Sardo Numspa
Cigar City Brewing

Sardo NumspaSardo Numspa
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.19%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
161
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  21
Gots
  58
SCORE
92
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Sardo NumspaSardo Numspa
Notes: Brewed with roasted hazelnuts and 2 varieties of cacao nibs as well as Indonesian vanilla and aged on Cypress wood.
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 161 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a J. Wakefield OG teku glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Low amount of visible carbonation, and a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Dark and sweet milk chocolates, and sweet vanilla. Roasted malts and moist tobacco. Almost an amaretto booziness in the background. I'm not getting a huge hazelnut aroma, but wonder if that might factor into the amaretto aspect. There’s a bit of sweet woodiness as well.

T: Sweet chocolate, baker’s chocolate, roasted malts, and strong vanilla. Even on the flavors, there still seems like there's some amaretto. Sweet cypress wood. It finishes with more sweet malts and chocolate with some drying bitterness that seems like pure cacao.

M: Fairly heavy-bodied, as are most Cigar City Imperial Stouts, and a typical sticky mouthfeel. Low but expected carbonation sensation. Fairly restrained alcohol presence for style.

O: An interesting concept, but one that I’m not really digging. There are a lot of sweet flavors, and the wood they selected doesn’t do much to balance it. There’s isn’t so much in the way of roasted malt bitterness, and the cacao bitterness just doesn’t quite stand up to all the sweet flavors. It certainly doesn't seem like a hazelnut bomb. If a chocolate and amaretto beer seems like a good idea to you, you might love this one. Not my personal preference, but again I think a problem with concept rather than execution.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle. Inky black. Big mocha head. Smells of the cypress wood, which I haven’t had before. Chocolate, a little soy sauce, and a bit nutty. Tastes of hazelnuts throughout. They kinda combine with the soy sauce flavor in a negative way. Very savory. Fudgy and woody. Cypress lingers. Heavy and boozy. It’s standard CCB giant stout fare. Soy sauce and crazy adjuncts.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time for myself and two friends at a fun tasting at my house. This was my contribution and it lived up to CigCity standards and was really liked by all of us. I would buy this again. And again. Nice job CCity!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from 7Clutch a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial stout aged on hazelnuts, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cypress wood

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fizzy, crackly tan head with half decent retention. Head fizzes down to a full, foamy wisp. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Faint ring and wisp remain leaving a few falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good body but the head was a little lack luster.

SMELL: Roasted malts, some decent molasses and licorice on the nose. Hints of cacao nibs, some vanilla notes as well as faint hazelnut in there too. Rather bold for sure. Lots of molasses and licorice with vanilla bean aromas.

TASTE: Lots of roasted and molasses flavors up front. Licorice too with cacao nibs there. Some alcohol at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of molasses, roasted malts, licorice, some hazelnuts and sweet vanilla beans as well. A bit of alcohol and sweet toffee add to the sweet, boozy profile. Good stuff and plenty sweet.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Soft and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes very sticky. Some heat lingers. Sweet and sticky.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Really big and sweet, with lots of molasses and roasted flavors. This one’s probably got a pretty high FG, but I definitely am not the person to complain about that. The adjuncts have probably faded a bit, as the hazelnut and vanilla were kind of muted here, but what is left at this point is a sweet, thick imperial stout with lots of malt character to enjoy. Very much a fan here. Thanks again 7clutch! Recommended.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black with reddish brown highlights. Alex's bottle, that really resembles Devil's chocolate cake. Lots of chocolate, big mouthfeel and cinammon. Drinkable by sharing.

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Photo of robear
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My buddy's loved this beer (4-4.5 range in all categories). I didn't enjoy it. Given that I was the only one, probably worth picking it up if you see it.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a pretty solid black, with a very small amount of mahogany around the edges. a two finger or so tannish head with decent retention and leaving behind a small lacing. completely opaque with darkness.

Smell: strong nuttiness, lots of rich chocolate. light espresso and vanilla. some wood and booze.

Taste: opens up with a slight hint of woodiness, quickly taken over by some hazelnut and chocolate. the chocolate taste is very deep and rich. dark malts come through next ranging from dark fruits, mostly prunes, to a light espresso and some light burnt character. some vanilla smooths out the dark malts just a touch. the wood flavor returns and some boozy alcohol comes in.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy, not quite creamy but almost there. lingering wooden taste along with a light bitterness. strong warmth to it.

Overall: a big thick stout. really like the use of the cypress wood as well as the other additions to the beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black color, very thin lacing ring.

S - Nice cocoa syrup aroma with a little molasses mixed in.

T - Cocoa syrup, cocoa powder, some alcohol presence, light hazelnut, brownies, some woodiness.

M - Heavy medium body, slippery, lip smacking sticky.

O - Very interesting and very good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottl shared by Matthew. Thanks man.

Dark body, nearing black with a beige head. Both the aroma and flavor lead with a variety of nuts. Vanilla and almond character. Rich and chocolaty. Soft carbonation with a medium-full body. Mild to medium sweetness. Just a bit lacking in cohesion / balance. Still, solid beer.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another thanks to markwise for this bottle; Cigar City, especially heretofore unspotted bottles, are always welcome here. 22 ounce glass adorned with colorful artwork, split with my wife.

The pour is that singularly dense, rough, thick black that CCB really ought to trademark before Crayola gets hold of it. The nose is rich chocolate, molasses sweetness, five nut bread, & vanilla bean mixed in with a dusting of roast. Rich. That’s all I can think, really. Rich.

Sardo Numspa is a throwback to the CCB stouts of yore. Thicker than the plot of Pride & Prejudice (no, not the ridiculous zombie one, nor the recent one…the real BBC one…never fucking mind), it just coats everything it touches. Whatever you hear, stay away! The (hazel) nuts have the upper hand here! Big nuts, vanilla nuts, nuts everywhere, followed by huge malt sweetness that veers into molasses, Belvas chocolate. My finely tuned palate can detect no cypress, oak, or pine flooring anywhere. Drinkable in a slow-sipping, hot-southern-night kind of way.

I wonder if CCB could brew a stout this gorgeous in their sleep, & exactly what their secret is in making them thick enough to keep the engine of a 1980 Pinto well-lubricated. Excellent beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black, like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Hazelnuts very prevalent on the nose, some wood, chocolate and vanilla sweetness, and a little roast; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with chocolate, nuts, and sweet vanilla.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

if this wasn't aged on cypress, it could've been outstanding. the hazelnuts are muted, the cacao nibs are less muted, and the vanilla is a bit less muted even. the cypress was more in my face than i would've wished. however! this does smell and taste nearly exactly like devils food cake.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extremely unusual, off the wall, and delicious--and ages well. I thoroughly enjoyed my second bottle on 5/11/17.

Sardo pours smooth, yet gloppy thick black with a nice solid, lumpy tan head leaving fluid sheets of lace.

Very strong aromas come off the nose, starting with smokey molasses and sweet hazelnut, transitioning to heavily roasted salted malt, chocolate cake, rustic woodiness and vanilla.

On the palate, it seems hot at first, but the booze is thankfully not imposing, and actually mellows over time and takes a back seat to woody characteristics with nutty, roasty notes, plum and prune, and slightly sweet hints of hazelnut. Sticky salted caramel is also fully showcased with chocolate cake, super tangy, sharp herbal wood and pine, vanilla rum aged raisin, and molasses in the swallow. Again, it almost seems smokey, but only a little.

This is one super luscious and smooth brew, with a medium to full but thick sticky body, tangy fizz, and a woody, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice stout that is slightly too sweet, but otherwise well done. The vanilla and cocoa nibs really come through and the hazelnuts are nowhere to be found. A slight woody presence from the cypress wood is present in the background.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Out of a bottle into my tulip
A – Black pour with a nice finger of chocolate head. Frothy with nice lacing.
S – Roasted malts, chocolate
T – Heavy chocolate, roasted malt, very light taste of hazelnut but it is stepped on a bit by the chocolate. Cocoa. Warms up and it definitely has a heavier cake/fudge/brownie characteristic.
M – Full bodied, ample carbonation
O – This one got much better as it warmed up, I made the mistake of not letting it warm and was underwhelmed but as it sat the tastes flourished. Really nice brew here.

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Photo of phishgator
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Dark black with a brown head that is thin. The body is little on the weak side for an 11.5% brew. The nose is that of ground up hazelnuts. The taste is has more chocolate in it than any other flavor. But there are a lot of flavors working here. A touch of pepper give a drying effect on the palate. Definitely smooth, but the back end has plenty of bitterness. Interesting brew that I recommend, but not what I am looking for in an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ToastedB
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Acquired at CCB Tasting Room. Not much on the nose. HUGE BEER. Very thick and creamy milk stout head and mouth feel. Bold roasted coco nibs and bitter chocolate fudge motor oil. No hazelnut at all. A little heat at the end. The muted hazelnut could have put this one over but still a treat.

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Photo of zac16125
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle into a snifter


A: Opaque black, 1+ fingers width of dense appear mocha colored head, dissipates down slowly but leaves no lacing. 4

S: Roasty, spicy, dairy characters almost like raw eggs, some raw wood characters; theres a unique character that is familiar but I can’t quite place...sounds ridiculous but its kind of mayonaise-like aroma. 3

T: Super unique, there are some sweet notes with cocoa and chocolate icing, decent amount of woody characteristics but its not a nice pleasant oaky but more like a raw, herbaceous wood. Somewhat roasty. Cocoa grows as it warms. I don’t really get any hazelnut. Its just a strange conglomeration of flavors, not a big hit with me personally. 3.25

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate, ABV well masked, drinkability is limited. 3.5

O: I love me some CCB but this really wasn’t a hit in my opinion. Not exactly sure what they were trying to pull off but I think its safe to say that they didn’t do it successfully. 3.25

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Photo of _LOD
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Devils Food cake inspiration and they were spot on! Removed the cap and smell was amazing. Sweet chocolate stout that got better as it warmed up....worth a taste.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

N: light hints of chocolate and wood. Touch of playdoh on the nose that hurts. Slightly boozy.

T: deep rich chocolate, woody earthy, fudgy and cake like.

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Photo of MrSquash
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a milk chocolate head and good retention. Aroma is chocolatey and decadent. Flavor is between chocolate cake and Nutella. Rich malts with nice complexity. The cedar is present but doesn't dominate, which is ideal! Smooth and full across the palate and leaves a mild warmth behind. Definitely a very solid beer.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really thick and chocolatey. I've missed the big, thick chewy stouts that were a mainstay of CCB in previous years. This one doesn't disappoint, slight hazelnut finish with cocoa fudge flavor. Ill have to get more of this one, it's one of the best things they've had for bottles in the last year or so.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sardo Numspa is an imperial stout based on Devils Cake, CCBs most recent stout release.

I would say its definitely a Marshal Zhukov killer for my pallet. It has the sam qualities but its richer and the cypress wood really pops!

Pretty sweet, black as night and some nice wood tannins going on, big chocolate malts. The beer is standard incredible mouth feel and goes down smooth with no alcohol burn despite its ABV.

A great beer, I bought many for the long haul.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, dark brown with a reddish hue, and sets up with a small soft off-white head.

Smell is rich sweet chocolate notes, vanilla bean, caramelly grains.

Taste is sweet malts, rich creamy cocoa and vanilla, finishes with big bittersweet chocolate syrupy sweetness. Booze well hidden beneath the candy sweetness. A bold woody note holds it all down and mellows it out.

Feel is dense and chewy but smooth. Great feel for the flavor profile.

Great big chocolate stout. Chocolate lovers beer for sure.

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Photo of Lapalou
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was hesitant on this one after the last few Ccb bottles were underwhelming ( Cowboss, dark woods etc). But really glad I picked up some bottles. The pour is really thick with a slight lacing. Smell is chocolate with slight booze coming through. Mouthfeel is awesome, on par with MZ and Caffe, which is where Ccb stouts reign supreme. Taste is rich chocolate with slight hazelnut and a deep finish that ends up just a like Devils food cake. Fudgy and drinkable, dangerous at this abv. Another beer to acquire from Ccb after the cooler hiatus of the 2 regular joes and other sub par offerings. This one is great.

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Sardo Numspa from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 161 ratings