110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by nhindian:
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Review from notes. Had at a Pittsburgh tasting a bit ago.
750ml bottle split and poured into a Stone taster. Thanks to pghlee for bringing this!
A - Pours a dark, crimson red and slowly grows a 1-finger head, light tan in color, with okay retention. Despite the smallish head, it still laces like a champ, thoroughly coating the glass.
S - The aroma brings very hoppy notes, bursting with tropical fruit and mango. There's a bit of malt, but the focus of this nose is all hop.
T - The hoppiness continues into the taste, with a nice, clean composition which are full of tropical hops that last for a long time afterward. A decent amount of caramel malt surfaces here with a clean finish that gives no indication of the 10.2%.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Still full-bodied with a smooth, creamy finish. The hops linger on the palate.
D/O - Drinkability is high. This was sort of a surprise for me. Being an amber ale, I was expecting something a little more maltier, but it's surprisingly hoppy while still maintaining a clean, smooth balance.
11-16-2011 03:09:27 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
07-31-2011 21:38:59 | More by merlin48
4.47/5 rDev +22.8%
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.
06-08-2011 00:48:32 | More by daedalusfinch
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
Acquired via trade
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.
08-09-2011 00:31:49 | More by ehammond1
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
06-05-2011 23:21:02 | More by TKEbeerman
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-15-2011 22:19:34 | More by Sammy
3/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
06-15-2011 03:30:58 | More by cjgator3
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-09-2011 03:53:02 | More by bpfishback
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
02-18-2012 02:44:45 | More by Doppelbockulus
3.15/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
06-02-2011 14:27:02 | More by Alieniloquium
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-11-2011 17:52:16 | More by thagr81us
3.13/5 rDev -14%
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.
12-04-2011 18:05:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5 rDev +25%
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
11-27-2011 05:56:01 | More by vandemonian
2.98/5 rDev -18.1%
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.
08-12-2012 21:06:29 | More by jmarsh123
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
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
08-19-2011 01:25:26 | More by mikesgroove
2.68/5 rDev -26.4%
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
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.
04-29-2012 01:38:41 | More by angrybabboon
110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.