Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, smoke, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a smoke presence that seems a bit more refined in the taste.
07-04-2014 19:52:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.09/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
02-07-2014 18:23:27 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +3%
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/21/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, cedar, tobacco, light char/molasses, light leather, light raisin/plum, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, cedar, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, cedar, light char, tobacco, light char/molasses, light leather, light raisin/plum, and roast/smoke earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, smoke, cedar, tobacco, light char/molasses, light raisin, light leather, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cedar, smoke, and light fruity ester flavors; with a good roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, cedar, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
06-29-2014 03:08:11 | More by superspak
3.26/5 rDev -18.1%
Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid opaque blackness with a huge creamy and bubbly dark mocha head that persists forever. Huge cedar chest aromas are quite spicy. Some chocolate, caramel, light fruit. and roast deep underneath. The flavor is rich roasty chocolate caramel and molasses up front that is quickly shoved aside buy an ever intensifying spicy cedar flavor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a creamy sticky slick mouthfeel. Wow that cedar is really intense! I managed to finish my glass but it took a while. I don't think I enjoy the flavor or aroma of cedar.
04-27-2014 01:45:14 | More by johnnnniee
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
11-29-2013 23:46:53 | More by Alieniloquium
4.46/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
01-25-2014 21:25:20 | More by Brenden
Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.