Cigar City / Hoppin' Frog Dan'l Webster - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bartos on 04-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

In today’s fast paced world, it is often difficult to stop racing around and enjoy the good things in life that hard-working people deserve. For those who search for this long lost sense of leisure that is reminiscent of Southern living, slow down and kick back with Dan’l Webster. Like the racing frog from Mark Twain’s short story, this Imperial Porter will take you out of the race with its intensely heavy weight. With just a kiss of a new, experimental hop that has notes of orange, chocolate and coconut, and then aged on soft maple wood, this thick and satisfying porter is a great way to forget about the race, getting you one step closer to winning the marathon of life.
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Photo of SomethingClever
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: pure darkness almost no head alcohol layers the glass a little

S: lots of dark fruits plums raisins a little wood smell some roast a little toffee 

T: silky smooth coffee nice roast beautiful sweetness some of the smell but not as much. Some toffee a very little licorice and a light wood taste

M: nice body full the alcohol coats your tongue

O: impressive just a well put together beer it's got a lot of complexity and it's smooth and sweet. 

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep black body. Nice mocha head. Medium collar.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Lots of wood. Light citrus.

Taste - Really tastes like there's coffee in it. Intense roasted malt. Fudgy chocolate and sweetness. Woodiness throughout. Tingly. Mild hop bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The wood really sets this apart. Cigar City's influence is particularly noticeable.

Photo of dvmin98
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Thick, creamy, chocolatey. Loved every sip. The body is what I hope every porter to be.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

A-Black in the glass, one finger off white head.

S-Roasted and burnt malt, tad bit of dark fruit as well.

T-Too much burnt malt and too much dark fruits. Lacking in chocolate and coffee.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-The balance in the beer just wasn't there to make it great.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out into a tulip, gorgeous mocha head. Maybe a bit of cocoa in the smell. Drinks super smooth! Wow. Was expecting this to be a classic Hopping Frog hop bomb of a stout, but this is so well balanced. A nice sweetness really mellows out the overall flavor. Medium mouth feel. Solid.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Cigar City tasting room. Served in a snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown, just short of opaque. Visible carbonation on the low side, though my pour had a big fluffy tan head - it was the first pour out of a new keg.

S: Big roasted maltiness, semisweet cacao, vanilla, some woody dry tannins, and some sweet leather.

T: Malty up front - semisweet chocolate, a touch of bitter roasted coffee, sweet vanilla, and a moderate woody dryness. Towards the swallow there is a touch of citrus hop bitterness. It finishes with malty sticky sweetness fading into roast and hop bitterness.

M: Big, full body with a thick sticky mouthfeel. The hefty ABV is well-hidden. Fairly low carbonation sensation adds to the mouthfeel.

O: I thought this was really tasty. I went in with modest expectations given CCB's recent collaboration history - but this was a winner. Not as much character from the maple wood aging as I expected, but still really enjoyable.

Photo of ronricorossi
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Outstanding. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, with the orange and chocolate notes the bottle claims. One of my favorite imperial porters.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and citrus fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast 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 that is tasty with an interesting citrus presence all around.

Photo of Jeffo
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7clutch in a recent box. Cheers dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Collaboration with Hoppin’ Frog
Bottled April 10, 2014

APPEARANCE: Thick pour comes out very dark brown, pretty much black, and yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy, tan head with very good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap wisp cap. Ring remains with falling dots down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of chocolate for sure, with both pure and milk chocolate aromas, vanilla and sweet cream, coconut, a touch of wood and some roasted notes as well. Really nice but could be a touch bolder for a perfect score.

TASTE: Lovely flavors, with sweet vanilla and cream, coconut, milk chocolate and some butterscotch up front. Lots of flavor. More sweetness at the swallow, then a bold and lingering finish of sweet vanilla cream, coconut, light orange notes, some soft maple wood, and a good dose of pure, bitter chocolate as well. A solid roasted base supports the show as well. This is what dreams are made of. Decadent.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes silky and mouth-coating. Nice here as well.

OVERALL: Wonderful, wonderful stuff. I’m a big fan of both CCB and Hoppin’ Frog in the stout department, and although this is described as a porter, they certainly nailed it on the head with this one. Big and thick, full bodied and piles and piles of unique and interesting flavor all over the place. The label claims that they’ve used a new, experimental hop with that imparts chocolate, coconut and orange flavors, and if this really is the case, then this is the stout wonder-hop. Really enjoyed this and would love to drink it again sometime. Thanks again for the stuff 7clutch. Cheers!

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a thick porter...very good taste too..think chocolate raisins drizzled in syrup

Photo of maximum12
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to moose3285 for this bottle amongst the 926 he’s sent north over the years. Two good breweries in one 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is dead fish black with enough carbonation to scare off my bubble-hating daughter. The smell is classic Cigar City: rough dark malt sweetness & a dime bag of chocolate, along with a low level of roast. Not bad.

Dan’l Webster is more woody than my Easton 33” batting practice bat. An entire roof beam of maple locks onto the palate & makes me feel like Treebeard is ambling across my tongue. Dark sweetness that churns close to maple syrup is prominent, followed by dark chocolate, light bitterness, lime (?), black licorice, lighter than expected roast brushes my cheek right at the end. But that wood. Trademark Cigar City thickness touches me in all the right places. I’m slugging this like session water.

I have come to realize that I love me some wood enough to have my dentures made out of it when I get there. Do you think CC would make some out of maple for me? That would be awesome. Very good on the border patrol of excellent.

Photo of Brew_Bro
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is truly the best porter I've ever had.

The appearance is what you expect. Incredibly dark and you can't see through it. Caramel head about 1 finger high. Usually when I see that color head I know I'm in for a treat.

Smell was fine. Nothing new or spectacular for the style. Just what I expect from a CCB beer of this type.

Taste was great. Incredibly deep with lots of chocolate and some orange peel. Slight maple wood taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is where this beer and every other CCB beer shines. It's thick and creamy. This is why I continue to buy their stouts and porters.

Overall it's a great beer and I wish I could buy this more often. I was surprised to see it in my local store as it was released a while ago and I slept on it not thinking much of it. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber bottle from Tipples. Pours pitch black and thick as expected from these two brewers, with a creamy mocha colored head on top. Pretty beer. At 10.5% I am simply expecting an imperial stout here. Aroma of Hershey's chocolate syrup, roastiness, light wood notes and maybe a hint of light maple that I would not notice if the bottle didn't tell me it was aged on maple wood. Flavor is big bold roasty chocolate, very sweet but balanced out by the roasty bitterness on the finish. There is a wood element here with a slight hint of maple sweetness and wood bite coming through on the tongue. Very nice. Thick and rich mouthfeel with adequate carbonation--not too low and not too bubbly. This actually came out beautifully. Awesome awesome porter. I was going to leave this on the shelf since I've been disappointed with recent CCB collabs like Dubbel Dare and Gentlemen's Club, but glad I didn't miss it.

Photo of gjoker321
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Ahh, not bad. Has some nice roastiness and definitely worth trying. Aging a bit thin though.

Photo of babaracas
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near opaque very dark brown, one finger thick creamy light brown head. Leaves an inch of delicate sheeting. Smell: milk stout sweetness with a mild roast character, toasted coconut, milk chocolate, fig ish note.
Taste: big milk caramel backing, chocolate liquor, sweet orange, with sweet and earthy espresso and toasted coconut in the finish. Full bodied with a moderate amount of creamy carbonation. Very well done. There's an aspect that reminds of Moat Water, could be maple, could just be a similar set of ingredients.

Cigar City / Hoppin' Frog Dan'l Webster from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.