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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus
Denmark
amagerbryghus.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by samEBC on 10-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
14
Ratings:
45
pDev:
14.82%
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Anatole
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsputin
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Vylo
4.84/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.76/5  rDev +28.3%
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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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SBarbeerian
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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 MunsonRoyE
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of suckaj
2.11/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tmappenzeller
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mehinaman
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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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3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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 jbaker67
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +2.4%
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 Texasfan549
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 45 ratings