Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by Douglas88:
4.93/5 rDev +33.2%
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.
11-16-2010 22:22:15 | More by Douglas88
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3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-06-2010 20:57:18 | More by nkersten
4.5/5 rDev +21.6%
A- 750ml bottle dipped in black wax. Poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brownish black color, almost pitch black but it does have some brown hues. A tan colored head sticks around forever with great lacing and retention.
S- The aroma is dark and roasty with some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a good dose of bourbon and vanilla notes from the barrel aging. Fantastic aroma!
T- The taste starts out sweet yet roasty with a big bourbon presence. I'm not a huge fan of barrel aged beers because some can be over the top but the flavors really work well together in this one.
M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Cigar City consistently has some of the best combination of body and carbonation in their beers.
D- Overall, Rurik is another fantastic beer from Cigar City. I enjoyed the first Campeador, but I really enjoyed this second installment. I always look forward to trying new releases from CCB because they knock almost everything out of the park.
06-12-2010 02:20:09 | More by cjgator3
3/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
10-22-2010 15:56:22 | More by nickd717
4.13/5 rDev +11.6%
Thanks to Alex for sharing this!
Pours black with a woody mahoghany glint in the light. Very creamy mocha milkshake foam, sticky and chocolaty. Rich aroma with bourbon evident, buttery vanilla from the oak, some dark fruity plum also. Woody tobacco, sweet brown sugar and vanilla, drying oak in the finish. Rich and decadent, almost fudgy and definitely chewy. The fruit element is seamlessly blended with the roastier stout aspects. Delicious with no hints of infection at all. I would drink more of this if I could!
08-26-2010 00:48:16 | More by emerge077
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
#27/204 pulled out of Ditmier's cellar.... it is too bad he is no longer taking notes... this is pretty damn good and not the least bit infected despite the rumors.
Nice dark brown head.. good retention and lacing.. the brew is black..
Nose shows good vanilla and plenty of dark chocolate.... some background malt char.... the sweet malts tend to pull this one out of the middle rung... good fruits with late pours.
The flavor is pretty astringent... BLACK char astringent... still though plenty of milk chocolate and good malt sweetness makes this alot better than we were hoping for... The bourbon shows more with warmth and it makes it a much better brew... bits of dark dried cherries are also there.
Body is standard for big stouts... so is the carbonation.... I was surprised that it wasn't infected.
Thanks to Ditmier (my not rating RB buddy for pulling this one out :-) #27... man... just incredible... Eric, you're good people.... Molly is better.
08-31-2010 07:52:42 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
08-19-2011 02:08:45 | More by mikesgroove
1.63/5 rDev -55.9%
Rurik pours utterly pitch black and opaque with a nearly blackened tan collar. The darkness and viscosity is impressive, and it's well carbonated. Appearance is the highlight, unfortunately.
Burnt, tarry aroma, signature Cigar City burning asphalt. It's also very sweet with some soy sauce notes, entirely too reminiscent of teriyaki sauce, and there's an intense red pepper flake heat from the Hunahpu's component. Dark chocolate and (burnt) fruit also make an appearance.
Asphalt and tar are the first flavors to hit the palate. Soy sauce and harsh red pepper flakes are right behind the intensely burnt malt. There's plenty of sweetness too, bringing to mind dark chocolate, caramel and dark fruit. Incredibly viscous and astringent with palate-obliterating burnt bitterness, peppery spice and a finish that can only be described as a mix of soy sauce and tar, this isn't enjoyable at all.
08-16-2010 00:57:27 | More by largadeer
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
03-26-2011 03:03:15 | More by Gfunk720
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-20-2011 11:56:53 | More by Thorpe429
2.63/5 rDev -28.9%
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.
07-25-2011 00:50:37 | More by AgentZero
5/5 rDev +35.1%
A: thick thick black with a wicked mocha tan head.
S: brandy right up front with oak and choc. then some caramel and some vanilla. wow...cant wait...
T: tons of flavors with amazing balance. brandy, oak, and everything similar to a snickers bar throughout. yummy! This is amazing.
M: this beer has the best feel ever. perfection. Chewy velvety goodness. I have never had a beer with a more perfect mouthfeel than this one. I am freaking out right now.
D: Incredible beer. So smooth, not boozy, perfect balance. I wish they made more...Soo sooo soo good.
Thoughts: CCB makes alot of good beers. This is definitely one of their best. no doubt.
P.S. after reading some of the reviews... I see there was obviously some bad bottles out there. That is very dissapointing. I most definitely had one that was good and not infected.
09-30-2010 03:58:32 | More by GOGRANDE
3.38/5 rDev -8.6%
750ml bottle received from JAXSON in trade (bottle 63 of 204),poured into an Allagash fluted glass
A - Pours a very deep black with a huge rocky 3 fingers of foam. Some loose lacing is left behind on the glass as the foam descends.
S - Heard that these could be infected...first smell indicates this one might be in that grouping. I get a definite sourish astringency...almost flanders brown like. A bit herbal, some cooling sensation in the nose, some caramel notes too. Not quite as expected.
T - interesting...definitely infected...still some interesting character here tho. Sour astringency, but also some deep roastiness, definitely get some of the chile pepper as well as the cinnamon. Too bad about the infection....drinks like a flanders brown, still enjoyable, but definitely not what it was intended to be
M - Foamy and abit thin. Astringency throughout. definitely infected...
D - Have a feeling that this would have been very good if not for the infection. Still not a drain pour, but there are definitely issues here. disappointed for sure, but glad to get a chance to tey this.
10-17-2010 00:08:39 | More by portia99
4.97/5 rDev +34.3%
Thanks to Ben for cracking the first of his Ruriks.
A - I looks like a nice Double Stout, with a rich mocha head and sticky lace.
S - Whoa! Battle of the barrels; I am getting some elements of Buffalo Trace of course, but the Apple Brandy Hunahpu makes a surprisingly big impact on the aromatics (and flavor) overall. Lots of booze, vanilla, char, dark-sweet maltiness, anise; delectable.
T - Perhaps the best beer from CCB yet. The crazy part is that it is likely going to improve with age. Everything that went into it is discernible, appreciable, available, sublime and fantastically balanced. So it has all of the RIS brutality of Zhukov, the giant toffee-malt-bomb aspects of WWWW, and the icing on the BA cake is the Brandy Hunahpu; all of that is magnified and enhanced by the Buffalo Trace barrels. This stands out, along with JD Blackbeerd, as the best barrel-aged beer I've had.
M - Velvety and viscous; it feels luxurious.
D - I am obviously a fan.
07-13-2010 14:38:43 | More by ktrillionaire
4.68/5 rDev +26.5%
Opened and shared a bottle with several others on 6/26/10.
Poured Black with a nice tan head into my Cigar City Snifter.
The nose on this SEXYYY beer had a nice amount of dark chocolate and roasted malts. There was a bit of boozy-ness but not overpowering.
The taste was very similar to the nose, but very mixed up at a cooler temperature. Once it warmed up a bit the chocolate came out HUGE....sooo good! The bourbon was surprising light, which was nice instead of other beers which are just over the top with that bourbon flavor. The body was silky smooth, and felt perfect on the palate.
Overall an amazing beer that will probably be a perfect 5.0/5.0 in about a year or so. I really recommend sitting on this, even if you only have one, for atleast a year and let the flavors settle down and blend a bit together.
Hats off to the guys at CCB and Knightly for another fantabulous beer!
06-30-2010 20:10:07 | More by DosBeerigos
4.83/5 rDev +30.5%
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.
08-01-2011 03:47:31 | More by Beerzebub
2.78/5 rDev -24.9%
Thanks Michael! Appears black with a nice thick toffee head.
The aroma displays dark chocolate and prominent notes of smoke, which gradually turn into an ashen char as the beer warms up. I detect light apple brandy character and big chili notes. When the beer warms the pleasant apple brandy fades, and the nose becomes rather consumed by harsh chili pepper notes and scorched malt and oak.
The flavor is a harsh roast that segues into decadent dark chocolate with apple and prominent chili notes (lots and lots of chilies). The chilies aren't all that spicy, but they contribute an unpleasant and tiresome flavor I can't get past, and the more I drink this, the more noticeable and oppressive the harsh burnt malt character becomes.
The beer is full bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. Most of our group hated this, but I didn't find it to be terrible, but rather artless and somewhat harsh. I'm not sure what they were going for with this one. Not really worth seeking out with all the other barrel aged beers out there.
08-27-2010 06:25:23 | More by HopHead84
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-29-2010 02:43:15 | More by cpetrone84
Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.