Cigar City / Mikkeller Dirac Virgin Oak
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The recipe for this stout (10% ABV, brewed with raisins and spice) was conceived by Wayne Wambles, Head Brewer at Cigar City Brewing and brewed in collaboration with Mikkeller. This is the Oak version that was for sale on Hunahpu’s Day 2011. Not treated in a Rum Barrel. Beer went directly into a just virgin oak barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
From Growler. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Nose is dark fruits, roasted malts, spices like cinnamon, sweet aromas and raisins. Flavors are sweetish, raisin, chocolate at first followed by nice roasty malts and oak. Body is thick and creamy and just coats your mouth. Nice long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 (Rating #6500) Growler... Hunahpu’s Day 2011This beer rocks!… Pours midnight black and crude-oil thick with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a hardy combination of dark chocolate, pouch tobacco, molasses, fudge, dried dark fruits and white oak. Ultra full-bodied with soft carbonation - finally, this is one that rivals Dark Lord’s viscosity. The flavor is robust and chock-full-of mocha, singed spices and herbs, burnt black malt and dried dark fruits accompanied by a small splash of crusted port. Finishes robust, roasty, and carbonaceous – a moderate pinch of salt at the wee end. World class collaboration!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Black and thick pour. Brown head. Vanilla, raisins, prunes, roast, burned sugar, chocolate, sweet espresso nose. Flavor is so rich and thick...sweet raisins, prunes, dark chocolate, rich port wine, roast and the oak offers a nice layer of flavor. Masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2011
on tap at CCB. HOLY COW!!!!!! This beer is absolutely amazing. Poured a pitch black with a chocolate brown/copper head. The aroma stunning with dark fruits, raisin, spice, oak, fudge, cream, and some dark roast. Flavor was even better than the nose with brownie, fudge, raisin, spice (like chili pepper), dark roast, and oak. The body is so thick, velvety, and creamy that it is unreal. One of my favorite of the day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5188) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On draft at CCB for Hunahpu Day. Pours a big brown/ black with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, raisins, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, spice, chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla with some booze. Flavor is similar with raisins, vanilla, slight booze, and chocolate combining with malt and a bit of wood. Nice, medium to full-bodied stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Poured a thick black with small brown head. Nose is big roasted malt, mild smoke, hints of coffee and cocoa, dark fruit, raisin and spices. Flavor is sweet molasses, mild fruits, wood and hints of smoke and ash. The consistency of this beer is silly. Thick.

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