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Grand Teton Black Cauldron Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 422   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This thick, rich ale was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts, and subtly spiced with American Chinook and Willamette hops. It boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt and aging the brew in an oak whiskey barrel, which also adds notes of oak and vanilla.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle from trade. Nose is sweet, tobacco, chocolate, a hint of smoke. Pretty intense pour is pitch black with minimal brown head. Tastes lightly tart initially with a light acidic note. A bit of coffee in the flavor, medium mouthfeel. No barrel flavor in the taste, no oak, no vanilla. I think the tartness takes away from the flavor. Very burnt tasting. Not a fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
i thought this beer was surprsingly well done. a little on the hoppy side, which was nice, with some decadent roasted chocolate and coffee in the flavor and aroma. dangerously smooth, and easy drinking for an IRS. Only 8%, but full flavored and bodied."

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTeusink (698) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Pours nearly black with thin brown head. Fantastic coffee and earth scent leads to disappointing flavor. Thin bodied and flat. Draft - Closed for Business - Charleston, SC

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3344) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2014
From a 4 oz taster at the brewery. Nitro pour, black with a thick tan head. Smoky nose. Flavors of chicory and licorice. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Smooth roasty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1717) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Tap at Jernigan’s Grass Valley the other night. Nose had a nice blend of milked cocoa, hints of whiskey, and vanilla on it. Flavors are the same with hints of sweet roast, and a touch of the beechwood. For some reason this ended up being a bit sour in the not so awesome category. Not sure if this was that specific keg itself or this is how the brew tastes. Not my favorite for it’s style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, dark chocolate, & coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, coffee/espresso, dark chocolate, and hops; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UDBeernut (1763) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Pours coca cola black, khaki head that is thin. Roasted black malt, licorice. Some pine. Thin bodhi.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopswagger (198) - South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2014
Robust heavy roasted malts, coffee, bitter sweet chocolate and baking cocoa. Lots of barley and hints of smoked hay and subtle presence of cigar smoke. Nice prickly carbonation but the body was on the thin side. Overall stellar RIS.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2229) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 27, 2014
Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2807) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Teeny tiny taster at Standard Market. Still offers a great nose of dark roast malts, and a bit dryness from oak aging. Yet, this is not highly "roasty" or astringent. A bit of smoke and oak tannin, yes, but instead it just adds to the dry finish, and disguises the alcohol.


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