cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
jet black, dark tan head. aroma is spicy, lots of chillies and peppers, toffee, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, taste starts spicy, cinnamon, prunes, toffee, chocolate, coffee, great thick texture, outstanding beer
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hell, it’s about time. Draft at CCB. 2012 batch. Nose is loads of cinnamon and chocolate. A hint of vanilla and roast round this one out to make it quite pleasing. I like how you can easily identify each element of flavor/aroma to this beer. Pour is jet black with that dark khaki head. Stains the glass...almost permanently haha. Taste wise this one is loaded with more cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Earthiness probably from the chiles. Lots of nice chocolate and roast. Good stuff and very well rounded. One of the beers that deserves hype.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2013 2013 bottle from Hunahpu Day
Appearance - Oily black body, dark brown head
Aroma - Coffee, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, molasses chocolate
Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, earthiness, vanilla, cherries
I’ve had every year’s version except the first one, and this time they really nailed it. So much chocolate and pepper with a soothing vanilla presence, all brought down to a clean coffee finish with a touch of cinnamon. So much going on here, and it seems to change as it ages quite dramatically.
skortila (5504) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks Noize. The aroma has chocolate, some vanilla, fruitiness, roast, hint of spice. Black coloured beer with just a small beige head. The taste is bit bitter, bit sweet, has chocolate, roast, berrie-like fruitiness, vanilla, some coffee. Medium-full bodied imperial stout. Quite complex, full of taste sensations. Nice one.
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle; Pour is the most ridiculous thing I’ve witnessed thus far; motor oil consistency, with a very dark amber / khaki head in this glass. Retention is average, with some light lacing as well. The nose is astringent, cinnamon, cocoa............ the flavor profile reveals more, however. I feel like the appearance was the highlight on this brew; regardless. the flavor profile reveals the chiles... i was expecting more out of them, honestly. Cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate, dark fruits, and more chocolate honestly. Very impressive brew, worthy of it’s place on the list. There is a hint of metallic, it’s sweet, some bitter roast as well. Nice... obviously.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 From notes. First reviewed 1/31/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.
This pours out jet black viscous liquid. There is almost no head to speak of.
Dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, a dark blend of smoothly roasted malts, and chocolate malt are all present.
I really enjoyed trying this in the same sitting as the Marshal Zhukov’s. The flavors in each beer are so smooth and complex, it is no wonder that Cigar City has a great reputation. Dark chocolate blends with dark roasted malt and a bit of espresso to start the sip. More chocolate continuously comes through as the sip progresses, with a darker and more bitter roasted malt to accompany it. A touch of chile and heat come through right at the end. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter and chocolaty.
Absolutely velvety smooth, with great depth of flavor. The body is extremely full, with lots of creamy carbonation. Lightly sticky sweet, but not overly so.
This is pretty awesome, it definitely lived up to my expectations. Since we were drinking the 2010, the flavors and aromas had really blended together nicely. This created a very smooth transition between the different aspects of the flavor, but it also made some of them difficult to isolate or taste. I only got a very mild heat from the chiles, and I could not get any hint of cinnamon. Definitely looking forward to this year’s release.
Awolhops (6) - Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fantastic stout. Heavy and super dark. Aroma and flavor are top notch. I highly recommend trying this is you enjoy dark stouts
sunevdj (4028) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a diminishing head. Dry and fruity. Aromas of dried dates and prunes. Hints of metals and chalk. Also hints of tobacco. Full bodied
burg326 (5403) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle pours a dark black color that stains the glass, aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cinnamon, pepper, spices, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is the same as the nose, there the chocolate balances out the spice. Glad I have a few more bottles of these.
Scopey (13557) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 bottle at home. It pours jet black, with a thin dark tan head, which quickly dissipates. The nose is soy sauce, chocolate, a hint of chilli pepper, paprika, roasted malt, coffee, toffee and meat. The taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, salted caramel, soy sauce, toffee, tanginess, tar and burnt tire, with a dry-roasted finish. Full body, low/fine carbonation and dense, sticky mouth-feel. Not quite as sweet as expected. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the dense nature makes it pretty tough going. It is good, but for me anyway doesn’t belong anywhere near the top 50!