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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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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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 Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 432/449 Batch #2 2009
Pours a dark deep oil can black with a dark mocha head lacing. Appearance reminds me of Ten Fidy.
Smell of oak, burnt malt, some sweet cherry, Whiskey booze and raisin mixed with toffee.

Great tastes from this one. I had the non BA version in June and really enjoyed that one - decided to hang onto this until this fall. I think it was a great choice to throw it in a whiskey barrel to see what it would come out as. Plum, Vanilla , dark cherries, toffee leather and whiskey. The whiskey flavors really opened this one up from what I remember of the non barrel aged version. Vanilla flavors seem to be more prominent, and the black patent malt flavors do not seem as ashy tasting as I remember the non BA batch. That said, I would have absolutely no qualms of keeping this in stock Barrel Aged or not...

Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated, creating a smoothness that is really excellent. My only recommendation is to have the black patent toned down a notch, otherwise a great BA RIS!

alpinebryant, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #62/449, with a huge thank you to Greg (tpd975) for sending this one my way almost a year ago. You are a machine!

Pours pitch black, with no real head, just a smattering of dark brown bubbles. Bit of bump to this area simply because 20% is way too much, as always.

Nose just smacks you upside the head with massive bourbon, oak, vanilla; big and boozey, with a big espresso presence underneath adding some roastiness. Just a bit of chocolate as well, but hard to really pull out.

Taste starts with a big bourbon kick, almost like a shot tossed straight into the glass. Big-time oak, dry, almost a hard, mineral quality to it. Roastiness, espresso, mocha, and some burnt sugar come out from underneath, with the woodiness from the espresso really latching on to the oak to lend a big woody dryness. Hops are pretty much gone in this one, though they seem to want to peek through just a bit on the big, dry, mildly-bitter roasty finish, at least in dryness if not in flavor. My first impression of this one was wary - I actually expected to not like this one as much as I did. The earthy, woody roastiness, the huge raw bourbon - that I like it as much as I did is a complement to the brewery. I think a bit of extra age really did a lot for this one. Would be 4.75 if I could - excellent beer.

Mouthfeel is good, though the rawness really comes through as well. Dry, big time whiskey feel to it, and a hard edge to this one. Medium-full body, but great for what it is.

Drinkability of this one is rather shocking. So much booze, and yet so well balanced. Beautiful beer.

JohnQVegas, Sep 24, 2010
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 maximum12
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.

maximum12, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

ktrillionaire, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Jun 06, 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 Jmoore50
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

We have a new candidate for the thickest beer I have ever seen. This is up there with Dark Lord and Ten Fidy. 239/449

Like I said, pours thick and vicious, and even produces a thick one finger tan head. Really? A 12% ABV barrel aged imperial stout that looks like used motor oil produces a thick fluffy tan head? Five, it deserves it.

The smell is of alcohol, chocolate, earth, burnt grains, chalk, and sweet whiskey.

The taste is of roasted grains, earth, chocolate covered plumbs and bananas, bitter cooking chocolate, and some small hints of whiskey. An after dinner beer that would be best paired with a brownie a la mode. This is one delicious beer.

The mouthfeel just coats the entire mouth and palate with great layered flavors that keep introducing you to the different complexities of flavor. Thick and dangerous.

I am glad I shared this with friends, because this would of single handedly taken me out for the night.

J

Jmoore50, Apr 28, 2010
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 PittBeerGirl
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Dark pitch black body that does not allow for light to pass through. Pours with a 1-2 finger light brown head that has great retention at 1/2 finger.

S- Nose is complex and balanced. Components of bourbon, oak, molasses, and dark chocolate all come through for the nose. The RIS complexity that is noticeable in regular 110K isn't as detectable here as the bourbon and woody notes kind of take over for it.

T- The bourbon and oak components to this brew are really noticeable upfront but anise, licorice, vanilla, and dark chocolate malt are all detectable in the background. These flavors remain consistent for the finish but a touch of roasted malt and a slight hint of alcohol is added for the finish. A subtle impression of all that was mentioned lingers.

M- As with regular 110K-mouthfeel is thick, rich, smooth, and creamy with a relatively low carbonation.

D- Wow. This is a wonderful imperial stout. Its incredible and pretty drinkable. This is a BA stout where the BA characteristics compliment the beer nicely with good balance. Great experience to try both 110Ks in one evening and I am looking forward to trying more cigar city brews.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of mothman
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!

mothman, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

aubuc1, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Florida! Finally. Difficult for a man from New Mexico and then Vermont to acquire a brew from Florida (even with all my travels!). This Russian Imperial Stout, bottle #436 of 449, vintage 2009, was an unrefined, crude-oil-black color with two fingers of mocha head. This beer, despite the fact that I loved the way it looked, appeared like evil in a glass. Give the devil a goblet, and he'd want this brimming out of it... OK, moving on. The aroma was full of dark roasted malt, chocolate malt, coffee, toffee notes and some cedar. The flavors were similar, full of sweet malts and fruit, chocolate, licorice, spices (esp. black pepper) and alcohol that hung on my tongue with the coffee bitterness on the finish. Despite the finish, for 11% I was amazed at how easy it was to drink. The mouthfeel was chewy and rich, the body full and the carbonation high enough to support the otherwise weighty brew. A monster, but a well thought out monster and one I'd adore again!

thekevlarkid, Feb 21, 2010
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
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 ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll echo the reviews below and send a big thanks to FooFaa for sharing this one at Deuane's 40th. A 750ml bottle # 182 of 449. Uncapped and poured into my snifter glass. The stout appears an inky black color with about a finger of dark ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa powder, rich roasted grains, dark and bittersweet chocolate, mild char, some anise notes. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation and a dry, slightly boozy finish. Very nice - thanks again for the chance Dan!

ClockworkOrange, Feb 10, 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 ffejherb
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.

ffejherb, Feb 05, 2010
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 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 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 nickd717
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 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 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
110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.