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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
750ml, black waxed bottle, #49/204, courtesy of zathrus13. thanks, jeff! saved this one for #800 after praying to the beer gods that it would not be infected but unfortunately my prayers went un-answered. opens with a loud pop and quickly foams over the neck of the bottle, never a good sign. pours completely black with a huge, three finger beige head that never even tries to receded likely owing to the unwanted, fermenting bugs. aroma is sadly sour with big notes of green apple, funk, and sour milk with only shreds of the intended beer in the form of sour mash whiskey, stale coffee, and bitter chocolate. flavor is a surprising and a welcomed improvement on the aroma with tart, dark fruits, bourbon, and wet wood backed by delicious notes of dark chocolate, roast, toffee, and nutty malts and hints of burnt, blondie brownies on the back end. palate is still thick and full bodied but overcarbonated due to the unwanted bugs but retains a bit of the bittersweet, roasty, intended brew. overall, i wanted to love this beer with all my heart but the bugs that have invaded this bottle have degraded it to a mere average beer. sadly, i can truly taste the original intended brew and it must have been amazing before the bugs took over. come on CCB, i signed your petition, get rid of your nasty bugs!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11900) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate malt, wood and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet toasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. This is a very good beer that was overly active.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1663) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Thanks to cmillward. Definitely a solid beer, though the bottle may have had some minor problems. Trying it right after Hunahpu probably didnít help things, either. Black pour with a creamy beige head. Mild sour/funk/lactic in the aroma, along with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, rum, raisins, mild roast and caramel. Taste was relatively sweet with some oak and tobacco coming through. Reminded me of Bitches Brew in an odd way. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth but could have been a bit bigger. Mild booze. Good beer and makes me curious to try more CCB specials, but not up to Hunahpu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sampled at Freetail at the La Muerta bottle share. Thanks to the guy in the blue jacket, with the 80ís mustache. Again, CCB hitís us with another great one!!! Poured a dark brown body with a ring of head that was very leggy. Aromas of caramelized sugars, dark berries, frutyness, a hint of alcohol and some woodiness. Flavors were dark berries, roasty, bready, caramel, candied pears and some alcohol in the ending. Lively carbonation with a medium to full mouthfeel and a mild bitter finish. This is what the "American Strong" category is all about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
750ml bottle shared with FlssmrBrewAlum, thanks Adam! #87/204. Pours a mostly black body with a big, two finger-width, dense and frothy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of pretty lacing. Aroma is initially tart and somewhat acidic with lots of dark cocoas and a light roast. Plenty of dark fruits, toffee, some grainy bread, a hint of leather, and some wood. Flavor is solid. Very roasty with toffee, caramel, grain, dark bittersweet cocoas, and a moderate tartness. More dark fruits, vanilla, ashes, a light alcohol, and wood. Finishes dry and warm with lots of roast, a moderate bitterness, and a light tartness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, creamy body with a higher, lively carbonation. Overall, a really nice beer. Lots of roast and just enough sweetness on the flavor along with a light tartness that never gets excessive. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - NOV 12, 2010
750 ml bottle (15/204), courtesy of Bryan. A nearly black beer with a huge, frothy, rocky, mostly lasting light brown head. The aroma is moderately malty, with notes of roasted grains, caramel, bourbon, cherries, berries, smoke and alcohoi, with a hint of chocolate. The flavour is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately sour, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, smooth/creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, moderately alcoholic. This is such a strange beer, I donít know if the sourness is intentional, but it works well. Not overly alcoholic or sweet. Perhaps a bit of a mess, but complex in its way and tasty. So another great stuff from Cigar City.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2010

Bottle 750ml. @ Halloween Tasting by cgarvieuk.

Clear dark dark red brown color with a large to huge, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, berry, barnyard, leather, fruity, sweet raisin, tart raisin. Flavor is light heavy sweet, light light tart - acidic and light heavy bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively. Certainly this was not what the brewer did make and did put in the bottle. but for me it worked very well ;O) [20101030]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle #109 of 204 courtesy of bottle share at Freetail La Muerta bottle release on 11/6. Pours a dark carmel color with a medium tan head and delicate lacing that lingers. Aroma is sweet molasses, raisin, candied dark fruit and tart berries. Itís smooth and creamy with a sweet yet tangy flavor. Fruity (mostly prunes) with slight alcohol. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle shared by Adam, thanks! Poured near black with a chocolate dark brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had some roasted malts, smoke and spice with a slight sweet chocolate and grain note as well. Flavor starts with a bit of whiskey with a roasted malt base and some vanilla and sweet grains in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (4162) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2010
Bottled, halloween tasting @ cgarvieuk. Dark brown colour, fluffy beige head. Aroma is sour fruits, malty, some barnyard. Flavour is sour, fruits, caramel malts, bit of chocolate. Medium carbonated. Sour finish.

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