Or - Cigar City Brewing
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4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
Bottle purchased at Domus Birrae in Rome, Italy of all places. No freshness information was apparent.
A - Thick motor oil black with a small layer of light brown head.
S - Roast, sweet honey, cedar, a touch of coffee. A slight bitterness is present but it is muted. I assume this bottle to not be fresh so I will take that in to account.
T - Big roast up front that immediately gives way to the cedar that is present without overwhelming as it sometimes can be in cedar aged beers. Some coffee and oatmeal notes are also present along with a decent bitterness and some grassy notes from the hops. The finish is sweet honey, espresso and a lingering bitterness. The hops are not as prominent as they would be in a fresh Black IPA, but are still very much a part of the palate.
M - Medium, almost full body. Creamy and viscous. Light carbonation.
09-24-2012 16:02:46 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5 rDev -13.2%
12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. No bottle date.
Appearance - Jet black. Inky. Small flutter of a khaki head then it fades to a collar.
Smell - Tons of cedar coming through on this one. Molasses, dark chocolate, and cedar. Whoah. This is a lot stronger than I remember the cedar in Either.
Taste - Molasses taste is prominent here at first, but the cedar takes over and gives it a sweetness and bitterness at the same time. The cedar seems much stronger here than it did in Either. Maybe the hops masked the cedar in Either. The dark malt base seems to be holding up nicely. Just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Not as boozy as Either. Stronger cedar, which I can handle. Less bitter. Much more like Humidor Zhukov without being cloyingly sweet. Interesting and rather nice.
Overall - I feel that age has treated this one better, if only because it was less hoppy to begin with. The booze is much mellower. The cedar is still pretty strong. The cedar adds a dimension that I'm not sure I love, but it keeps me interested.
09-19-2012 01:12:45 | More by Alieniloquium
4.13/5 rDev +1%
This one is a bit spicy. I don't get the boozy edge on this one like I got on Either, but I think the hop spices help on that. A firm example of the style. Glad I was able to pick this one up when I was in Florida. Too bad it won't be a regular release.
08-30-2012 16:15:54 | More by RblWthACoz
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
I had this one right after the "Either". This one is also a single finger tan head on a jet black body, not much different. Aroma is much less sweet and full but not as strong with vanilla, oak, bourbon, roasted malt and chocolate all again present. The malt is more obvious as is the coffee acounting for the more semi dry mouthfeel. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate again are well represented. The body is less full bodied, smooth and moderate carbonation. As with the Either, the hops are also fairly mild and almost noncontributory to the flavor.
04-09-2012 01:51:14 | More by kylehay2004
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
A - Pours with half a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.
S - A spicy, smoky aroma of dark sugar with elements of chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, and a bit of pine.
T - Dark caramel and cola up front with a bit of vanilla. Brown, spicy notes in the middle with licorice, molasses, and cinnamon. Finishes with nutmeg, chicory, and coco as well as pine and moderate bitterness.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.
D - An interesting contrast to its twin brew, this one has a less sweet malt character. This helps to accentuate the spicy character and perhaps makes for a more drinkable brew. These beers have a stronger malt profile than most black IPAs and as a result seem to have held up well after over a year and a half in the bottle.
04-09-2012 01:50:07 | More by nickfl
4.13/5 rDev +1%
trying to try these two (either and or) separately, objectively and without prejudice on different days.
the pour on this one is beautiful. deep black with a huge dark khaki head that lasts forever and laces very well.
aroma of tobacco and mint leaf with plenty of piney hops (though I know this has been in the bottle a while) with tons of wood and earthy character, some cocoa and molasses behind that.
leafy hops again come out first, sweetened a bit by some caramel/molasses flavored malts and bittered up again by some dark roasted coffee/chocolate malts characters. alcohol present throughout, but blended well with the leafy hops and roasted malts flavors.
not quite full bodied, but with a pleasantly light carbonation level and a leafy/yet bitter aftertaste with a touch of roast lingering.
very well balanced beer. I'm not sure how long ago this one was bottled, but at this time, the beer is drinking very well and the balance is remarkable. for such a strong beer, there is no harshness, but some decent complexity. impressive.
01-04-2012 06:04:17 | More by silentjay
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