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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

57 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 57
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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-10-2012 03:22:14 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-20-2011 08:57:11 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 03:20:44 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:16:25 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 18:37:18 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 18:20:02 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-29-2013 20:09:43 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-14-2013 05:26:04 | More by spycow
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 03:17:35 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 00:16:09 | More by MasterSki
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 20:31:11 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 17:34:37 | More by Slatetank
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 15:30:05 | More by mdfb79
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-20-2013 23:51:49 | More by beernads
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 22:48:11 | More by akorsak
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened this one up at a recent tasting. Thanks to gtreid for sending it up to MN!

Poured into my CCB snifter... Classic!

Pours hardly any head. The color of the little head poured was a tan color. Color is a dark black. Thick beer.

Aroma: Rich whiskey flavors with oak, chocolate, and coffee. Grassy earthy hops as well. Some sweet vanilla.

Taste: Rich chocolate and whiskey flavors. Nice oak flavors. Grassy, bitter hops. Some molasses and dried cherries are present. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, dry, and bitter. Decent carbonation with a fuller bodied. Ends grassy, bitter, and malty.

Overall, a well done BA RIS. Very nice ba notes. Nothing overdone which is always nice. Pretty drinkable. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 19:25:28 | More by mothman
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-27-2013 02:08:43 | More by zestar
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HopHead84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 07:42:51 | More by HopHead84
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 06:57:57 | More by AgentZero
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gford217

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, #449/449, poured into a tulip.

Pours a seriously dark oily black with absolutely no light showing through. It's got a big tight mocha head that recedes slowly to a big cap and leaves only small bits of lacing on the side.

There is an initial citrus hop aroma that gets quickly swept away by the super dark and roasty chocolate malts and heavily toasted barley with coffee and dark fruits coming out as well. The bourbon barrel character is subtle with some sweet vanilla and even some tobacco in the nose.

The taste is just as flush with dark roasted malts, almost burnt in character with bakers chocolate and tobacco as well. Just as in the aroma, the sweet bourbon is present but not overpowering and the finish actually shows a good bit of hop bitterness paired with a toasted, almost ashy, character.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn thick with a moderate but fairly soft carbonation. The overall feel is extremely roasted with a surprisingly big hop bitterness.

This is an excellent beer and maybe slightly better than the non-BA version. That said, the barrel character is not overpowering and adds to the already impressive complexity which includes dark malts, hops, dark fruits and tobacco. Impressive stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 03:04:25 | More by gford217
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 17:34:53 | More by Jwale73
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tpd975

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey and Wayne for popping this one open to share.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a small tight espresso colored head. Pretty nice retention for a barrel aged beer. Nice long leggy lace streams down the glass.

S: Nice barrel aromas up front. More oak than vanilla, with notes of char, anise, and dark malt.

T: The anise really pushes through and mixes nicely with a hint spice from the cedar. The barrel is there but not as big as I expected since it had been in the barrel so long. Light fresh oak, light vanilla, and the slightest hint of booze. I think the huge base beer helped keep the barrel in check on this one.

M: Full in body, nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good, another tasty CCB barrel aged brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:55:27 | More by tpd975
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks yet again to moose3285, who has sent me enough excellent Cigar City beer to drown a small eastern seaboard state. Been sitting on this one a while since the odds of getting another one are, well, nil. Bottle 284/449.

Pours a lovely, nuanced shade of pitch bloody black. Smell is sheer bourbon. Only a touch of roast, remarkably smooth considering how fiery the original unbarrel version is.

Barrel Aged 110K+OT takes what was a very good beer & kicks it up a notch. As promised by the nose, the barrel has taken the flaming char of the original & sanded off all the edges. Bourbon runs this show, but the bourbon is full of vanilla, the J Beam only hinted at. Hot on its warm, not hot, heels is the roast, so prevalent in the non-BA version, nicely balanced against the barrel. Nice stuff underneath, too, molasses, bit of dried/blown away chocolate, faint splash of coffee. Lovely.

Heavy as a three-pronged anchor. Drying, almost old-tasting, but so sippable it's giving me a cedar.

Excellent brew. I can't shake the feeling that the folks at Cigar City hold some sort of secret to the universe & they're parceling it out, in beer format, one note at a time, waiting for all of us to figure out the bigger picture. Get me some tinfoil. Thanks again, Mike.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:24:25 | More by maximum12
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even bigger thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 2009 Batch #2 bottle (182 of 449) on 2/3/10.

A - Resembles the non-BA version to a "T" - dark and oily blackness with a burnt tan head that receded, leaving strips of lacing around my challice.

S - Mmmmm... I can't stop smelling this! Bourbon notes with sweet vanilla and woody oak and even a hint of cedar. Simple yet complex and eloquent.

T - 110k + OT is a wonderfully complex RIS that blends chocolate and coffee with lush vanilla notes and tangy bourbon resulting in a truly delicious concoction. The bourbon character isn't overdone or stifling at all.

M - Luscious and soft texture with a slick, oily mouthfeel and a hint of bristle in the backend. Mild alcohol warmth on the palate, but very slight overall.

D - Freakin' delicious BA RIS... one of the best I've ever had, actually. This is one to savor and I honestly didn't want my glass to ever be empty.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 04:06:37 | More by ffejherb
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pitch black viscous liquid with a tight head, very thick, some retention with no lace.

S-the nose is pretty big, oak and bourbon are right up front and dominate the aroma. hints of vanilla are present with roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate behind. notes of sweet caramel and toffee in the back.

T-the taste is also big. the wood barrel is less present than the nose and has a much nicer subtle quality. roasted malts up front, slightly burnt coffee, dark chocolate. notes of molasses come in, a light malty sweetness in the back. caramel and toffee, hints of plums and raisins. the oak and bourbon are light and set underneath.

M-full bodied, thick and chewy, very smooth with just enough carbonation to hold up the feel in the back. slightly dry in the finish.

D-nice complexity and flavors here, big flavors with a great touch of bourbon and wood. good roasted malts with a light malty sweetness in the back. very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 22:48:32 | More by cpetrone84
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110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.