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

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

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 05-12-2011)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 22:19:34 | More by Sammy
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South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:25:26 | More by mikesgroove
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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a light haze and a finger of soapy, off-white head.

S: Very, very malty and sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee with a strong milk chocolate note to it as well. There's just a hint of vanilla along with some mild citrus and pine hop notes.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Intensely malty and sweet with tons of caramel and toffee. A light toasted bread note along with milk chocolate and faint citrus (tangerine) hop flavors. Almost no bitterness to speak of.

M: Medium to full bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Tasted good, but a small pour was more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 18:51:43 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a garnet color that I suspect the FSU fans of the brewery would love; the cap is nicely formed, retains well and leaves a distinct pattern of lace

Smell: Medicinally sweet, almost like a dissolved Ricola

Taste: Starts out with an herbal caramel flavor that grows progressively sweeter until the piney hops kick in by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors really never come together with both the sweet and bitter elements in a tug of war in which my tastebuds refuse to take sides

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and quite a bit of heat in the gullet

Overall: Not sure exactly where Cigar City is going with the 110K series after this one and the Batch 3; I would KO the both of them and move back to the brewery's roots in the earlier versions

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:01:18 | More by brentk56
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 20:21:55 | More by Thorpe429
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, beer is dark red, ruby, clear with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, some carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, heavily malted, big red ale aroma.

Beer is medium to thick in body, strong throughout. Mild bitterness at the end, but really this is a big malt bomb of a beer. It is better than the #3 in the series but it would ahve been hard to be worse. Probably not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 04:27:02 | More by drabmuh
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/25/11 notes. Thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sharing this one; thanks Jonathan. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky dark brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of off white fluffy head, and moderate carbonation evident. Sparse lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, very sweet dark fruits, light wood, sweet fruity malts. Smell is very very sweet, a bit too much.

t - Taste mirrors the nose; a ton of sweet dark fruits and sweet fruity malts, with a little bit of wood, bready malts, and grain. Too sweet.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Creamy body.

o - Overall an average beer that is just way to sweet. Wouldn't seek it out again but was glad to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 15:25:19 | More by mdfb79
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2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a balance of grassy pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes.  This is countered by a sweet malt presence with subtle booze.  Hints of caramel, dark fruit and toffee.  Smells like a subtle American barleywine.

Medium bodied with some crisp carbonation and a balance of dry, earthy hops and sweet malt notes.  Not as hoppy as the nose suggests with dominant malt sweetness.  There's some dry, earthy bitterness but it becomes slightly muted by the strong malt presence.  Resinous with an earthy/soily quality.   Lots of sweetness from the malt profile with hints of toffee, dark fruit, cocoa and caramel.  There's also a lot of boozy sweetness with a decent amount of heat.  Hops are muted so it tastes more like a boozy barleywine.  Kind of underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:31:29 | More by corby112
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District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige head. The aroma offers some booze, malt, toffee, candy, a general sweetness. The flavor is sweet and boozy. Lingering notes of cotton candy, toffee. Some hop character adds a touch of bitterness to balance the brown sugar quality. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 20:18:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by someone at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Dark hazy red with a bubbly white head of froth that lingers for a while before receding to a thin layer and leaving lace on the glass.

S: Robust pine resin and grapefruit with a big caramel malt foundation. This smells hoppy, but it smells even maltier. Bread is apparent.

T: Upper moderate dry bitterness with sweet caramel and strong pine resin notes. Grapefruit pith is evident. The finish is bread and caramel with lingering pine.

Overall: This is solid stuff, though nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 05:19:59 | More by HopHead84
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another courtesy of kbutler1.

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: Fairly hoppy. Grapefruit and hop resin. Floral and pine flavors. Pretty malty and bready.

Taste: More malty than hoppy. Still, some fruity flavors and floral notes show. Lots of pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and hop resiny. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, decent but too malty. Not bad though. Fairly average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:00:07 | More by mothman
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 17:52:16 | More by thagr81us
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger head with excellent lacing and retention on brown with red hues murky body.

S: dark fruit, cinnamon and caramel malt.

T:very sweet, mostly fig... vanilla, molasses and mango fruitiness on a caramel malt bacground.

M: thick and a lot less carbonated than I was expecting.

Overall it looks great but the sweetness and oily mouthfeel werent very appealing to me. Not as boozy as I was expecting which is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 00:37:08 | More by kylehay2004
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown coloring with a thin layer of off-white head. Smells are slightly hoppy and citrusy. The beer's flavors are wet hops and grapefruit initially, with a tangy, sweet caramel and chocolate blend at the end. Flavors are similar to a Red IPA. Slightly boozey and slick consistency, with an astringent and drying finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 02:22:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours really dark for an amber, sitting opaque mahogany in the glass, though it does show through as clear copper when held up to light. There is a creamy beige head that sticks around on top for ages and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is a solid combination of grapefruit and pineapple representing the hops and sweet caramel malts.

Taste is hoppy up front with lots of citrus but gives way to a sugary sweet caramel malt backbone, which really dominated the taste. Very sweet.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky sweet on the palate with lots of caramelized sugar lingering in the finish.

I'm a fan of impy ambers so I enjoyed this beer but it's probably not one of the best I've had of the style. It's better than batch 3 but probably short of batch 2 for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 02:42:14 | More by gford217
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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Matt for sharing this one.

A: Deep, clear ruby body with a frothy cap of tan foam. Decent retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Terrific caramel malt sweetness atop some solid fruity hops. Very good.

T: Starts out with piercingly sweet caramel, followed by some sweet tropical hops and some more caramel cloyingness. Way too sweet. Seriously.

M: Full, sticky, soft, and frothy. Nice.

O: I could see this becoming a decent Barleywine in a few years, but for now it's just way too cloying.


Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:13:48 | More by woosterbill
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3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 14:27:02 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to msulinski & moose3285 for bottles of this 750ML bomber. The first one perished in a great tasting hosted by kbutler1: this one will go down between my wife & I. Split into two big snifters.

No sludge, yeah! Pour is a ruddy-cheeked red with minimal light penetration (heheheheh...he said penetration). Smell is deep, dank enough malts to qualify for a barleywine, sweet fruits, caramel. Interesting way to kick this one off.

110K+OT #4 - really, is there a better name for a beer on planet Earth? Probably not. Great malts on this one, big & bready & sweet & full of caramel & indescribably red. Dark fruits & leather flit in & out the open malt window. Bare bones of hop bittering. But this is a malt mountain from start to finish, & a surprisingly drinkable one. It's thick.

Very good beer, & a worthy addition to the pantheon. Would have liked to try this fresh & see if the hops were brighter, but as is, this is worth the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 02:10:51 | More by maximum12
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3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:38:59 | More by merlin48
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:31:49 | More by ehammond1
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 18:05:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Sam Adams glass. It poured a dark caramel, mahogany like color wit ha thick and frothy khaki colored head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and excellent lacing. Pretty great looking beer overall.

The aroma has a juicy and sweet profile to it. I get some bright and zesty citrus flavors to it with some notes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit. A good dose of malty sweetness is there as well with some candied fruit and caramel flavors coming through. It did feel a little overly sweet at times, but overall I liked the aroma a lot.

The taste shows a lot of the candied fruits, almost sugary sweetness to it throughout the flavor. Midway I get some citrusy, tropical fruit notes coming out of the hoppiness. Just a hint of a herbal bitterness comes out in the finish. It was pretty tasty at first, but the sweetness started to be little much after about half a glass.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Overall it had some nice hoppy flavors to it, but the sweet, candied like flavors were a little overdone for me. Overall it was an enjoyable and interesting beer, just one I'd rather have in small amounts.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:16:32 | More by billab914
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3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:30:58 | More by cjgator3
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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Total Wine right up the road from Cigar City.

A: Red brew, with some murky tones to it. The head was about a fingers worth and was slightly off white in nature.

S: Candy sugar and then some. Fairly strong in its disposition, and red velvet cake overall.

T: Sugary cake batter stuff, with a good bit of hoppiness as well. Malty red velvet cake.

M: Thick sugar content, with carbonation that was fine. Substantial lacing.

O: This was not in Cigar City's wheelhouse for sure. Not bad, but not one of their better efforts.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:39:37 | More by Chaney
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark cherry wood brown in color. A little light shows through around the edges, but it is otherwise opaque. Forms a large fluffy tan colored head that quickly reduces to a clumpy surface coating and a thick rind around the edges. Moderate lacing.

S: Heavy malt aroma predominates: toffee and caramel. Followed up by some coffee, then pine and a faint bit of citrus hops.

T: Unsurprisingly malty, but hops are still able to show through. Sugary sweet on the front end. Toffee, caramel, and vanilla with some citrus hops and an aggressive fusel spice on the finish. Finish is actually rather hot.

M: Medium-heavy in body with lower carbonation level. Warming alcohol.

O: This is a beast of a beer. Very aggressive and in-your-face with the malts and alcohol, but still capable of showing some hop character.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:57:35 | More by Florida9
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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.