Absolutely Okay | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel-aged Belgian Strong Dark Ale brewed in collaboration with De Struise Brouwers

Added by dfhhead25 on 03-02-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
51
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
4
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Photo of Sabtos
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddy black with reddish-brown hues and a fizzy tan head that quickly and audibly dies to a thin chain and a bubbly cauldron-like surface.

Smell is rich toffee and caramel with ribbons of vanilla as charred brownie crust and pecan pie emerge with a peppery accent. Sweet gooey nougat develops as it warms.

In flavor, a bold bourbon presence takes hold, but like many other El Cat bottles past and present, it still somehow manages to not be boozy or hot. Caramel, toffee and tangy prune and raisin support the middle, as spicy, peppery and herbal sassafras is added to the toasted coconut brought on via the delectable qualities from barrel aging. Red licorice and brown sugar come out upon the exhale, making this quite the sweet, brandy-esque beer overall.

The slick, medium body has a mildly building firm crisp fizz and a sticky, sticky finish.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pulled a "let's clean the cellar" move and grabbed this bottle. Wasn't expecting much, but oh boy- was this right for me. Reminded me of a well-made English old ale or barrel-aged barleywine. Very sweet but balanced, righteously boozy, vinous and full of barrel tones... sip and destroy.

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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/27/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small foamy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, plum, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red grape/wine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, and brown bread; with lighter notes of sherry, leather, tobacco, chocolate, cocoa, pepper, clove, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Touch of increasing booze in the aroma as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malts, candi sugar, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, prune, plum, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red grape/wine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, and brown bread; with lighter notes of sherry, leather, tobacco, chocolate, cocoa, pepper, clove, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast bitter and yeast/bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape/wine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, sherry, leather, tobacco, chocolate, cocoa, light pepper/clove, yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts, candi sugar, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is insane. Light slickness, sticky hop, chalky roast, oak tannin, and increasing dryness. Mild increasing warmth of 12.9%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Belgian strong dark ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts, candi sugar, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; extremely smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the very mildly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. This is the smoothest BSDA I have ever had for the ABV. Insanely balanced rich malt/sugar/yeast complexity, with perfect bourbon barrel integration. I knew this would be amazing because of the De Struise involvement. Similar to most Pannepot, with added bourbon barrel complexity. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Collaboration with De Struise Brouwers

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, looser looking, foamy beige head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades down to a slight wisp and ring. Looks kinds flat by of the end. Bistre brown, clear, with no real carbonation evident. A ring remains til the end leaving some dots of falling lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, lots of toffee and caramel, vanilla, coconut and milk chocolate on the nose. Some brown sugar as well. Bold and lots of character.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, dark fruits, toffee and brown sugary sweetness up front. Big flavor up front with booze at the swallow. Bold and boozy finish of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, milk chocolate and alcohol linger on the palate. Lots of flavor and plenty of boozy sweetness.

PALATE: Slightly lighter body with medium levels of carbonation. Kinda fizzy, goes down fine with a decent burn at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky. Some decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: Wonderful stuff. Lots of sweet, boozy barrel character that makes the nose and flavor really, really enjoyable. I would have to say that this one is more Cigar City than it is De Struise, but since the Florida brewery is probably my favorite in the world, I'm fine with that. Still, the strong dark ale screams Struise, so that's there too. In any case, fans of both breweries will love this so check it out if you can. Thanks again, 7Clutch. Recommended.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YalovaIA
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucoli
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YvesB
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Aroma: Bright bourbon, butterscotch, dried figs, brown sugar. Taste: Really sweet, sugary, dried fruits, bourbon, figs, dates, caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Really well balanced, fruity ale.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frenchblood21
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of giediprime41
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Absolutely Okay from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 51 ratings