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and somewhat salty licorice. Smooth and very creamy palate that becomes sticky after some sips. The coffee notes get stronger towards the dry finish. A masterpiece, reminds me of Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6194) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2012
Draught @ Bailey’s Taproom, Portland.
Pour pitch black color with small head. Aroma of liquorice, sweet salmiac, ripe fruts and chocolate. Flavour of chocolate, dry coffee, dark fried fruitss and liquorice.
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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ration (1940) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 130712. Tap at Baileys taproom. Pours black with a small head. Aroma chicolate, roasted malts, sone nuts. Slightly dry finish. Not Bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidajensen (206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Sticky and a little dry. The beer pours dark with a light brown head. The aroma is of wood and candy.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
22oz bottle-pours black with a disappearing brown head. Aroma is rich dark malt-molasses, dark fruit, chicory. Taste is chicory, rich dark malt-molasses/ashy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (1987) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Pours a dark black with a thin mocha head. Aroma balancing malts and hops. Nice mouthfeel. Very good impy stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark dark brown. Head is tan and dense. Aroma of spicy licorice, coffee grinds, chocolate malt, smoked dark fruit. Taste is very boozey with chocolate, bitter hops present. Decent stout from Caldera. I think this beer would be perfect if laid down for a year or two. Might take away the hotness of the alchohol. Worth trying though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2012
Bottle:   Black, large frothy light brown head, fairly nice lacing.   Old growth is right, piney aroma, soft graham cracker and roasted malts.   Even tho is been a year, or more... I still get some alcohol on the nose.   On the tongue its malty, definite warming, graham cracker, with some green raisin and acrid roastiness as well as a smidgen of coffee grinds.   My bottle indicates its 8.8%... Hmmm...   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Finishes a little dry, some cocoa, amidst the pine (tree like), roasted malts, acrid coffee grinds, and graham cracker.   Pretty solid, and certianly hefty.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle from DBS. Aroma is medium roast coffee, licorice, and bitter chocolate. Flavor is a muted version of the aroma with some roastiness present. Palate was excellent, but it lacked something for me...couldn't put my finger on it. Very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this has a lot of sweet, milk chocolate character, which gives way to a really rich coffee aroma. Very mocha-like. Scant metallic/herbal hop character is also present. This beer is quite quaffable. Opaque black body with a creamy, thick medium brown head present, and great lacing. Gorgeous brew. Starts with some thick, chewy chocolate maltiness, before this becomes quite roasted in the middle. Lots of coffee-like character is present, despite the absence of coffee. Finishes a little astringent, and slightly burnt. Perhaps some hop presence is contributing. A little thin-bodied. Still, a fairly enjoyable brew.


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