Strykzone (5385) - 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.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Daknole. Pours EXTREMELY black, like the blackest Iíve ever seen with a very dark brown head. Aroma is rich chocolate covered cherries, reminds me of Dark Lord a little in that way. Graham cracker and olive juice. The peppers must be adding the olive component. Flavor is extremely chocolatey. Thick mouthfeel with roasty, dark dark chocolate flavor. I burped and it was just chocolate roastiness. The roastiness is akin to Expedition. The chocolate and roast might actually be too much for one beer making this beer a little less smooth. Iím kind of over Imperial Stouts at this point but this is a fine and unique example.
popery (1601) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to cmillward. Bottle. Absolutely delicious stuff. One of the best stouts that Iíve tried so far. Beautifully dark and thick in the glass. Head was a shade of brown as dark as any Iíve seen. Mouthfeel was thick with mild carbonation. Aroma is rich with chocolate, mild roast, big vanilla and some interesting spice. Dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla all come through big in the taste, as well. Iím not a big fan of chili in beer, but itís very nice in this one, only hitting in the finish with a bit of spice. This sort of super rich chocolatey imperial stout is right up my alley for the style. Hops are present but more of a background player. Pretty sweet but it works well for the beer. Just a big, rich beer that drinks even bigger than 11% abv. Very impressive.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Had this on tap at Cigar City early in the afternoon right after I got my ticket to buy the bottles.
A: Pours a very viscous dark, dark brown with a very nice tan head with plenty of lacing.
S: Whoa, lots going on here. Everything is almost overpowering, yet fits so well together. Lots of chocolate up front, followed by more subtle hints of roasted malt, vanilla, roasted chilis, and cinnamon.
T: Even better than the nose. Right up there with the absolute best imperial stouts Iíd had; definitely top three. All thatís there in the nose is there with the first sip, and the complexity of this beer only improves with each sip as it gets a bit warmer. The chocolate is definitely the base, and the light touches of cinnamon, vanilla, and chili peppers are fantastic and make this such a well-rounded beer.
M: Very thick and huge. Nice and chewy, yet incredibly smooth. Fairly low carbonation, but entirely appropriate. No alcohol heat.
D: Insane. Each sip brings forth new nuances. I spent less than 16 hours in Tampa, waking up a 3:00am on consecutive days for early flights (one of which didnít pan out), and if I hadnít gotten bottles, Iíd still be supremely happy and thought the whole trip worth it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-13-2010
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: † Yep, thats motor oil! † Moderate to large dark brown head, foamy, nice lacing. † Dry and dark cocoa on the nose, soft spices of vanilla, caramel, and graham cracker. † I associate many of those with Bourbon, but there is nothing Bourbon about this. † Actually, it seems more like tapioca than vanilla. † Yeah, chocolate graham cracker make up the rest. † Not roasty, nor hoppy. † Hah, actually reminds me of tapioca and Coco Pebbles. † On the tongue its a bit different, cinnamon and nutmeg. † Its not very bright, its spicy but not really sweet. † Has a bit of thick roasted malts not shown on the nose. † Has a bit of dark or unsweetened cocoa as well. † Very smooth, and thick. † Hop aspects are... minor if existant at all. † Has a tartness to it, as well as some alcohol warming. † Fairly full bodied. † Backside has some soy, perhaps a touch of chile peppers, and a smidgen of charred wood/campfire. † This one is certainly different. † Towards the end it gets a little cloying, with almost a heavy sweetened soy sauce flavor along with some very heavy graham cracker. † The chile aspect becomes more pronounced. † Not as malty or roasty as others, instead its a bit more tart and sweet, with some interesting spices thrown in. † Happy to try it, but I think one 750ml is enough for me for quite some time. † Thanks to fogdog for the bottle!
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with FlssmrBrewAlum, thanks Adam! Pours a pitch black body with an inch thick, dense and creamy, very dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a really nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of coffee, roast, cocoa, hops, and spices. Some vanilla, chile peppers, and caramel. Flavor is similar and very rich. Lots of chocolate and cocoa nibs, caramel, vanilla, roasts, and coffee. Some light chiles, smoke, dark fruits, wood, and cinnamon spice. Finishes very rich, but fairly bitter from the hops, roasts, and cocoa nibs. Slowly dries with some vanilla, earth, and plenty of chocolate in a lengthy, rich aftertaste. Mostly full, creamy, and really smooth body with a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a really nice impy. Lots of rich flavors, very roasty, well hopped, and definitely has some pretty cool vanilla-chile things going on. Very nice.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Pour thanks to Nick!). Pours black with milk chocolate milk head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light chili pepper. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with creamy/sticky texture. Finish is roasty bitter but smooth. Dark chocolate and some vanilla.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: A full body chocolaty stout with (imho) exaggerated spiciness
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when about 6 months of age. Winter 2009/2010 batch. Bottle sent to me by CaptainCougar, thanks a lot Tom. Split three-way
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention
In long: The strong nose is disturbingly spicy (cinnamon, hot Mexican spices) over a nice layer of cacao. Taste is more of the same. Nice full cake-like body. Lots of bakery black chocolate cake, cacao and friends. But also lots of spices. The cinnamon was annoying but itís those hot Mexican-food type of spices that really ruined the beer for me. It sometimes felt like cayenne pepper. I know many people like the so-called Mayan Chocolate but I donít. I donít like those spices in my chocolate and I donít like it either in my chocolaty beer. Also something about the whole mix added a sharp acidic bite at the end which also bothered me. This rating is a personal subjective opinion. I honestly think this is a well-brewed beer, but this is one that really doesnít work for me. We split my bottle three way and two of us didnít finish our glass. Granted the second one was my brother and we have the very same palate so we only count as one. Itís pretty obvious looking at the rating average that most people enjoy the mix of flavors presented by this beer. But Iím different. If I was a dentist I would the one out of five who does not recommend Crest.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle from HOPSHUNTER, shared at BeerandBlues2ís tasting on 4/10/10). Black color. Small brown head. Aroma of vanilla, chile pepper. Flavor of the same, with moderate chocolate/cocoa and fig. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2011 Bottle shared by DalzAle. Pour is oily black and very rich looking and has a tan red head that dissipates to a collar. Aroma is smoke, peat and bacon chocolate and coffee. Taste is more the same very nice, and leaves some pepper or chilies in the finish. Palate is full and creamy with a sticky and chaulky finish. Pretty sweet brew!