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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2011
(Growler, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours an opaque black body with a spare brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, spruce, baby diapers, vinous, raisins, plastic, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, oak, and toasted marshmallow. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, caramel, bourbon, oak, and chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Growler from ericandersnavy. Who apparently is trying to kill me with kindness. But what a way to go. Pours really dark brown/black with af ew transitory bubbles. Strong oak and/or bourbon aromas. Nope. Scratch the bourbon. Just oak. Med+ body. Lots of dark flavors, smooth oak. Some chocolate and coffee. It’s fairly complex. Suddenly more coffee. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
@CCB Black Friday-1 qt growler-thin brown-black that sheets. A-leather-dk malt. T-dk fruit, sweet dk malt-leather, wood.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Mikkeller Dirac, Virgin Oak
Date: March 12, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: big roasted aroma, lots of hops, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, touch of caramel sweetness brings out more of the chocolate character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9163) - 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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9115) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
Growler thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with a black body and an extremely dark brown head with nearly a bit of red in it. Slowly fades. Glass coating, alcohol legs. Aromas are oak, sweet vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, toffee, woody, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, sweet and lightly spiced. Flavors of tobacco, chocolate, earthy, vinous, raisins, oats, alcohol, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Some tannins. Feels more alive and vibrant than the regular version. Medium to lively bubbles. Well attenuated for its size. Easily one of the best beers that I have had from Cigar City.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
On tap Cigar City pouring up deep and dark and nice mocha head with burnt red rusty foam edges. The aroma seems to be a mix of dark berry like fruity esters, burnt malts, baker’s chocolate and some chocolate brownie. Additional pulls bring up mild levels of oak like wood spiciness. The taste comes up smooth and near silky bringing up pleasing notes of burnt malts, black licorice, chocolate and then thin layers of spicy oak and wood. Smooth and yummy brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 2, 2011
Growler thanks to Matt. Pours black with a brown head that started at the edge and remains throughout the beer. Aroma has a strong oak note with a note of roasted malts, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavor starts with oak and transfers to chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of dark fruit backing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6511) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
Growler shared by bhensonb. Pours black with no head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. The flavor is milk chocolate with some plum and an oaky slightly bitter finish. Very complex and tasty.


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