Raspberry Halo
Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4 | pDev: 9.25%
Feb 10, 2021
Nov 05, 2016
Very Good
Raspberry HaloRaspberry Halo
Notes: Halos often signify enlightenment, harmony, and majesty, sentiments that all come to mind when contemplating this rich and complex beer. Crested atop this imperial stout is a radiant crown of juicy raspberries offering pronounced fruitiness and acidity to balance the beer’s formidable body. Heavy, indeed, is the head that wears the halo.

IBU: 40
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Pitch black pour with a toffee colored lacing ring with a light "pinkish tinge" to it. There's a light ring around the inside neck of the bottle where the beer level was prior to pouring - maybe it's been sitting in the bottle too long???

S - Chocolate and raspberries on the nose with a slight bit of raspberry tart acidity, sorta "raspberry jam"-like.

T - Chocolate roast, chocolate char, a slight bit of molasses, raspberry jam, and residual raspberry acidity over top of chocolate. Lingering raspberry and chocolate bitterness with some light molasses and alcohol underneath.

M - Thick and full body.

O - Decent but it's pretty evident this beer is near or past its prime. The beer got better as it warmed up and aired out.

Feb 10, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense two finger tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of slightly tart raspberries and some chocolate along with a little roasted malt
T: Taste is raspberries and chocolate with some roasted malts, espresso, charred wood, and some burnt sugars. The raspberry flavor comes around a few times but the flavors are balanced well. On the swallow there's more raspberry, some cocoa powder, espresso, roasted malts and charred wood.
M: This beer has a body which is on the fuller side of things. It's silky smooth and creamy on the palate as well. Carbonation is low but it's adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty nice beer. It has good flavors and complexity. The raspberry is prominent without overshadowing the rest of the beer which helps to make this one a very balanced and enjoyable beer.

Sep 02, 2020
3.64 by joemochas from Florida on Mar 13, 2019
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Jan 12, 2019
3.79 by Satsuma from Florida on Dec 14, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Nondescript dark brown color, totally opaque, with little fine head.

The main scent I get is cherry cola. Tack on some clover and molasses, and that's about it. Some anise as it warms. A little more volatilizing wouldn't hurt.

Taste is like a coffee raspberry cheesecake (without the cheesecake). Sweetness seems moderate, but I think it's heavier than it seems because it has to compete with some other heavy flavors. The fruit is definitely always the first thing that hits me when I take a sip. Black licorice, of course. Toasty, and as far from acrid as possible. It could be mellower and more complex, but what's there is pretty good.

Moderate weight for the type. Fair (read: pleasant) amount of carbonation, which doesn't always happen with a stout. Slight kick for a tenner. Coffee and raspberries pervade the aftertaste.

Sep 29, 2018
3.75 by oline73 from Maryland on Sep 16, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by TH28 from Florida

750ml bottle. 2017 vintage. Appearance: Typical imperial stout appearance of opaque black with a light khaki head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.
Aroma: Pleasant raspberry notes over a rich roasted maltiness.
Taste: Rich malt sweetness with a strong roastiness and acidic raspberry tartness to balance. Fairly strong bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Fairly heavy bodied, almost syrupy, with a light carbonation
Finish: Roasted maltiness is dominant on the finish, with only a hint of raspberry
Overall: Pretty standard imperial stout, but contrasted by a really nice tart raspberry acidity to break up the malt sweetness. Creates a nice balance without being cloying. Really nice beer

Sep 02, 2018
3.48 by socon67 from New York on Aug 11, 2018
4.01 by Jay94 from Florida on Jul 20, 2018
3 by jeffthepony from Georgia on Apr 09, 2018
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3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by EMH73 from New York

Really cannot do a formal review of this beer as I cannot get past the overpowering artificial raspberry flavor. Tastes like a concentrate of a Jolly Rancher. Regrettably a drain pour after about a quarter of the bottle.

Mar 25, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by outdoor7or24 from Georgia

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass, purchased for $13.
A: pours a pitch black body with tints of dark ruby, two finger chocolate milk color foam head, carbonation
S: tart raspberry, chocolate, coffee
M: thick, juicy on the tongue
T: light tart raspberry notes up front, chocolate, heavy malty and roasted notes, slight char in the finish
O: good brew, nothing complicated, nice on this really cold night

Mar 15, 2018
3.75 by kidzord from Illinois on Feb 22, 2018
3.83 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 24, 2018
3.33 by Bandi from New York on Jan 02, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin layer of dark tan bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose along with hints of coffee.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of raspberry purée and also has underlying notes of dark chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a good job at pairing together the chocolate and raspberry flavors together—it's almost like a raspberry fudge cake. No alcohol is detectable in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 02, 2018
4.41 by Nace4 from Virginia on Dec 31, 2017
3.81 by DanGeo from Michigan on Dec 29, 2017
3.98 by cd34 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a quarter inch of creamy and tightly packed brown head. The aroma is of sweet raspberry jelly. I'm tasting dark malt and sweet raspberry juice. The mouth is silky and creamy smooth.

Dec 03, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BillRoth from Maryland

From notes. Beer Safari at CC. On tap.

Oct 06, 2017
3.91 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Sep 29, 2017
4 by Vidblain from Minnesota on Sep 26, 2017
4.23 by SDRedDevil from California on Aug 31, 2017
3.77 by vfgccp from New York on Aug 28, 2017
4 by Casey_L from Texas on Aug 27, 2017
4.46 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Aug 26, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

its always special to have a limited cigar city brew, even though they have been bought and expanded to some new markets, it still feels rare and exciting to me, and i am enormously grateful to have had this one shared with me, but i still did all i could to love it and couldnt quite get there. the base stout tastes sludgy thick to me, overly sweet, and a little oxidized for whatever reason, bitter and roasty, stale coffee, and booze, its a lot on its own, but these over the top raspberries really bring it to an almost absurd range. the berries are jammy sweet too, desserty for sure, and not fully natural to me, despite being dosed strongly enough to push through this huge base beer to the foreground. its intense on intense, has some sharpie marker to it with all the sugar and booze, and is as slick and thick as oil on my palate, yet still bitter too after the swallow, its bold on bold, and as such seems to lack the refinement of some of their other huge stouts. there is an almost tang to the fruit too which isnt all the way jivey with it either, and this feeling lasts long in the finish too. maybe better to start a session than to end it, this whipped me up pretty good after having quite a few before it, but my palate felt ready to appreciate it still, and it never quite got me there. too much of too many things, good, but this is for those who like them heavily flavored and can handle the sweet. too much for me, even in a small dose...

Aug 23, 2017
3.83 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Aug 23, 2017
4.02 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 21, 2017
4.09 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania on Aug 20, 2017
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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a Cigar City stemmed tulip glass.

Creamy and very dark tan colored head, easily making a cake and meringue like three finger top. Sits like a soft cake loaf of bread on top of a nearly black totally opaque body. Perhaps a touch of deep red as well. Great looking stout.

Creamy tart raspberry and roast coffee on the nose. Gets almost a creamy vanilla strawberry quality in quality. Faint hints of milky chocolate as well fill up nicely. Tart and sweet seem to be taking turns on the nose, with a little bit of fight.

Real nice palate. Light but silky, and a touch of milky mouthfeel for easy drinking. Rich raspberry that isn't sickly sweet with excellent fudge and cake batter like mid palate flavors. Finishes rich but easy. Tangy faint tartness makes for a real playful flavor as well, touches of light chocolate tones with the fruit, even touches of coffee and vanilla softness.

Great solid enjoyable fruited stout from these guys.

Aug 11, 2017
4.27 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Aug 02, 2017
3 by BlueKurenai from Vermont on Jul 30, 2017
3.26 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jul 25, 2017
4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2017
4.25 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Jul 15, 2017
3.72 by unclekeith from Alaska on Jul 02, 2017
4.14 by kewharton from Florida on Jun 21, 2017
Raspberry Halo from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 121 ratings