Bourbon Barrel-Aged Common Fate | Cigar City Brewing

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4.35/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel aged imperial oatmeal stout

Added by dfhhead25 on 05-02-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
17
pDev:
2.99%
 
 
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0
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9
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Brendonkingsbury
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bl00
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany, finger of light brown head dissipates quickly to a collar of fine bubbles. Nose is chocolate, whiskey, caramel. It settles to more cocoa and fruit as the glass sits.
Taste is overwhelmingly whiskey to start, light notes of chocolate, coffee, raisin. Some heat finishes with woody whiskey notes. As it warms the whiskey flavors soften and blend.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Very smooth.
At first, this beer was alot to take in, to be honest I was really on the fence about it at first. Though like many great beers, it became very smooth and nuanced as I spent time with it.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Take two. My first 750ML of this brew ended in a late-night alcoholic fog with a half-written review, so I’m going to start the night here this time. With a 13.50% stout. Neither of these things seems like sound, adult judgment.

Black, & it’s eyeing me joyfully. And vice versa. The nose is chocolate, roast, vanilla, & barrel. None of those things makes me want to vomit.

Common Fate proves the craft beer version of Occam’s Razor (Jean-Pierre’s Razor?): you don’t have to put eleven adjuncts into a beer then drown it in three different barrels to create loveliness. Vanilla, deep, sweet malts, Swiss chocolate, soft bourbon, all of impeccable quality. ABV appears to be in the low single digits. Rich, full, creamy. Cigar City should consider putting these in 3L vessels. That would be closer to single serving size.

This is straight, pure, unabashed excellence in stout brewing & barrel wrangling. Excellent beer that’s only one bad sportswriter from the Hall of Fame.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 at home with Lisa. Amazing beer. Big, thick fudge chocolate. Don't wait long on the second bottle, maybe 6 mos max.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Slappy used motor oil black with a mocha fizz that's quick to die to a thin chain ring.

Smell is savory cocoa baked oats with roasty, nutty malt that is full of peanut and even hazelnut. Aroma continues to blossom with sharp and spiked charred vanilla-forward oak that's lusciously deep and rich.

Good god is this delectable. Right off the bat, loads of sticky maple bourbon syrup coat the tongue with lightly smoked tobacco and cigar. Dark caramel and vanilla whipped heavy cream then seduce the senses as a hint of red fruit introduces a strong bourbon character that verges into port territory, while cocoa dusted date and toffee come out in the swallow.

The body is kind of thin for an oatmeal stout, but I suspect the ABV has something to do with that. A crisp and sharp but fleeting carbonation finishes with a warm, semi-dry stickiness.

The only thing that sucks about this beer is how strong it is--I could drink this shit all night long if it didn't knock me the fuck out.

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Photo of louisk319
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopkrid
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like boozy chocolate syrup, oak, sweet bourbon, caramel, marshmallow fluff, and fudge.

This mostly hides the 13.5% ABV, which is impressive. It's very fudgy and chocolate-forward, with creamy and silky vanilla tones running through, along with a slightly spicy roast and oak thing going on. It's definitely pretty sweet, but it doesn't ever get cloying.

This is creamy, and rich, with a medium body that doesn't get too thick or syrupy.

This is just a well done and classic straightforward example of a barrel-aged stout. No frills or added flavorings, just fudgy goodness.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBeast
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Common Fate from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 17 ratings