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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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: 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Aroma is absolutely heavenly - smoky with firm tones of quality coffee, molasses and sweet chocolate and a hint of licorice. It pours a deep, rich, warm opaque sable with a thick dark tan head that leaves some good lacing. Mouth filling flavor has a decided mocha core, quality coffee and chocolate plus licorice, molasses and even a bit of hoppy bitterness. Smooth flavor has a firm and biting fizz, and it leaves a smoky, slightly bitter, tingly finish. If ever you are in Oregon, grab a bottle - or better yet, grab two or three so you have something to trade.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jb (2961) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle from Nathaniel’s. Pour is great looking for an IS, dark dark tan head, reddish. Thick head, leaves spotty lacing. Nose is anise, oak, leather. Taste is tootsie roll, licorice, and mocha. This stuff is amazing. 10.3 alcohol, really??? May be my highest score to date. (My bottle says 8.8 % !!)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1458) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Insanely good. Deep brown pour with perfect tan head. Chocolate and vanilla aroma is light but perfectly balanced. Taste is mix of chocolate, coffee, roast malt and a little vanilla. Slight alcohol burn and bitter finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours oily turbid deep black with about a finger of brown head. Nose is complex; a medley of rich chocolate and munich malt, cacao, licorice, peppery hops, and figgy fruit, which I know now is dates. Tastes rich on the palate with amazing complexity. I got choc malt, smooth cacao, licorice, dark fruit, and backup hops. This one is absolutely delicious, and is a standout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (588) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2014
Dark brown, almoust black with a one finger high brown, fluffy, head. Nose: Dark dry chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, licorice, milk chocolate, chocolate cookies - a LOT of chocolate here! Cocoa, red berries and some green apples deep down! Fat milk, plum and coffe beans. This is so complex! I could stay for hours just smelling this beer! Taste: Espresso coffee, coffee beans, dark bitter chocolate, roasted notes, cacao, fudge, caramel, oak, a little bit of licorice and a dry bitterness. Mouth: A full, complex body with a high bitterness. Creamy and very smooth. I’m so glad I got this bottle - I love Imperial Stouts and this is one of the better I’ve tried. Highly recommended!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aleksander (19) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 11, 2016
taste of roasted malt dominates and gives this beer its character, balanced by chocolate and sweet fruits tastes, well balanced, not very dense, quite drinkable for this style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2009
On tap at Baileys Taproom in Portland. Pours an awesome black with a hefty tan head that lingers with solid lacing. Aroma hefty with pepper, chocolate, smoke and a light booziness. Flavor is heavy on smoke with chocolate, a pine hop character and a nice peppery bite. Very tasty beer, probably my favorite from Caldera so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (14659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, hops and strong wood. Flavour brings out roasted malts, hops and wood - some oaked notes. Lingering notes of wood and hops. Most outstanding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2011
My 100th! Pours black and viscous with lasting tan head. Great nose of chocolate, molasses, tobacco, caramel, and vanilla. Thick and chocolaty with a more pronounced carbonation presence than expected. More coffee than the nose would suggest, but it’s welcome. Hints of dried fruit in the finish...the licorice? Carbonation is the only issue I can find, but it’s a small one. Divine nose, great taste, and sticky body more than make up for it. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 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.

65 cl bottle (8,8%) @ home
Salty licorice, coffee, dark chocolate. Saltiness is too strong in this one, unfortunately.

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