Grand Teton Black Cauldron Imperial Stout (Bourbon Barrel)
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
750ml bottle, dated 11/19/12, via trade. pours a deep brown that sits black in the glass capped by a thick, creamy, beige head. aroma is nice, but a bit harsh, with very heavy barrel notes that border on sour wood, cocoa powder, spent coffee grinds, dark fruits, and a hint of roast. flavor is an improvement for sure with notes of dark chocolate, roast, cold coffee, caramel, and vanilla backed by charred oak, bourbon, and subtle black cherry notes. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and a dry, chalky finish of cocoa and bourbon. overall, a tasty barrel aged imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2370) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2014
750 ml. Opaque black body with a frothy, tan head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, tart cherries, vanilla. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Tart and woody tasting, too much so to allow its other characteristics come through in the flavor. Too bad, after such a promising nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (3111) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2014
22.06.2014, 0,75l bottle (botled 19.11.2013) @ home, courtesy of RobertDale:
Nice light brown fizzy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly sour-ish roasted, oak, dark malts, dried sour-ish dark fruits, caramel, hay, vanilla, dark sugar, sour coffee, grass, mild slightly spiced whiskey, hints of unripe banana. Taste is slightly dry sour-ish, oak, grass, cocoa, grain, dark malts, hay, coffee, whiskey, minerals, burnt caramel, vanilla. Medium bitterness, watery and slightly dry mouthfeel. Fair enough, kind of boring and disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6441) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours a dark brown with beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is oak, booze, and roast. Thin mouthfeel with light nuttiness and chocolate, hides alcohol well, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
steeleliver (122) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2013
On tap at the Yard House, Denver (but really what isn’t). Pour was dark black with tan head, although the coloration wasn’t as beautiful to my eye as a stout should be. Woodsy bourbon flavoring, which yields some depth, but turns out a bit more bitter than is ideal for my taste. Solid stout, worth a try. Kind of a dumb name though, could they use more adjectives?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3839) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2013
On tap at whole foods. Pours out pitch black topped with a small tan head. Nose is bourbon roast chocolate and molasses. Taste is as the aroma with the bourbon barrel ringing vanilla chocolate sweetness roast and a touch of bitterness on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnGalt1 (870) - , Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Mini-Growler fill tonight from Whole Foods for ~$12.... Pours with a long lasting brown head.... nice lacing.... the brew is the expected black. Let this warm up significantly for the full effect.. Fridge temperatures really mute the aroma... The nose shows as almost tootsie roll... fudgy and vanilla... bigger roasty char than I was expecting. Not as much barrel presence on the palate as I hoped for, but it is still there... good standard RIS flavors with a light smack of vanilla/oak.. plenty of dark fruits. Body is lighter than many of the big boys but is appropriate for a lower ABV... Carbonation is light and lends to a more creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good... Glad I got the chance to try this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10184) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Bottle... Pours black with a huge, fizzy, beige head. Spotty retention and lacework. The nose offers a menagerie of vanilla, mocha and molasses with an accompanying note of lactic acid. Medium-bodied with bristly carbonation. The flavor presents a swirl of mocha, vanilla, bourbon and a mild, inappropriate component of lactic acidity and odd funk. Finishes crisp, bourbony and tangy. I’m guessing this bottle is showing the dawn of an infection. This can’t be what they were shooting for. Actually, not all that bad, but the infection has already stolen some of the beers body and altered its aroma and flavor. Note to brewery: Clean up that bottling line before slinging these beers to your distributors. I want my money back. ;-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7089) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Thanks jeremiah, .. Pours a deep brown almost black .. Light head, spots of lacing .. . Tar, mild barrel, very light bovril, and a dash of bourbon .. . Mild mouth, finish is quite good .. . A rather tasty beer, solid on all points .. . . You have the right to remain silent. ...oh yeah? aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClydeLake (1) - Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2013 does not count
Refreshing change for a stout. Enjoyed the whiskey overtones along with the stout flavors. I would drive over to Victor to get another bottle when I am through again. We will see if Grand Teton has any other good seasonals at the brew pub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3677) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
Large tan head very dark pour medium carbonation aromas strong coffee and chocolate vanilla lovely bourbon note the flavours molasses rich chocolate dark fruit medium strong bitter coffee near expresso taste bourbon note or influence could be better but okay a creamy note some good sweetness from dark fruit and malt the finish best aftertastes sweet and bitter lingering finish creamy note would drink again

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