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Cigar City Pilot Series Imperial Sweet Stout (Palm Ridge Reserve Barrel)

Cigar City Pilot Series Imperial Sweet Stout (Palm Ridge Reserve Barrel)
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 4.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Pilot Series Imperial Sweet Stout aged in a Palm Ridge Reserve small batch Florida whiskey barrel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 Rare as fuck, I tried a small 2.5 gallon keg of it. It was sweet, but robust with a nice bourbon flavor. It is diabeetus though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Growler courtesy degarth and jdubfl, that they shared at the Either/Or release party at Redlight Redlight. This one pours a nearly inky black color with some dark mahogany hue at the edges and topped by a small, smooth head of cream colored foam that leaves some nice sheeting behind. The aroma is really incredible and rich showing velvety, smooth dark and milk chocolate, caramel and nougat. Vanilla from the oak barrel comes through along with some toasted marshmallow and coconut, while smooth bourbon coats everything nicely. The flavor is just as impressive with the rich dark and milk chocolate up front followed by sweet caramel and nougat. The barrel imparts the signature smooth bourbon and vanilla flavors into the fold, while creamy lactose provides a nice smoothness and ties everything together. The toasted coconut flavors mixed with the chocolate gives a nice dessert quality to it all. Just delicious stuff. Nearly full bodied on the palate and silky smooth with soft carbonation that leads to a dry, semi-sweet finish. Really great beer here that blended perfectly with the barrel. One of my favorite beers from Cigar City to date. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
growler shared by JDub. Sweet chocolate nose with roasted malts and vanilla. Pours black with a very thin off white head. Sweet chocolate notes with vanilla and whiskey flavors, 12%, I canít believe it, this drinks so nice. Very dangerous. Smooth dark chocolate with creamy vanilla, this is a joy to drink. Great Job!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Growler pour was deep dark chocolate with mocha head. The aroma starts sweet and burnt and then hits rich chocolate and oaky spiciness about mid draw with light amounts of sweet prunes and boysenberries jam in the background. The taste enters smooth and silky dark chocolate moving into spicy wood, burnt malts as well as lighter notes of prunes, blueberries and boysenberries. Toward the finish it dries out some with a mild level of dark roasted malt astringency yet playing against growing notes of smooth sweet bourboniness and fading smooth spicy oak notes. Into the after taste Iím left with a bit of boozy heat and boozy roughness as well as burnt malts and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours crazy black. Nose is huge whiskey, dry wood, sweet malts, molasses, earthy hops, anise, smoke. Flavor is big whiskey notes slightly over powering the wonderfully sweet, smokey, thick stout underneath. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2010
11/18/10. Thanks to Justin (jdubFL) for bringing this up and cracking the growler during the Tallahassee launch! Nice black pour with a brown head that lingers. Light coffee and whiskey aroma with a sweet malty flavor full of barrel that ends with tons of nice coffee. Quite nice - very glad to have tried it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Growler, courtesy degarth and jdubFL, shared at the Either/Or release party at Redlight Redlight. The pour yields a deep, dark mahogany to virtually black body with a small, creamy, light brown film that fades away. Some viscous sheeting shows. The aroma is absolutely awesome, lush with rich, milky, lactic chocolate, loaded with nougat and caramel. Soft vanilla enters the fold, along with hints of sweet marshmallow, as the smooth bourbon works its magic without lending an inkling of boozy heat. It simply smells insanely rich and chocolaty, and the barrel application is spot on. The flavor parade doesnít slack off one bit. Rich, creamy, dark milk chocolate is smooth and satisfying. Caramel and nougat again play a huge role. The barrel imparts notes of clean, sweet vanilla, as the whiskey provides just a hint of caramelization and warmth. Lactose is present from start to finish, bringing smoothness and tying everything together. The combination even offers up inklings of chocolate coconut macaroons, which is right up my alley. Medium-full on the palate, the body is absolutely silky smooth, with soft, creamy carbonation and a very slightly chalky finish. Excellent, excellent beer. Seriously, this is one of the best things that Cigar City has done to date.

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