Amager / Cigar City - Xiquic And The Hero Twins
Amager Bryghus

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American Imperial Stout
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3.79 | pDev: 14.25%
Amager Bryghus
Very Good
Notes: Who Xiquic was, is a bit hard to explain - but we all know the hero twins: Wayne Wambles and Jacob Storm - headbrewers of Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL and Amager Bryghus, Denmark respectively. Since his first visit at Amager back in 2011 Wayne has been quite the idol for us. We don’t believe it’s possible to find anyone with a bigger heart in brewing - combined with the utmost passion and sense for detail. Therefore it was a great honor to us that Wayne accepted our invitation to come brew at Amager Bryghus - even on his birthday! A recipe was created from what seemed like an endless stream of emails. The Cigar City signature cedar wood was ordered and a birthday cake was baked. We had a fun day - we hope you’ll have fun enjoying this double mash cedar infused black pepper Imperial Stout, yeah, no kiddin’. It’s a bit of a beast - but a gentle one.

Ingredients: Water. Malts: Pale, Crystal Rye, Crystal 50/100, Crystal 70/140, Crystal 100/200, Black, Chocolate Rye, Roasted Barley. Cedar, Black pepper. Hops: Citra, Centennial, Chinook, East Kent Goldings, Herkules. Yeast: UK-ale.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into glass. No dating information found on bottle/label.
Solid black colored body. Fizzy skiff of a tan head upon pouring but most of this disappears quickly. Just a few spots of lacing are left on the sipping side of the glass.
Lots of roasted malts and chocolate in the aroma. Some cedar wood also. Seems like the pepper has faded but is still felt in the nose, rather than as a smell.
Sweet dark roast and dark/milk chocolate flavors. The cedar wood gives the beer a smoothness and hint of flavor. Again the pepper is there on the tongue but subdued. Whiff of vanilla towards the end.
Medium to silky mouth feel, with good carbonation support. A burp brings back the cedar wood.
Based on the age of the reviews (from 2016), this beer has likely sat on the shelf for a lengthy time before opening. The pepper aspect appears to have faded, because for me this aspect is not that prominent, but is still perceived. Now this beer is more of a mix of a chocolate and cedar wood flavor.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: a deep, rich black color that looks a bit silky and a bit like motor oil. 1/2 finger tan, solid head

s: cedar and pepper for sure in the aroma. milk chocolate, cola, some caramel malts, a little brown sugar

t: follows the nose. cedar is dominant upfront, that that pepper spice really asserting itself behind that. there is a kick of roasted malts behind that which brings a mild bitterness to play, and it has an interesting dynamic with the cedar in here. behind that, at the front of the tongue, is a small milk chocolate presence - almost like chocolate milk which adds a touch of sweetness at the end. finish is slightly dry, and full of cedar and roasted malts

m: medium mouthfeel. a bit syrupy. carbonation level is a bit higher than i expected for a beer this style at this abv, BUT that is not a criticism - level works with the cedar in here

o: really interesting beer here. pepper always adds a unique dynamic to beers that can become overwhelming too quickly, however the pepper in here is subdued enough to add flavor without dominating. the cedar, to me, is really the strongest presence in the aroma and flavor, and that is something pretty unique. i would definitely recommend trying this, if possible. not only is it unique, but it is a good beer as well

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour a huge, creamy tan head that dissapates quickly. Very dark brown with a little sediment.
Smell is predominantly peppercorn and wood chips. Faint chocolate and vanilla.
Taste of pepper comes out early along with the tobacco leaf. Grat chocolate and nut combo, slowing for the vanilla to come through.
Wonderful warm and smooth mouthfeel.
This collaborated effort took a huge risk, but I am sold!

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Photo of SBarbeerian
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: black & beautiful, brown head & some lacing
N: very fragrant..dark chocolate, roast, cedar wood, vanilla, only a hint of pepper
T: roast, some chocolate, wood & vanilla...but too much black pepper to be a sipper. The pepper fast overtakes the other flavors as it warms up. Lacks balance. Over the top, and not in such a good way.
MF: filling, heavy.
O: too much black pepper to be consumed and sipped on its own. For sure one to have with food, heavier foods (red meat for carnivores, potatoes or heavy stew otherwise). I'm a big fan of Amager's, but not of this beer. Not horrible, but not to be had without big heavy foods to compete with heavy taste of black pepper.

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Photo of Mehinaman
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oh man was this beer not for me. The pepper was just flat out overwhelming. That being said if you are a fan of pepper or have tried pepper flavored beers before and liked them then by all means give this one a try. It's just not my thing

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours beatifully into a large goblet.
Great big four inch head quickly disappearing. I can smell pepper in the nose of this bad boy.
Well first taste is like ur drinking straight pepper, really overwhelming. Decent mouthfeel, but pepper is gonna for e me to drain this beer ;(
If you love pepper give it a shot but youve been warned, big disappointment and it looked so beautiful in the goblet.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer here. Too much black pepper on the taste though. It would complement it more if the ABV was a bit higher. That would have been wonderful. But great brew to try.

Would buy again if the price was better. At $13, it's a bit much to spend on something that's not extraordinary in taste.

Love it, great offering. Will have to try another Amager beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, black pepper, char, and cedar aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, black pepper, earth, and cedar flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of black pepper and cedar characteristics that are front and center all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bit of a thick viscous black with a firm tan "chocolate malt" head. Pretty.

Nose is fresh "clean" coffee - simple fruity coffee tones but inviting

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and inviting.

Taste is big, bold burnt charcoal, burnt coffee.

Finish is all burnt charcoal and long lasting.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big black pepper aroma and flavor which at first I really liked, but as I drank more and more grew a bit too harsh, distracted from the smoothness i was expecting on the finish.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +24%

Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha head, pretty bubbly, straight to a nice lace in half a minute.
Whoa, smelling this beer really pinches: big clear freshly crushed black pepper! Also really great dark chocolate (the good kind with big cocoa content), vanilla, wood, some faint dark berries, roasted malts and some light coffee. Kinda reminded me of Hunahpu's, but surely the label and story helped a bit.
Dark chocolate up front and a dark fruit zing (plum, blackberry, faint fig). Cocoa intensifies, along with some roast, then vanilla and some faint woody spices (cinnamon, bit of nutmeg). Pepper flavor from the start, at first just aromatic (concentrated, more like pink pepper), towards the end quite prickly, but not overly aggressive. It also goes hand in hand with the rich woodiness, at first spicy on its own, somewhat leafy (hop bitterness also present), hinting cigar tobacco, then charred and ashy in the finish (and especially in the aftertaste), with some deep roasted coffee too.
Medium body and bit prickly carbonation, almost smooth. Greatly hidden warm alcohol. Aftertaste is quite "burnt", but the flavors come back with each new sip.
It's nice how the black pepper becomes the star, enhancing parts of an already great Imperial Stout and not messing anything up, especially. Really good stuff.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review of an Amager Bryghus brew and I went with the most intriguing label depicting Xiquic - the famous Mayan mother of the twin demigods: Hunahpu and Xbalanque, who ended up defeating the lords of the Underworld in a popular Mayan ballgame [I'm not making this up]. Anyway this beverage is associated to Mayan lore loosely through a collaboration of famed Stout brewer Cigar City (based in Tampa Bay, Florida) and equally famed Danish brewer Amager Bryghus, needless to say this review was a long time brewing [apologies for the terrible pun].

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Deep dark chocolate bodied with a light tan lacing on top. Looks quite yum actually.

S: Possibly the most chocolate infused Stout my olfactory senses have ever whiffed. This dark chocolate brilliance is paired with vanilla, roasted cacao and tobacco leaf. This is a 10 out of 10 aroma here - absolutely perfect!

T: Flavour pulls it back a little from chocolate central with a bold smoked cigar tobacco leaf note. There are some roasted barley notes as well along with the vanilla and dark chocolate undertones. Reminds me of another well-loved Stout for all the right reasons, however where Founders is coffee-centric this brew is chocolate based. The finish is a very even-handed cacao bitter note.

M: Heavy, smooth, ticks all the right boxes - more a Teddy Pendergrass than Marvin Gaye smooth but you get the idea. Carbonation? Doesn't really matter with a heavy/smooth brew like this.

D: It's hard to decide what I like more between this and Founders Breakfast Stout (yes this is that good!). Whereas Founders is a breakfast drink (coffee, duh) this is a nightcap, and a damn fine one at that. Smoking a good Cuban with this brew then waking up to a glass of Founders... damn that would be a great night/next day. If you love Stouts get this and Founders, compare the two, revel in the magnificence, enjoy life.

Food match: Cigars, dark chocolate or roasted game meats and vegetables. Cheese platter if you must, make it sharp.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate notes with some roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by some black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with very subtle spicy notes. Body si quite full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. I was expecting spicy peppery notes and cedar to be more pronounced flavours but I can’t’ say that they did play a big role.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think the previous review says what's needed so ill just get to the brew and it pours a pitch black hue with a chocolate laced two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is quite unique I definately get the black pepper then cedar wood, blackberries and chocolate powder,the mouthfeel is full bodied with a touch overcarbonation but nothing that time could not settle and has tastes firstly of dark chocolate and pepper berries nicely intertwined and subdued by a big hit of fruity piney hops and slight mocha and overall definately worth a try and one to age abit as I think I should of to get the best out of cheers.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Collaboration with Cigar City, who's probably my favorite stout brewer in the world. Big hopes for this one. Thanks to motherbrother for sending this one over.

From a 50cl bottle into a snifter
Best Before July 2018
Double mash, cedar infused black pepper stout

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, fluffy, creamy, dark tan head with great retention. Black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap. Slight wisp and ring remain leaving some splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted notes with char and burnt malts for sure. Dark chocolate and hints of Italian spices as well, probably from the cedar and pepper combination. Medium strength and unique.

TASTE: Roasted flavors with some burnt and charred malts and sweet cedar up front. More obvious that it's wood and not spices here. Big, burnt finish of charred malts, sweet cedar, spicy peppers for sure and some bitter, dark chocolate linger on the palate. Burnt and charred from Amager, and woody and peppery from Cigar City. Works well.

PALATE: Medium-full body and very creamy on the palate. Velvety smooth going down and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Enough weight as well. Some spicy pepper lingers on the palate.

OVERALL: Really good. I found the pepper a bit too much; they could have toned this down or left it out all together, as the base Amager stout and the Cigar City cedar touch would have been great on their own. This is still a really good creation though, and the collaboration is obvious as well. Danish roasted and burnt stout meets a Cigar City cedar and pepper twist. Well done. Thanks again motherbrother. Always a pleasure.

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Amager / Cigar City - Xiquic And The Hero Twins from Amager Bryghus
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 51 ratings