Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2011
#2900! Bottle courtesy jjfoodie. Extremely dark black color. Dark appearance with a nice brown head. Thick legs. Aroma is pretty intense. Heavy dark chocolate with roasted malts, raisins and oak. Lovely aroma. Flavor is fantastic. Lots of dark malts and super sweet chocolate. Lovely rum and oak tones that finish in a roasted awesomeness. It also has a nice cinnamon spice character towards the finish. Fantastically sweet and smooth. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Pour is typical for a CCB stout which is to say it looks fantastic - pitch black with no light passing through. Small but thick mocha head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves a little lacing.
Aroma has so much going on with sweet rum notes alongside chocolate covered raisins, oak and a little tobacco (which I always seem to get in CCB stouts).
Taste is sweet up front with the rum and chocolate coming through on top of overripe dark fruits dipped in brown sugar. The finish is lightly spicy with tobacco, oak and leather. Though there is a nice lingering sweetness on the palate.
The mouthfeel is absolutely decadent. Silky smooth, close to full bodied but with enough carbonation to soften things up. I’m not sure I can imagine a better mouthfeel.
To say that CCB knows their impy stouts would be a massive understatement as it seems that ever one they put out is world-class or close to it (Hunahpu and variations, Zhukov, 110K b2, etc.). This is right up there with those beers - fantastic. nickd717 (4997) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
750ml bottle shared at a tasting. Dark black color with a lasting tan head. Huge roasty aroma with molasses, anise, rum, and cinnamon. The flavor reminds me of a lot of of other Cigar City stouts, probably because they’re all from the same base beer (zing!). Complex with dark fruit, raisins, prunes, roast, dark chocolate, cinnamon and spice, and rum barrel. VERY heavy on the mouthfeel, insanely heavy like -bal aged Hunahpu’s or something, with low carbonation. Sticky as hell and syrupy. Pretty good beer, but I’d like it to be a bit more drinkable.
drfabulous (8813) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2011
750 thanks to MikeLuke23, Nice lovely dark pour with tan head. Sweet stout. Tons of dried fruit in there.Slight tart aroma and finish. Little bit of raspberry and chocolate. This is a very tasty beer. wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle big thanks to Steelcitybrew. pours thick black ink and pretty much no head. Nose is big strong sweet plum esters, rich chocolate, alcohol, barrel aged whiskey, sweet liquor and thick molasses. Taste is thick and rich liquor with heavy notes of barrel, fruit, sweet roasty thick malts. Body is thick and heavy. Some carbonation does it well. Really nice.
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle at Stone sour ale fest. Pitch black, with short dense tan head. Sweet chewy malts, molasses, raisin, cookie dough, barrel quality (bourbon, oak, rum), cinnamon, and burnt brown sugar. Rich, tasty beer. Excellent to try this out in small portions. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2011
75cl bottle, RBSG grand tasting. Medium brown head, brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some rum, light raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some smoke, raisin, light rum. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light acidity. drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Poured jet black with small off white head smelled raisons sweetness and deliciius tasted sweet and rummy and raisons. Great beer BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2011
75cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, with raisins and cinnamon, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet Stout, heavily roasted, spicy and fruity, yet balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive! changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Bottle from the brewery. Really nice pour here; black with a thick dark brown head that slowly settles as a thin layer. Light spots of lacing that slide along the sides of the glass but don’t really stick. The aroma is very roasty with lots of milk chocolate and espresso beans. The raisin component follows with light licorice and some liquory fumes for the rum influence. Nice aroma. This is very smooth going down with a gentle alcohol burn/warmth coating the throat. The flavors are creamy with a touch of bitter roast. Again, picking up a lot of milk chocolate with some coffee notes to give it a mocha like taste. Raisins mix in to add some sweetness with lighter notes of tobacco and licorice. The rum is very much complimentary; enough there to make an impact but not strong enough to really stand out. What I don’t really seem to get much of is the cinnamon. This is a solid beer. It’s not mind blowing or anything though, a good Impy Stout. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try the Dirac or Bohr so can’t compare this to the two base beers. I will say I can see a Marshal Zhukov influence here. Good collaboration, not that I didn’t expect it, both breweries are top notch.