Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series) | Cigar City Brewing

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Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series)Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series)

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JulianC on 11-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 148
Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Solid opaque blackness with a huge creamy and bubbly dark mocha head that persists forever. Huge cedar chest aromas are quite spicy. Some chocolate, caramel, light fruit. and roast deep underneath. The flavor is rich roasty chocolate caramel and molasses up front that is quickly shoved aside buy an ever intensifying spicy cedar flavor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation, and a creamy sticky slick mouthfeel. Wow that cedar is really intense! I managed to finish my glass but it took a while. I don't think I enjoy the flavor or aroma of cedar.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky and glass staining black. Nice khaki head. Wispy surface and a thick collar.

Smell - Lots of cedar. Sweet smelling. Chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Taste - More of a smoke flavor. Roasted malts. Coffee. A bucket of cedar. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Hefty body. Viscous. A hint of booze.

Overall - Tasty stout, as always from CCB. No idea what they mean by English.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, smoke, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast and smoke 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 smoke presence that seems a bit more refined in the taste.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in a long list of thank yous to moose3285, who acted as my El Cat trustee...then proceeded to send me extras (including this one). 750ML bottle split with my smoked-beer hating wife. I told her it was a "cedar-aged english stout". True, right?

Pour is appropriately dark with enough carbonation to let me know this isn't chocolate milk. The nose is just like being entombed for a few centuries in a cedar chest, then waking up to have a cedar Ent leaning over you. Holy wood. Even for CC, this is an extreme amount of cedar. Luckily, I'm very fond of trees. No smell of beer.

Humidor Series Smoked English Imperial Stout is akin to licking a lightning-blasted cedar tree. The cedar mill in the nose is replicated in the taste at close to the same level, but the base beer at least gets in a few nicks. The CC trademark roast is still kicking, mixed in with a faint whiff of the smoke. Underlying sweetness that's close to chocolate. Thick enough in the mouth that it turns my slobber to dark sap. And I'm suckling hard.

One of the better one-dimensional beers I've had. The cedar has been laid on with a heavy hand the size of a front-loader, but it's delicious. Very good.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a pitch dark brown with thin dense medium brown head, sheet of delicate lace trails the liquid by an inch. Smell: dark chocolate, raisin, ripe plum; roasty and caramel with a dose of cigar box. Taste: smoke and roast are big upfront, then dark chocolate and dark fruit get overwhelmed by cedar and evergreen. Full bodied, cedar heavy finish. Pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In true Cigar City fashion, a classic Russian Imperial Stout would not be good enough. The envelope must be pushed- an this time it is done so with heavy smoke, fruit, earth and a fragrant bouquet. Yep, and somehow we're still talkin' stout here.

And none of that is in any doubt as the ale pours pitch black. Its opaque appearance stares right back at you with its onyx-like sheen. A creamy froth builds on top and caps the ale like the foam of latte. Bone-white in its honeycomb structure, its retention is long and its lacing is broken yet even.

Aromas of forest fire rises first and continues to dominate the session. Heavy smoke and perfume waft about the nose with a background of roasty sweetness. Burnt toffee and scorched cream support its heavy peat and fragrant cedar. Once the nose acclimates, fruit tones of plumb and dates rise along with the herbal presence of curing tobacco and singed pine needles.

Its taste is more pleasantly balanced. The sweeter malt flavors of toffee, burnt toast, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and light molasses add a robust sweetness and bitterness that counter the smoked plank elements to come. Its middle is alive with smoke and fruit as its plummy taste is met with smoke-cured meats for a rich and savory tone. The ale finishes earthy and scorched, leaving an aftertaste like lit Churchill cigar and peat-smoked whisky.

Full bodied from start to finish, the ale carries a weighted sense early because of its low-lying and deeply embedded carbonation, but once the ale breaks apart a bit, its texture of ash and char offers a powdery dryness to its finish that exposes its scotch-like burn. Its long smoky linger gives a spicy wood prickle to boot.

This is one serious Russian Imperial Stout, equipped with fruit, biscuit and hearty sweetness. Though the smoke is a bit overkill, the ale still exhibits what's best about the stout underneath. Its probably sublime to bigger fans of scotch whisky and robust cigars.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/21/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, cedar, tobacco, light char/molasses, light leather, light raisin/plum, and roast/smoke earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, smoke, cedar, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, smoke, cedar, light char, tobacco, light char/molasses, light leather, light raisin/plum, and roast/smoke earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, smoke, cedar, tobacco, light char/molasses, light raisin, light leather, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cedar, smoke, and light fruity ester flavors; with a good roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, smoke, cedar, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Murky, black/deep brown, brown frothy head stains the side of the glass.

Aroma - Cigar smoke, tobacco, nutty chocolate.

Taste - Similar to nose. Tastes like a liquified (half smoked) cigar dipped in chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Oily, thick, slightly chewy.

Overall - If you like cigars, beers, chocolate, and alcohol, drink this.

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Photo of Aleks_P
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours dark dark dark brown or black with a thin, deep tan head a couple of millimeters thick that fads to almost nothing after a couple of minutes. Looks almost thick when poured.

Smell: The cedar tang is what I notice first but there is a lot going on here. Also picking up a lot of chocolate and smoky coffee scents.

Taste: Very interesting mix of tastes. Similar to the smell, the first thing I notice is that hint of cedar but immediately some of the traditional stout flavors with some sweet dark chocolate and coffee. After taking a sip the chocolate flavors remain. Sweet beer for the most part, but a heavy sweet (not a light sweet).

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, thick, and with very little carbonation.

Overall: I really liked this beer overall although it certainly was heavy. It was very creamy rather than dry, and the sweetness was not overpowering. The cedar gave it something extra and all worked well, definitely a unique blend of flavors.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark pour with a tan head. Aroma strongly of cedar with a hint of smoke. Really nice and unique. Toast doesn't contain quite as much cedar and smoke, it is just a hint. Instead there is chocolaty roast with just a hint of smoke and wood, then a dose of hops on the finish. A very nice velvety mouthfeel with a medium body, but it drinks more like a 7% percent beer than an 11% beer. Really nice.

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Photo of Brenden
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#3 1/24/14

A thick dark brown with a likewise dark brown head, this beer looks like many imperial stouts out there. It does show some give at the edges. The head's retention is good, though it doesn't exceed half a finger's height. Structure is strong, though, and lacing displays it with sturdy patches.
This is a big and robust beer, dry but with lots of richness to it. There's a ton of roast giving way to smoked woods in the middle that remain into the finish. Nut comes through underneath bigger flavors including chocolate in the front and a hint of tobacco leaf from front to end. It finishes woody and dry with notes of ash or cedar. I can see lovers of big American versions not liking this as much as what they're used to with the dryness, but the integration and use of the dryness in flavor and feel is quite masterful.
Speaking of, yes, the body's dry, but it's also rich and smooth with a light crispness in a good, firm body with the strength to carry through from the beginning of the first sip to the end of the last.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Pours thick and black with a big two finger, very creamy looking, dark brown head. Aroma is big strong bittersweet chocolate with some smoke, lots of roast, a bit of dark fruit. Smells excellent. The flavor comes with huge huge dry cedar wood, shines like crazy. Big chocolate notes, roast some fruit but very subdued, and plenty of smoke lingering. The smoke isn't at the forefront but it is definitely there and plays seemlessly with the cedar and chocolate. The cedar comes out in this unlike any other humidor series I have had before. Thick and viscous as any CCB stout, medium carbonation, nice bitter and sweet balance. Really neat beer.

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Photo of Resuin
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This has at most a couple months of age on it, as it was released recently.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown (near-black) and leaves a couple fingers of deep tan/mild brown head. Good looking beer.

Smell: Big aroma: Roasted malts, smoked malts, coffee, smoked meats, wood, dark chocolate. Very enticing aroma. Not unlike cooking meat over a wood stove.

Taste: Big smoked malts, candied bacon, dark chocolate, coffee, straight smoke (very interesting), cedar. Nice big flavor, but also fairly easy drinking. Lovely woody finish.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium to thick, creamy body.

Overall: A really different and delicious stout. I love the smokiness to it, its subtle and really well balanced. This would definitely be a go-to if it were easily available. An impressive brew for sure.

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Photo of AdamF625
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- pours thick black with a thick brown head
S- tobacco, smoke, roasted malt, pepper
T- smoked malt, tobacco, wood and oak, dark chocolate, charred meat, campfire
M- thick creamy mouthfeel, no heat from the 11% bill, low to medium carbonation
O- I love smoked beers especially porters/stouts and this one stands next to the best of them.

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Smoked English Style Imperial Stout (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
4.12 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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