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Amplitude - Cigar City Brewing

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 27
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wiltznucs on 12-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged for 1yr in bourbon barrels with Peruvian cacao nibs.
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 5
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Medium off-white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Chocolate. Some bourbon. It has a weird aroma. Very nutty. Kinda oily.

Taste - Bourbon. Some chocolate. Nutty brown malts. Weird finish. Kinda boozy. Oak. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Slick and kinda oily. Medium heavy.

Overall - This got worse as I drank it. Drops off in the finish.

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of GrapesofWrath
4.99/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the brewery.
Pours a clear dark brown color with garnet at the edges and a good sized tan head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Aromas of chocolate, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, a hint of wood, faint dark fruits, and some bourbon. If you sat this in front of my nose and told me it was a barrel aged porter I would have believed you. The flavor is sweet sugary chocolate with lots of vanilla and bourbon. Light bits of earth oak and fruit round this out. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet silky sticky mouthfeel. This is a nice beer and I really enjoyed it, but I'm still looking for the dopplebock.

Photo of mxracercam
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Opened a 750 bottle. Just outstanding. Chocolate and bourbon for days, super smooth.

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Amplitude from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.