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Dirac - Oak Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Dirac  - Oak Aged
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: FLBeerGuy on 03-18-2011)
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4.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with Bohr and regular Dirac. From notes.

Looks pretty much the same as both Bohr and Dirac.

Again quite similar to Bohr and Dirac. Compared to Dirac the oak lends a nice spice, and also some vanilla notes.

The taste differs quite a lot from it's non oak aged counterpart. Spicey oak, raisin, baker's chocolate, vanilla, roasty notes, some dark fruits and fudge brownies. Quite layered and complex.

Mouthfeel is pretty much the same as regular Dirac. I didn't note any differences.

Definitely the best of the 3. Oak aging added a lot to it.

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4.45/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Thin, late-rising dark mocha foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps of bubbles. Black body, with a glass-coating brown film.

S - Oak, chocolate, molasses, charred malts and smoke, raisins, vanilla, and perhaps a faint touch of alcohol. Whatever spices were used, they aren't overdone. Nice balance and integration of flavors.

T - Taste is less balanced, with a lot more char and roasted malt, plus plenty of oak. Even though I think this is the Cigar City recipe, there's still a Mikkeller vibe to it, although they've also explored this territory with Zhukov. As it warms up it gets a bit sweeter, but it's largely oak bite and char bitterness.

M - Nice medium-low carbonation keeps things from getting to syrupy. Mild alcohol warmth, full sticky body, and a tannic oaky dry finish. Quite appropriate for the style.

D - This is a pretty good beer, and one of the few virgin oak stouts that I've really enjoyed. Looking forward to drinking the base beer too. It's a shame these aren't going to be regular production beers for Cigar City. I didn't get much alcohol, and I went back for a second pour of this one as I knew it was unlikely to cross my path again.

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Dirac - Oak Aged from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.