Storming Of The Floridablanca
Cigar City Brewing

Storming Of The FloridablancaStorming Of The Floridablanca
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
4.03 | pDev: 6.45%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Storming Of The FloridablancaStorming Of The Floridablanca
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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark raisin brown color with thin lacing with lots of legs on the side of the glass, nice viscosity.

S - Anise / black licorice, rum, oak, some smokey dark roasted malt.

T - Licorice, rum, some dark fruit, and oak tannin.

M - Full bodied and silky.

O - Glad to have tried this Catador Club beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Very dark brown and nearly opaque with a dark tan to brown head that fades to a ring of foam after a minute or two. A low amount of visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate malts, rum, and oaky vanilla. Leathery, and mild dark fruit. I don’t get any particular licorice on the nose at least. But pretty decent.

T: Chocolate, rum, and oak. Roasted malts and vanilla. There’s a yeasty sweetness with a mild fruity character. A mild sweetness mid-palate that I think is the licorice or anise. Leathery sweet malts mix with the rum. This stays fairly sweet through the swallow, with just a touch of roasty bitterness.

M: This has the body of a substantial porter, but don’t know what to compare to “average” given the vagueness of style. The alcohol flavors are integrated nicely, and fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: I liked this way, way better than I expected to from the description. I do wish it was a little thicker, but this is a beer that rum barrels work with nicely. Nice chocolate sweetness to the malt body. I guess on consideration, I don’t know what licorice root (vs licorice) is supposed to taste like. But this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Scottsbeer
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L Dark brown with a dark mahogany tint to it. Light brown head that subsided quickly with no lacing.

S Sweet figs and raisins, chard oak, dark rum and molasses.

T Tasty but sweet. Oak, figs, dates, raisins, chard wood and molasses up front with oak and more dark fruit in the middle followed by a hint of dark rum and just a little bit of licorice.

F Thick, creamy and slightly oily with a nice moderate carbonation.

O A fairly complex brew with well hidden ABV. A unique sipper with a nice slight warming and unusual floavor profile. Glad I had the chance.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark shiny red-edged black with a thin tan ring.

Smell is sticky dark fruits such as cocoa dusted fig with molasses and bourbon.

Taste has a substantial wood and char presence with a hint of maple in the bourbon. Walnut flavor is then introduced to this dry, savory yet semi-sweet monster with a cocoa and Raisinette swallow. Yet, the middle is slick and sticky, and since I have the just released Madeira barrel-aged Barleywine right next to it, I can definitively say this has a more chocolatey, almost Stout-like profile by comparison, with hints of cigar in the finish.

A mild to light, thin carbonation runs through a medium-light body.

CCB shows yet again how well they excel at the Barleywine and Strong Ale game!

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Black in color.

Rum, spice, oak, vanilla, licorice root, caramel, chocolate, figs, molasses.

Medium bodied. A little roast.

This is an okay beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an El Catador glass. Pours a dark black color that doesn't let any light in with a dark tan head. The aroma is sweet, roasty and full of rum and oak from the rum barrels used in the barreling process. The taste features a lingering sweetness, maybe a hint of the licorice notes, and a warming character in the finish from the high ABV and barrel.

I'm thankful that the licorice isn't overpowering as I'm not a huge fan of licorice. The licorice notes do become more prevalent in the nose and taste as the beer warms but I still don't think it's overdone. Overall, another solid barrel aged beer from Cigar City.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Black body. Very dark. Mocha head. Smells of oak, rum, chocolate, licorice, booze. Tastes exactly the same. Dark chocolate. Strong licorice throughout. Rum, oak, and licorice dominate the back end. Heavy and boozy. Moderately sweet. You gotta like licorice, but it’s pretty tasty.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EL CATADOR CLUB! Another bottle. May it live long & prosper. 750ML bottle split with my wife after a disappointing bout with BA Darkness.

The pour is eclipse black with minimal bubbling, until I do some motorboating. Smells like black licorice twizzle sticks coated with sugar & dipped in rum. Spiced rum, not the straight stuff. My teeth are grimacing already.

Storming of the Floridablanca picks up where Romancing the Stone left off. This is like black licorice on crack: it’s everywhere. Tongue, tonsils, cheeks, gums, rotator cuff. I’ve read that this is light on licorice: that is an alternative fact if I’ve ever heard one. Licorice, rum, & I’ve come to the end of the vast list of ingredients I can taste here. Way to stretch out a two-word review!

Other than bras & breasts, this is one of the best one-two punches…what was I saying? I should drink less. Excellent beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. No bottling date but released December 2016. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours black with a three finger pillar of dense tan foam. Dot sized islands of retention reach towards a generous halo but only a few tiny specks of lace are left behind.

Sweet rum barrel goodness pervades the aroma. That sweet welcoming barrel is bolstered by Turbinado sugar, chocolate, wet oak and caramel. Outstanding.

Gentle but very present licorice is a constant in the flavor. Layers of chocolate, rum, wet oak, an earthy vegitation, fruit skins, rye toast, Craisins, and an occasional reminder of the double digit abv. This rides a fine line between BDSA and stout.

The medium feel is a combination of fluffy and creamy with some fairly dull carbonation. Licorice, chocolate raisin rum barrel balls.

I'm admittedly not a fan of licorice. While it's pervasiveness doesn't ruin Storming of the Floridablanca, I'm sure that I would enjoy this a lot more if I wasn't generally turned off by the constant reminders of anise.

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Storming Of The Floridablanca from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 48 ratings