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Humidor Double American Black Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Humidor Double American Black AleHumidor Double American Black Ale

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 24
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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Photo of BMMillsy
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Gator Beverage. This one pours black with a creamy light brown head. HUGE nose on this. Pine, grassiness, and grapefruit galore with a dry roasted hint. Creamy thick mouthfeel whoah--screams imperial stout with the thickness. Sharp pine and grapefruit bite up front, while sweet chocolate and molasses lead to a roasted grain finish and a lingering cocoa on the palate. Dry finish that I am guessing is the cedar. There is a good bit of sweetness well balanced by the bitter. One of the more complex flavor profiles I have had. This is really really good. Curious is age would mellow the hops and turn this into a chocolatey imperial porter. As is, this really is in its own style. God I hope they make this again.

BMMillsy, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, courtesy of lionssoccer13. Poured into a CCB snifter. I think this was a January release.

A - Pours a light engulfing black with about a finger of dense mocha head. Lacing clings to the walls in a hierarchy of rings.

S - Smells of whoppers candy, molasses, and a distinct pine bitterness. There is a sweet herbal, almost menthol, character to this beer as well. A smooth vanilla-toffee nuttiness rounds this one out. Highly complex and impressive.

T - Chocolate, citrus, and bitter pine hops on the forefront. Very sweet midplalate, full of brown sugar, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Sweetness continues through the finish with a subtle cedar aftertaste.

M - Chewy, thick, viscous. Mellow carbonation. The mouthfeel suits this beer well.

O - I haven't had a subpar beer from Cigar City yet, and this did not buck the trend. It is certainly on the sweet side for the style, but I was impressed with the cohesive variety of flavors. Pine and citrus hops are not dominant, although they do act to discriminate this from a stout. The alochol is well hidden. The immense body makes this beer more enjoyable; it also makes me feel satisfied after just one glass. Gets sweeter and thicker as it warms. I recommend trying it if you are into the style.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

ShanePB, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

djrn2, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.4%

kjkinsey, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Goodwire80
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Goodwire80, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains very well before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Honeycomb-patterned lacing.

S- Oh dear lord. Magnificent nose of fresh cedar, hops and roasted malt. They all converge into a bouquet that's just about perfect IMO. It's peppery, sharp and inviting. There's also some caramel/brown sugar sweetness from the malt that just adds to the enjoyment and complexity.

T- Taste is much of the same. Powerful cedar twang on the palate with the hops and malt complementing. Alcohol is superbly well-hidden, though part of the flavor profile all the same, making this drink comparable to a fine cognac or bourbon that you would pair with a cigar. Also damn near perfect.

M- Sharp and slightly stingy from the alcohol, cedar and hops. I'm sure some age would fix that. Mostly full body and medium carbonation.

O- Thank you Cigar City for coming up with the brilliant concept for the Humidor Series beers. Who would've thought aging beer on cedar would lead to such deliciousness?

Immortale25, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of mixed_master7
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

mixed_master7, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
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.

alpinebryant, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -2.4%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of KevieJames
4/5  rDev -2.4%

KevieJames, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

uturn, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 04JAN13
ABV listed as 11.0%

Pours black with little foam, maybe a rim of light tan foam. Smells like leather, maduro tobacco and dank hops, some roasted malts, and a touch of vinyl. Taste is tobacco like a mutha. It really does remind me of a humidor - I'm uncertain of my feelings, yet, I keep drinking it quickly. I must like it....Full bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. I'm really blown away by this beer, and I am torn as to if it's in the good way. WTF. Fuck it, I like it.

harrymel, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of wo87810
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

wo87810, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 6$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, coffee/chocolate, light woody notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with coffee and chocolate. There is also a slight woodiness but not as much as I expected. It ends with a roasted malt aftertaste with some lingering hops.

Overall - One of the better Cigar City beers I've had.. although this is also one of my favourite styles of beer. I think the 750ml bottles cost somewhere around 15$ so I was glad I got to try it on tap for 6$.

spinrsx, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of RandyBoBandy
5/5  rDev +22%

RandyBoBandy, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of RayUF07
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

RayUF07, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark brown with dense, creamy light brown colored head. Settles slowly leaving a sheet of thin lace down the glass. Smell: hoppy - pine, leafy; cedar spiciness, sweet backing w/ just a bit of molasses. Taste: pine, sweet orange citrus, milk chocolate, same spicy cedar quality. All of which are cranked to 11. Wow. Feel is juicy into syrupy, then the carbonation kicks into a velvety finish. Accumulating alcoholic attribute... I remember Either/Or sort of blurring the line between doubled black ale and imperial stout... this one seems slightly more in line with the developing style, except that it's a huge beer and the cedar brings the awesome. Bottled Jan 04, 2013.

babaracas, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a CCB snifter.
EDIT: Updated review from a recent (2/27/13) bottle drinking

A: Dark brown to black, not quote opaque, with a moderate size tan head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: Cedar, dark malt with a bit of roastiness, and some pine. BOTTLE EDIT: I get some more chocolate notes here.

T: Dark, maybe burnt, coffee with pine and citrus hops. Touch of tropical fruit. Cedar dryness throughout. Pine bitterness in the hang. BOTTLE EDIT: Again, more chocolate than on tap, but it blends well with the coffee malt flavors.

M: Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, alcohol well-hidden for the ABV.

O: Good, although not the best of the Humidor series. But I would certainly have another.

macrosmatic, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.4%

oline73, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Gonzoillini, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at BX Beer Depot's CCB Tap Takeover

Big time cedar in the nose and flavor - very aggressive. Chocolate, cocoa and tons of hops make this a very robust beer. Balanced with a restrained bitterness. Chocolatey cedar finish. One of the more interesting beers CCB has put out

scottyshades, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of shand
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Honestly have no idea to expect from this one, other than something big. A dark, wood-treated CCB that probably has a boatload of hops? Sign me up! Humidor Double ABA pours a very deep brown color. The aroma is great, there's a big cedar up front hanging out with an equally big roasted malt presence and some citrus hops. The citrus hops pop right away on the tongue, along with some more piney flavors that mingle with the cedar that shortly rushes in. Malty flavors linger on the tongue. A big, brash, and complex brute of a beer. The mouthfeel, like all high-ABV CCBs, is absolutely spot-on. It's got a low level of carbonation over a thick body that goes down very smoothly. The drinkability is good considering the high ABV. This isn't the most jaw-dropping CCB beer by any means, but it's still a big, bold, and tasty beer. Pick it up if you're in the Tampa area, but I wouldn't go trading for it.

shand, Jan 25, 2013
Humidor Double American Black Ale from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.