boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2012 Bottle shared at a Portland BA/RB tasting held at Baileyís Taproom... It was amazing how you can really tell the cedar aged version was similar to this, like the beer really stood out as Marshal Zhukovís Imp Stout in the cedar aged version. But without cedar it was still a unique imperial stout for sure. Lots of booze flavors, cocoa and coffee, mild hops and a chalky malt backbone. Strong malt sweetness and roast especially for in the finish. Nice boozy, not overly hot though.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, thanks tarheels86. Medium brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some earthy/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate, earthy/grapefruit. Smooth medium-full body.
vtafro (2791) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 DRaft @ Caponeís. Midnight black pour with some brown head. Roast, chocolate, fennel and sweet malt flavors. Very smooth. High abv not evident at all.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is roasty with a decent amount of chocolate. Taste is green and chalky, with bitter/acidic coffee, fairly hoppy, some chocolate at the finish. It tastes to me like their mash pH was too low when they made this.
nimbleprop (4536) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at the DC Local Tasting. Pours an opaque black with a cloudy head thatís a brick red. Aroma has maple, toasted grains, molasses, coffee, some big sweetness, toasty. Flavor is nice, toast, coffee, nuts, sweet, caramel, grains, bread. Finish is bitter from the coffee and just a little astringent.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Capped Bottle. pours thick and dark with a dark brownish head that settles to just a thin layer. Aroma is of Cuban Espresso with notes of vanilla bean and molasses. Really roasty in flavor as well. Coffee, chocolate and toffee like a candy bar. Body is near full and velvety smooth with an oily texture that coats the mouth. The carbonation is soft. There is a lingering bitter chocolate finish which reminds me of 70% Cacao. Overall this ranks up near the top for the style. Well done!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Technically, I have had Cigar City beers before, but that was at GABF and I was three sheets to the wind. So, lets call this the first time I have had Cigar City. In a word, impressive. Possibly the thickest pour I have ever seen. Creamy, dark, rich beer. Tan, almost brown head. Flavor is Coffee, bitter hops, chocolate and dark fruits. Long, smooth finish. Excellent.
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits,This poured a dark black with a nice small tan head,flavors of chocolate and expresso with a nice smooth finish alcohol is well hidden, another fine beer from Cigar City....CHEERS!
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another Amazing brew from CCB..This is one of the best examples of a IRS you can drink. If you see this on the shelf buy it!!
beernovice39 (3102) - Montana, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, this stuff is AMAZING, may be the best I have tried so far. Grabbed a bottle while in Orlando, wish I would have gotten more. Jet black pour, tan head. Smell of molasses, smoke, tinge of the booze. No booze in the fantastic taste however. Malts, nuts and molasses with a hint of hop BALANCE. Goodness its good! I envy you guys in Tampa and Florida where this can be found!