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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10883) - 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 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 19/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2011
On tap at CC. Oh man this is good. Joan Jett black pour with a brown head. Chocolate and dark fruit aromas. The taste is sweet with smooth chocolate, lactose, mocha, caramel, dark fruit, and roasted malt flavors. Outstanding..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2011
on tap at CCB on Hunahpu’s Day - 3/12/11. pitch black pour with a 1/4" tan head. oak, dark fruits (raisins) on the nose with a touch of vanilla. sweet full body with layers of oak, raisin, plum, apple, strawberry with a bit of nuts. smooth throughout. sugar dark fruit finish with some heat. this stuff is really good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
(Sampled at Dak’s Final Four tasting!!). Pours dark brown with minimal head. Coats the glass like many CCB beers. Aroma is wood, chocolate nibs, and cinimmon. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Super beer!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcartamdg (3146) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Pours jet black with a paperthin mocha head, visibly viscous. Aroma of vanilla, dark chocolate, roast. Taste follows with some added caramel notes. Slightly sweet but the oak and roast balance. Excellent beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Growler pour, courtesy of Stephen, sweet aroma, raisins, less of a hint of oak than the Sea Bass. Sweet and very full, raisins really come out full. This.is very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Draft at Cigar City during the 2011 Hunahpu’s release. Pours pitch black and completely opaquec with a one finger frothy mocha head. Great retention slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of streaky lacing. Earthy oak aroma that isn’t overpowering. Charred oak, slight wood, roasted malt, and chocolate. Im also picking up hints of vanilla, caramel, toffee and roasted coffee/espresso bean. Slight earthy acrid presence. A little too sweet and boozy smelling but still nice. Medium bodied with lots of silky toasted chocolate malt balanced out by a sweet aolcohol burn that lingers. Hints of toffee, oatmeal, caramel and toffee as well as some hazelnut. The oak presence is most noticeable up front and the barrel character is well integrated into the flavor without taking away from the other notes. Subtle earthy charred oak adding some dryness and another dimension to the beer. Slight lactic cream adds complexity/body and smooths things out making this beer extremely quaffable. Abv well masked with slight boozy sweetness and faint heat in the finish which is slightly dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2011
32oz growler with huge thanks to ericandersnavy. thanks, eric! wrapped with enough electric tape and epoxy to hold a space-shuttle together this one pours a beautiful, oil-slick black with a smooth, one-finger, dark mocha head leaving oily, rust-red sheets of lace on the glass. aroma is fantastic, very intense, with huge notes of raw brown sugar, wet tobacco, molasses, and dark chocolate backed by charred oak, earth, lightly roasted coffee, and definite notes of rum-raisin pudding (yes, i know this was NOT aged in rum barrels) with subtle notes of smoke as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well, really leaps onto the palate with notes of molasses, toffee, dark chocolate and toasted malts up front with rich, dark fruit, oak, cinnamon, and dry coffee backed by hints of port wine, and dry, slightly salty earth. palate is full bodied and rich as they come (much like all the great CCB imperial stouts) with smooth carbonation and a long, dry, finish. overall, another awesome brew from CCB.

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