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Humidor Double American Black Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Humidor Double American Black AleHumidor Double American Black Ale

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%


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

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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Reviews by alpinebryant:
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark syrupy color with some cocoa foam at the edges. Leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Aroma of sweet malt, dark roast and Citrus all over. Cedar chip aging also present and slightly dry smelling, aroma is very pleasant for a black ale.

T: Flavors of sweet dark malt, chocolate and tons of hops. Clocking in at 11.5% on the bottle, this is quite sweet and flavorful. The cedar chips give the dark roast malts a run for their money and really take over the taste. Hops are mostly citrus, but also some pine mixed in underneath the cedar and black malt bitterness. Mango and grapefruit hop flavors also present as it warms more and rounds out the cedar chip flavors.

M: Light carbonation with a thick body. Flavors are still slick

O: Very good overall. I can really enjoy the flavors and this was great for all of the shoveling that I have been up to today with this blizzard of 2013. Over 33 inches here where I live, these calories will be worked off in no time.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:14:24 | More by alpinebryant
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HoldenDurden

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-31-2014 00:15:58 | More by HoldenDurden
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Jan 04, 2013. Maybe a bit past the best by date...

Packaged in a 750ml bottle. Served in a snifter. "A Double American Black Ale aged on Spanish cedar in the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida. 11% Alcohol by Vol."

The rich tan head slowly rises from the black liquid in a reverse cascade, and then compacts on top of the dark brown beer that appears pitch black in the glass. The bubbles begin to coat the edge of the beer with lacing.

Cigar City's unique barrel treatment of this beer immediately becomes apparent in the smell, with a spicy cedar aroma on top of a roasted grain smell which carries notes of chocolate. Faded hops are present, but very light. It doesn't quite have the hoppy aroma I would expect from a Black Ale. However, this bottle is over a year old at this point, and the aroma may have faded lightly.

This beer hits the palate intensely, slamming the tongue with a robust, full-bodied roasty malt backbone and a spicy, herbal, earthy Spanish cedar taste. The bitterness is intense as well, but acts predominantly in a balancing role. The flavors are, like I mentioned, very bold. This beer is not for the faint of heart. The carbonation is smooth and soft, and the alcohol leaves a slight bit of warmth on the exhale. Notes of cigar box, alcohol, bitter cocoa, sweet tea, and pine.

I have had some of Cigar City's Humidor Series beers before, and I remember definitely not liking the Cedar IPA. I found it too intense; the cedar unforgiving and overwhelming. I may be more tolerant now, or maybe the base beer is more forgiving, but this is a much improved experience for me. Really like the interplay of the cedar against a hoppy black ale. Not quite as drinkable as I would like, but this is "imperial" and as such you don't need much. Very unique, and well-done.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 22:47:18 | More by MusicaleMike
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-06-2014 23:20:53 | More by dvmin98
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-29-2014 02:02:09 | More by ThreeFishes
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-20-2014 00:02:05 | More by Tyrawlings
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Bartos

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

01-19-2014 19:40:27 | More by Bartos
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BierJager89

California

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with mocha bubbles of head.

S: Cedar, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, some peach, orange hop presence, maybe a little something herbal and/or meaty in the nose. Apparently there's some notes of THC in the nose as well.

T: Roasted malt and dark chocolate come out up front followed by big citrus hop character (particularly orange, but grapefruit makes a significant appearance as well).

M: Full bodied and quite smooth.

O: One of the more complex black ales/black ipas out there. Definitely worth a try.

I wish cigar city distributed to CA :/

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 16:32:58 | More by BierJager89
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scratch69

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Black in color with a fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of lacing with good head retention.

Smell- Roasted malt and cedar with a faint hint of piney hops.

Taste- Roasted malt and piney hop flavors with some dark fruit notes. Just a touch of booziness also.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is my first Cigar City beer and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 22:33:53 | More by scratch69
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Florida

5/5  rDev +22%

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Barhoppin13

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

11-29-2013 21:18:44 | More by Barhoppin13
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StevanTheVegan

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-27-2013 01:29:20 | More by StevanTheVegan
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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-24-2013 02:19:21 | More by awdturboiv
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Bstewart


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

11-07-2013 20:58:49 | More by Bstewart
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moose3285 for this one; I'm feeling woody, & this CC is never shy about bringing some serious splinters to their Humidor bottles. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour matches the name, dark enough that even the edges are opaque. Sure 'nuff, the cedar bites the nostrils with several planks. Underneath is a vaguely herbal note, pine, toffee. An odd mix of smells that isn't exactly rolling out the WELCOME mat, but isn't off-putting, either.

Humidor Double American Black Ale - say that ten times fast. First thing that hits the tongue is that this 'black ale' is close to the viscosity weight class of Zhukov's, or, motor oil in the engine block at roughly -40 degrees; a feel I wasn't expecting, but the thickness is gorgeous. The actual taste, aided by the sludge, veers more towards super-hoppy big-stout territory. Small pine stand hits the palate, or a grove of cedars with pine needles. Roast is hard after both, bitter enough that it might involve hops, too. Mild chocolates. I'm hitting this way to hard for a big beer on a Tuesday evening.

OK, OK, I'll admit I've let this one languish in the fridge because, hey, who really likes "black ales"? Idiots, that's who. Oh, me now, too. At least this one. An excellent, kick-ass beer that manages to bring together flavors that normally repulse one another. Another impressive exercise from the CC wizards.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:40:04 | More by maximum12
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

10-04-2013 22:48:54 | More by gueuzedreg
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Beerenauslese

California

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black body, though transparent at the edges, with a huge tan, coffee and creme colored head that formed even with an easy pour and lots of lacing. Pretty good retention.

Smells of roasty, chocolate malt, with piney hops and lots of cedar wood. Some pruney dark fruit notes. A little boozy, but so full of flavorful notes.

Tastes great, lots of chocolate, chocolate milk, coffee, tons of citrus and pine hops assaulting and numbing the tongue, rye, and cedar wood. Sugary sweetness--molasses (I can feel my lips sticking together) is balanced by a strong citrus and piney hop bitterness. Also get some juniper berries, but maybe that's coming from the cedar.

The body is thick with a slick tongue-coating mouthfeel that is more like a stout. Sticky sweet.

This is a big beer. My first impression was the high degree of alcohol, but that receded as the strong flavors started to hide the ABV. I'd say this is like Wooky Jack on steroids. My complaint is that it is just a little too sweet and boozy. But otherwise a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-13-2013 03:22:31 | More by Thirsty_Moe
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Humidor Double American Black Ale from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.