Dirac - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 71
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed in Collaboration with Mikkeller

Stout brewed with raisins and spice
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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 49
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Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep black color with a brown head. Looks like a Cigar City stout should look.

The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of anise mixed in. I also get a little bit of dark fruit and some spices.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a lot of the classic imperial stout notes with chocolate, roasted malt and coffee as well as some dark fruit and some anise. The beer is fairly dry overall.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing womencantsail!

Thick and pitch black. Very thin mocha-colored head and spiderweb lacing down the glass.

Roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, some stinging licorice, and some sweet dark fruits.

While all the typical great flavors are here like chocolate, coffee, and roast, along with some atypical nice flavors like burnt/charred cherries and raisins, the stinging licorice flavor is a big detractor from this beer's flavor, giving it a pronounced sharpness. There's also a touch of alcohol heat. Good, but not great.

Great mouthfeel. Thick, luscious, decadent, and somewhat chewy. Very nice.

A decent big stout, but probably my least favorite of the big Cigar City stouts I've tried so far. Nielsbohrium and Marshal Zhukov's (and especially Hunaphu!) are better.

Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing and heavy legs.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are hints of dark fruits – specifically raisins, though that may be the label influencing me a bit. Also present are slight hints of dark chocolate and lighter hints of dried herbs.

Tastes better integrated than it smells. Moderately roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate and raisins. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with soft hints of dried figs. Leafy hop flavors come into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed the flavors of this beer more than Bohr – along which it was tried side-by-side – but the aroma in Bohr was better and for whatever reason it went down easier. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rattle N Hum special tap. Almost chocolate, looks like a red wine as dark body and no head. Slightly astringent, medium mouthfeel, not so much of a double but above average stout. Tastes like a wine with chocolte commingled. Not the best Cigar City, but still wrth a try.

Photo of Mavajo
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The usual appearance for a CCB stout -- jet black with an intensely dark brown head.

Aroma and taste are malt, with a bit of roastiness, dark chocolate and plum/raisin notes. Mouthfeel is good.

Good stout. There's nothing about it that really made it "pop" for me, but there wasn't anything wrong with it either. Very well made, balanced imperial stout.

Photo of mdvatab
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Cheers to JacksDad12109 for trading this one to me!)
Poured from 750ml cellar-temperature bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: Chocolate syrup up front, powdered cocoa, mocha, light blueberry fruitiness in background. Also picking us a scotch whisky note. Excellent, well-balanced aroma profile!

Appearance: A nice, dark tan 1 finger collar of fine foam. Forms a fine sheet of lacing on the inside of the glass with each sip. Pitch black body.

Flavor: Sweet molasses, fruity, dark cherry alcohol note, a VERY slight metallic twang toward the end (which disappears after the first sip). Finally, a faint earthy/mineral note at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, smooth mouthfeel. Medium-low, creamy carbonation. A warming, peppery finish in mouth and throat lingers.

Overall: A very well-balanced, A-Class imperial stout! I didn't find that one quality that screamed for an A+, but at the same time, this brew deserves no less than a solid "A" in my book. Bottle says it's brewed w/ raisins & spice, but I think these components definitely play a supporting role (neither raisin nor spice are jumping out at me). I highly recommend trying this one. Looking forward to trying Bohr and Nielsbohrium as well!

[Edit: Something interesting that I noted as I continued to drink this one over the course of a couple of hours. In between sips, and after the last one, I noticed a slight tart aftertaste on the sides of my tongue. Interestingly, this is the same aftertaste that I get when I eat raisins. So, I guess the raisins did show up after all.)

Photo of trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(sample at Dak's Final Four tasting!). Pours dark brown with thin tan head that sticks to the glass. Aroma has dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet but mild with a slightly roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a slick texture. This is a great beer!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ibrew2or3 (RB fella) opened a bunch of Cigar City brews at the SLC tasting.... Thanks Dave!

One of the darkest heads I've ever seen.... the brew is thick and black..

Nose is deep dark roast with a good sweetness .... dark fruits abound... thick raisin and dried cherries... a bit of char.. sweet cigar box

Flavor is very complex mash up of dark malts and fruity esters.... dried cherries and fruitcake raisins... thick sweetened mexican mocha... I guess cinnamon and hints of licorice ... a bit ashy.... molasses? ... cigar wrapper.... bittersweet chocolate...

The brew is thick and coating with a sorta light carbonation...

Very cool Dave.... I appreciate it.


Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a CCB Snifter

Pours a dark, inky black with a mocha head that settles to a thin ring. Aromas of sweet dark malt, chocolate, and raisins. Reminds me of a Raisinet. Taste is similar to the nose, big notes of chocolate, dark roasted malt, raisins, and a touch of soy sauce. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy, with a full body and good carbonation. A touch boozy. Decent beer overall, but forgettable.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches

rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth. Very well done indeed.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mfielden shared this one. Thanks, Mark.

Dirac pours an oily pitch black topped by a dark brown crust. Head retention is fair for the style. This is a ridiculously sludgy, thick stout - exactly what I'd expect from a collaboration between Mikkeller and Cigar City.

The aroma isn't what I was expecting. A charred, burnt mess this is not. Sweet and fruity, raisin comes through strongly and blends nicely with an intense molasses sweetness. Bittersweet chocolate, mild alcohol, ambiguous spiciness.

Tastes pretty damn good, the first thing that came to mind was oatmeal raisin cookie with a nice dark chocolate backbone. Sweet, mildly spicy, very fruity. thankfully not burnt and ashy like most imperial stouts from both Mikkeller and Cigar City. The finish is sweet and sticky with a lingering note of molasses.

Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours black as night with a finger of dark tan head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour. The smell is really sweet with lots of raisins. I'm also getting a mild spice note. The taste is also super sweet. Tons of dark fruit, mainly raisins. There is some roast and spice. Reminds me of hunahpu without spices. The body is super thick.

Photo of claspada
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are fairly predictable based on the style and appearance. Dark/roasted malts (not particularly chocolatey or smoky or coffe, just pleasant roastiness).
The taste does not follow the nose; your assaulted with delicious dark chocolate and roastiness, lesser notes of coffee and unfortunately iodine as it warms. Lingering roasted flavors which become overwhelming towards the end of the glass.
Mouthfeel is below average, not much carbonation; quite syrupy/thick. Overall I was fairly dissapointed by this as I was by Marshal Zhukov's Imp Stout (they both could use an increase in carbonation for my taste). This could probably use some time in the cellar/fridge as well to allow the flavors to develop and come together. As it stands now, it is average and forgetable.

Photo of KevSal
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Jefe for always pulling through with some amazing stuff, thanks Jeff

been hanging onto this guy since march. plan on doin the set the next couple of days (hopefully). in the mood for big dark stouts

Impy stout with spicys (not sure exactly which) and raisins, brewed in collab with Mikeller. this guy is Cigars Citys version (Bohr being Mikellers ver)

5 month old 750ml bottle split with the lady into 2 Cigar City snifters.

A- Sweet! looks damn near close like to hunahpu. holy shit is this guy dark. not quite as dark as huna but pretty darn close. pours like straight used motor oil, near pitch black with a slight tint of dark brow. these cigar city beers are as viscious and black as they come and this one is no exception. in the glass pitched black. but slight brown on the edges. nice dark mocha head.

s- yess. VERY similar to Huna. a lot more dark fruits (i imagine thanks to the raisins) opens up amazingly as it warms. dark chocolate, slit hints of Cinnamon (spices?)

t-very good! this guy taste more like a beefed up regular zhukov than the huna, but its packed with flavor. chocolates, those raisins taste a nice touch of sweetness to the flavor. bitter chocolate finish. theres some spice there but its subtle(maybe due to aging?)

m- this is where cigar city has got it down for sure. its thick and coats the mouth. the flavor lingers long after every sip. carbonation is good and the body is very viscosious, tho not quite as thick as the hunah.

o- i was expecting alot going into it and got exactly what i wanted. another great cigar city stout that delivers on many levels. wish i had more of this guy. if you are having a hard time landing a hunah, get this guy while its still semi plentiful around (and not even close to having hunas hype).

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.61/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 750mL bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 with a small group of friends
*From notes

A: Dark, muddy brown in color. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Brownie batter and raisinated dark fruit.

T: Oddly metallic and pruney. It's got some char and cocoa to it, but not enough to please. Just a strange and unlikable flavor profile here.

M: It feels ok I guess. It's not as oily as Bohr, but it's also not as dense as Marshal Zhukov.

O: CCB & Mikkeller yet again dissapoint with Dirac. Though not the puddle of liquid diareha that is Bohr, this is still a waste of caloric intake, and something I highly recommend staying away from.

Photo of sendsilk
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple of these at the Hunahpu release party. I had never heard of it and they were $15 for a 750 ML of a brew I have never heard of, so I thought lets check it out but not go too deep. I have had Hunahpu for 2 of the last 4 days so I am pretty spoiled on the style, taste at this point in time. Poured a 6 oz. pour into a snifter.

A- Hunahpu and Marshal Zhukov style beauty. Dark, rich, nice lacing and a decent sized mocha head (on the MZ, sometimes there is no head whatsoever) Toatally dark, black hole look.

T- Wow, this is really amazing. Like a perfected Zhukov and SPOT ON with the carbonation. Very chocolatey, raisins, figs and nice spice. Seriously drinkable. Nice aftertaste with a slight burn at the end.

M- It's all there, creamy and thick. Very Nice.

D- Slight alcohol burn. Perfect taste but definitely can feel the burn. This is the only category I can knock this in.

Overall- Friggin Brilliant! Seriously, I'm now going to open the Bohr and compare them side by side. I was not planning on opening $30 worth of beer tonight but now I have to know how they compare. This is some great brew Wayne!

I wonder if this is maybe how the first batch of Hunahpu drinkers found themselves and than suddenly their great beer received notice. I will be going there tomorrow to pick a case of each for long term cellaring, no bullshit. I am also going to review the Bohr directly after this as I opened it 5 minutes ago and just poured it.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, thanks go out to Sean9689 for this beer. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip at a recent tasting.

Pours near black with a good creamy mocha head with a bit of spotty lacing. The nose brings forward chocolate and roast along with some light smoke. Spices linger in the background. The flavor hits pretty hard, especially combined with the feel, with some chocolate and roast. Really heavy chocolate and some spice. Creamy body with light carbonation and an uber-smooth finish. Very well done by the CCB crew and their cross-Atlantic compatriots.

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason or bringing this one out at DLD.

A - Black beer with a nicely sized mocha coloured head with some moderate retention. Bit of lace left on the sides as it faded to a solid ring.

S - Quite sweet with some dark fruits, particularly raisins and dates, as well as unsweetened chocolate and a little bit of smoke. Sweeter spices, particularly cinnamon stand out.

T - This beer is quite tastey. Dark fruit and spice overlay a decently roasted malt backbone that also features hints of smoke, earth, and leather. Nicely complex with a lot going on that you are able to pick out.

M - Fairly close to, if not, full bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

O - Beer is very well done and quite nice to drink. It has a lot of interesting things going on that make this better than just a "typical" imperial stout.

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sent by Adam. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a thin tan head.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate are the initial aromas. There is a nice bit of licorice and molasses to it as well. Just a bit of booze followed by coffee, mild vanilla, and some rum raisins.

T: A mild smoke flavor which might just be from the intensely roasted malt character. A mild booze flavor, dark chocolate, and miscellaneous dark fruits. A nice burnt sugar sweetness as well as some earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: The fruit and sugar notes were nice and took away some of intensity from the roast.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Whereas Bohr has a reddish tint to the head, this is more like umber. Thinner in appearance as well as in actuality. Moderate retention, more persistent carbonation than Bohr, and some spotty collared lace.

S - Sweet with notes of toasted coconut dark and orchard fruit, cinnamon and a big rum-raisin impression overall. As it opens up, subtly smoky aromatics of tanned leather and rawhide emerge and really serve as a great counterpoint for the sweeter elements.

T - Dark fruitiness and cherry-fudge flavors coalesce with general medium roastiness to comprise the basis of Dirac. There is some depth and complexity to the sweetly spiced malt, and a very well-apportioned hop addition that enhances the woody spiciness in the malt and (probable) cinnamon. Vague nuances of cedar, vanilla, chilies, rum and coconut keep it interesting, as well as the long spicy finish.

M - On the medium side of heavy, this brew nonetheless has more than adequate viscosity. The weight is just right to support the soft and creamy feel arising from the steadiness of the carbonation. Less body than Bohr.

D - Dirac and Bohr are quite different, though roughly equal in quality. Both are outstanding.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours deep dark brown - nearly black - with a whispy brown head and a dirty ring around the glass. Looks better than Bohr certainly.

Smell -- I would say that this was sweeter than Bohr: dark roast malt, dark chocolate, and raisin.

Taste -- Again, slightly on the sweet side, but not cloying - dark roast malt, dark chocolate sweetness, fig and raisin. Slightly more classic RIS malt profile...or is that from the fruit? Either way, very quaffable.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied and viscous with mild carbonation. I would have preferred slightly more carbonation, but this works.

Overall -- Well-done. I definitely preferred this over Bohr.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Met up with another BA (capra) at the good life and noticed this was on tap. Asked around at how it was and heard only positives I plaved my order. Beer showed up in a snifter with a gorgeous brown head and deep dark body. Odor was a gentle chocolatey malt, but the taste is where it came to life. Much like ten fidy reminds me of eating chocolate cake, this beer made me think of eating a hersjey bar. Deep strong chocolate. Kind of thick and oatmeal stoutish, very filling, very delicious and the abv is really well taken care of. I am really surprised that people aren't shouting the praises of this beer from the rooftops since in my book, it is a homerun and a beer I look forward to drinking again.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.22/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

750 courtesy of Dave long ago and shared with JP

Deep dark viscous looking pour...per usual, Cigar City stouts are always pleasing to the eye

Smells of sweet raisins blended with cinnamon and flash of booze

Strange...when the beer hits the mouth it starts thick and rich in feel but once on the tongue and through the finish it thins out rapidly leaves a much lighter than expected feel. Some red cherry in the middle along with cinnamon and a truckload of dark fruitiness..assuming the raisin. Unexpectedly smokey with a distinct ashy quality. Hides the alcohol fairly well. Not all that cohesive and, in parts, a bit flabby.

Feel is certainly a let down. I felt like the beer itself was disintegrating in my mouth. Odd by CCB standards and certainly has me questioning whether this bottle sat too long.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Andrew, thanks!

A: Black with a creamy toffee head.

S: Dark chocolate blends with an upper moderate roast. There's a light smokiness with lots of wood and strong raisin notes. Brown sugar is present.

T: Charred malt with strong molasses and a little licorice. There's a touch of earth with a little smoke. Dark fruit is reminiscent of raisin and prune. There's a lower moderate earthy bitterness.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

Overall: A good Stout from Cigar City.

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A famous CCB jet black pour with a two finger reddish chocolate colored fluffy head. The head looks like an island on oil. Based on looks I was thinking this would smell like a dark fruit and malt bomb. Wrong. Surprisingly it smells sweet like chocolate and littered with dark fruit most notably raisin. This brew is very thick on the tongue. Something I applaud. Nice and chewie. Cinnamon and cocoa and vanilla in the finish. This is like a alcoholic oatmeal raisin cookie.

Is it good you say? Damn straight it is Skippie, now mind your business.

This beer was really on par for me with Hunahpu's. It certainly borrowed from that beer. It beat Bohr into the ground in my opinion. A nice addition to the CCB lineup, and definitely worth searching out.

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Dirac from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.