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Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 122
Gots: 65 | FT: 9
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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2.75/5  rDev -36.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

12-24-2013 06:51:27 | More by CardsWinAgain
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3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks so much to Al for sending this to me. 6 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on October 26th, 2013.

A - Pours more like a scotch or brown ale than any other baltic porter I've had. Lightly bubbly but zero lacing or retention.

S - Overt bourbon, cashew, brown sugar, dates, and whole chocolate milk. It kind of reminds me of Bourbon Hi-Fi Rye but lacking a great deal of complexity.

T - Dark caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, no residual alcohol whatsoever. Again, it's straightforward.

M - Medium-body, not nearly as creamy-smooth as I'd hoped (compared to something more pedestrian like Topless Wytch).

D - It's just fine. Nothing nearly memorable, and in that sense I am greatly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 19:25:25 | More by Auracom
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3.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1MAY2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Big oak aroma with lighter bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit notes.

T - Very sweet. Starts out with some noticeable bourbon and charred oak that accompany the flavours of the base beer: roast, chocolate and dark fruit with a touch of vanilla in the background. As the beer warms up and I continue to drink it the barrel notes seem to completely disappear and become almost non-existent leaving just a slightly over sweet porter profile without much personality.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:43:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with a whole bunch of us. Drank right after the non BA version.

A - Pours deep dark brown with a small half finger tall khaki colored head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light strings of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, dulled vanilla and chocolatey sweetness, light smokiness and only the faintest hint of bourbon. Right away I could tell this one wasn't right, I even re-read the description to make sure I read it right the first time. It has a really weird fruitiness and very little bourbon notes.

T - Taste is just like the nose. It starts off with the dark roasted malt and light sweetness and then things take a turn for the worse. There is a weird mix of smoke and light fruitiness that clashes with all of the other flavors. On top of that the bourbon is almost non existent, which is really eye raising. Finish is rather harsh with a bit of booze burn, combined with the thin feel it doesn't linger on the palate for very long.

M - Medium body with moderately low carbonation. The weird fruitiness combined with the thin, roasty feel is not helping things at all.

O - There was more than half the bottle left at the end of the night and nobody was rushing over to finish it. A bourbon barrel porter with no bourbon presence and a light fruitiness? I don't want to say this bottle was infected but it definitely wasn't right.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:26:44 | More by orangesol
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3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to moose3285 for this bottle...which I was thinking about all day. When the day begins to kick south at 9:30 AM, it's good to know you have an awesome beer to look forward to & share; loved the base beer. Big 750 ML bottle with some great prose on the label split with my wife.

The pour is pitch red, a bit darker than I remember the base beer. Nose is hard to pick up against the background fuzz; mild smokiness, vanilla, chocolate, with a bit more sweetness than anything else.

Gates of Hell: nothing subtle or quiet about the taste. The bourbon is strong but neither harsh nor overwhelming, but smooth & mellow. Complementary vanilla, of course. Half of Willy Wonka's factory backs the bourbon, just like the base beer; you could call this a chocolate stout & fool most of the learned population around here. Finish is more of the same. Feels nice & thick, which is Cigar City's apparent trademark. Not objecting to taking half a bomber of this one.

One of those times where the excellent base beer is actually better than the brew that emerges from the barrels. This version murders some of the lovely subtleties of the original. Still a good beer that I'm happy to have another several ounces of.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:56:04 | More by maximum12
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

03-24-2014 09:22:39 | More by mobius387
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 received in trade a while back.. Shared tonight with the good fellas.. Pours a fairly thick dark brown, dark brown head rises up and dies back pretty quickly.. nose shows thick vanilla and barrel presence. Pretty odd spicy note makes me think of cinnamon that I know isn't really there.. Instead just a big clean dark malt bomb.. bourbon gets a little heavy as it warms up.


Serving type: bottle

05-18-2014 05:32:01 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice bourbon barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 23:08:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from urwithdave. Love boxes of CCB dude. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Kalevipoeg in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: A brown pour yields a one finger, thicker looking, fluffy, tan head with very good retention. Bistre brown in color, basically black, with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp. A ring remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. Pretty much the same as the base beer.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, sweet cream and caramel on the nose. Pretty bold with plenty of vanilla and oak from the barrel treatment. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, vanilla cream, caramel with some cotton candy through the middle into slightly tangy swallow. Bold finish of bourbon and woody sweetness, sweet cream, some milk chocolate and a touch of bitter cacao as balance linger on the palate. Very flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate but creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. A touch lighter than the base beer.

OVERALL: This was solid, and an improvement on the base beer. Lots of barrel on this one, but it's a tasty barrel and is not overdone. Complex with plenty to think about. A solid bourbon barrel porter and worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 10:58:12 | More by Jeffo
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque. One finger of brown head on top of more carbonation than most barrel-aged pours.

S: Bourbon hit up front - almost smells more like scotch. Bit sweet malts, unsweet chocolate, sweet woodiness. Maybe a little bit metallic, and it toes the line of smelling overly boozy.

T: Bourbon hit up front, then some cacao and coffee-roasted bitter malts. There just doesn't seem to be a lot else going on here other than the bourbon and nice maltiness.

M: Mouthfeel and body seem to be in line with the base beer. The impression I get is that it's a little thin, but I think I'm expecting Imperial Stout body, or at least big porter, with the flavors involved. Lower carbonation than I expected from the appearance. Alcohol presence is actually fairly restrained given the bourbon barrel treatment.

O: This is good, but it's not blowing me our of the water. Even though the degree of barrel-aging seems nicely restrained, I don't think the base beer is big enough to stand up to it. I will be curious what several months of again will do to this.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 23:40:44 | More by macrosmatic
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Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell from Cigar City Brewing
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