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:
12
Ratings:
50
pDev:
6.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by joemochas:
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frenchblood21
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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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Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle
Bottled: 02/23/17

Absolutely Okay is a collaboration with De Struise and is a bourbon barrel aged strong dark ale. Beer was poured into an El Catador snifter and pours a dark brownish (almost black) color with a light tan head. The malty nose features dark fruit, molasses, a lot of character coming through from the barrels as well. The taste starts out with a high level of sweetness up front that makes way for some warmth in the finish from the alcohol and barrels. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, really the only weakness with this beer in my opinion. Personally, I love big sweet malty barrel aged beers so this one is right up my alley.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle. Deep brown body. Not much of a head. Smells of bourbon, dark fruit, nutty malts, and brown sugar. Tastes very sweet. Brown sugar with a healthy dose of dark fruit and bourbon. Sugary throughout. Heavy and substantially sweet. Heavy with low carbonation. My small pour is causing a struggle.

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Photo of dyjuan8
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ThickNStout
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 2/23/17. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours a dirty, opaque mahogany with a three finger cap of khaki froth. The head gradually fades, leaving no retention, zero lace and only a few scattered bubbles around the edges to call a crown.

Welcoming aromas of rum raisin, bourbon, raw sugar, molasses, caramel and miscellaneous sweet grains. Outstanding.

This tastes sweet, boozey and delicious. Booze-candied dark fruit, bourbon, rasin bread pudding, vanilla, sweet Belgian yeast, toffee, a hint of coconut and alcohol. Rich, decadent, delightful.

Syrupy, full, coating feel with gentle carbonation. Finishes like caramelized bourbon-soaked dark fruit pudding with Belgian yeast-infused vanilla icing.

This is one of the rare, truly magical collaborations that are all too few and far between. De Struise Brouwers crafted an excellent strong ale and Cigar City kissed it with candied layer of barrel that worked beautifully. This is another one of those incredible El Catador releases that guarantees I'll continue my membership.

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of JAStheAce
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely OK -poured out a dark brown with some ruby red accents around the edges of my glass. It smelled sweet, malty, and of dark fruit and caramel. It tasted of raisin, caramel, toffee, and malt. A balanced, but rich, molasses sweetness with a traditional Belgian yeast backbone. Reminded me of a well matured, rich, and decadent barleywine. Tasted great fresh. The beer was absolutely excellent.

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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 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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When a great beer is tinkered with, messed with and changed, its identity comes in jeapordy. And that's exactly that the Belgian styled darker, stronger ale between Cigar City and de Struse has done. ...but in the best way possible.

Absolutely Okay layers in the glass like a frothy and hazy brandy. Tawny bronze and garnet with a dense and caky pour, the beer swoons the nose with the decadence of port, madeira and sherry... and pancakes. Its taste is savory with molasses, toffee, caramel and fortified vinous fruit succulence to start.

But as the flavors leave a trail of lavishness across the middle palate, its wake reveals a sherry soaked spice cake, maple and sorghum sweet medley. Dark fruits of prune, plum, date, raisin and fig are met with the tangy spice of peppercorn, allspice and oak before trailing with a tangy and boozy taste of whisky, sherry, chocolate and light umami.

Firm bodied and full on the palate, the beer's immensity in taste is met with a slightly lighter body than expected. In true Belgian form, the ale presents a modestly dry body, again pointing toward madeira before trending long and earthy sweet with tobacco, leather and maple sweetened brandy. The beer is certainly misnamed. Its not so much "absolutely okay" as much as it is "freakin' phenominal"!

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Photo of superspak
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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Photo of grover37
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Absolutely Okay from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 50 ratings