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Dirac - Oak Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 11
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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: FLBeerGuy on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 21
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of CJS
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of jrallen34
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean via Wakefield... black body with some dark brown fringes, no carbonation... strong syrupy nose of molasses and raisins, the oak is really smooth adds a nice spicey note to the beer, some alcohol, but in your face and strong... the taste is too sryupy, raisins, lots of char, a bit of vanilla on the finish... worth trying, better than its parts

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of godfathermg57
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler to Duvel glass

A: Pours a dark black with a gorgeous thick brown head

S: Smell carries lots of chocolate and malt. I think i can even pick out the faint hint of vanilla. It smells like desert in a glass.

T: Wow this is sweet and very good. Chocolate, vanilla, malt, barley, and the slightest hint of oak. Taste becomes more chocolatey as temperature warms up.

M: Thick as hell. The beginning sips with the head were near perfect mouthfeel.

O: This is an excellent beer. It's a shame it will probably not be released again.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Sean9689
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of trappistlover
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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!!

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Cigar City during the 2011 Hunahpu's release.

Pours pitch black and completely opaquec with a one finger frothy mocha head.  Great retention slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of streaky lacing.  

Earthy oak aroma that isn't overpowering.  Charred oak, slight wood, roasted malt, and chocolate.  Im also picking up hints of vanilla, caramel, toffee  and roasted coffee/espresso bean.  Slight earthy acrid presence.  A little too sweet and boozy smelling but still nice.  

Medium bodied with lots of silky toasted chocolate malt balanced out by a sweet aolcohol burn that lingers. Hints of toffee, oatmeal, caramel and toffee as well as some hazelnut.  The oak presence is most noticeable up front and the barrel character is well integrated into the flavor without taking away from the other notes.  Subtle earthy charred oak adding some dryness and another dimension to the beer.  Slight lactic cream adds complexity/body and smooths things out making this beer extremely quaffable.  Abv well masked with slight boozy sweetness and faint heat in the finish which is slightly dry.

Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a free near pint of this beer because the keg kicked right when I ordered it. Sweet. served in a plastic pint glass (I quickly poured it into my snifter). Beer is black with a thick brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation. Nice retention.

Aroma is roasty and sweet with hints of oak.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice bitterness at the end, not a dry finish but there is some subtle vanilla and other oak characters. Very drinkable stout for being so late in the day / game. I really enjoyed it and I'd have it again.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Huge thanks to Alpar for bringing this oddly acquired rarity.

Apparently this is review #500...how 'bout that.

This beer is unfortunately flat, though with the oak aging and it's imperial nature, that isn't the worst thing that could befall it. It's also not surprising with the way that this beer found its way to the table. That having been said this, while flat still, looks abyssal in the glass in front of me. The nose is oak, vanilla and a good deal of smoked malts and roast to almost give it that barbecue like nose. On the tongue the vanilla and the smoke work wonders together. Smooth creamy chocolate covered raisins up front, and as the beer finishes there are hints of cinnamon and ginger. I really have to admit, this is a really really good beer. The lack of carbonation actually makes this beer go down silky smooth. I bet it was even better off the tap. Cigar City knows how to do aged dark beers.

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Dirac - Oak Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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