Nielsbohrium - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 222
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
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: corby112 on 03-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"A blend of Dirac and Bohr Imperial Sweet Stouts with Raisins, aged in Rum Barrels."

"Stout with Raisins and Cinnamon Aged in Rum Barrels"
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Reviews by marvin213:
Photo of marvin213
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours like used motor oil. Black as night. Only the faintest of head fades quickly to a cluster of big, soap-like bubbles that bump the glass sides. It came out running thin from the bottle, but viscous drops that hit the side just sit there, defying gravity and suggesting a cloying sweetness. Okay, I guess, for a cinnamon raisin cookie!

Raisins and Rum rise through my nasal orifices (that's not really an appetizing word, is it?). I get some milk and sweet dark chocolate, some raisin bread, and a dark, almost spiced rum. Setting sail with Captain Morgan? There really is, though, a sweet, sweet raisiny potency reminiscent of Raisin d'Extra. Strong, spiced, spiked raisins.

A sweet raisin stout, I feel as if it'd be better to cook with than to sip. I yearn for more of a smooth oatmeal feel. The oatmeal is seemingly an afterthought, hardly present. I suspect/hope that'll change as it warms. It's really like a diluted rum. Glossy labels and $30 price tags certainly raise the expectation level, but I'm not even impressed. Well, maybe I'm being overly harsh, but I wouldn't fork over another $30--not even half that. I'm so unimpressed--disappointed, rather--with CC that I'm wondering what's wrong with me!

I get kind of a cinnamon toast crunch on the aftertaste, and I do enjoy that. Still, I search longingly for outstanding positive attributes. It's a neat and well-done ingredient combination, but it's not a stand-out for me. It's "good enough," but it's not one of those memorable beer moments (a la Abyss or beers of that ilk). It's different, I know, but I'm caught more defending it than enjoying it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mverity
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share a Proof. Poured a pitch black with zero head. No collar, and no lacing, but some decent legs from the thick body. Aroma is of very dark malt with a lot of coffee and a touch of spice (cinnamon, clove or nutmeg?). Taste has a lot of raisin up front, with the deep malt in the middle, a touch of booze (rum) throughout. Extremely low carbonation but that thick body lends to a good mouthfeel.

Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Huge thanks to Sam for hooking me up with this, been wanting to try this since trying Dirac over a year ago. Bottled in 2011, cellared for over 2 years.

A- Pours an opaque dark black, not much head formss, fairly still top, bit of mocha lacing is left along the sides.

S- Rum soaked raisins, figs, a pinch of cinnamon, hint of bakers chocolate and some light dark fruits. Average aroma strength, rum pretty light, almost no booze presence, nice complexity.

T- Dark fruits, figs, lightly rum soaked raisins, just a faint pinch of cinnamon on the finish, lightly bitter chocolate, some fudge. Nice complexity, nice balance without anything dominating too much. Not overly sweet, nice complexity, tasty although age may have lost a bit of flavor.

M- Super smooth, full bodied, silky, subtle carbonation perfect for the style.

O- This beer was released about 2.5 years ago, at this point it is still holding up fairly well. I never had it fresh but I imagine at this point it's lost a little bit of the raisin and cinnamon flavor but smoothed out nicely. The rum barrels only played a very subtle role in the beer and didn't come out too much just making a subtle rum soaked raisin presence. Comparing to having Dirac fairly fresh (never had Bohr), Nielsbohrium has less of a raisin or cinnamon presence but is noticeably smoother.

Photo of jbeatty
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 6/23/2011

A: Pours pitch black, with a dark tan that quickly fades. Interesting yin-yang foam pattern forms on the liquid surface, though I don't believe this is intentional.

S: Aroma is rich chocolate brownie, not overly sweet, spices, mostly cinnamon. Over this base flows mildly sweet grapes, rum raisin, interwoven with brown sugar, replacing the coffee roast of the base beer. Just the right hints of alcohol coming through.

T: Initially, sweet, dark fruits, prunes and currants, slightly smoky, ends with gentle roasted characteristics and mild dark chocolate, coffee in the finish.

M: Rich and creamy in the mouth, the flavors blend together nicely.

O: I really enjoyed this- the rum barrel treatment and addition of raisins and spices bring a richness to soften and round the flavors for a nice treat.

Photo of jisom123
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! Drank at Jackie O's the first time and my kitchen the second time.

Super thick, little head, very dark.
Very low coffee or bitter flavor.
The smoothness and mouthfeel don't get any better.
The sweet malty body is perfectly offset by the hops.
Low carbonation, but just enough for style.

O: if you see this beer TRY IT. Remember: it is about twice as good as the Bohr

Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a nice-sized brown head. It looks like I expect Cigar City stouts to look.

The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt. I also get some dark fruit (raisins and figs) as well as a little bit of rum and oak notes.

The flavor is awesome. I get a ton of milk chocolate as well as a lot of rum and raisins. The beer is fairly sweet overall and the alcohol is very well hidden. There is a little bit of oak in the flavor, but what really comes through from the barrel-aging is the rum. An awesome combination of flavors.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another highly-rated stout from Cigar City that certainly lived up to the hype.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

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

A relatively sweet imperial stout--the rum and raisin really stand out. There's some rich chocolate as well mixed with roasted malt. It all comes together very nicely, and is certainly one-of-a-kind and interesting.

A full, rich flavor that very much highlights the rum barrels and the raisins. This is like chocolate-covered raisins (one of my favorite snacks/desserts) with a touch of spiced, sweet rum, along with enough bitterness and traditional roasted malt to balance everything out. Very nice.

Silky and smooth mouthfeel, could use just a touch more carbonation.

A delicious and unique raisin/rum/chocolate stout.

Photo of mondegreen
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Founders Tulip.

Pours black as night with a dark mocha head that dissipates very quickly.

Nose is big and sweet. Notes of chocolate and leather abound.

Taste is rich! Spicy and very lightly bitter. Has tons of CCB house character. If you drink several of their stouts you'll see what I mean.

Mouth is thick, but pretty well carbonated. Leads to a velvety smooth perception.

Overall, a wonderful brew. Glad I picked one up.

Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, shared at a NWI tasting group night. Thanks Nasty31.

A - Dark chocolate brown with no head or any signs of carbonation. Medium body

S - Lots of rum raisin up front with a nice whiff of cinnamon spice. Light vanilla

T - Lots of rum in this that hits you up front. Then there is raisins and dark fruit that makes it taste like rum raisin pudding. Vanilla sweetness and caramel with light cinnamon. Thick fudgy chocolate hits on the end. Very nice complex beer 4.5

MF - Thick chewy beer with low carbonation. Thick fudge like body. Finish has light oak and a thick residue that remains on the tongue and thick reside with light oak finish. 4

O - Haven't had too many rum aged beers but this one does it right. Love that's it nice and fudgy with some light raisins and cinnamon

Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle version sampled twice over the course of a weekend thanks to Mark and another generous soul.

Pours black as can be with a dark brown head that leaves decent lacing and heavy legs.

Smells of chewy roasted malts with good amounts of dark molasses and semi-sweet chocolate. As the beer warms moderate amounts of cinnamon and very slight hints of cedar waft out and the barrel comes into play with light oak and spicy rum.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth and meaty roasted malt and dark molasses flavors up front are joined quickly by light cinnamon and semi-sweet chocolate. Midway through the cedar serves to dry things out a bit until light rum and vanilla notes carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall the meatiness of this beer was almost too huge up front, but as it opened up all of the nuances spilled out. A very interesting beer and one that’s well worth a shot.

Photo of Mar02x
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this beer at a brilliant beer tasting at my uncle Peter's place. Peters nephew Thijs brought this beer with him. Thanks for sharing Thijs.

A - A pitch black beer with a beige colored head - I really do like these kind looks on a beer. It promising and therefore already cheerful.

S - A chocolate booze enters my nose along with spices and dark cherries. Another cheer for this perfect blend.

T - This beer is almost to complex to make an accurate description. What I do get is dark cherries, chocolate, some booze and spices.

M - The body is not what I expected, it's to watery somewhere. The finish is bitter and boozy - lovable!

O - It is truly a nice beer to have tried it once.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant. Sweet aromas, chocolate taste. Black body with reddish highlights and lacey. Thickish mouthfeel. Smoke. Decent drinkability. Good balance.This is a great sweet stout and not so much a RIS.
Jason's bottle from the brewery, thank you for sharing.

Photo of Heatwave33
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at CCB into a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: black with a dark brown head.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet.

Taste: Very nice malts with a great sweet note.

Mouthfeel: Dry and smooth at the same time. Very nice!

Overall: This beer was very heavy and delicious. I enjoyed this brew very much.

Photo of mdvatab
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Bordeaux glass.
Was curious to try this one after having tried the component brews, Bohr and Dirac, within the past week.

Aroma: Sweet molasses, vanilla, dark cocoa, a whiff of thick sashimi soy sauce, chocolate syrup, and some alcohol.

Appearance: One finger of dark tan foam disappears gradually to a thin film of fine foam on the surface of the beer. Minimal lacing. Thick, pitch black body.

Flavor: Fruity grape, black cherry, molasses, and some dark chocolate bitterness. Then a fruity, almost tart raisin and plum-like flavor. On the back end, the beer has a notable smokey note. Very complex and enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full thickness, medium-low carbonation, and some warming alcohol. Tannins from the dark malt are just a tad bit drying.

Overall: A VERY solid CCB & Mikkeler collaboration, and in my top 5 imperial stouts. It's splitting hairs, but interestingly, I actually preferred Dirac by a very small margin. Because it's so solid across the board, I give it a 4.5 overall. I definitely recommend trying if you can get your hands on one!

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one during our weekly tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, tobacco, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and smoke on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really good brew. Had a great complex flavor and aroma going on here. The smoke aspect of this one was quite nice and didn't seem out of place at all. Really glad I got to try this one and have a few on the way to me! Definitely worth trying or trading for!

Photo of hopsbreath
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ramnuts for opening up a bottle of this at a recent tasting.

A: Deep black with a fluffy cinnamon red head. It slowly recedes to a wisp ring and stains the glass. Looks like the best of the big stouts from Cigar City. 5/5

S: Smokey, meaty, rum soaked raisins (I know that's in the brewing ingredients, but it's so dead on). It's a great smell with no hint of the alcohol. Anise as well upon suggestion. 4.5/5

T: Sweet chocolate wood initially. Prunes, char, coconut, and moderate booze. Interesting layers. 4/5

M: Very low carbed but it doesn’t need much carbonation. Similar to Zhukov. Thick, heavy and oily viscosity. 4.5/5

O: Great stuff! Kept my interest and highly unique. I'm increasingly interested in rum-barrel beers now. 4.5/5

Photo of moz9
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will say this-- rum and raisins are not my favorite things but this beer does them well--very well.

I will say that I liked Dirac a bit more than Bohr but I think this blend brings out the best of both. The pour is dark and viscous and has that syrupy lacing that seems to be a ccb trademark. The nose is full of raisins and the rum blends well. Mouthfeel is not overly carbonated but has a nice finish with the subtlety of the rum.

This is one if ccb's best efforts yet.

Photo of trappistlover
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Thanks Dak!!). Pours black with a thin tan head. Coats the glass as do many cigar city stouts. Aroma has vanilla, rum and dark pit fruit. Taste is sweet with a roasty bitterness, but it is very well balanced. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Smooth finish. This was a great beer and one of my favorites of the day. Ohh, to have a bottle of this all to myself....

Photo of n2185
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with half a finger of dark brown head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of sweet roasted malt aromas with rich chocolate, molasses, and raisin notes. Slight vanilla and rum notes as well.

T: similar to to the aroma, loads of rich chocolate, raisins, and molasses. There are some faint rum and vanilla notes with slight cinnamon notes on the finish with a light alcohol presence.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is very smooth and creamy. Nice.

O: a good imperial stout, I really wish the rum were more present. There's nothing bad about it, but the lack of rum is sad.

Photo of vandemonian
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at ChurchKey in DC on their Cigar City day. Neilbohrium is a big, dark, delicious stout. Raisins and whiskey barrels.

A: black color and big brown head that last. 5

S: Raisins and whiskey. Strong and goddam yum aroma. 5

T: Raisins with some spice. Woody liquor. The barrel flavour becomes a bit much in the aftertaste. 4.5

M: Thick and reasonably carbonated. 4.5

O: 4.5

Photo of jsanford
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at BA Hunahpu's release. Poured into a CCB Snifter.

Poured a dark black with a creamy mocha-colored head. Big, sweet aromas of dark malt, rum raisins, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is very much in line with the nose, but I honestly feel that it's a bit messy, like the flavors aren't quite syncing up with each other. Perhaps the blend just isn't doing it for me, but I just feel there's too much going on. The raisin character does come out quite a bit, but other then that it's all muddled. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, with a medium-full body and lowish carbonation. I wish I could have tried the un-blended beers so I could pick out the individual flavors, but as it was this was a touch too messy for my liking.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour out of the bottle was honestly one of the darkest things I have ever seen. Just nuts. Pitch black as night with a light tan head of maybe an inch and a half across the top. This faded down to about a quarter inch but never got any lower then that. Lots of side glass lacing all over the sides as it went down. The aroma was a touch boozy, with tons of chocolate and roasted malts coming through. Almost a licorice like smell as it warms, incredible. As I take my first sip I am floored, rich vanilla and cocoa taste with a large dose of roasted malts. Tons of flavor here, with dark roasted malt notes really coming through on this one. I am literally drooling as I write this that I dont have any left. The finish was soo smooth, and chocolate filled, it was a dessert beer to the extreme. For 11% you would think there would be a ton of alcohol swimming in this one, but know, just insanely good and really full bodied,one of the thickest beers I have ever run across

Photo of spicelab
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Pitch black with a cool-looking rusty brown head that falls fast.

Aromas are pungent, vibrant and lactic. Raisins, prunes, tobacco, balsamic vinegar and ash.

Burnt toffee, raisins, milk chocolate, gingerbread, oak and cinnamon. Charcoal is noticeable in the mid-palate.

Syrupy, velvety and full with no holes.

Another bad-ass stout from the two masters of dark. Not quite as drinkable or addictive as some of Cigar City's best offerings, but great nonetheless.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Casey for this bottle. Shared with a friend, out of my Lost Abbey stemware.

A- Pitch black with an almost purplish brown foamy head. The head drops off pretty quickly. Doesn't appear as thick as some of the other Cigar City stouts.

S- Delicious blend of semi sweet chocolate, raisins, caramel, oak, and hints of rum and spices. I could tell from the first sniff that this was going to be a good one.

T- There is a rich rummy flavor that fills my mouth initially, very creamy with hints of oak. Then hits a wave of dark chocolate, roasted malt, spices, and a perfect touch of smokiness. The flavor is very complex and inviting.

M- There is a touch too much carbonation when it first hits your tongue, but it fades out fast. Great body, more managable than most of the CCB stouts.

0- ISO of more of this. One of the better rich, sweet stouts I've had in a while. Big on flavor, and they all work well together. I love CCB Stouts.


Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this beer after the Blue palms 3rd anniversary party

Look: Pours black with no head looks very viscous

Smell: Raisin rum and cinnamon

Taste: Upfront the beer has a very nice dark fruit flavor especially raisin. The beer finishes nicely with a great chocolate and coffee flavor. Exceptional

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Overall: Great beer such amazing flavors very complex and very well balanced and easy drinkability

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