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Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 126
Gots: 64 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter.

(Beer added by: Lare453 on 05-03-2013)
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Reviews by AltBock:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in the Cigar City tasting room on July 21, 2013. They served it to me in a Cigar City Snifter. These notes are from that day when I was drinking this beer.

From what light I could gather in the tasting room, I quickly saw that looking at this beer in the light was going to help at all. This beer was so pitch black that light just bounced off the glass. On top of this barrel aged dark brew was a thick and creamy light mocha 1/2+ head of foam. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a large foamy string and some spotty lacing around the glass.

The aroma was thick with the rich scent dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, a few dark fruits like raisins, black cherry and plum, and a gentle whiff of roasted coffee beans. It was after the coffee where my nose stumbled upon the bourbon and the charred oak. It was a nice strong not over powering scent. The bourbon and oak didn't come in and kicked everybody out. It came in and settled in for the long run.

I thought it was a little odd that the taste kicked off with the dark fruits. My tastebuds found the black cherry, plums, figs, and bourbon soaked raisins. Following the dark fruits was the dark chocolate, a pinch of toffee, and dark roasted malts. Like the aroma, it was the bourbon and charred oak that rounded off the taste. It wasn't overwhelmingly hot and boozy. It had some power to it. Just enough power to let you know it was there.

This was a full bodied Baltic Porter that had a good amount of carbonation to it and a bourbon soaked dark fruit aftertaste. The black cherry, plums, figs, and raisins were just soaked with bourbon. I didn't really get any other flavor other than the dark fruit and bourbon. This warm and slightly boozy aftertaste only lasted a few seconds.

A very good and well balanced Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter. It loved the dark fruits as much as the bourbon and oak. The bourbon didn't control the taste with an iron fist. Now I'm curious how the bottled version tastes.

AltBock, Jul 29, 2013
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A very generous extra in a trade - excited to dive into this one.

Pours very dark for a Baltic porter, though from CCB I am not surprised. Creamy tight-bubble head for a barrel aged beer - light beige.

Incredibly rich and well balanced aroma of sweet bourbon and oak flavors - pronounced vanilla, light caramel and toffee, cocoa powder, wet oak, slight bourbon and dark fruits. As it warms some sweet pipe tobacco and fresh berry notes come to the fore.

Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and light sweet finish.

Floored by this one - would love to do it side-by-side with BA Framinghammer. Hope they brew it again!

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Smell - When it's cold, it's all bourbon. When it's a bit warmer, a lot more caramel comes out. Still quite a raw bourbon character.

Taste - Bourbon bomb. Raw bourbon flavor. Caramel. Fudgy. Chocolate and caramel blend well.

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Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.