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Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) - Cigar City Brewing

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Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010)Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010)

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84
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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 25.41%
Wants: 25
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Two styles of beer comprise this blend, old ale and imperial stout. Rurik is the second beer in the Campeador series, a barrel-aged collaboration between Knightly Spirits and Cigar City Brewing.

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 05-30-2010)
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Photo of sendsilk
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Infected or it would have been pretty good!

Photo of Shaggy9356
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DustinSWB
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a very dark brown in color that was almost black with a very thin head that almost left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: pretty trippy pepper aroma upfront in the nose with chocolate molasses sweetness, signs of bourbon barrel booze, herbal notes, hints of caramel and some roasty character coming through.

T: Once again the pepper character was pretty overwhelming on the palate as well alongside herbal notes, caramel, molasses, brown sugar sweetness, bourbon barrel accents with a touch of booze, hints of vanilla, roastiness and subtle underlying char flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a roasty, char, semi sweet, peppery, earthy herbal, mild boozy and chewy finish.

O: I don't think it was infected and didn't taste tart or sour but something did seem rather odd about this beer.

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of urwithdave
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pitch black. Small tan head, maybe an inch hangs for a bit and then slowly fades into the abyss leaving a dark, ominous looking oil like liquid in front of me. As I lean in and try to get a whiff of this, I fall back, drowning in a sea of vanilla and butterscotch. It is bourbon overload, everything I have ever dreamed a barrel aged stout could be is coming to me now. Rich notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, butterscotch are all surrounding a huge boozy middle. Its like some sick and twisted candy bar only I could enjoy. Each sip now becomes its own voyage into a realm of sweet boozy bliss, tons of dark and complex fruits work their way in and this is just a wonderful mix of everything, very impressed here.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ktrillionaire! Bottle 125/204.

Very very dark brown. Thick frothy dark tan head, a solid two inches, gradually reducing to about half an inch. Thick tan lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate, red apple, berries, bourbon and brandy, herbaceous scrubland... complex and delicious.

Tastes sweet, roasty, fruity, herbaceous, and mildly acidic but no signs of an infection having taken hold. Chocolate, caramel, red apple, pear, red grape, burnt raisin, toasty bourbon and brandy barrels. Utterly tasty. Long finish, complex herbs, chocolate, and caramelized oak.

Full bodied and creamy. Great flavor and balance make this quite drinkable.

A pleasure to drink, the best beer I've tried from Cigar city so far. Glad this was a good bottle.

Photo of AgentZero
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Sean.

A - Bottle was slightly infected, with a slow gush coming. Black pour with an overly large tan head as the result of infection. Some lace left on the sides.

S - Some funk, caramel, winter warmer spices. Has some pepper coming through, with just way too much spice and some infection smell that is not good at all.

T - Taste is about the same as the nose, sad it's infected as I heard this was a good beer when it wasn't. Pepper and spice is a pour mix and some of the buffering molasses and choco that would hve been present has been soured by the infection making for a bad tasting beer.

M - Too much carbonation, full bodied, once again, infection spoiled.

O - Had potential, but the infection really killed it. Too bad, seems like the odds of getting an uninfected bottle are pretty slim now.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
The beer is a bit of a gusher and pours with a brown-tinged foamy head that sits on top of a black beer. The nose has a fruity, green apple like note that starts to get funky with notes of dank-cheese and moldy wood that speaks to at least a Brettanomyces influence of some sort. The malt is certainly not surpressed here though as there is a rich notes of cocoa, and ample roast grain notes towards the finish. The ripe cheese-character seems boosted by diacetyl notes. The aroma is actually quite complex and fun to be smelling, this is certainly going in a completely different direction than intended; it makes me think of Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Reserve in that it is a funky, dark / roasted beer.

The taste is actually not nearly as funky as I had expected given the nose of this beer; flavors of brandy, caramelized candy apples, ample vanilla, and some toasted coconut all jump out at me and are much more in line what I would have expected of this beer. The finish has some astringent, burnt roast-grain character to it that provides some burnt acidity to it (the acidity is definitely more from the dark malt as opposed to from the funkiness). The funkiness does seem to have contributed some tartness to this beer though, and there is only a very light mustiness and a touch of over-ripe cheese character. This is still a big, rich, chewy beer with a dark malt sweetness and it hasn’t shown too many signs of drying out; this could become quite explosive over time though. The finish has a hot alcohol note to it and there is quite a bit of spicy oak in the finish as well; this definitely finishes with a belly warming character. I definitely enjoyed this beer quite a bit, it was definitely an experience and I like where the funkiness took this beer in the nose, even if it wasn’t intended.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alan for sharing this bottle at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours black with a thin mocha head that sticks around for a bit before falling and leaving a touch of lacing on the edges of the glass. The nose has quite a bit of bourbon and oak and, luckily, is not infected. Strong roast component with a bit of coffee. Taste is filled with roast and coffee and has a bit of the barrel character coming in behind. The feel is medium with good carbonation. Overall, glad this wasn't infected, but there wasn't all too much going on.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Casey for this bottle. Been holding out on this one for a while, hoping it was not infected... guess not.

A- No gushing, but just pours with a huge foamy head. The beer is pretty much black, but the head is a chocolatey color. They head doesn't really go away, it's just everywhere.

S- Smelled funky and off right away. The smell from the mouth of the bottle just smelled like a sour. I don't really get much else off of this.

T- It actually tastes surprisingly ok. Smooth and creamy at first, transitioning to a taste of funk and barrel. Some notes of chocolate, and some dark fruit. It then turns creamy, but finishes with a strong funky flavor. It almost reminds me a of a Cascade beer, as the funk blends quite well. However, I know it was not intentional.

M- Awesome, probably the best part of the beer. Is still quite complex despite the infection. Still no problem with body or carbonation though.

O- I wish I got to try this beer in it's glory, as it has obviously turned a bit. Despite that, it is still some what tasty. An interesting beer to say the least.

-Gfunk

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is an opaque very dark brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger off-white head that remains at 1 finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is interesting and good-slightly sour overall. Sour cherry, chocolate, oak, and a hint of alcohol come through.

T- Individuals are hard to discern as this is a bit of a mess. Dark overripe fruit is the highlight with a hint of anise-yes- I am getting a bit of RIS here. There is a slighty sour highlight over the initial flavor and the oak is in the bakcground but hard to find. Finish is slightly sour-with overripe dark fruit being the highlight again.

M- Medium to high carbonation-and a slightly thick full body.

D- This bottle is probably infected-but the unintended sour aspects are the highlight of this brew as the way-too overripened dark fruit/anise combination would certainly be more prominent had the sour not been there. This is a decent brew overall-but not the best from Cigar City.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black liquid with a light brown head, creamy and robust with a thin lacing left.

S-the nose has some heavey bourbon and wood in it, dry sawdust, dark cherries, roasted to burnt malts, burnt coffee. the nose is different but not bad.

T-the taste has some light bourbon up front, dry sawdust and barrel behind and rather prevalent. notes of vanilla and chocolate come in showing some malt body. very sweet in the back with a hint of sour cherry. might have a slight infection.

M-good feel, medium body and creamy, strong carbonation with a full finish.

D-this may be slighlty infected as there is some notes of sour cherries in the back, I actually like that coupled with the dry woody sawdust. the bourbon fades and it sweetens as it warms. easily drinkable and interesting balance.

Photo of Douglas88
4.93/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

105/204. A huge thanks to Ibrew2or3. A cool label. Pours out a pure black as night hue with a medium beige head. The aroma is amazing; huge barrels, vanilla, dark fruit, earthy and almost smoky in the intensity. The flavor just blew me away; huge dark fruit conquering all like the namesake Russian ruler, sweet and very oily, lots of barrel but not over the top instead it adds to the experience with woody, bourbon and vanilla flavors. Some dryness from the barrels competes with the oily viscous nature of the dark fruity roasted malts. Molasses. Very much like a barrel aged Dark Lord without the overly sweet flavors in some versions of DL. This is certainly a Imperial Stout. No doubt about that. Wonderful. Joyous in its experience. This will covert you to beer for life. I love that after 2,000+ ratings I can still find these kinds of beers.

Photo of nkersten
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle provided at recent tasting by Sean - thanks! Pours a brownish black with a thick bubbly head, some lacing and a reddish hue. Smell is dark malts, brandy, caramel, and burnt sugars. Taste is bitter dark chocolate, spicy peppers, grapes, roasted, charred wood, some dark malts and a little alcohol warmth in the finish. Heavy body with a medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this, but not the most drinkable beer for me.

Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero for this last-minute Darkness Day trade (which turned out kind of funny because we actually traded hellos about 11AM & traded at 1PM not knowing who each one was). We swapped good Cigar City brews - I with the knowledge that there was a good chance this one might be infected. Spin the wheel, deal the cards, looking for an ace & a jack. Bottle 141 of 204.

Popped open over the sink - no foaming. I put down the bottle, raise my arms in victory, & whoop a little. Pours slick, surly, & dark into two glasses with scarce a whisper of head or life. Tentatively I lean over to take a whiff - another victory! Barrel oozes off the edge of the glass into my nose. Chocolate & vanila & warm malts ride shotgun. Niiice.

Campeador Rurik Ale is filthy dark. The barrel dominates the first quarter of this act, balanced off against Cigar City's trademark dump of charred, burnt, roastiness that I enjoy so much. Fingerfuls of chocolate, vanilla, & cascading malts fill in the cracks. After that a smoky burning forest crashes into the glass & finishes like a burning brand. A piece of the barrel, of course.

Excellent beer, & I kind of feel like I won the lottery, or at least drew an 9 hitting on 12. Another great beer from Cigar City. Thanks AgentZero, I owe you one.

Photo of nickd717
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle thanks to Blazer06.

Pours jet black with a two-finger tan head that leaves some foam on the beer.

The aroma is roasty with coffee and sweet malt notes, and...brett. What?

The flavor is a little like a poor man's Cuvee Delphine, in that it has considerable brett presence. Besides that, there's roast, caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, and sour cherries. This probably got some unintended bugs in there, but that being said, it's not too bad.

Medium-full bodied with extremely high carbonation, probably from the brett, which is not exactly befitting of this beer.

Overall, well, it seems to have an infection, but I still enjoyed it.

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Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.