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Amager/Cigar City Xiquic And The Hero Twins

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Brewed by Amager Bryghus
Style: Imperial Stout
Kastrup, Denmark
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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Danish: Hvem Xiquic egentlig var kan være lidt vanskeligt at forklare i korte vendinger, men de heltmodige tvillinger kender vi alle: Wayne Wambles og Jacob Storm - chefbryggere på henholdsvis Cigar City Brewing i Tampa, Florida og så her hos os på Amager Bryghus. Siden sit første besøg på bryghuset tilbage i 2011 har Wayne været lidt af et idol for os. Vi har nemlig svært ved at forestille os nogen, der er mere dedikeret og kompromisløs i sin tilgang til brygning - og det kombineret med ægte passion og sans for detaljen. Derfor var det en stor ære, at Wayne tog imod vores invitation om at brygge hos os - og det endda på hans fødselsdag! Opskriften blev skabt gennem en endeløs række e-mails. Cigar Citys signatur-ingrediens - cedertræet - blev bestilt hjem og en fødselsdagskage blev bagt. Det blev en sjov dag - og vi håber at du vil have det sjovt med at smage denne dobbeltmæskede cedertræslagrede peber Imperial Stout - ja intet mindre. Det er lidt af et bæst - men et blidt og venligt bæst.

English: Who Xiquic was, is a bit hard to explain - but we all know the hero twins: Wayne Wambles and Jacob Storm - headbrewers of Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL and Amager Bryghus, Denmark respectively. Since his first visit at Amager back in 2011 Wayne has been quite the idol for us. We don’t believe it’s possible to find anyone with a bigger heart in brewing - combined with the utmost passion and sense for detail. Therefore it was a great honor to us that Wayne accepted our invitation to come brew at Amager Bryghus - even on his birthday! A recipe was created from what seemed like an endless stream of emails. The Cigar City signature cedar wood was ordered and a birthday cake was baked. We had a fun day - we hope you’ll have fun enjoying this double mash cedar infused black pepper Imperial Stout, yeah, no kiddin’. It’s a bit of a beast - but a gentle one.

Ingredients: Water. Malts: Pale, Crystal Rye, Crystal 50/100, Crystal 70/140, Crystal 100/200, Black, Chocolate Rye, Roasted Barley. Cedar, Black pepper. Hops: Citra, Centennial, Chinook, East Kent Goldings, Herkules. Yeast: UK-ale.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karstenborg (229) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2014
Black color with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted and liqurice. Taste is liquice and black peber.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HKdIPA (226) - HONG KONG - AUG 14, 2014
Draft at Taps Beer Bar in KL layover. Thick black pour with minimal tan head. 24-herbs smell with stoutiness. Taste is similar. Off-putting 廿四味 taste unfortunately - very medicinal/herbaceous - cedar and pepper maybe. Too bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (300) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle at ølbutikken. Pour is Black with a fluffy, tan head. Aroma has lots of pepper, sweet licorice, dry Wood, hops, sweet hash, some vanilla and some chocolate. taste has more salmiakish licorice, a Tiny bit of dry smoke, dry Wood, pine, Fairly bitter, pepper. Really an experience, as it starts out really sweet, and ends off extremely bitter in a not-hoppy way. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1086) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2014 Bottle @ olbutikken. Aroma if sweet liquorice, pepper, weak smoked malts, vanilla, dark dried fruits, wood, some hops and sweet chocolate, sweet cannabis. Taste is roasted and peppery. Some raw cocoa, dark bitter chocolate, sweet tobacco and wood. Really dry and prominent. Interesting indeed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2403) - FINLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle 50 cl. Pours pitch black in color with a thick and creamy tan head. Burnt wood, black pepper, grassy herbs and some roasted notes in aroma. Roasted malts, licorice, wooden notes in taste. Wooden, sweetish flowers and peppery notes in finish. Smooth on the whole.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1098) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2014
Black body with a medium brown head. Strong and sweet aroma of dark caramel, dark chocolate, wood, whisky and hints of black pepper. Strong flavour with a floral woody feel, with lots of black pepper in the moderate bitter finish. The pepper also makes the finish unusually dry, and there isn’t that much sweetness in the initial taste either. Mid-bodied and softly carbonated. A nice one, but too thin, too dry, too peppery, too little bitterness and too little sweetness to be a favourite.
[Sample from 75 cl bottle @Kaaz’ Ølsmaking på takterrassen]

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shark_Pants (162) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours pitch black with a nice big brown head that quickly dissipates. Incredible aromas of tobacco leaves, black pepper, leather and some chocolate. Taste is also incredibly unique, like a fine cuban cigar, with chocolate and vanilla notes. Very full-bodied and oily in the mouth. For me, this is absolutely incredible. Love this beer and will definitely revisit whenever I can get hold of it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (3716) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle at home. Black with a tan head. Aroma medium+ malty (roasted, cedar, notes of black pepper) and hoppy. Flavor medium sweet, heavy cedar wood and black pepper, medium+ bitter, yet smooth. Full body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2270) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks ArizviSG. Black, opaque, with lacy tan. Cardamom, black pepper, a little wood and faint cherry aroma, spicy, faintly bitter, young wood taste. Full body, sleek, very woody finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RW80 (582) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2014
0,5 l botle Appearance: dark with a 2 fingers almost creamy head with good retention. Aroma:Roasted malts, dark chocolate, cedar wood, black pepper, some herbal tones and some floral hops Taste: Huge complexity but easy drinkable. We’re to start Pepper notes upfront and in the finish,. chocolate and roasted malts are the main pattern as well as the cedar tones before the finish. However there is much more at the right temperature and the right air ratio the citra and floral hops actually show through for a split second. slightly above medium body,average carbonation. One of the better brews of this year for me. And something which you won’t unavel with a single bottle. Simpley said a must buy if you like Imperial Stouts. Easy accesible, but hard to fully understand.


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