Beerman6686 (5322) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured a very dark brown color with a medium tannish brown head. Aroma was of very ripe dark fruits, cocoa, some toffee, and mild chilies. Flavor was a lot different than I was expecting from the aroma. Taste was very sweet, but not cloying, marshmelows and cocoa, some dark fruits, and finish by a nice balance of alcohol/chile heat. Very complex stuff and worthy of itís praise.
cbfobes (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to rando7 to share this at the QC tasting, pours pitch black with a nice tan head, has a sweet aroma with chocolate and a hint of booze, the flavor is sweet with a great character of chocolate and some vanilla in the finish, mmmmm, wish I could get this in Wisconsin on a regular basis!
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle thanks to GoT. Pours a thick black with a creamy dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, chilies and some smoke. The flavor is very chocolaty and sweet with vanilla, cinnamon and some light acidic smoke. Very full body with mild carbonation and a thick, lush, creamy mouth feel. Lots going on it this one, you can pick out all the different flavors. Good beer but itís so sweet, just a few ounces and I was done.
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle (received from a couple people). Pours a viscous black color with a small tight reddish tan head. The aroma is deeply roasted, dark chocolate, slight ash, spicy, with hints of vanilla. The flavor opens with deep roasted malts, char, dark chocolate, and cocoa. Midway the vanilla, barrel and spicy peppers start to come through. Peppers linger well through the finish. Medium plus mouthfeel and smooth. This is a first class beer and I really like the addition of the ancho chili peppers. Thanks to all who have sent a bottle.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Nick. Bottle pours deep brown/black with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, moderate roast, tobacco, vanilla and chili. Flavor shows the same with cinnamon making an appearace. Overall body is full, soft and creamy with a roasted malt/dark chocolate bitterness.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Giving this one a 2nd chance; oily black, trace dark brown head; dry pepper, chocolate, oranges, lemons; very thin texture; big time roasted malt and dark chocolate; pepper not nearly as overpowering here as before; almost lime too; much better this time, but still not something I can drink too much of; texture is thin, oily and rich; more texture would help my impression
Original Rating 6/10/10 (Score - 3.5): 750 ml bottle; thanks Ibrew3or3 for bringing to Seattle!! Pours dense black with trace tan head; chaulky aromas of pepper, burnt malt and chocolate; quite harsh to me on first sip with ashy pepper and astringency spice; I really dig the nose in this one, but pepper and chilies are a little off putting to me; dry, ashy mix of peppers and chocolate; Iím kind of a wuss when it comes to spicy food, so not that unexpected that itís a little much for me here; Iíve read that Zhukov is again the base here and while I love that beer, the treatment here (like the humidor version) doesnít work for me; got another bottle that Iíll put some age on to see if the pepper fades a little bit
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks Dave. The pour is what I love in an impy; silky dark brown, near black and two fingers of creamy brown head. Looks delicious. Nose is roasty, chocolate, and espresso. Mouthful is silky and smooth, slightly oily. Taste is rich with the chocolate, dry roast, slightly smokey, and I just ever so slight sense the chili peppers hit the back of my tongue. Seamless transition of flavors. Thick sheets of sticky brown lacing. Badass brew.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: pours like sweet lovely delicious motor oil. Espresso crema head fades fast into a thin ringlet. Swirls with black tears and a slightly thicker collar. No head. None.
Nose: thick, tar, and char. Vanilla beans, raw chilies tickle the back of my nose. Burnt black cacao and espresso sludge. Wisp of melted cream. Cinnamon is a shadowy whisper here, there, and than none at all.
Palate: for such an intensely thick pour his mouthfeel is amazingly soft, velveteen, and creamy. Immediately coats lips in burnt caramels and cinnamon and black chocolate all melted into one. Long chocolate finish, thick and fudgy please. Heat tickles sides of cheeks with essence of chili without the pain. Ashen burnt black wood in the breath. Vanilla root flirts with massive hunks of decadent fudge. Interesting conflict of creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel which at the same time sucks all moisture from said mouth. Cinnamon not as prominent as expected, though a whisper peeks through here and there, mostly lost in the chilies and the burnt fudgy vanilla rooty goodness.
Final Thoughts: another notch under the Cigar City belt, and mine. Was shared with friends and enjoyed by friends and myself alike. Definitely drink with as minimal a chill as possible.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Chuck. The beer pours to a pitch black body with the darkest brown head thatís thick and tall. The aroma is rich chocolate, vanilla, rich black patent, and lots of 85%+ black chocolate. The flavor is rich chocolate with deep roasted malts and oatmeal. Subtle peppers. The palate is rich and robust. Clean textures.
Strykzone (5534) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a trade with Daknole and taken to an East Side Bottle Liberation Society tasting. My first beer from Cigar City and it was opened with great anticipation. It was also opened immediately after a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Vanilla. A black pour with no red visible. What a cool head! Almost blood red! The aroma is some spicy peppers and cocoa. The flavor is exactly the same. To me the peppers did not work here and I would love to try a Zhukov without the peppers. This was a distant second place to the Goose Island and perhaps the sweetness from that beer did not help this one. Still it was very tasty and certainly a visual experience.