Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) - Cigar City Brewing

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

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 25.41%
Wants: 25
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gtreid on 05-30-2010

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.
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Reviews by Douglas88:
Photo of Douglas88
4.92/5  rDev +33%
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.

More User Reviews:
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 cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Bottle 146/204

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#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.


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 largadeer
1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks, Michael.

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.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.


Photo of sendsilk
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Infected or it would have been pretty good!

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 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.

5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of portia99
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.97/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Beerzebub
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
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 HopHead84
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Arbitrator
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Re-review off a bottle sampled on 10/9/10, courtesy of nickd717. It was clearly infected; tasted of dark cherries and a hint of funk. The clarity and sharpness of flavors had faded and the beer was a muddled, dirty mess. It had some spice, strong flavors of earth, a weird bitterness, and roast. The flavors were poorly integrated (my mental picture, as I was drinking it, was that the beer adjuncts had separated the way water and oil do). Bizarre stuff.

I'm averaging the scores: F for the second bottle, A- for the first bottle.

Original review:

It appears bottle variation exists with this one. Masterski, nerd, and largadeer all partook in the crappy bottle reviewed by largadeer and HopHead84 (below), as well as a good one later. I had the privilege of enjoying a good one last night, so I came home and scribbled some notes. That's what I'm uploading here.

Thanks to nerd for sharing this.

A: Pours a pitch black body. Very thick and even somewhat leggy in the glass. The pour produces a large mocha head that recedes quickly. Quite a nice appearance.

S: Charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, grapes, chilis, and then a sting of booze. Not as expressive as I would like.

T: This is spicier (that is, more chili heat) than the Hunahpu's I opened last weekend. There's a small tobacco bitterness that I'm guessing is imparted from charred oak of some kind, but it's well balanced by a port / brandy sweetness, cherries, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, caramel, even some coffee. It's quite complex, and my favorite aspect of the beer is that it has a drying (not dry) finish from tannic astringency, which leaves a smoky, chili-heat tobacco residue in the aftertaste.

M: Chewy, full, and it has a lot going on. Substantial chili heat on the finish. I like it.

D: I suspect Cigar City as a whole has batch variation. I'm guessing the tanks settle a bit during the bottling process. I had two Hunahpu's bottles that were different from each other, and this bottle (which was half Hunahpu's) had more chili heat than the Hunahpu's itself. And yes, that DOES play into drinkability; the brewery is gaining steam and prestige, and their smaller batches command a higher trading price but (evidently) seem hit and miss. Still worth taking the plunge, I feel, but I would not give up something amazing and irreplaceable for one of these.

Photo of electrobunny
4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep black body with a thick fluffy tan head.

Amazing smell. Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, a sweet graham cracker quality or cookie dough, with hints of bourbon, a cinnamon like spice and brown sugar.

Some great complexity. Vanilla and oak up front with some more bourbon sliding in with it. Burnt sugar and caramel notes all around with some apple skin and pear notes towards the finish. Aftertaste has a sweet candied apple quality with herbaceous notes, hazelnut and some earth.

Mouthfeel is silky and resinous with a slightly dry finish. Has a hearty body with low carbonation. Some peppery alcohol heat on the way down as well.

Really opened up some more as it warmed. Aftertaste turned a little more roasted and coffee like. The alcohol is in there but lingers in the background and doesn't intrude. Plenty of bourbon flavor and some nice dark chocolate sweetness. Reminds me of Piroulines in aroma at times. Very drinkable and dangerously smooth.

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 gford217
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Justin for this bottle shared with some ATL folks.

The bottle popped with a fairly aggressive pop and proceeded to flow out the top of the bottle a little bit. The pour is black with a massive bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a small collar

The aroma is good with tons of roasted chocolate malts, tobacco, leather m,sweet fruits and coffee. The only issue is that there is a definitely sourness that pervades from the very beginning. Nothing overpowering, but enough to notice.

The taste is excellent and I get none of the sourness from the nose. It's dominated by the charred black malts from the stouts and the candied fruit of the old ale. Throw in the chocolate, espresso, bourbon and tobacco and you've got quite a tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is bothersome as it's damn-near effervescent, which is certainly overdone for this style.

The taste really salvages this beer for me. It's excellent in that regard, but something tells me there's an emerging issue with this one. I'm definitely glad I opened it when I did as I can't imagine this particular bottle getting better.

Photo of Sean9689
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, #110/204, into CCB snifter.

A - Pours black, light tan-colored head. There's a nice ring around the glass and some head remains on top as the cap.

S - I get a majority of Winter Warmer, orange liquer-esk nose, lots of hot alcohol. I can get some of the brandy Hunahpu's but not any of the Zhukov.

T - This is where this one shines. Not near as hot as I was expecting, which is great. Nice bourbon notes from the Buffalo Trace barrels, chocolate (both milk and dark), apples, oranges, vanilla, oak/barrel, cinnamon. Anyway, I could probably go on here, but I won't. Very complex for such a young beer with very little alcohol hotness. Impressive.

M - Full bodied, rich and smooth, semi-dry finish.

D - I had two snifters worth and was very satisfied. We split the bottle three ways and killed it. This beer is excellent, and I imagine in a year or so, it's going to get even better.

Photo of Gtreid
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Was lucky enough to get to try this one shortly after the 110k #3 release.

A: Pretty much black. The pour dropped a huge two finger of wet sand colored head, that hung around and left tons of great lace.

A: I get the whiskey striaght away, but it is backed up by a healthy dose of black, roasted, and chocolate malt. I get caramel and loads of vanilla. Not much of a hop presence.

T: Very nice! I have been a fan of the burbon and whiskey treatments of CCB stouts, and this one is no different. The whiskey is forward, but the sweetness of the malt is really quite palate pleasing.

M: Thick, creamy, and full bodied. Light carbonation makes it a touck oily, but not in a bad way.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for a brew like this is actually pretty nice. The whiskey and high ABV will limit it some. Overall, I like this version of Campeador better than the Fergus Mor. Glad I got a chance to try. Skal.

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