Dirac - Oak Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PorterLambic:
4.83/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours extremely dark brown, nearly black. The darkest cocoa colored head I've ever seen on a beer. A touch noisy as it drops but....
I let it sit 45 minutes before continuing. Past experience, ya know.
Smell is decadent. Rich, malty, dark fruits especially raisins, slight notes of smoke, oak, soy and caramelized sugar.
Taste is so rich and balanced I probably missed something but here goes. Malt, soy, smoke, caramelized sugar, dark fruit, wheat and whiskey.
Full-bodied, light effervescence and warming. Creamy and rich, it leaves a slight coating on the palate and tongue. Not cloying at all, though. ABV's presence is known but in no way overwhelming. A fabulous beer in every regard. Do not miss this.
04-07-2011 00:30:23 | More by PorterLambic
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic while on a day-trip to downtown Greenville during Hobo Tasting #6! Served from growler into a Bell's tulip. Poured black with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, oak, and spices. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was quite the excellent brew. All aspects of this one just seemed to stand out and shine in unison and on their own. Really glad I got an opportunity to tick this one and can't wait until I get a chance to try the regular Dirac...
04-01-2011 12:58:59 | More by thagr81us
4.43/5 rDev +0.7%
(Sampled at Dak's Final Four tasting!!). Pours dark brown with minimal head. Coats the glass like many CCB beers. Aroma is wood, chocolate nibs, and cinimmon. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Super beer!!
04-03-2011 22:27:40 | More by trappistlover
4.28/5 rDev -2.7%
Inflatablechair brought this over tonight.... I am truly appreciative.. Thanks Sam.
I did NOT want to like this one as much as I did.... I've had many of the hyped CC brews and have either been blown away or left wanting.... This one was damned good... no kidding.. pretty awesome.
Pours thick with a decent deeeep dark brown 1/2" head.... okay lacing and retention atop a brew that is black as black can be... no reveals of light... just black.
Nose is surprisingly mild yet complex.. everything is very well meshed.. dark cocoa... a bit of cinnamon.. some French Roast with warmth.. and the oak is very much in the background.
The oak in this brew is ONLY up front and in the finish... in between is everything that you expect from a rich well made badass stout.. deep cocoa... cocoa butter.. coffee and brownie batter... weird leathery almost dark wrapper cigar tobacco is prevalent throughout.... with warmth, a bit of smoke and a minor dark cherry essence.. The "cinnamon" notes in the nose are seemingly there in the palate, but it could be EtOH.
The brew is thick and coating.... inviting... a sipper for sure.. carbonation seems a bit lite but nothing to complain about.... Really glad I got to try this one fresh. Thanks Sam.. very cool.
03-24-2011 06:28:37 | More by JohnGalt1
4.97/5 rDev +13%
shared with calton, zach, cam, and chad this may very well have been one of the best ba stouts i have ever had. this is gonna be a tough one to put into words.
pours out dark as night with a nice thin coating of chocolate colored lacing on top. but it was soo thick. just staining the glass, it almost made it unusable afterward. soo much going on here it was incredible.
sweet smell, lots of wood here with a deep vanilla and sugary flavor. chocolate, coffee, rich notes of barrel are all over this. it is hard to really describe it in words properly. i was simply floored. nice thick, almost chalky like feel to it and a lactose sugar flavor that was soo deep and perfect i was beside myself. finish was clean, with no hint of alcohol just a sweet, oakey, and wonderfully vanilla filled flavor that will stick with me for a long time
overall honestly one of the best beers i have ever had without question.
03-21-2011 03:38:31 | More by mikesgroove
4.72/5 rDev +7.3%
A collaboration between Cigar City and Mikkeller, conceived by Wayne, brewed at Cigar City with Mikkel of Mikkeller
Poured from a 5 day old growler into my CCB sniffer.
Pours a pitch black with a small brown head that leaves little lacing. Carbonation is low
Nose is Oak upfront followed by chocolate malts, dark fruit and some alcohol.
Taste Oak, chocolate malt, dark fruit sweetness, some alcohol burn that ends with a slight hop bitterness. This is one delicious beer, the oak really smooths it out nicely.
Mouthfeel is what you expect from a Imperial Stout, rich and creamy with not too much carbonation.
This is a great beer! Limited, so try it if you can find it!
03-18-2011 02:11:23 | More by FLBeerGuy
4.2/5 rDev -4.5%
Thanks to Sean for hooking this up.
A - Black beer, small mocha head. Didn't stick around long and left nothing on the sides.
S - Lots of oak, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla. Really just a great blend of flavors with a burnt/charred malt backbone that resists being too burnt. As Alex indicated, this does remind me a bit of some Mikeller beers, with the char and sweetness going.
M - Taste is a lot of char and wood, mixed with molasses, dark fruit, and then chocolate. It's pretty good, but you have to enjoy the char aspect of these beers to love it.
M - Smooth, fuller bodied, lower carbonation.
O - Really good, liked this a bit better than the regular Dirac and would love to have it again.
07-08-2011 23:41:40 | More by AgentZero
4.03/5 rDev -8.4%
Served in a tulip glass.
Big thanks to Alpar for sharing this seemingly random bit o' rarity!
Can't wait for someone to brew an oak-aged Divac beer (who didn't love ol' Vlad, eh?). This one, though, pours a jaundice-tipped black-brown topped by a half-finger (at best) of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises beechwood-style mild smoke, roasted malts, cedar, maple syrup, and chocolate syrup. For being kinda scattershot, these scents really come together pretty nicely. The taste holds notes of chocolate, roasted malts, toasted toffee, and burnt caramel. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stouty goodness. Straight up.
04-18-2011 20:41:04 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev -9.1%
On-tap (or possibly from a growler) on Hunahpu day.
A - It looks like a cask RIS, with big bubbles instead of tight froth. Despite the inky crude appearance, it also seems to be less than syrupy in the viscosity dept.
S - Oak. Sure is a lot of oak. The nose is very dry as a result, offering mostly general roast notes, slight smokiness, and a bunch of raw woodiness.
T - The taste is over-oaked, I'd say. I can taste a very nice stout underlying, replete with a mayan chocolate-fig-raisin thing going on, but it is obfuscated by the wood.
M - Nice weight and body, but the finish is parching.
O - A very solid brew, seemingly diminished by the treatment.
04-01-2011 20:27:05 | More by ktrillionaire
4.93/5 rDev +12%
I had the opportunity to experience this beer in Cigar Cities new tasting room. It's an Amazing beer that should be made more often.
Nice vanilla and chocolate aromas came up after the woody scent.
Intense flavor of dark fruits, coffee, and dark chocolate. Not bitter or boozy. Not very similar in taste to other Cigar City stout variants. To me anyway. More on it's own platform. Could be from the age on it. Just had balance to it with everything going on. Mouthfeel was in between thick and thin.
Not jet black in appearance.Though to me this is not much of a factor to enjoy it.
Not an extreme amount of carbonation to it either. Just the right level.
12-01-2012 20:23:01 | More by CJS
4.3/5 rDev -2.3%
Thanks to Alpar for sharing this treat.
A: deep dark and opaque on the pour, orange lacing is left behind, zero head
S: huge smokey, leather, and coffee notes. Very deep roasted malt character. Robust and in your face. Some mellow oak character comes in as well.
T: awesome dark chocolate along with smoke, char, and wood. Quite delicious.
MF: thick viscous body, low carbonation, velvety texture
O: another delicious stout from Cigar City. Glad I got a chance to try this one.
05-07-2011 02:04:53 | More by homebrew311
4.13/5 rDev -6.1%
Served in CCB pint glass from growler. Had an entire growler for breakfast, sitting under a coconut tree on the beach...great way to start the morning.
As dark as it gets with small head. The head reduces to the edge around the glass, with a thin swirl in the middle. Oakiness and dark chocolate in the nose. Every sip took on different layers in taste...chocolate, the sweetness of milk stouts but on steroids, oak & hints of coffee. It's all there, a wild ride of choclate milk for adults. Little alcohol bite considering the ABV. Heavy and thick mouthfeel but super smooth. This beer is complex. Multiple things going on at once. Think I need another growler!
03-23-2011 16:21:19 | More by polisanl
4.45/5 rDev +1.1%
Big thanks to my homie, JW for the growler. This was the only one I didn't get a growler of at the release and I was regretting it. Poured into Bruery tulip.
A - Pours black, mocha head, no cap. Just blackness.
S - Booze, dark fruits, oak, molasses, caramel. The booze is smooth and the sweetness is very nice. The oak is right up front and adds to the complexity.
T - Dark fruit, chocolate, oak, booze. The oak is prominent, and from the name of this beer, I wouldn't expect otherwise. There's a slight char that adds in a positive way. The finish is sweet with chocolate and dark fruits.
M - Full body, rich, smooth, light carbonation, creamy rich finish.
O - The combo of oak, dark fruit, and booze are wonderful. This beats the pants off of the regular Dirac. Doubt I'll ever have this one again unless they saved some kegs at CCB for the next Hunahpu's Day. Who knows. Excellent beer.
06-13-2011 17:31:32 | More by Sean9689
Dirac - Oak Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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