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Or - Cigar City Brewing

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 26
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 11-12-2010)
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Photo of silentjay
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

silentjay, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of GatorBeer
4/5  rDev -2%

GatorBeer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -2%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jrohrbacher, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of wchris21
5/5  rDev +22.5%

wchris21, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
5/5  rDev +22.5%

nathanjohnson, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

how can i open "either" without "or"...just seems like it would be a crime. thanks to G311 and biglobo8971 for this one.

a - opened the bottle and filled the darkness snifter. poured similar to the either, but a bit darker and with a bigger creamier head (could be the glasses somewhat tulipy lip though). even more stout looking.

s - nutmeg, vanilla, and caramel with roasted malts. the honey is there as well. much more subtle than the either. crisp.

t - again, a nice hoppy black ale...perhaps a bit more hoppy than either. more american barleywine than strong ale. some grape notes and roastiness...but more subtle than either.

m - big and bold...finishes a bit bitter and leaves a tingle. if any different than either...perhaps a bit thinner?

o - overall just as enjoyable as either, perhaps a touch less enjoyable for my tastes. seemed to me that either was more black strong ale and this was more black american barleywine. for an american black ale these 2 are definitely up there in my book.

cosmicevan, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

uturn, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of vonburgey
5/5  rDev +22.5%

vonburgey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of UncleE
5/5  rDev +22.5%

UncleE, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of xpdrinker
4/5  rDev -2%

xpdrinker, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +22.5%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -2%

THECPJ, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev -2%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -2%

thewimperoo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +22.5%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of awalk1227
5/5  rDev +22.5%

awalk1227, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +22.5%

alalvarez75, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -2%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kinda opaque body, no head on my one ounce taste.

Strong smell, slightly spicier, more herbal than Either, more hop character.

Taste is far mellower-- caramel, malty sweetness, oregano. Quite pleasant and tasty. Sweet (honey?), but balanced by a (subdued) hop presence. Plenty of hops in the aftertaste though. Compartmentalizes nicely, plenty in here to pick apart.

Slightly brigher, more carbonated mouthfeel than Either.

This is quite nice-- reminds me of DFH 120 in only the good ways.

zaphodchak, Nov 06, 2011
Or from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.