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Cigar City 110K+OT Batch #2 I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Barrel Aged 110K+OT Batch #2: An Imperial Stout dry hopped with Mt. Rainier hops and lightly aged on toasted Spanish Cedar then further matured in former bourbon oak barrels. 11.5% ABV

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
In short: An orgy of sweetness, booze and barrels. Typical over-the-top CCB, hard to drink.
How: Bottle 750ml, thick black wax, #398 of 449, consumed with a few years of age on it. A forgotten bottle in the back of my cellar sent to me by Elliesbrown, thanks a lot Zack.
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head.
In long: Nose is an overload of bourbon with the usual company of vanilla and other bourbon barrel friends. Taste improves on the aroma with the fun cedar barrel to oppose the usual boring bourbon juice. There is vanilla, bourbon, spicy cedar, coconut, plenty of booze, nougat, an exaggerated amount of residual sugars. Astringent hot finish dominated by wood and booze. Booze and sweetness are over the top, this is more than a sipper. Body was a bit disappointing, with this gravity and sweetness level I would have expected a rich thick body, it was just a medium body that made the sweetness and booze all the more apparent. No sign of age which is nice. After over an hour I was still struggling with the bottle, I finally gave up and didn’t finish it. I am often puzzled by the high ratings of those CCB boozy sugar-bombs, here I am completely dumbfounded. I’m obviously going against the grain here so I’d be curious to revisit this beer, but at this point this beer is as rare as a black person in a coloring book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottled. Love 110k. Has a great amount of alcohol and some sweetness to it. You can taste the cedar and the caramel. The hops is noticeable but not taking over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2013
One of CCB’s first big stouts :-). For an older brew, it tasted much like a fresh Humidor Zhukov. There weren’t many hints of carbonation, but the fudge-black pour was enticing. The aroma and taste are the same; dry oak, citrus and berries with some toffee and a chocolate/bourbon twang. Complex and satisfying. Shared by the generous OmegaX.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle 117/449? I think? Anyways, the aroma is big molasses, sherry like notes, wood, bourbon, chocolate, lightly earthy. Woah. Pour is jet black. Not much for a head. Flavors are, again, lightly oxidized bourbon and molasses with a chewy chocolate flavor and texture. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Just in the nick of time. Actually maybe a little late. The pour is dark black with a big brown head. The nose is chocolate, molasses, some cherries and light vanilla and unfortunately, some metallic oxidation. The taste has the same, some metallic bitter tinge, but not overtaking it yet, there is still some pleasant sweetness and low bitter to it. The texture is soft, body is heavy but starting to break down and the finish is long. If you have bottles left of this, drink it now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Big huge bourbon nose, woody earthy sweet with a touch of barrel tartness, bitter acrid notes. Black pour with a brown head and nice legs. BOurbon sweetness, vanilla nd brown sugar with a good dose of hoppy imperial stout base beer. Nice long dry finish, still roasty and hoppy with a good barrel treatment. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottle #285/449 shared by Jason. The beer pours to a pitch black body with an ultra dark brown head. The aroma is oaken chocolate. Syrup and dark malts. Rich and complex. The flavors are really rich and thick. Sweet palate. I’d have this again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
750mL bottle, #285/449. Poured black with a creamy dark brown head. The aroma picked up a warm blend of chocolates, licorice, and near-burnt, ashy black malt topped by a big dose of barrel (bourbon, peppery cedar, and a splash of vanilla).. this was skewed a bit too much toward the barrel, but it was a good barrel. The flavor found a lot of sweet bourbon, vanilla, and coconut throughout.. a touch of smoked black malt plus cocoa nibs and licorice at the core.. coconut, cocoa, and bourbon on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavy-bodied with a lot of roast on the palate.. moderate carbonation.. a fair amount of bitterness.. warm and really tasty, with just a little too much barrel. I’d love to try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Black pour with a thick dark brown head and sticky lacing. Big buttery brown sugary bourbon aroma some dry roasty malts. Huge thick sticky palate a bit of a melted butter characteristic. Flavor is a bit over barreled like many CC beers. Extremely rich, extremely sweet some dry oak and bourbon notes in the finish a little dry hoppy finish as well. Not very well balanced, overly sweet, overly barreled. I was excited to try it, but dissapointed by it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerman6686 (4713) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2012
This poured a straight jet ink black color with a very minimal tan head. Aroma was deep dark fudge, lgiht to medium cedar and just light hints of bourbon. Flavor was just what I imagined considering the age on this one, a great blend between CCB chocolately stout goodness, with light mellow intricate hints of bourbon, oak, cedar adn even some hops left. Truely delicate and great stuff.

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