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Cigar City Campeador - Rurik

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 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 don’t 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 (41314) - 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. It’s 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 (9263) - 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 (4307) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of aaskofficerfriendly. Greg really helped me out on this one. Pours a deep dark thicker black, roasty opaque with a huge cakey dark brown head that laces well and layers. Aromas are a rich dose of roasted malts, coffee, toffee and biscuits, the orange marmalade and echoes of faded hops from the Winter Warmer strike through with wet oak, vanilla tannins, and boozy spirit peeking through. Some raisin, dark fruit, sweetness clash with strong roast, coffee, dark chocolate. Initial mirrors the aromas, fuller bodied beer gives way to intermixing roast and sweetness, toffee and toast, orange marmalade, coffee and cocoa, raisins, dark fruit. Decent bitterness and citrusy feel, comes up through roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit, whiskey like spirit and warming on the palate. Smooth and silky, a nice meshing of two different styles and two beers I loved on their own by CCB. Flavorful and complex, the roast and more lively citrusy orange, sweet and lightly bitter, and sweet toffee Old Ale plays very well. Finishes roasty and sweet, clinging to the palate. Really enjoyed this and feel the blend was spot on, meshing some largely different flavor profiles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8856) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
Bottle at Craigs big Edinburgh tasting, this bottle courtesy of ’Craig’, thanks mate. Shared in company of Craig, Stella, Jan, Charlotte, Fritz and Loz 30.10.10 Pours dark brown verging on black with a wonderful white creamy textured light beige head. Aroma I found to be a little funky almost with a touch of the Orval about it, not sure it’s meant to be like this, but nice anyway. Nice soft and smooth, creamy mouthfeel busy carbonation, some chocolate in the mouth, roasted malts and coffee, dark fruits, molassess and a nice warmth from the alcohol complete things here, great beer. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11752) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Tampa Weekly Gathering @BT Brandon-thanks Ibrew2or3-on tap–pours a foamy light brown head to a retaining thin brown head that laces and dark brown with red color. Aroma is dark malt, dark fruit, wood-bourbon/ashy, some sharp boozy. Taste is dark malt-chocolate, dark fruit, wood-bourbon/ashy, some sharp boozy. Smooth. Soft carbonation. As it warms-licorice, earthy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (19005) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 bottle at halloweeen tasting ... dark black ... huge foam brown head ... man huge funky barnyard nose ... sweet malt toffee malts ... juicy fruits ... little funky in body ... hint of wood ...little chocolate ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Thanks DC crew!
dark brown, beige head. Lightly sour and malty nose, some barrel, chocolate, coconut, cigar ash and vanilla. Chcolate and plum flavor, very juicy fruit with light chocolate bitterness. Coating sweet body, very chewy. Well done ccb, one of the best from them despite thin alcohol note with warmth. 857415

Thanks Dan! Black with sepia tinged edge, thin cream head. Nose and flavor infected, nose more than flavor, light chocolate, bit green and washed out profile from infection, comes off like cardboard with a light paint thinner and lactic quality. The infection actually rolled decently into the cake flavor, particularly given the chewy body. The infection at best unintentionally overwhelming, mediocre, and one-sided.

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