110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by RustyDiamond:
4.03/5 rDev -5%
Bottle #138 of 449, purchased from brewery last week. Super viscous jet black pour into a snifter. 1/4" espresso colored head bubbled up from the depth of the glass, hung out for a minute and quickly disappeared into the dark night.
Boozy on the nose, as expected and very woody- oak & cedar. A touch of caramel surrounding the dominant bourbon.
Quite oily and slick. Very dominant cedar/oaky notes hitting the big bourbon. Hot booze prick on the tongue, somewhat tannic. Mineral twinge in there, bitter cocoa nibs. Lots of wood going on. Sweet silky bourbon mouthfeel. Big blast of heat on the finish...wow. Cedar lingers for a while bringing some fragrant tobacco and a dose of astringency. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable. I think that the sharp flavors will round out more over time.
One of the more interesting bigger stouts I've had. So much wood that somehow This one has big balls, which is not to mean that I just drank a glass of big balls. It's beers like this that need a 6th category- Uniqueability.
10-27-2009 01:00:57 | More by RustyDiamond
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4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
Bottle shared by either Nick3 or mfielden at a tasting. Both of those guys provided awesome CCB beers for this event. Bottle #274 of 440.
Great appearance, similar to Marshal Zhukov's, but with a tan head rather than darker brown. Pitch black in color.
Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Smells great.
Flavor is roasted and caramel malt, cedar, oak, light bourbon, and some smoke and hops on the finish. Not quite as tasty or well rounded as Marshal Zhukov's or Hunahpu's, but very nice nonetheless.
Very smooth, full, and slightly bitter on the palate with a long finish.
Drinkability is high, as the bourbon and intensity does not overwhelm. 11.5% ABV well-hidden. Well done again, Joey and Wayne.
11-21-2009 23:09:03 | More by nickd717
3.9/5 rDev -8%
750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle # 182/449. Thanks go to FooFaa for sharing this rare Cigar City offering during Deuane's 40th Birthday Blowout Tasting on 2/3/10.
Pours black as an oil slick, with a thin, yet VERY frothy head of angry looking burnt and reddish colored mocha head. This stays very rich, leaving thick swathes of foam and brown goo down the sides of the glass. Bourbon mixes with the base Stout to give the aroma a deeply meaty and smoky tang. Chocolate, coffee, and roast are well integrated in the nose, with extra notes of vanilla, oak, plums, and licorice giving this some smoothness. I'm even getting a little bit of the cedar from this during every other sniff of the glass. Pretty good evenness between the beer & barrel as this warms up some.
The taste is chocolate, fruit, and dark roast up front, while the Bourbon spreads across the back of the throat with a wave of vanilla, butterscotch, smoke, and char. That hoppy attitude of the base beer is still in effect in this version, but the sweetness and oak of the barrel have appeared to reduce it down into a more earthy and herbal character. The finish is tannic, drying, and warm. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a slick and creamy warmth to it from the Bourbon and ABV that gives the mouth a sticky coating of sweetness and roast. Pretty steady drinkibility on this as well for such a big Stout, as I drained my share of this in no time.
The Bourbon was interesting in this. While it does add flavor to the profile, it appears to lack the real sharpness and enveloping feel that I'm used to in some other examples of the style. While I admit that some might find this most appealing, I personally was looking for a bit more. That's just nitpicking though, as I have to admit that this was some tasty stuff and the little bit that I received from this bottle wasn't nearly enough. I would like to explore this beer again in the future.
02-04-2010 20:31:11 | More by Kegatron
3.43/5 rDev -19.1%
Thanks for FooFaa for sharing bottle 182 of 449. Shared with the masses at Deuane's birthday.
A: My comments on the regular version hold true: The RIS is a bold black color, impenetrable and murky. A caramel-hued head rests pleasantly atop the beer.
S: The roasted aspects of the nose are not muted by the barrel aging. The nose is still a roasted mess of a stout. There is some bourbon (vanilla, wood, etc.) that manages to make itself known.
T: Much like the original, the muddled roasted malt body overtakes damn near everything. The burnt toast is scorched. Bourbon, sweet and boozy, does cut into the sharp malts a bit, making the stout more palatable than the non barrel-aged version.
M: The roasted body is dominant although there is more sweetness as a result of the bourbon. Unfortunately, I just can't get into this stout.
D: If only CCB put more time into the beer than they put into the witty, confounding labels.
02-10-2010 22:48:11 | More by akorsak
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
cracked for the hell of it tonight because we wanted to do something rare, this was certainly pretty damn rare for sure. split into twin snifters.
dark inky black with a creamy brown head that rose up to a height of two fingers before settling down and dropping tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. really a very full looking beer.
aroma is deep bourbon. lots of vanilla and oakey notes that start to fill the air from the very first moment. sweet and full of character the rich chocolate notes that really fill the air. thick molasses and rich sweet vanilla notes just fill the flavor. thick an full the profile is outstanding. it seems the bourbon is really taking a hold of this beer and running with it. simply astoundingly smooth with not even a touch of alcohol
07-04-2011 03:16:25 | More by mikesgroove
2.4/5 rDev -43.4%
750ml bottle graciously shared by HopHead84.
Black, completely pitch black - even the pour is opaque. I've never seen a darker beer. The head is nearly black, maybe a shade or two lighter than the body.
The aroma is like hoppy tar juice, barrel-aged. Smells like they abused the black patent malt. There's a bit of whiskey aroma, and quite a bit of heat, but no real sweetness, and nothing I generally tend to appreciate in bal-aged beers. In summary: hot, tarry, burnt, hoppy.
Charred malt hits the palate first, astringently bitter from both bittering hops and excessive amounts of dark roasted malt. The mid-palate is downright brutal, with a harsh tar-like flavor that seems to linger on forever, until it finally subsides and leads into a shockingly decent finish of whiskey barrel and chocolate truffles. The body is rich and full, but the overall mouthfeel is incredibly astringent and unpleasant. Drinkability couldn't get much lower, between cost, rarity and market saturation of this style. I can't fathom why this beer has such a high rating here.
11-12-2009 03:17:35 | More by largadeer
4.85/5 rDev +14.4%
Pours black as the moonless night with a milkchocolate colored head. Very little head and negligible lacing.
Smell is absolutely wonderful. Sharp and clean. Some alcohol, some oak, and a bit of dark fruits -- especially cherry. It smells a bit like a manhatten, actually.
The taste is dark chocolate covered cherries soaked in a nice single malt. Just the right amount of alcohol and oak flavors. Tons of flavor and complexity.
I wish it were a bit softer in the carbonation but the carbonation is light on the tongue. The beer also leaves a nice, sticky texture on the tongue and coats the throat with it's goodness.
This is absolutely fantastic. My last bottle and I wish I could drink it over and over again.
05-22-2013 23:32:49 | More by mullenite
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
Pitch black with a reddish espresso head.
Huge oak and molasses aroma. Heavily roasted malt and dark cocoa. CCB knows how to make an impressive stout looking.
Like biting into a 90% dark Moroccan cocoa bar with some added vanilla to smooth it out. Molasses with a crazy ashy burnt malt aftertaste and dark cherries. A heavily charred barrel flavor accents this beauty.
Medium viscosity for a heavy stout. Rather light carbonation. The barrel treatment served this beer well as I didn't care too much for the regular version.
04-15-2011 18:50:13 | More by BearsOnAcid
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle.
Pours black with a mocha head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind some pretty good legs. The nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some roasted malt. Hints of dark fruits. The taste is similar with some strong notes of bourbon along with some oak and chocolate. The feel is pretty strong and a bit boozy. Drinks well and was one of my first beers from them; quite a first impression.
11-08-2010 03:20:44 | More by Thorpe429
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to Chris aka spycow for busting this rarity out.
A - Black beer with a brown head. Really looks like the non-BA version.
S - Some whiskey, vanilla, oak, a touch of booze. A decent bit of sweetness and chocolate and a touch of roast.
T - Vanilla and oak, with some whiskey and chocolate. I like the barrel presence on this one, although it does cover up the roastier notes of the beer a little bit. Nice sweetness with the chocolate.
M - Medium carbonation, kind of medium bodied.
O - Good beer, didn't disappoint. Very solid BA beer that I'd love to drink again.
10-21-2011 06:57:57 | More by AgentZero
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
Found my old notes on these 110K beers.
A: The beer looks much the same as the regular version, black and dense, with a brownish head to go with it.
S: Certainly smells like a barrel aged beer. Big whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Some booze to it, but it's fine with me. Not quite as roasty as the regular version with a bigger emphasis on the sweetness and chocolate notes.
T: Sweet vanilla, oak, and whiskey along with some toffee and chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and coffee come through, but they're drowned out by the barrel. A touch boozier on the tongue than the nose.
M: The body is sort of thin on this beer, unfortunately. Medium carbonation.
O: The flavors here were solid, other than a bit too heavy on the booze, but the mouthfeel was a real let down.
05-11-2011 18:20:02 | More by womencantsail
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
Bottle 430/449 thanks to my man Dave (Ibrew2or3); thanks brother. Pours a pure oil can blackness, a medium beige head. A great nose; pure goodness, smoke, cocoa, wood, rich roasted malts, ash and fruit. A very complex and awesome flavor; smoke, vanilla, wood, charred malts, dark fruit...wow, ashy wood and a full rich creamy mouthfeel. Lots of dark fruit as it warms come to the fore. Awesome. The cedar plays a great role in the brew.
11-16-2010 22:24:54 | More by Douglas88
4.95/5 rDev +16.7%
This beer is amazing. And as of June 2010, it is drinking superbly. I would kill to have another. Alas, it seems unlikely...
A - Black as night. Or the Gulf of Mexico. Nice tan-mocha head and patches of lace.
S - This is what barrel-aged is all about! Huge wood, well-tempered booze, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cherry, smoke, etc.; delectably delicious.
T - Exceptionally smooth; big tones of wood and vanilla and rich, robust chocolate malt yield to hazelnut impressions, mild coffee, and cherry notes, all the while with a complementary booze accompaniment.
M - Velvety smooth doesn't even begin to do it justice.
D - This is the elite shit. Very reminiscent of JD Blackbeerd in its fantastic incorporation of barrel treatment and subsequent transformation. Just phenomenal.
06-15-2010 17:05:15 | More by ktrillionaire
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Thanks to FooFaa for sharing the 2009 Batch #2 bottle (182 of 449) at my 40th Birthday Bash.
A-Much like the original with an oily black body but this time the deep burnt tan head sticks around and leaves some spotty lace.
S-Deep, sweet bourbon notes help mellow out the harshness of the roasted malts. Backing notes of cocoa, leather, coffee and cedar are more controlled and muted in a good way.
T-Bourbon soaked chocolate with just a touch of peppery cedar in the background. Pleasant notes of cocoa, coffee and leather peek through from time to time but the bourbon helps keep the ripping bitter roast in check and helps smooth things out.
M-Medium-heavy bodied with a lighter touch than the original. Also, note as dry and harsh in the lingering flavours either.
D-Amazing what a little time in a barrel can do for a beer! Harsh edges have been whittled away and a smooth, enjoyable beer emerges. Still this one comes off a bit too strong in the end but the barrel aged version is a BIG improvement over the base beer.
02-13-2010 22:49:06 | More by Deuane
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
A very nice Russian Imperial Stout that balances coffee and cocoa with esters and alcohol. I'm going to drink this beer anyway, despit being educated, working reasonable hours, enjoying life, and with enough expendable income to afford this beer; regardless of the mimricks on the lable.
110K+ starts with an extremely viscous pour. With motor oil-like weight, the beer slowly and stubbornly builds a solid brown head that retains very well and laces all the while. Black as it gets, the beer is completely opaque.
Malty rich aromas of whopper candies are soon dwarfed by the immense cocoa and espresso notes. Cherries, licorice, plumb, and currant give a fruity and nearly vinous character because of the barrel aging. Paint thinning alcohols increase as the beer warms. This beer smells exactly as Stouts should.
Flavors of espresso and cocoa rise immediately but with a harsher burnt grain character to go along with the roast. The whopper candy maltiness has a hard time overcomming the acrid and nearly ashy flavor. Licorice, red grapes, blackberries, currants, and plumb skins give a well received complexity to the chocolate and coffee tones but with the combinatioin of alcohols, the beer begins to take on a cough syrup taste (Robitussin).
Though full, rich, and weighted, the beer doesn't hold its firmness very long and quickly succumbs to the vinous tawny and lightly astringent and powedery roast texture- perhaps from the barrel. The sharper alcohols only aid in the beer's thinning character while giving a hot sensation that ultimately hurts the drinkability.
Though the beer fares quite well, I wish it retained the smooth maltiness that the nose displays consistently through the session.
06-05-2010 18:37:18 | More by BEERchitect
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Courtesy of tlay10, I was able to enjoy this beer directly after tasting the original version. This bottle is from batch 2, number 167 of 449.
It's got the same look as original, an inky brew with a super-dark head that fizzles out quickly. Some spots and zig zags of lace pepper the glass as I drink.
The hops smell fresher here, brighter. The whiskey is nicely in-balance with the rest of the aromas, which are also similar to the original: tobacco, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, sweet molasses and currants. However, those smells seem better blended here. It seems aging has melded the aromas that seemed separate in the un-aged version.
The flavor mirrors the nose: cedar, dark chocolate, tobacco, pine, licorice. The whiskey is subtle, which I like. Improves immensely as it warms.
Feels a little fizzy for what it is, but soft. Some alcohol is noticeable in the nose. The carbonation is slight amidst a velvety medium-full body.
A vast improvement over the non-barrel-aged version, the flavors I found challenging before are subdued and there was far more balance here, making it incredibly tasty and drinkable. I found myself hogging most of this bottle.
12-06-2010 04:43:03 | More by Phelps
3.5/5 rDev -17.5%
Bottle 277/449 consumed on 11/08/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer pours out like motor oil and is pure black. The creamy head is a unique dark brown with nice retention.
The nose is aggressive with strong roasted malt, chocolate notes, and noticeable hop character. I'm not sure what barrels were used for this beer, but the barrel quality reminds me of whisky, rather than bourbon. The nose is rather solventy and the malt is borderline burnt. Molasses is noticeable and alcohol vapor stings my nose. The nose is complex, but the elements almost seem to be working against each other.
The flavor opens up with sweet whisky, dark fruit, and a moderate bitterness. The taste gets very aggressive with strong roast, almost burnt, and harsh solvents. Alcohol is potent, and chocolate is present. The beer rounds out a bit in the finish and takes the aggressiveness down a notch. The taste is complex, but the flavors don't work in harmony. Booze lingers...
Mouthfeel is chewy and chalky, and carbonation is at a nice low-medium level for a beer of the Russian Imperial Stout genre. In conclusion, this beer is harsh and merely okay.
11-09-2009 07:42:51 | More by HopHead84
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured from a 2009 bottle in to a snifter.
Pours pitch black with a dark tan tingly head.
Smell is bourbon and some light rich roast.
Taste is a roasty, espresso bitter, with a mellow bourbon finish. Warming.
Thick smooth creamy mouhtfeel.
Drinkability is not terrible considering what it is, but it comes together nicely.
03-21-2010 00:45:31 | More by aubuc1
110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.