Campeador - Fergus Mor Ale (2009) - Cigar City Brewing
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4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
Bottle shared by bmanning--#24/204. Served in a snifter.
Pours a medium brown color and is actually quite hazy. Really thin tan head, though it's fairly persistent with a touch of lacing. The nose is really quite nice with a lot of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. There is a tad bit of bourbon in the background, though not all that much and it really melds in with the other components. As it warms, even more dark fruits make an appearance.
The taste isn't quite as integrated and the sweetness takes over a bit more. There is still a fairly-strong toffee presence with some dates, though it's not as fruity as the nose. I really can't pick out all that much bourbon. The body is medium and is really quite smooth. The alcohol is not really present at all. Even though it was a bit sweet, I found this to be quite drinkable. Thanks again, Ben.
01-16-2011 14:45:24 | More by Thorpe429
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
jet black color with only a minimal head that does not stick around too long but what is there is clinging to the sides and nice ans sticky. aroma is warming, lots of boozy notes, vanilla and oak coming through the air very clearly now, really showing off what it can do for sure. a nice and well rounded mix of bourbon, caramel, dark roasted malts, nice hints of toffee, and vanilla and a light brown sugar that seems to pop up in the finish. really nicely blended and a well deserved finish was smooth, silky and full of sweet flavor.
overall a very solid ale.
08-19-2011 01:43:57 | More by mikesgroove
3.38/5 rDev -15.5%
Bottle shared by nickd717 - thanks!
Pours a murky brown color with a light tan head that disappears completely within a few minutes. The aroma is surprisingly muted for a -bal aged beer. There's some musty oak, butterscotch, bourbon and toffee. That's about it. The taste is on the malty side with flavors of butterscotch and toffee. There's some bourbon -bal as well, but it's lacking punch. The finish reveals some roastiness, coffee, oaky astringency and a vinous quality that's a bit out of place. Just an OK beer.
12-01-2009 00:00:49 | More by largadeer
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Thanks to Kan for sharing (and to mikeyv35 for sending me my own bottle). Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku. Bottle #203/204.
A - Pours with a finger of dark tan foam that settles to a thin ring, a hazy film, and a few spots of lace. Vaguely transparent dark chocolate color. Not much too see here.
S - Smells like this is heavy on Big Sound, with some Bolita and very little Zhukov. Lots of raisins and other dark fruits, toffee, maple, light butterscotch and bourbon notes.
T - Again, heavy on sweet things like toffee, caramelized sugar, Skor bar, chocolate malt, and some light butterscotch and coconut. Quite smooth, with well-hidden alcohol at this stage. Not a ton of bourbon flavor.
M - Medium-full body, very smooth, low carbonation, and maybe a hint of warmth by the end of the glass.
D - This isn't as good as Rurik was initially, but at least it isn't infected. This was a solid blended barrel-aged ale, but it doesn't really stand out much in a crowded field, or even among Cigar City's other offerings. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, I just got a little bored and wanted to move on to something new by the end of my glass.
11-16-2010 05:56:52 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev 0%
From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.
a - Pours a dark brown with no head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of dark fruits, sugar, molasses, oak, bourbon, caramel malts, and a hint of vanilla.
t - Tastes of sugar, dark fruits, caramel malts, and a hint of bourbon. Sweet but not too sweet.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - Overall I enjoyed this beer. I was surprised there wasn't mroe bourbon in the taste and how sweet it smelled and tasted. Very glad I got to try it and would like to try again sometime.
09-17-2010 22:08:36 | More by mdfb79
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
750ml shared with sideshowe and kubrick215.
Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.
Smokey, roasted malt aroma with coffee bean, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and toast countered by dark fruit sweetness. Hints of grape, plum, fig and other dark berries compliment the roasted robust malt character.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a nice balance of deeply roasted and sweeter malts with a touch of dark fruit. Strong dark chocolate presence with toffee, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and hazelnut. Smokey and roasted but not over the top burnt or acrid. Well balanced with stout, scotch and brown ale characteristics all coming through.
08-01-2012 00:39:09 | More by corby112
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured into duck rabbit snifter.
Pours little head. Color is very hazed caramel copper color.
Aroma: Very sweet caramel, a little heat and booze, maybe a hint of bourbon. Rich and malty. Oak flavors as well
Taste: A lot of whiskey flavors here. Sweet toffee and caramel. More whiskey. Oak flavors go well with the malts. Lots of malts here.
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied for a strong ale with lower carbonation. It is a little hot as well.
Overall, this is a lighter bodied strong ale. It is decent but not really what I was expecting from CCB. I am glad I got to try it, but this one seems a bit hyped up imo.
05-21-2010 17:36:34 | More by mothman
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Ditmier is a trading machine and hopefully, he stays a Boise buddy... 57/204 Very cool amigo.
Pours deep dark brown... pretty clear.. tannish head with good lacing.
The nose is deep caramel and dark toast... hints of toffee... figgy malts.. rich... more than enough barrel presence..
Rich malts... makes me think of a Strong scotch ale... bunches of toasty malts... good caramel and some background black malt... dark fruits... and cocoa... weird.. vanilla and minor sweet cherry... really boozy with warmth.. thick and fruity with plenty of malt.
Great body with a light carbonation..
Overall, I would not peg this one as an "American Strong Ale"... The malts are "Scotch".. but what do I know?
Pretty damn great brew ... How about we get some Cigar City in Boise???
12-28-2011 09:23:58 | More by JohnGalt1
3/5 rDev -25%
Bottle graciously shared by beace (thanks Brad!) at a Jackie O's tasting. I didn't catch the bottle number.
This poured a ruddy brown, hazy and translucent, with almost no foam on my pour. It smells aged and maybe a little off, in a slightly soured way. Looking beyond this you can get the scotch ale characteristics, some light smoked malts and caramel, maybe some dark fruits like plums, a bit of bourbon too.
Sweet tasting, and again a little off. More malty than anything else, with some dark fruits adding a little more character. Low carbonation level, and honestly this was less appreciated than I expected. I was very happy to try it, but this isn't among my favorites from Cigar City.
03-26-2011 16:12:54 | More by TurdFurgison
3.88/5 rDev -3%
Bottle thanks to Kan...A darkish brown, that is weirdly clear. A light tan head that is decent...Malty aroma of toffee, dark fruits, and some bourbon. Almost like a light ba quad, interesting notes...The taste is unique, the bourbon is gone bringing more malt flavors of toffee, chocolate and a little coconut...This is extremely unique and well worth trying.
12-12-2010 18:17:38 | More by jrallen34
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Thanks to Kan for sharing this one.
A - Brown, somewhat muddy looking beer with a small tan head. Little bit of spots on the side. Unfortunately most "strong ales" tend to look a little ugly, this one is no exception.
S - Dark fruits, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, little oak.
T - Sweet, dark fruits, particularly raisins and sweet figs. Little vanilla and wood, healthy dose of bourbon, brown sugar, and caramel. It's not bad, but tastes like a lot of things I have had like this. If this isn't your style, it's not a noticable beer.
M - Full bodied, lower carbonation, creamy.
D - Not a bad beer, could sip on this slowly and be satisfied, although not something I would drink tons of or seek out.
01-08-2011 04:15:35 | More by AgentZero
4.4/5 rDev +10%
750mL bottle, #112/204, poured into a tulip.
Pours a dark reddish brown with very little light penetrating underneath a small creamy tan head that recedes slowly leaving some legs on the sides.
The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and lots of dark fruit - raisins and plums especially. There is also some molasses and dark chocolate as well as hints of smoked peat.
The taste is excellent and just a bigger, bolder version of the nose. The initial taste is of dark roasted malts and chocolate with some sweet molasses in the background. The finish has a subtle bourbon character with some vanilla sweetness and a dry, woody character. The smoked peat doesn't seem to be as prevalent, but the more I sip, the more the peat shows up.
The mouthfeel is meidium to full bodied with soft carbonation and a booze soaked dessert-like feel overall.
This is another excellent beer from CCB and a wonderful evening sipper with the bourbon adding just the right amount of complexity to the already-solid underlying beers.
11-15-2009 02:51:31 | More by gford217
4.28/5 rDev +7%
750ml bootle 108/204
A: poured a dark brown with burgundy highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little sticky lacing on the glass.
S: bourbon is noticable right away that had vanilla,roasted malts, and toffe aromas with some oakiness,caramel, and booze notes; very nice nose on this one.
T: the bourbon from the barrel also dominates the taste with vanila, toffee, and caramel a bit more punchier than the nose which also had butterscotch flavors that were quite surprising but still tasty. There was a little brown sugar, slight chocolate, and booze notes; pretty complex
M: medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet silky and boozy finish.
D: the brew went down pretty good and was really complex on the nose and the flavor. I was lucky enough to have tried 2 bottles and both were very tasty.
07-24-2010 09:01:45 | More by Gobzilla
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Bottle 22/204 - 2009
A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a tan colored head that quickly disappears completely.
S- The aroma is very nice, I could smell this one all night long. The malt possesses a hint of roastiness along with toffee, hints of coconut, vanilla and some really nice bourbon notes from the barrel aging. Unlike some barrel aged beers, this one is not overpowering. It seems to fit in perfectly.
T- The taste like the aroma has a lot of malt flavors with toffee, caramel and hints of chocolate and coffee flavors as well. The bourbon barrels this was aged in impacts the flavor nicely as well.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, this Campeador is a fabulous beer. I love trying new beers from Cigar City because they are all unique and delicious.
09-17-2009 03:42:27 | More by cjgator3
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
Cheers to Joey for giving me a bottle. Shared with the Tampa Group.
A: Pours a nice shade of brown with a small head. Okay retention with just a few spots of lace from my pour.
S: Nice sweet malt aromas. Brown sugar and nutty toffee really stand out. The barrel notes are there but not too strong. Nice light oak with notes of vanilla. Very little booze.
T: Sweet on the tongue as well. Nice blend of vanilla and brown sugar up front. Slightly nutty notes can be picked up along with some dark fruit and coconut macaroons. The barrel comes in somewhere in the middle and rides thorugh the finish with notes of oak, vanilla, and booze.
M: Medium in body, nice carbonation. Smooth drinking beer.
D: Pretty darn sippable. Another tasty barrel aged beer from CCB.
10-01-2009 23:47:43 | More by tpd975
Campeador - Fergus Mor Ale (2009) from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.