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Cigar City Campeador - Rurik

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
Rurik: the founder of the dynasty that bears his name which ruled Kievan Rus and later Muscovy until the 16th century. This land would later spawn the Muscovy Trading Company and become a base of trade between Russia and Britain. Two styles of beer comprise this blend, old ale and imperial stout. Both are of British origin with the later made famous by its exportation to the Russian Court. Rurik is the second beer in the Campeador series, a barrel-aged collaboration between Knightly Spirits and Cigar City Brewing. Limited release of 204 bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle #171/204 at Dadtoberfest. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Big sweet chocolate and malt, dark oxidized fruit, a touch boozy. Boozy right away, soft chocolate, malt, cocoa, a hint of roast, but overall overpowered by the alcohol. Cocoa, chocolate, yeast, a good bit of toast and roast. Tasty, but too boozy to drink in amounts larger than a 2-3 ounce sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6503) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Paul. Pours a deep brownish body with thick brown lacing. Aroma is booze, wood, smoke and sweet maple. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet chocolate (in your mouth, come get your cavities), molasses, toffee, booze, oak and light caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1346) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle number 37? Hmmm....don’t remember. Anyways, this one was a big hit of the night. Everyone liked it. Nose is sour wood, bourbon, some chocolate, caramel, and cane sugar. Again, lots of big aromas here. Taste is exactly the same with that tart oak/fruity flavor with some sweet chocolate and caramel follow-up and a touch of vanilla. Intensely complex. Oily palate and a big black pour and a huge tan head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Appearance - Black body, tan head
Aroma - Tart cherry, cocoa, wood
Taste - Port, chocolate, vanilla, grape, leather, tannins

This is why I love Cigar City - their shit is so divers. This semi-sweet brew was full of complex earthy flavors and a smooth texture throughout the tasting. As usual Jordan, you are the man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18948) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2012
25th August 2010
Opaque black beer, good tan head. Light fresh palate. Creamy malt with porter like dark malt light tang. Sublte milk chocolate and even more subtle chilli. Finishes light and soft. A very easy drinking dark beer. Whispers of coffee and red berry fruits. Really nicely put together!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2012
2010 bottle 6/204 on 11/25/11. dark...almost black with sharp orange tinted carbonation. a+f shortly after the bottle is opened up show some caramel, choco, roast, vitamin pills/barrel and vinous fruit. aggressive harsh carbonation... pretty dece but not great.... too messy and sweet.... something is off.

second pour about 30 minutes later are horribly infected... pencil shavings, bandaids, vinous sourness, vegetal/rotting garbage, metal, multi vitamins, salt, sour and still sweet. yikes.5/4/4/3/11

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (4239) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Old rating. Bottle # 164 of 204 produced. Pours jet black with huge brownish head with multiple layers of froth. Sticky palate, strong aromas of scotch, brownie, sour wood, caramel, tofee, sticky candy sugar. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, buttercream icing, coffee beans, dark chocolate. This is honestly a perfect beer for a cold winter night next to a fire. Tons of warming qualities, a rich beer and a true rarity from the Tampa brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle in trade. Dark rich dense pour. Aroma has lots going on. Sweetness, caramel, roasted malts, some fruit and spice with a touch of wood and funk. Flavor is complex, maybe a bit too much on the fruity odd malt side. Some roasted malts and cocoa on the finish with a touch of plums and wood. Strange, sort of strangely good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 In short: An inexplicably good dark beer going in all kinds of directions at once. A fun mess
How: Bottle 750ml, bottle #74 of 204, consumed when a little over one year of age. Bottle from jtclockwork, thanks a lot James
The look: Near black topped by a an initially huge tan head that quickly dissipates into a small persistent beige head
In long: Strong and intriguing nose blending toasted wood, apple pie, roast. Taste is even more of an unusual blend of stuff. Burnt apple pie, earthy tree roots, toasted wood, dried dark fruits, alcohol burn, graham cookies, coconuts, lots of highly roasted malts, cheese cake, “hot” spiciness, cocoa beans, figs, more... Surprisingly low sweetness sensation. The beer soda-pop carbonation should be considered excessive, but in this case it lightens up the beer and increases drinkability. It is not unusual for a special CCB barrel aged beer to go in all directions and unfortunately too many of them turn out to be just all-over-the-place messes rather than complex beers. This Rurik is a special case. The beer is clearly all-over-the-place but it was a fun mess, and despite the excessive alcohol presence I found it easy to drink a full bottle. It was so all over the place that I suspect that the beer I drank wasn’t the intended result, that is if there was an intended result in the first place. This beer tasted like an unplanned “let’s see what happens if we through all that stuff in” experiment that turned out to be a fun beer. This is even something I would really like to drink again but given the low number of bottles produced this is about as unlikely as me washing my hand when there is nobody else is in the washroom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle@Home, thanks Noize. Exceptional beer with complex and surprising flavours. A combination of cinnamon, citrus and very dark malts. Lovely.

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