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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
It's here! The long-awaited first El Catador Club 9th Edition release, lovingly dubbed El Collabador Club, is available now in the Tampa Tasting Room. Boulder members, please stay tuned for your pick up date.

Our second collaboration with Anaheim, California's Bottle Logic Brewing, this beer was brewed while the Bottle Logic folks were in town for Hunahpu's Day 2018. Two batches were brewed: one with banana in the fermentor and one with no bananas. After sitting in rum barrels for seven months, the two batches were blended and spun over banana purée, vanilla beans and cinnamon.

Founded in 2014, Bottle Logic Brewing has been making big barrel-aged stouts and hoppy beers in Southern California that have garnered much attention and accolades. Our first collab was brewed in 2016, an English-style stout with eggfruit called Digital Dissolution.

Beer Name: Criminal Commission
Style: Rum Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Banana, Vanilla and Cinnamon
Specialty Ingredients: Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, and Banana Purée
ABV: 13.7%
IBU: 45

Collaboration with Bottle Logic Brewing

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
3
Ratings:
23
pDev:
4.63%
 
 
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2
Gots:
5
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Photo of joemochas
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SFC21
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Burnt black with a thin mocha blanket that slowly settles to a thin film that can be rejuvenated readily, leaving clear legs on the glass with a swirl.

Smell is nutty oak and spiced rum with tons of spicy, floral cinnamon. As it warms, the oak delivers some vanilla pairing with dark malt to develop a Tootsie Roll character, but it's really a lot like Huna. Banana comes out in a gooey, caramelized form as it warms, but only in faint hints far behind the boozy heat. I wish the ABV was lower to allow these notes to come out more.

This tastes like a rum barrel aged Hunahpu's, with banana! A substantial warming spiced rum presence is the major contributor here. A punch of spicy cinnamon is very much identical to that classic Huna character--deeply intense and prickly. The woody oak is a bit splintery and, at times pairing with the cinnamon, sort of metallic. As it warms brown sugar and chocolate marshmallow develop, but the booze dominates too potently, taking over what might otherwise be a more nuanced flavor profile. The banana is too subtle to make a lasting statement here.

A soft froth opens up the slick body before a sticky, semi-dry yet boozily stinging finish.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer21
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/12/2019 -- Hunahpu reinvented! I let this one warm; cinnamon/vanilla forward with very slight (sweet) banana flavor on backside. Rum is subtle. Medium MF

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Photo of MTKATL
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 10/26/18. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 1/8/19.

Pours midnight black with a tall cap of tan head. That copious froth recedes to some small islands and a thin perimeter, imparting only a few sparce dashes of lace.

Smells like cooked banana, sweet cream, spiced rum and French toast. Quite nice.

The flavor is considerably more roasty than the nose foretold. Bittersweet dark chocolate fudge, caramelized bananas, cinnamon rum, woodsy vanilla, creamed coffee, some barrel char and a warm handshake of booze.

Lovely, velvety full feel with gentle carbonation. The aftertaste is like rum chocolate bananas Foster.

Two stoutmasters come together in this Criminal Commission. Cigar City and Bottle Logic have created the best bananas Foster beer that I’ve tried. Decadent and delightful.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bruce2320
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brendonkingsbury
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopkrid
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate and rum in the front. Slight banana at the end. Very good.

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Cigar City / Bottle Logic - Criminal Commission from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 23 ratings