110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gtreid on 05-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by aubuc1:
Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a brownish red with a thick tan head.

Thick, candy sweet smell and piney hops. That's a lot of sweet malt.

Taste is a very nice, bready sweet with very little bitterness or alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very creamy.

Overall this is a good beer. A very well put together, balanced, huge red ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mntlover for bringing this bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a large tan head. Excellent retention with clumps of sticky lace.

Aroma is caramel and other bready malts, dark fruity esters, and molasses.

Mouthfeel is almost chewy, with an almost full body. Moderate carbonation.

This one screams "malt bomb". Toasted caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits(figs and dates), a hint of alcohol heat, and hints of pine and earthy hops that struggle to counter the huge malt base.

Alcohol remains relatively well hidden which is amazing for such a big red ale. Overall, just a bit too filling to want another one.

Photo of daedalusfinch
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Even in my Kasteel goblet, this created a nice, creamy cascade and left some nice lacing. The color is a rich red-brown.

S: The malt balances this out well, giving a nice caramel malt smell with hints of hazelnut and chocolate.

T: Balanced all the way through, creating a nice bell curve. It starts with nice grapefruit hops, giving way to chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium mouthful but very smooth, lightly bubbly and a little creamy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to seeing what this tastes like after some cellaring.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

A murky and deep auburn, almost brown, with some glowing bright orange along the edges with a thick tan head. This beer appears heavy, thick, and substantial. The khaki head sticks around for a while and eventually leaves a mess of sticky, chunky lacing down the glass. Spectacular!

The nose is all kinds of sweet with a hint of citrus hops. The main citrus fruit I smell is orange but the nose is dominated by sweet candied-cherries and sticky caramel. It almost smells like a sweet barleywine, as there's certainly the aroma of warm alcohol mixed in with the candy-like sweetness. For a more local reference, I wouldn't be able to distinguish this beer's aroma from Stone Double Bastard's (if memory serves me).

The taste is a mouth-blasting brigade of bitter and citrus hops, sweet candies, fruity and caramel malts, and a small amount of alcohol. The most upfront flavors are the sweet fruits, namely cherries and oranges, and a punch of bitterness. The main difference between the two (Double Bastard and this) is that the alcohol presence and heat is far more noticeable in Stone's offering. This one packs a punch, but it does so very quietly.

Creamy and thick mouthfeel that fits the beer exceptionally well.

A fantastic sipper--and a dead ringer for Stone's Double Bastard, which just happens to be one of my favorite beers. I actually believe this is better than the Stone offering--a similar amount of alcohol is hidden far better in this.

This is great stuff.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a deep mahogany hue. The color of the head is gorgeous creamy auburn, and leaves some nice lacing as this beer quickly begins to disappear.

S: You can tell by the look and the aroma that this brew is heavy on the malt. The lack of strength makes it hard to pin point the major notes, but I pick up heavy caramel malt, piny and citrus hops. This beer has a good amount of biscuity natural notes to it.

T: The malt characteristics lend themselves to a classic Red Ale. Sweet, but not as sweet as a scotch ale, hoppy, but not as hoppy as an IPA. There is good balance to this beer. Caramel malts are dominate, hops can be beefed up a little more. Alcohol is hidden well considering the ABV is around 10.5%

MF: Mouthfeel is full and creamy, very smooth, which gives this beer a rich taste.

Overall, it is always a pleasure every year 110K comes out. Definitely a 1000% improvement over last year.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big hoppy beer and 9.6% a.b.v. Dark red colour with significant lace, little head. Big hop aroma. Hops and also big malts, caramel. A beer that is not a palate killer, with the IBU in double IPA territory.Abve average mouthfeel and good drinkability.On tap at the brewery.

Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head with great retention and lacing. Like most CCB beers, this one looks great in the glass.

S- The aroma is very balanced between the malt and hops. There is a lot of malt with some citrusy hops and some alcohol in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is very balanced. There is a lot of malt up front with a good amount of bitterness in the finish. The finish is also possesses quite a bit of warmth from the high alcohol content. The finish comes across way too boozy for my tastes.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one. I am a huge fan of pretty much every CCB beer that I've tried but this one fell short with me. Maybe it will benefit from some aging, we shall see.

Photo of bpfishback
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours with a very dense head of about one inch, beer is dark brown in color. Head fades fairly quickly leaving a nice coating on the glass and some residual foam on top. Smell is a hint of chocolate, barleywine like malt(slighty sweet and solventy) , and some hops in the background. The taste is a bit lacking, not much at first, then malty and solventy with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied. Overall it is an ok beer, not sure I really understand this series of beers, the ones i have tried are pretty excessively malty and not that enjoyable.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium bronze color with slight haze and almost no head.

Smell is sweet and very hoppy. The hops are heavy on the citrus and light on pine. There is a bit of caramel in the nose as well.

I am very pleasantly surprised by the taste. I was expecting a hoppy monster but the hops are light to medium and there is a very sweet character to it, much like pineapple, various other tropical fruit, and apple. This is how I would picture a one year aged Dogfish Head 120, absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel is creamy from the foam and tingly.

One of the best Cigar City beers I have had.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 mL bottled poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep mahogany body with an ample creamy off-white head. Sticky as hell. Clings to the glass as I drink it.

Smell - Floral hops and a LOT of malt. Smells sweet, very sweet, but good. Strong caramel malts and some toasty aromas behind it.

Taste - Kinda falls flat. Hops to start, but it's totally dominated by the sweetness. Just loads of residual sugars in this. Behind the caramel and sugar is a somewhat odd burnt toast bitterness that doesn't really balance the sweetness as it comes too late in the drink.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so the taste is average, but it's so thick that I have trouble putting it away without thinking of the scene from Super Troopers when they chug maple syrup. As a result, there's no level of carbonation that can make this feel like an easy-to-drink amber ale.

Overall - Just too sweet for me. If this year's batch is attenuated more than last year's, I can't imagine how thick Batch 3 must have been.

Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one as a part of a past trade! This one was shared by me at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured ruby red with a two finger light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and toffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This brew had an opportunity to be great, but it was a little on the one-sided street side. The caramel aspect completely dominated this brew for me. If there would have been a little more going on, I would have absolutely loved this one. Still worth trying for fans of the style if you get a chance though.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date of MAY0511 (likely past its prime). Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a murky dark brown colour. Settled completely opaque with one finger of espresso coloured head with fairly good retention.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel malts with some floral notes in the background. Not getting any hops at all.

T - A big caramel and toffee malt presence, almost reminiscent of a barley wine. There is a slightly noticeable hop presence and the ABV doesn't appear to be well hidden. Some light floral flavours in the background are present as well. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Clearly past its prime. This one would be interesting fresh. Wasn't memorable in its current state.

Photo of vandemonian
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at ChurchKey in DC on their Cigar City day. I thought it was delicious. A big, tasty imperial red.

A: Dark brown with an excellent head. 4.5

S: Hoppy and sweet. Smells delicious. 4.5

T: Hoppy into a nice malty flavour.Slight caramelization in the finish 4.5

M: Thick foamy. 5

O: 4.5

Photo of jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber almost brown with a two finger creamy beige head with good retention.

Tons of toffee sweetness. Maybe a bit of fig and just a slight earthy bitterness.

Incredibly sweet. Maybe a modicum of piney bitterness, but toffee is the biggest and really about only flavor. Very one note.

A bit thick and chewy. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

Too malty for my taste and at that not very complex either. Maybe I waited too long.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark orange colors swirling about and a good sized head of white reaching up and over the top to around two inches before settling back down again. Really nice layered look to the sides of the glass as it was thoroughly coated all the way down, really good retention here I have to say. Lots of malt in the nose right off. Caramel, sweet notes mixing with a very big hop note, especially as it warms. Piney with a sweet orange rind like citrus touch as it comes close to room temperature. Very thick feel, sticky and full with nice carbonation, definite enough to get it done. Initially you get the piney hop bite as you take the first sip, but it became very well balanced mid palate as the rich, almost scotch ale like buttery notes start to come through

Photo of angrybabboon
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Dark ruby red/amber - nice, foamy beige head - retains a modest cap, super sticky lacing

Smell: So many malts - is this supposed to be a red barleywine or something? - caramel malts everywhere, very cooked, somewhat syrupy, just ridiculous - kind of smells like melted hard candy (and not really in a good way) - some herbal hops (this is a little old), but this is all about the malts

Taste: This kind of tastes like a melted Popsicle mixed with cough drops - sugary, syrupy, sticky - I think I would rather drizzle this over kind of pastry (I'm looking at you, pancakes) than drink it - cooked malts, caramel malts, malt extract - some mild bitterness, some herbal notes, and tons of sugary alcohol

Mouthfeel: As already noted, this is heavy - unjustifiably heavy - smooth, but sticky, overly chewy

Overall: Meh

I'm not really sure what's going on here, but I am sure I don't love it. Simply put, it's too malty, and too sweet. Half of a 750mL is too much.

Photo of claspada
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely hazy dark red, basically light brown color with a nice frothy khaki 2 inch head which leaves nice sticky spotty lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with a ton of hops, lots of citrus and pine; malts are also present. Smells sweet with dark burnt caramels and light toffee. Dark caramel malts are really dominating along with the piney hops.

The tastes follow the nose with a boat ton of sweet dark caramel malts and lesser citrus and pine hops which attempt to balance the flavor profile, but the sweet malts overpower any perceived balanced flavors. I don't mind sweet beers but this is pretty darn sweet; almost cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to thick carbonation. Finish is slick and sweet; it becomes a chore to finish more than an 8 oz sample of this so the 750ml is quite a chore.

Overall this is a good beer, but it lacks a great flavor profile and leaves you hoping for more. It's tasty but really pedestrian amongst the ever-developing Imperial Red Ale style. Not worth the outlay in my opinion; Cigar City has much better beers.

Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby amber color with a nice thick khaki head that falls slow with lots of lace, beautiful.

Aroma is big on malt lots of caramel notes with a deep embedded hop aroma earthy/tobacco like. A big malt bomb this one.

Taste is big on malts lots of caramel notes, malt is giving notes of dark fruits, figs. Huge amount of malts but not cloying or overly sweet, enough hops to keep that from happening.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with mellow carbonation.

Overall is good if you like big malty brews, no real notice of the 10%. Not something for everyday but was enjoyable the biggest red ale I have had.

Photo of JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy dark brown with a huge tan head that fades slowly into a thick ring and leaves big sticky lacing.

The aroma is of rich cocoa, toffee, papaya, orange peel and leather. Super rich smell of sweet, sugary malts dominate.

Nicely balanced. Hops comes through in the finish better than in the nose Rich chocolate and toffee still dominates the front end with citrus notes in the finish of orange peel, apple skins, and some earthy notes. A slight boozy touch. Sharp notes, and medicinal tones linger.

Rich and thick with a slight booziness and chalky finish.

Overall, a super rich and decadent, but well balanced sweet sipper.

Photo of boss302
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Dark Deep Red, decent head. 4

S Fresh hop aroma, some sweet maltiness, no off-flavors, clean. Hops are dominant in the aroma. 4

T Loads of malt, hops don't quite balance, but are definitely present. Somewhat cloying, but expected with what I believe to be a 10% beer. 4

M Thick and heavy, carbonation seems light. 3.5

O A pretty good beer, but would be tough to drink more than a few. 3.5

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy ruby color with a nice thick off white heading. Globs of lacing all over the place.

Heavy piney notes as I popped the cap off but as I poured into my glass I noticed this was more of a malt bomb. The aroma's of caramel and brown sugar were very enticing.

Taste is all malt baby. Big notes of caramel,chocolate,brown sugar and even a touch of vanilla. After all of this it still was a little disappointing no hoppy background to what I would have expected.

Medium bodied,a little thin and boozy in the mouth.Decent carbonation.

This was a a good beer but something I wouldn't want to try again.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.18/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Dogfish tulip

A- pours an extremely dark cherry red (nearly black) with a very puffy, two finger light tan head. Beer is extremely dark (for a red...), but the head looks nice at least

S- very dank aroma....light spiciness from the hops. But yes, very dank...probably not the freshest bottle in the world from looking at reviews

T- this beer is....strange. Extremely, excessively malty, with a lot of sweetness in the back. Very...undesirable qualities

M- very, very thick. No bueno

O- made it through about half of my snifter before I had to dump the rest. Just not doing it for me.

Photo of schwaeh
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml Bottle shared by Spider889. I've been curious about this beer for some time now.

A: Pours a dark brownish-ruby with a lot of carbonation doing it's thing. long lasting brown finger width head that sticks around for a while

S: Mostly a sweet caramel with lots of hop presence going on. This is clearly 'imperial' because its so hopped up and alcohol is revved up a lot.

T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of alcohol-yet not overwhelming by any means, just makes 110k a slow sipper. The big piney hops make this much more interesting than your average red ale. There is no lack of malt base in this big beer. I'm reminded of a caramel apple while drinking this.

M: This beer has a medium body with lots of bubbles. Dry and overly alcoholic for it's ABV.

O: I like that this beer has much more character than many red ales but that might be it's downfall as well. This beer is huge and in your face. The caramel apple characteristics are nice though, just a tad too boozy.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a semi-dark red color with a nice off-white head. Some spottylacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice pine hops with a bit of fruitiness and bread in the background. The flavor adds in some lights caramel. Good bitterness and a bit too much malt body. Much better than 110k batch 3, though I prefer Tocobaga.

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled May 5, 2011 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-caramel color with beautiful ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy khaki-colored head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell: Sweet caramel, pineapple and candied fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front followed by dried dark fruits in the middle then ending with smoky malt, and just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is smoky with bitterness lingering in the background. Very malty beer with just the right amount of hops blended in to make it well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easily, but you're probably better off sharing a bottle with a friend.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Not on the same level as Tocobaga when it comes to red ales from CCB, but it's still very good. Call me a homer, but I like pretty much everything Cigar City puts out. This is no exception. I'd recommend giving this one a try.

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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.