Friday, January 30, 2015

Black Cauldron 2014

  • SRM Color : 40
  • Brewer: Grand Teton
  • Brewer's Description: There are few styles of beer more flavorful than Imperial Stout. Our thick, rich version was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts and subtly spiced with Nugget and Cascade hops. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt. At 22 degrees starting gravity and 8.0% alcohol by volume, this beer boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry. 
  • Recommended Glassware: A Stout Glass
  • Russ' rating:10 of 10
  • With the brew: A-G-G-R-E-G-A-T-E
  • Comments: "Fair is foul, and foul is fair, Hover through the fog and filthy air." - Three Witches, Macbeth, William Shakespeare. Seldom does the darkness taste so good as it does when it comes from Grand Teton. Pouring a black body into the glass, the head on top is a mocha color and made of smaller than average ( < 0.5mm ) bubbles. The head settles but leaves a thin layer on top of the beer that lasts at LEAST until the beer is gone. In this case not very long. The nose is malty with coffee notes and the mouth-feel is smooth and slightly viscous. The real joy of this brew is in the drinking, it has an omnipresent toasted malt flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate that are all wrapped in the barrel aging. There is a hint ot tartness that is more than just hops, and borders on cherry.
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