Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) - Cigar City Brewing
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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
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
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
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
4.4/5 rDev +18.9%
Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Bottle #110/204. Served in a snifter glass.
A - Pours with a half-finger of dark tan foam that settles to a persistent thin cap. A few splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. The body is black with a tinge of brown at the fringes.
S - Bourbon, wood, burnt malt (i.e. scorched Earth) from the Zhukov, caramel sweetness from Winter Warmer. Not getting much Brandy Hunahpu's here. This is still pretty boozy and almost liquor-like.
T - Taste is an improvement, with more apple brandy notes and less of the burnt flavors. Again, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits. It totally makes sense to me that this is Imperial Stout cut with Old Ale. Finish is roasty and bitter.
M - A little lighter than I expected, but still medium-full in body. Low carbonation. Pretty smooth, and with less heat than I expected from the nose.
D - This was surprisingly easy to drink. Three of us put down the bottle no problem, and it wasn't a struggle at all. I'm looking forward to seeing what another few months of age do for this one.
Note - I tried another bottle and it tasted like ash and red pepper flakes. Not sure why there is such extreme bottle variation.
07-12-2010 21:13:08 | More by MasterSki
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting. Bottle #164/204.
a - Pours a dark brown with an inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells strongly of dark fruits. Also some funk to it, though I don't think it's infected. Smells of peppers, spice, smoke, roasted malts.
t - Tastes funkier than the smell. Tastes spicey, of peppers, dark fruits, chocolate, smokey roasted malts, little bit of alcohol.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - Wasn't the biggest fan of this one, though I was glad to try it. I enjoyed the 09 Campeador better, though I know it's a different blend. Little too much funky/pepper smell and taste to it for me
09-17-2010 22:17:27 | More by mdfb79
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
06-10-2011 15:03:53 | More by Gueuzedude
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
Bottle thanks to Sean at our recent tasting...Light black pour with decent carbonation...I've heard most of these are infected, at first ours didn't seem to be. Only a hint of funk comes through. As it warms it becomes more prominent. However, my poor rating of this beer I can't pretty surely say is not due to the infection but the mess of a blend this is...Aroma is a hint of funk, but this is mostly dominated by the winter warmer portion of this blend, its very hot and spicy way too much pepper and spice comes through...The taste is more spicy pepper and not in a good way at all. Light roast but not enough to cut the peppers.
So many reasons not to get this; high chance of infection and the fact that it wasn't a good blend in the first place.
10-08-2010 03:50:55 | More by jrallen34
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
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
08-12-2010 01:32:26 | More by gford217
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-01-2013 02:22:09 | More by Gobzilla
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
4.15/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
10-30-2010 01:49:56 | More by maximum12
4.35/5 rDev +17.6%
Bottle provided by Joey Reder at a tasting at my house.
A: Pours a nice deep black with a tight tan head. Lite retention and some spotty lace.
S: Aromas of char, mild booze, chocolate, and caramel lead the way. Mild barrel character with hints of vanilla and coconut.
T: Love the taste of this one. Not much Bourbon character left in the barrel but still plenty of oak. The base zhukov really stands out and provides lots of roast and chocoalte. The winter warmer provides enough candy like sweetness to provide balance. The mild barrel makes this one pretty enjoyable.
M: On the full side of medium in body, smooth.
D: Good one of the more drinkable BA brews.
07-15-2010 12:49:14 | More by tpd975
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
4.45/5 rDev +20.3%
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.
07-10-2010 21:37:44 | More by Sean9689
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
3.43/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
12-29-2010 14:47:21 | More by PittBeerGirl
Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.