Cigar City Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell - Rum Barrel

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Estonia’s national epic poem “Kalevipoeg” tells the story of the eponymous hero and his adventures including a search for his kidnapped mother and the vanquishing of his enemies with stones and planks on the advice of a hedgehog. After being killed by a haunted sword, Kalevipoeg’s remains are fated to remain at the gates of Põrgu (hell) where he stands a sentinel for all eternity.

In honor of Kalevipoeg and the people of our favorite Baltic nation of Estonia, we originally brewed this unique lager in 2012 as our 1,000th batch of Cigar City beer. We’ve revived this favorite from the archives and brewed this hefty Baltic Porter with a complex malt bill and an experimental dwarf hop that contributes notes of stone fruit and a subtle spiciness. Rum barrels, in which the beer has spent many months, add a distinct texture and subtle hints of ripe red apple to both the flavor and aroma of this dark, lagered treat.

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djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle thanks to Rob. Pours black with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong cocoa, roast, rum, wood. Slick body, coconut, roast, brownie, wood, light smoke, very boozy, enjoyed this.

4
dmac (6438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2017
Bottle via trade drank with Ace out on the high seas. Poured a dark black body with anew average sized foamy dark beige head. Aroma/flavor is rum soaked cake, dark fruit, char, barrel, tobacco, vanilla extract, burnt malts, booze. Big full body and some noticeable heat on the end. Nice stuff

3.8
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown near black with thin khaki head. Big boozy aroma and flavor - no surprise there - with lots of room, a little wood, chocolate, spice, dark fruit and just a hint of roast. Good complexity and flavors, but dialed to 11. Most of the BA Cigar City beers I’ve had have been over-barreled, and this is no exception.

4.3
koleminer20 (3845) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2017
From notes. Tasting at Corbet’s house for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on June 12. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a nice dark, dark brown with a thicker khaki colored head and a good bit of lace. The aroma is full of chocolate and a dark maltiness with a strong dark fruit and a big time rum. This isn’t quite as sweet as I was expecting, which is nice. The flavor is great. Dark fruits and rum up front with a great chocolate and bready malt throughout. There is a little alcohol to it and the rum maintains a nice balance throughout. The mouth feel is thick and heavy with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly boozy rum soaked dark fruit. This is a great beer. 8 4 9 5 17

3.8
gregwilsonstl (2614) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2017
Dark black. Lots of rum. Not harsh for being rum barrels. Chocolate. Nice. Tasty.

3.9
RobertDale (6762) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 19, 2017
Bottle. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, rum, malt, and dark fruit. Taste is rum, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and caramel. Very good.

3.7
_angst_ (4860) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2017
Bottle received through the El Catador club. Blackish dark brown pour with a small mocha head. Toasty rum raisin nose with light spice & barrel. Dark bread, coconut & chocolate. Sweet, bitter, malty & fruity taste. Round fairly boozy mouthfeel. very hot but has some nice redeeming qualities...

3.8
hackobock (4074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2017
April 1, 2017. Bottle.
Dark Brown almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty and boozy with caramel, raisins, rum, .some dark berries, notes of chocolate. Taste is sweet, boozy , soft roasted bitterness. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation. Finish is slightly sharp boozy, rum, raisins, caramel, some bitter chocolate.
Nice but too hot.

3.6
AdmiralVernon (1198) - SWEDEN - APR 1, 2017
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a purple note. Thin offwhite lacing. N: Chocolate, cinnamon(?), rum, dried plums, light milk chocolate T: Milk chocolate, cinnamon, boozy, raisins O: Very boozy... Nice flavours, but very hot...

3.9
markextrae (4460) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2017
Shared bottle, Nose of roast, prunes, raisins, slight oak, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, not much rum to detect in the Nose, slight molasses and dark fruits. Bit to carbonated for my taste. Slight earth fruits, dark fruits and slight rum spirit. Expected a bit more


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