bhensonb (12469) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@CCB Black Friday-1 qt growler-thin brown-black that sheets. A-leather-dk malt. T-dk fruit, sweet dk malt-leather, wood.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Mikkeller Dirac, Virgin Oak
Date: March 12, 2011
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
Score: *** /4
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
hopscotch (10085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 (Rating #6500) Growler... Hunahpu’s Day 2011… This 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!
deyholla (8132) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
marcus (7564) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (7498) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.