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Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing

Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series)Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.28%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JulianC on 11-22-2013)
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This has at most a couple months of age on it, as it was released recently.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown (near-black) and leaves a couple fingers of deep tan/mild brown head. Good looking beer.

Smell: Big aroma: Roasted malts, smoked malts, coffee, smoked meats, wood, dark chocolate. Very enticing aroma. Not unlike cooking meat over a wood stove.

Taste: Big smoked malts, candied bacon, dark chocolate, coffee, straight smoke (very interesting), cedar. Nice big flavor, but also fairly easy drinking. Lovely woody finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium to thick, creamy body.

Overall: A really different and delicious stout. I love the smokiness to it, its subtle and really well balanced. This would definitely be a go-to if it were easily available. An impressive brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 23:27:36 | More by Resuin
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In true Cigar City fashion, a classic Russian Imperial Stout would not be good enough. The envelope must be pushed- an this time it is done so with heavy smoke, fruit, earth and a fragrant bouquet. Yep, and somehow we're still talkin' stout here.

And none of that is in any doubt as the ale pours pitch black. Its opaque appearance stares right back at you with its onyx-like sheen. A creamy froth builds on top and caps the ale like the foam of latte. Bone-white in its honeycomb structure, its retention is long and its lacing is broken yet even.

Aromas of forest fire rises first and continues to dominate the session. Heavy smoke and perfume waft about the nose with a background of roasty sweetness. Burnt toffee and scorched cream support its heavy peat and fragrant cedar. Once the nose acclimates, fruit tones of plumb and dates rise along with the herbal presence of curing tobacco and singed pine needles.

Its taste is more pleasantly balanced. The sweeter malt flavors of toffee, burnt toast, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and light molasses add a robust sweetness and bitterness that counter the smoked plank elements to come. Its middle is alive with smoke and fruit as its plummy taste is met with smoke-cured meats for a rich and savory tone. The ale finishes earthy and scorched, leaving an aftertaste like lit Churchill cigar and peat-smoked whisky.

Full bodied from start to finish, the ale carries a weighted sense early because of its low-lying and deeply embedded carbonation, but once the ale breaks apart a bit, its texture of ash and char offers a powdery dryness to its finish that exposes its scotch-like burn. Its long smoky linger gives a spicy wood prickle to boot.

This is one serious Russian Imperial Stout, equipped with fruit, biscuit and hearty sweetness. Though the smoke is a bit overkill, the ale still exhibits what's best about the stout underneath. Its probably sublime to bigger fans of scotch whisky and robust cigars.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 18:23:27 | More by BEERchitect
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Brenden

Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#3 1/24/14

A thick dark brown with a likewise dark brown head, this beer looks like many imperial stouts out there. It does show some give at the edges. The head's retention is good, though it doesn't exceed half a finger's height. Structure is strong, though, and lacing displays it with sturdy patches.
This is a big and robust beer, dry but with lots of richness to it. There's a ton of roast giving way to smoked woods in the middle that remain into the finish. Nut comes through underneath bigger flavors including chocolate in the front and a hint of tobacco leaf from front to end. It finishes woody and dry with notes of ash or cedar. I can see lovers of big American versions not liking this as much as what they're used to with the dryness, but the integration and use of the dryness in flavor and feel is quite masterful.
Speaking of, yes, the body's dry, but it's also rich and smooth with a light crispness in a good, firm body with the strength to carry through from the beginning of the first sip to the end of the last.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 21:25:20 | More by Brenden
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AdamF625

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- pours thick black with a thick brown head
S- tobacco, smoke, roasted malt, pepper
T- smoked malt, tobacco, wood and oak, dark chocolate, charred meat, campfire
M- thick creamy mouthfeel, no heat from the 11% bill, low to medium carbonation
O- I love smoked beers especially porters/stouts and this one stands next to the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:20:51 | More by AdamF625
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Murky, black/deep brown, brown frothy head stains the side of the glass.

Aroma - Cigar smoke, tobacco, nutty chocolate.

Taste - Similar to nose. Tastes like a liquified (half smoked) cigar dipped in chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Oily, thick, slightly chewy.

Overall - If you like cigars, beers, chocolate, and alcohol, drink this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 01:59:33 | More by KVNBGRY
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Aleks_P

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours dark dark dark brown or black with a thin, deep tan head a couple of millimeters thick that fads to almost nothing after a couple of minutes. Looks almost thick when poured.

Smell: The cedar tang is what I notice first but there is a lot going on here. Also picking up a lot of chocolate and smoky coffee scents.

Taste: Very interesting mix of tastes. Similar to the smell, the first thing I notice is that hint of cedar but immediately some of the traditional stout flavors with some sweet dark chocolate and coffee. After taking a sip the chocolate flavors remain. Sweet beer for the most part, but a heavy sweet (not a light sweet).

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, thick, and with very little carbonation.

Overall: I really liked this beer overall although it certainly was heavy. It was very creamy rather than dry, and the sweetness was not overpowering. The cedar gave it something extra and all worked well, definitely a unique blend of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:00:07 | More by Aleks_P
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roadhouse

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark pour with a tan head. Aroma strongly of cedar with a hint of smoke. Really nice and unique. Toast doesn't contain quite as much cedar and smoke, it is just a hint. Instead there is chocolaty roast with just a hint of smoke and wood, then a dose of hops on the finish. A very nice velvety mouthfeel with a medium body, but it drinks more like a 7% percent beer than an 11% beer. Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:33:38 | More by roadhouse
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky and glass staining black. Nice khaki head. Wispy surface and a thick collar.

Smell - Lots of cedar. Sweet smelling. Chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Taste - More of a smoke flavor. Roasted malts. Coffee. A bucket of cedar. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Hefty body. Viscous. A hint of booze.

Overall - Tasty stout, as always from CCB. No idea what they mean by English.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 23:46:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Pours thick and black with a big two finger, very creamy looking, dark brown head. Aroma is big strong bittersweet chocolate with some smoke, lots of roast, a bit of dark fruit. Smells excellent. The flavor comes with huge huge dry cedar wood, shines like crazy. Big chocolate notes, roast some fruit but very subdued, and plenty of smoke lingering. The smoke isn't at the forefront but it is definitely there and plays seemlessly with the cedar and chocolate. The cedar comes out in this unlike any other humidor series I have had before. Thick and viscous as any CCB stout, medium carbonation, nice bitter and sweet balance. Really neat beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:51:11 | More by BMMillsy
Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.