Amplitude - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
4.06/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to my cousin Sonny for bringing this up from Tampa. Full review notes taken a few nights ago.
A- Very close to stout black pour to a pint glass with just a bit of extremely dark brown around the edges. Light tan head builds up to about a finger with decent retention. Cap falls to a small foamy ring that leaves spotty lacing but not very much.
S- Super interesting and unique, not really like anything I can think of at the moment. Intensely rich chocolate is responsible for a lot of the aroma. Some barrel influence but on the milder side and quite laid back, oak vanilla and slight bourbon, toasty nutty caramel malts.
T- Bourbon barrels upon up somewhat here lending a decent hint of whiskey and vanilla but still on the milder side for a barrel. Super rich chocolate all throughout, base beer brings nice brown sugar, molasses, toasted malts, tons of cereal grain feel. It is like a bowl of cereal with chocolate on top. Hints of caramel, dried fruits like raisins, figs and plum.
MF- Moderately thick bodied with a slightly silky overall texture and a tiny bit of creaminess. Carbonation is on the lower side which is somewhat distracting to the overall experience but the richness of the flavor helps out. Finishes with a slight alcohol warmth.
Huge chocolate and a decent barrel feel lead to a unique brew. The doppelbock base blends in well with these things and it all rounds out nicely. Great yeast and malts with some nice barrel balanced in.
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2014 01:23:19 | More by cbutova
4.99/5 rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
You'd be hard-pressed to convince me that this isn't a Cigar City Imperial Stout, by the black, viscous, oily way it pours. It is capped by a nice thick tan head and tons of sticky lacing.
The smell is an intoxicating roasted chocolate with oak and smoke interwoven into a bourbon lover's wet dream.
The palate detects loads of rich, decadent chocolate in between waves of lavish vanilla and bourbon. Very rich, but not cloying.
Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with perfect carbonation.
Probably the best Cigar City barrelled offering to date and it shames even the BA Zhukov's variants in decadence.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 17:05:30 | More by GrapesofWrath
Amplitude from Cigar City Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.