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

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Amager Bryghus

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by samEBC on 10-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by doktorhops:
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4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of SBarbeerian
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jaydoc
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rwalford74
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MunsonRoyE
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Anatole
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suckaj
2.11/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of GregJ
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mehinaman
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Jason_cs
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.84/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Dodgerrigo77
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BDeibs
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmappenzeller
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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 personpitch
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +7%
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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Amager/ Cigar City Xiquic And The Hero Twins from Amager Bryghus
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 32 ratings