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RATINGS: 243   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.

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Christos (5882) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2015
(Caldera Old Growth Imperial Stout) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 8.8% Totally black pour with two fingers of thick, dark brown head, with very good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Nice aroma, milky chocolate, mocha, some hops. Great taste too, sweet with milky chocolate, mocha, dark chocolate, hops, light vanilla flavour, slightly bitter finish. Not much roasted character but surely enough. Medium body wiith good carbonation, mildly sticky while creamy and smooth texture on the palate. Very nice and for a decent price for an imported bomber.

Hoprider (726) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2015
Almost black pour with a dark beige head. Initially the aromas are pretty roasted but there is a noticable sweet malty, chocolaty quality as well. The mouthfeel is medium to full and carbonation is soft. Flavours of sweet licorice, dark chokolate, roasted malt - the usual suspects. There is a bitterness to theaftertaste that fades away after once the beer brethes for a while. After that, everything gets a litle more rounded and somewhat sweeter. Nice traditional impy..

ajnepple (6967) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2015
On tap at the Mellow Fellow in Truckee. Black appearance with a diminishing tan head. Roasted, smooth and creamy with notes of chocolate and light coffee. Medium body with a soft, velvety feel. Good, but served very cold considering the ABV.

tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2015
11/II/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ John’s place - BB: n/a (2015-175) Thanks to John and Jan for sharing the beer!

Clear very dark brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very roasted, sweet, caramel, very intense, heavy, dried fruits, sugary, some dark chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very malty, caramel, cocoa powder, roasted, some ripe fruits. Aftertaste: very roasted, coffee, lots of chocolate, hoppy, bitter, mocha, some caramel, slightly sweet, alcohol is noticeable. Lovely beer.

TylerGreenDC (1031) - - FEB 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 In a 22oz bottle. Pours thick and rich. Flavors of roasty chocolate, some coffee, fig and faint vanilla. Some raters have found some smoke, but I only find a fwee bit of molasses. Finishes quite dry. Solid.

planky84 (3371) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle sampled at the excellent Beermoth tasting room, Tib St, Manchester. Pours black with a thick tan head. Nose tingling aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, Dark roast coffee. Very smooth indeed. Flavoursome bursts of rich coffee roast, smoke, burnt wood, Dark chocolate. Exceedingly dry. A noble brew.

ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle sampled at RBBWG IV. Late at the eve, so notes might be a little shady. Dark brown, no head. Soy sauce, quite hoppy, subtle coffee and lots of malts. I miss chocolate.

77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Thanks to ElManana + 1! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Blackish, little head. Nose is heavy on umami, lots of soy sauce, herbal. Taste is bitter soy sauce, roast, herbal, coffee, malty. Soy sauce body. Okay but soy sauce, herbal + roast aren’t my preferred flavours for a RIS,.

RobertDale (6755) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and licorice. Very nice.

alobar (3879) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Deep tar black color with a tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. Chocolate flavor with coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. Thick body. Excellent!

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