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110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 69
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 07-28-2009)
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Photo of largadeer
2.4/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

largadeer, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

akorsak, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

HopHead84, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of seeswo
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Entering a bit of a backlog here. Bottle generously shared by Urbancaver (thanks Cam!).

Pours a very viscous, evil black color with a tannish/brown head. Looks really nice. The smell is big charred chocolate, molasses, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit and a touch of bourbon. A lot of interesting stuff in there. The taste is a lot like the nose - charred malts, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, bourbon. It closes aggressively charred/roasted, maybe a bit too dry for me. The mouthfeel is heavy and huge with enough carbonation to make you feel right about that. Overall, I would have enjoyed this beer more if the finish was toned down a bit. It detracted too much from the experience and came off overroasted and over done. That said, this had huge, interesting flavor and was a joy to get to try.

seeswo, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BarrytheBear, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a black color with 1 inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oak, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of bourbon, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and sugar.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very enjoyable beer from Cigar City. I'd like to try this again sometime.

mdfb79, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Batch 2, # 249/449 poured an opaque darkness with a timid dark brown head that fades quickly to surface with little lacing. The smell is the best feature of this one; aggressive bourbon raisin black licorice and dark chocolate. Minimal carbonation the mouth feel has a light body and a watery texture that doesn't add much to the drinkability. No burn from the 11.5% ABV, but the aftertaste has a bitter burnt thing that lingers into a licorice ending.

jjayjaye, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RustyDiamond, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

AgentZero, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, May 11, 2011
Photo of Mistofminn
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nightcap for the tasting. Thanks to Mothman for breaking this out.

Pours pitch black, thick as oil. Brownish head sits on top with decent retention, but is eventually reduced to a small ring around the outside of the glass.

The nose is much sweeter than I thought it would be, but also holds a substancial roasted character as well as some dark fruits. Starts out simple, and gets more and more complex as it warms.

Taste is again strong on the sweet malts, with roasted malts and dried dark fruits in the background. Also gets more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, with a low carbonation and a very creamy texture. Drinkability is good on this one.

Overall, this is a great RIS. It has substance and character, and that little extra umph that makes it memorable for me. Good beer, glad I got a chance to try it.

Mistofminn, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml

Big thanks go out to Dave for sharing this bottle tonight, thanks d0bitch! BA 110k+OT pours, no, gurgles from the bottle black as night and becomes a black hole in the glass making my living room darker. A standard pour produces a fingers worth of silky dark chocolate head, one of the darkest heads I've come across actually. After a couple minutes the head falls to a Milky Way like swirling with a chunky collar that leaves behind some speckled lacing. This is a fantastic looking beer all around.

Upon the pour I'm hit with a fistful of bourbon in the nose but as this beer breathes the base stoutness comes forward with notes of coffee, roasty malts and a solid berry backbone. The barrel aging wraps itself cleanly around the stout and shows off sweet bourbon, damp oak, and a swirl of vanilla. A quick arousal of the head brings with it some alcohol fumes that tickle the nose slightly. The longer this RIS sits in the glass the less of a bourbon presence can be found. There's also a clean roasty graininess in the background with some more swirling.

The flavor seems to follow the nose fairly closely. The bourbon notes are pushed to the background and the presence of coffee grounds are duly noted. A nice roastiness and piney hoppiness hits mid palate before segueing into a black coffee bitterness. This big RIS finishes with a cocoa and coffee aftertaste that lingers until the next drink. The bourbon is much softer than expected with faint hints of sweetness, damp oak, and vanilla. The flavors seem to be a little muddled at the moment but overall it's a tasty brew.

The body feels a little lighter than expected as soon as it hits the tongue but it ends up surprising me with a very oily feel that makes its presence known and decides to stick around for a while. The hops must have been abundant in the original version of this brew because they're still making their place known in this brew months later with a lingering bitterness after each drink.

This is a fairly easy stout to put away and when taking into consideration that it's barrel aged is a super easy to put down. The barrel aging doesn't at all overtake the brew like so many other BA RISs out there. The interesting flavor profile makes this a hard glass to set down.

I'm a little on the fence about this beer and it's hard for me to decide my final feelings on it. It's good for sure but it doesn't quite blow my hair back. The hoppiness is interesting when combined with the barrel aspects and I'm starting to come around. Cigar City makes some unique brews, that's for sure. Thanks Dave!

joe1510, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for busting this out for the Monday night mini-stout tasting. Served in a FoBAB taster - in preperation for this Saturday. Bottle #410/449

A - Looks a lot like the base beer, but not quite as much head volume. A finger of super-dark mocha foam with red highlights that dissipates to a ring with a bit of haze. Not much in the way of lacing, but some nice legs. The body is an incredibly viscous impenetrable black.

S - There's a lot of barrel in the aroma - a little reminiscent of some of the 3 Floyds BA beers I've had recently. Some bourbony butterscotch, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, a touch of coffee, and still a bit of residual floral hoppiness. It's good, but I prefer the raucous hoppiness of the base beer over the intense roastiness and wood of the barrel-aged version.

T - The taste suffers from the same slight dirtiness that I found in the original beer. Oakiness, dark chocolate, tobacco, a touch of sweet butterscotch at the end, and some strong residual bitterness - probably from the residual hoppiness, dark chocolate, coffee, and barrel flavors - I wish there was a bit more sweetness to balance out all those flavors.

M - I actually like the feel more than the original, in that the carbonation, although still active, is a little tamer and less biting. Bit thick viscous body with tons of residual stickiness.

D - My 8oz or so went down pretty quickly, seeing as it was the first beer of the evening. That being said, I found the original more drinkable, even though it also had a strong bitter aftertaste.

An interesting barrel-aging experiment and a worthwhile beer, but not as unique as the original. I'm curious what barrels they used for this, as the whiskey seems a little dirty and bottom-shelf. Still - I'm glad I got to try this one.

MasterSki, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this gem in a trade with fogdog awhile back. Thanks Kevin! Bottle #130/449. Split with my roommate, JustinA1.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours just like motor oil: thick, pitch black, very little head. Violent swirls bring the head to life, showing off its insanely dark color: a blend between black and brown with shades of crimson. 110K+OT has one of the darkest and heaviest-looking bodies I've ever seen (Zhukov's up there too). Spotty lacing. Better head retention as it warms. Eye candy.

Smell: Chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, red currants, vanilla, and molasses come through from the start. Digging deeper, I got char, peppered meat, and earthy esters. Booze (bourbon?) creeps in as it warms, but never plays a large role. Huge.

Taste: Chocolate cake with generous amounts of frosting, chocolate syrup, red currants, booze, and then heavy roast. The aftertaste is dominated by char and ash, accompanied by modest boozy heat. Coconut eventually appears, adding a nice barrel-aspect to the beer. Huge and flavorful, but also sort of muddled. The heavily roasted finish needs to be toned back a bit as well.

Mouthfeel: Hearty, thick, lightly warm and dry. Somewhat syrupy, with just enough carbonation to assure imbibers that it's not flat. Bold and long-lasting in the aftertaste. Get yourself a spoon.

Overall: This 750mL took us well over an hour to put down. Lots of flavor and body, but it's not what I would ever call delicate or complex. To me, this imperial stout was just all over the place. I like the flavors and aromas individually, but they don't meld with each other too well. Still a solid beer, and definitely worth a try if you get the chance.

ThreeWiseMen, May 24, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BearsOnAcid, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Batch 2, # 302/449 indicated on a sticker on the back of the bottle. Shared courtesy of blisscent and served in my 25cl Allagash chalice. Pours one shade shy of black with no head. Some spots of lacing exposed, but poor adhesion. Nose is style consistent, but nothing out of the ordinary - malty, licorice, a hint of booze and perhaps a suggestion of vanilla. Taste follows nose, with a hint of bourbon, as well as another element I can't quite tease out - not sure if it's some American Oak, or a musty quality. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated - not quite chewy, but a little creamy/silky. A pretty tasty BA RIS with a well-hidden abv. Not as big as some of the other BA beers I've tried, but that also positively contributes to the drinkability factor.

Jwale73, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thanks RomaniTeDomum!

BEERchitect, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Phelps
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Phelps, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for the generosity of sharing this 2009 Batch #2 bottle (182 of 449) on 2/3/10, poured chilled in to a 1/2 pint.

A - As I had the chance to compare this to the original version sampled prior to this I give this a better appearance score based on the fact it has a similar opacity, black with a cap that is dark medium brown w/ thick head that retains just as well as the original. The effect of the bourbon aging doesn't really effect the beer it has a tiny bead w/ a generally ample amount of lace stickage

S - Strong smell of bourbon which almost diminishes the aroma of roasted malt notes. There is the dark brown sugar quality w/ dry cocoa presence and the scent has a mild fusel sweet alcohol ester

M - The feel is not so much stronger than the original however it does seem thinned by the bourbon somewhat, dry and boozy w/ a sweet and slight viscous quality. There are fruity sweet textures and it carries on to a dry alcoholic finish a bit strong on bourbon in the feel for my taste

T - The flavor has copious amounts of bourbon drenched chocolate and sweet caramel with a mild vanilla hint w/ less woodiness as the original but a chocolate chip cookie quality with toasted malt and sweet edges poking through intermittently when the bourbon flavor relaxes. The beer is just as dry as the non barrel-aged version, and has bourbon flavor through to the finish

D - A very drinkable Barrel aged Imperial Stout but lacks some nuance the bourbon seems to displace some of the stout taste I enjoyed but still adds to the overall experience and I would definitely say it has achieved its goal as a really bourbon forward Imperial stout- I really enjoyed this -Thanks FooFaa!

Slatetank, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this one! Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Smooth booze, chocolate, burnt sugars, light roast. Very -bal like here with the sweetness and booze. Very rich and dessert-like.

T - Chocolate, booze, whiskey, light roast, oak. Really nice and smooth with the whiskey...I think the extra time in the bottle did this one some good.

M - Medium to full, a bit too thin, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Very solid, enjoyable, smooth, and rich. I would def have this one again. CCB is one of the best -bal beer producing breweries out there, and this early example is yet another reason why I love their -bals. Yes, I love -bals. Recommend.

Sean9689, Oct 26, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

nickd717, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Deuane, Feb 13, 2010
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110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.