110K+OT Batch #5 - Cigar City Brewing
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3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a CCB snifter.
A: A nice, deep reddish brown. Forms a small, just off-white head.
S: Tropical fruit, citrus hop aroma.
T: Dried tropical fruit (mango, maybe guava? figs?), citrus & pine hop flavors, but not overly bitter. There is a bit of spiced character. The sweetness in the beer reminds me of caramelized sugar.
M: Heavy, sticky mouthfeel. There is certainly an alcohol presence but, given the ABV, I think well-hidden.
O: Definitely good, and I left the tasting room with multiple bottles. I was just a touch underwhelmed though. Personal opinion - I think this leans more toward a hoppy barley wine, although my drinking buddy disagreed.
Serving type: on-tap
06-01-2012 01:53:13 | More by macrosmatic
4.7/5 rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750mL bomber poured into a snifter
Bottled on: May 23rd, 2012
per the Brewery this is billed as a "double IPA or hoppy barleywine", let's see
A: Pours a murky, very dark amber with reddish hues, and 1 fingers width of light tan head, which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves a small amount of spotty lacing.
S: Tons of citrusy hops and tropical fruits. I get pineapple, lemon zest, mango. The curaçao peel is certainly noticeable and is nice. There is a touch of malt sweetness and some booze. Smells incredibly light, fruity and citrusy. Just awesome.
T: The initial sip is much heavier than the nose implies, very malty, and lots of sugary sweetness, with citrus on the finish. The first couple of sips I thought this was merely alright, but wow does it grow on me as I drink it. The citrus from the nose comes out in the taste, and is strong, and there is a degree of hop bitterness as well. The hop presence is big, in fact huge, but the malts are equally large. It is such a great combination of hops and malt sweetness. As it warms in the glass the malts becoming stronger, as does the booze, but never to a fault. The palate profile here is terrific.
M/D: Very smooth, with moderate carbonation that allows it to coat the palate nicely, a fairly chewy mouthfeel, on the fuller side of medium bodied. The 11% ABV is extremely well masked, and drinkability is impressive.
O: Overall, this is great. This is hands down my favorite non imperial stout offering from CCB, and that says something. The only negative I can find in this beer is giving ratebeer.com a shoutout on the label but not beeradvocate. As far as if it's a double IPA or Barleywine, well Id lean towards IIPA due to the huge hop presence, however, the geek in me did some research and found the OG and SG's (which are printed on the label) don't meet the standard qualifications of a double IPA, but do for a Barleywine. But really who cares, its all arbitrary. Whats important is this beer is absolutely fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2012 03:20:13 | More by zac16125
4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed on tap at the Cigar City Brewing taproom.
This beer pours a hazy orange color. It has a full, hoppy aroma with a strong malty presence as well. Very strong smelling. The taste is ridiculous. Lots of hops. Lots of malts. Lots of everything. Very strong, and very delicious. The mouthfeel is full and very carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a great beer that toes the line between a strong DIPA and a barleywine. In the end, I feel the very strong hop presence tips it over farther to the DIPA side of the scale. Semantics aside, it's a very good beer that is much better than last year's 110K+OT.
Serving type: on-tap
05-25-2012 05:15:43 | More by shand
110K+OT Batch #5 from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.