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Hopped Up Johnnie - Cigar City Brewing

Hopped Up Johnnie
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.66%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Created by Jonathan Wakefield and CCB, "Hopped Up Johnnie", which is Zhukov's aged in Johnnie Walker Blue Label soaked oak chips, then dry hopped with a certain style of hops.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 11-29-2009)
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml growler poured into HF stemmed glass. Growler filled 4/4, consumed on 4/19, reviewed from notes, split three ways. Consumed after a bottle of '11 Zhukov.

A- Pours a fairly thick black motor oil color mirroring the appearance of Zhukov, a very thin mocha head forms that recedes at a moderate pace (regular Zhukov definitely had more of a head but that might just be because this is from the growler instead of the bottle), liquid leaves some considerable alcohol legs and some very faint spotty lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, nice integrated scotch that fits in with the dark chocolate nicely and is well balanced making it's presence known but not dominating too much, some fudge, and a hint of molasses and faint presence of hops. About average to slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Chocolate fudge, dark fruits, integrated well-balanced scotch presence that adds a tiny bit extra boozieness, some light oak, and some very light hops on the finish that add a slight hint of citrus and conceals the sweetness a bit. Overall this was definitely a unique taste on the regular Zhukov. You definitely got the scotch presence which gave it more complexity on top of the sweet chocolate fudge and dark fruit taste of regular Zhukov. The hops also dulled the sweetness of regular Zhukov while adding a further dimension but still maintaining balance.

M- Smooth, velvety like regular Zhukov, very drinkable without showing too much of it's 11.5% abv, fairly low carbonation but nice for the style.

O- This was a very nice variation on regular Zhukov, I wouldn't say I liked it more then Zhukov but it added a nice variation that was just as enjoyable and easily stands right up there with other top-tier barrel aged beers despite not fully being barrel aged. The hops and scotch weren't too abrasive and fit the sweetness of Zhukov well. I'm glad I got to try this, but I probably wouldn't trade a lot for it or go out of my way to obtain it again.

Serving type: growler

04-26-2013 20:30:56 | More by jaasen64
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap (nitro) at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Opaque black with about a half-finger medium brown head and the mesmerizing nitro motion. After that settles down, no motion visible in the glass, but leaves amazing lacing.

S: Less overall aroma than I expected. A bit of cacao, mocha, and some roasty, smoky malts (or perhaps from the scotch).

T: Follows the nose but flavor aspects much stronger than the aroma. Coffee bitterness, milky sweetness, and a touch of smoke (again, perhaps from the scotch). There is a good bit of bitterness, but I can't decide if it was primarily from the hops or the roasted coffee malts. However, there's enough sweetness here to counteract the bitterness and ends up very balanced.

M: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Good heavy weight for a stout. Sticky mouthfeel, but not overly sweet. The relatively high alcohol content is very well hidden.

O: Very good, well put-together. It didn't blow me out of the water, but I would certainly drink another. Recommended.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-16-2012 18:25:10 | More by macrosmatic
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz hand-bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bgthang for the share!

Really nice looking pour, thick as motor oil and jet black in hue. Dark custard head on top is thin and wispy. Aroma ,is...interesting, acrid rubbery notes and a hint of sweet balsamic vinegar in the background with wood barrel and dark chocolate.

Tangy hop flavor up front. A little off putting at , but the supporting cast is on point with big notes of silky chocolate and custard. Incredible finish is roasty with viscous dark malts and booziness. Very chewy and heavy on the tongue. Low carbonation. Overall a tasty imperial stout, but the hops threw me off a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:56:37 | More by wagenvolks
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me during the Halloween festivities at his house! Thanks buddy! Remainder was taken to Charlotte and shared with caSSino! Served from growler into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass (the beer did coat the glass though). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, maple syrup, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, wood, maple syrup, roasted malt, subtle dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, and very subtle bitter hops. It had a heavy feel on the palate (almost chewy) with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. The aroma and flavor on this thing were insane. Lots of things going on as far as complexity and everything blended quite well together. The chewy mouthfeel is one that I will remember for a long time coming as well. Really glad I got to try this one and would love to do so anytime!

Serving type: growler

10-31-2011 15:08:28 | More by thagr81us
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have had in a long, long time. Pours out a thick, dark chocolate brown that coated the sides of the glass with a gooey brown film. Aroma of deep caramel, chocolate, molasses, and hops, sugary, vanilla, just such a rich mixture it made you smile with each sip. Almost chewey it was soo thick you didnt know what to do with it. Each sip more decadent then before.

Overall one of the best, I would drink this one every day. The richness of the zhukov with the hops giving it a slight kick, just insane.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 13:46:17 | More by mikesgroove
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biggsbowler

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Tony at Coffee District. This beer is still great, but I wish this was a fresh batch. I got very little hops in the aroma, which really disappointed me. You could still taste the Blue, but it seem like it struggled with the Zhukov after a year. This beer is still great and needs to be brewed again.

Serving type: growler

10-07-2011 13:58:14 | More by biggsbowler
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for this rare share.

A - Black beer with a brown head that didn't leave much in the way of stick. Those CCB growlers are notorious for leaking so surprised even the minimal head popped up.

S - My initial thought in drinking this is how much does a pour cost? The last time I got a pour of Johnny Blue, it was $20 bucks, and that was about 40% cheaper than anywhere else in the city. Some peat presence with chcocolate, a bit of char, molasses.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose. The Johnny Blue is really easy to pick out. It's sweet, with cocoa, some peat, little too much char in there. Very smooth, with a bit of booze burn.

M - Smooth, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - This beer was a special treat. It's a bit hot for a beer, but if you like sipping on Johnny Walker and like big stouts this is pretty nice.

Serving type: growler

09-11-2011 23:08:06 | More by AgentZero
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Gtreid

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. Glad I web up there today, as I got one ofthe last snifters of this treat.

A: pretty much black. The pour did not produce a head, but it did leave some nice legs.

A: I get the base roastiness of zhukovs with a subtle note of the johnnie blue. The scotch is there but not in a big way, it just accentuates the base brew.

T: the blue comes through a bit more in the taste, but not as pronounced as I would've thought. Don't get me wrong, this is an outstanding treatment to an already solid beer, I was just hoping for a bit more of the blue.

M: full body and creamy, but the carbonation was on the lower side.

O: very nice treatment. I think it should have been in a barrel rather than just in soaked oak chips. The barrel would have imparted a bit more of the wonderful flavor that is johnnie walker blue. But nonetheless, this is pretty outstanding and I count myself lucky to get to try it. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 20:51:12 | More by Gtreid
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and wood aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small bourbon finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:03:10 | More by tmoneyba
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A liter, swing-top growler into an oversized tulip glass. Huge thanks go to Jw347 for hooking me up with this ultra-rare Cigar City goodie. As some other reviews have said, the base of this is Marshall Zhukov that was then aged on mixed toasted French oak chips (that had been soaked for 6 months in Johnnie Walker Blue) and then finally dry-hopped with Florida grown Cascade hops.

Pours a straight up motor oil looking black in the glass, with several thick and rigid fingers of burnt and reddish chocolate brown head. The retention is beyond great, with a creamy ¾ finger layer of froth that just absolutely drenches the side of glass with creamy swathes of lace and brown oils. Wow, this is definitely one of the burnt and angry looking heads that I've seen on a beer recently. The aroma is VERY dark and bitter at first, with chocolate roast, smoky malts, and even a little bit of acrid coffee character flooding the nose. Honestly, the Cascade hops are no slouch here either, imparting some floral tones but are show themselves most prominently as fresh and bright smelling citric character. That The Johnnie Walker and French oak chips element are present here but aren't overly forceful, lightly soaking the aroma with notes of scotch whiskey, vanilla, and a touch of char. The more this warms, the more the flavors come together and marry each other into just a delicious and beautiful smelling bouquet here. I think I'm in love...

The taste has a lot of thick chocolate fudge character going on with it, being full of cocoa flavor and sugary sweetness up front, before a deeply burnt and blackened malt base spreads charred bitterness all around in the mouth. Hops puts some light prickly bitterness across the tongue, but mostly add some fresh fruity citric tones that helps give some extra flavor and depth to that big sticky base of chocolate and caramel. The scotch soaked oak chips just work wonders on this, adding smooth vanilla character and extra sweetness to the profile, while the Johnnie Walker brings just all scotch flavor but with none of the stinging heat that you usually find when something is aged straight up in a fresh barrel. This finishes with a combo of warm stickiness and roasty char that just drenches the mouth and sticks around for a good while longer. There is just a bit of a woody character that hangs around in the backend of this, helping add a touch of intense tannic dryness to the proceedings. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a massive smooth creaminess that seems to literally blown up in the mouth up front, before getting into more of a super slick and chewy feel underneath. I'm getting some warmth out of the body but not real heat in any way, as the alcohol is just magnificently hidden by that big mouthfeel.

Wow, really awesome stuff here (and I'm sure not cheap to make), with the RIS, hops, oak, and scotch all coming together into one hugely flavorful and easy drinking package. This is probably one of my favorite beers that I've had so far this year. Thanks again for the opportunity at this John.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2010 16:59:40 | More by Kegatron
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jw347 for sending a 16oz stubby growler of this my way. Served in my Darkness snifter.

A - A sliver of late-rising, quick-dissolving dark mocha foam, that settles to a thin ring and some light haze. A few spots of lace, which is actually quite surprising considering, as well as a pervasive light brown film that clings to everything this beer touches. Pitch black - no hint of color anywhere. Looks a lot like Oak-Aged Dark Lord. It's definitely not flat, like Hophead84's experience, but it's also not carbonated like it was on-tap.

S - The smell is exactly what you'd expect given the name. Having been luck enough to drink a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue in the past I can confidently assert its presence here, imparting a smokey peat quality mixed with oakiness, some floral and earthy hop notes, sweet cocoa, and roasted malt.

T - The taste is very oak and scotch-forward, mixed with bitter dark chocolate, roastiness and burnt malts, and a smokey peaty aftertaste. I wish the sweetness found in the nose cut through a little more, as this verged on unbalanced in the bitter direction. It got a little sweeter as it warmed, but not as much as I wanted - I'm guessing the hops provided a little more balance when this was fresh. This was more of a 4.25, bit I'll round up and be a little less generous in other areas.

M - Very smooth, light carbonation (but not flat), some tannic dryness in the finish but largely sticky and mouth-coating. It's not milkshake-esque like Dark Lord but it's pretty viscous and chewy.

D - While my wife would consider this a session beer, I find the smoked peat aftertaste gets a touch fatiguing. I quite enjoyed my 8oz or so, and would have gone for another pour had there been any left. However, I can't get past the nagging feeling that this beer is less than the sum of its part - I love JW Blue, aggressively dry-hopped stouts, and a big thick mouthfeel with low carbonation, but somehow this one comes up a little short. Perhaps it was better fresh and on-tap, although I'll probably never know as this was a one-off and it's likely extinct at this point. However, there's nothing in the recipe that isn't replicable, so perhaps it will (wink, wink) make an appearance at the Hunahpu's release?

Serving type: growler

01-26-2010 16:33:52 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Alex (Masterski) and poured from 16oz CC growler into Night of the Living Ales glass. Apparently, this is Johnnie Walker Blue Label soaked oak chips, Marshal Zhukov, and local Florida hops. Sounds expensive!

A - Pours black with ultra-slim milk chocolate-colored head that vanishes very quickly. A slim right around the glass with a few bubbles here and there are evident, but nothing more.

S - Boozy, oak notes, dried dark fruit, chocolate.

T - Really really oak-forward, lots and lots of oak. Get the point? There's a nice warm boozy character that adds to the oak and doesn't make it over-the-top. There's a nice bitter dark chocolate/hoppy finish.

M - Full bodied, little carbonation (which I prefer), creamy yet dry finish.

D - A pretty damn good RIS we have here. Only my second experience with Cigar City, and yet another good beer. I think this one is a one-off so I doubt I'll ever have it again, but who knows.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2010 01:23:41 | More by Sean9689
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PretzelCity

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided courtesy of Jw347. Poured as black as motor oil with a fluffy two finger dark mocha head. Chocolate right off the bat in the nose with hints of whiskey and roasted malts. More chocolate in the taste, one the most chocolaty beers I think I've ever had. There is a nice bit of whiskey in the finish. This is one smooth beer. Rich and full bodied, it coats the glass with a brown film. Pretty drinkable, this is a well blended, well balanced beer that was really enjoyable. It reminded me of those little liquor filled chocolates bottles they make only better. I hope they make this one again.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2010 01:02:42 | More by PretzelCity
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HopHead84

California

3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler opened by wetherel on 12/13/2009. The beer glugs out of the vessel pure black and still, not unlike motor oil. The darkness is absolute. No head can be perceived.

The nose is of dark chocolate, light vanilla and oak, booze, and a prominent ashen roasted malt profile. The Johnnie Walker barrels impart a subtle whisky character and a dash of smoke. The barrel is nearly inconspicuous enough to be missed.

The barrel has mellowed old Marshal Zhukov a bit, but he's still managed to maintain a great deal of roast, nearly to the extent of being charred and burnt. The flavor has some smoke, a touch of tobacco, and a dash of dark chocolate sweetness midpalate that is quickly overwhelmed by a dry bitterness and dominant roast. Whisky is again subtle and a touch of oak is noticeable. The finish displays a slight astringency, prominent roast, a touch of whisky, and lingering smoke. Carbonation is nearly nonexistent, and the mouthfeel is smooth, full, and viscous.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2009 07:41:27 | More by HopHead84
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Jw347

Florida

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marshall Zhukov base aged on Johnnie Walker blue oak and dry hopped with fresh florida grown hops.

Black and viscous, dark as night. Pours with a wonderful mocha head. There is some great head retention on this beer. This beer is so chocolaty and fudgy with a hit of super smooth whisky on the front of the palate and then comes that blast of fresh hops in the back. What a awesome beer it is, so damn good. Great beer to send off a good friend with.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 14:40:23 | More by Jw347
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tpd975

Florida

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zhukov's was used as a base. Aged on Johnnie Walker Blue Oak Chips and Florida Grown Hops. Brewed as a gift for daknole as he is moving from Florida to Arizon.

A: Pours deep deep dark black with a nice tall evil mocha colored head. Awesome retention. When you are done it looks as though a lace gernade went off in your glass. Yep it's a CCB stout.

S: Lots of roast with bold notes of chocolate. More mild tones of oak, and green hops.

T: I like the way this one came out. The wonderful flavors of the base Zhukov's remain. The oak seems to blend nicely with mild whiskey. There is a nice blast of hop bitterness on the backend.

M: Full in body, smooth, with a nice hoppy finish.

D: Good. It is a tasty beer and a fitting treat to send Dak off to Arizona.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 14:39:22 | More by tpd975
Hopped Up Johnnie from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.