Not A Single Feeling
Cigar City Brewing

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Stout - American Imperial
4.24 | pDev: 6.6%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Cycle Brewing Company

El Catador Club bottle #4
Style: Sherry Barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

A straight barrel-aged stout without adjuncts is the next release in El Catador Club 9th edition. This one being a collaboration with our old pals at Cycle Brewing. Aged for many months in sherry barrels, this beer eschews any additions of fruits, nuts, or what-have-yous to allow the nuance of the beer's specialty malts and the soft fruitiness of sherry to shine through.

Founded in 2013, Cycle Brewing sprang from Doug Dozark's brewing operation at Peg's Cantina in Gulfport, FL. After honing his skills at Cigar City Brewing (he was one of the first employees hired after Joey founded the company), Doug brewed beer at Peg's that garnered such acclaim that he spun his brewing operations into Cycle Brewing - a stand-alone brewery based in St. Petersburg, FL. Cigar City Brewing's history would look much different were it not for Doug and Wayne Wambles' efforts in the brewhouse early on, and we're thrilled to celebrate our history with Doug via this amazing beer.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 25 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Jeffo
Jeffo from Netherlands

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from desp59 a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
IBU: 51
SRM: 39
El Cat 9th Edition
Bottled 3 December 2018
Collaboration with Cycle Brewing
Sherry barrel aged imperial stout

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fizzy tan head with okay retention. Noisy head fizzes down to a full, thin wisp. Black body and no real carbonation evident. A slight splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving touches of falling dots of lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Sherry and red wine on the nose, with oak, woody aromas, dark fruits, raisins and grapes, with hints of vanilla and milk chocolate as well. Bold and red wine forward.

TASTE: Sherry and red wine flavors, with oak and vanilla cream up front. Dark fruits like grapes, raisins and dates, with notes of milk chocolate, as well as decent wine character at the swallow. Bold finish of red wine, sherry, port, oak and woody flavors, dark fruits, vanilla and milk chocolate sweetness, a hint of coffee bitterness, as well as a bold wine character linger on the palate. This is quite red wine forward with lots of wood and sweet fruity, vanilla character as well. Flavorful.

PALATE: Full body and lower levels of carbonation. Heavy, plenty of weight, creamy and slick on the palate, silky smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn and finishes rather sticky on the palate. Lots of heat lingers. This feels like slightly carbonated red wine.

OVERALL: This is excellent. If you like your stouts in wine barrels, this will definitely do the trick for you. It’s basically stout red wine with a bit of a beer feel to it. Lots of sherry barrel on this one, some base stout is there, and the feel reminds me of a heavy, sticky red wine with a touch of carbonation. Really delicious and plenty worth enjoying over the long haul. The 14% isn’t a detractor in the least either. Well worth checking out if you have the means. Thanks again, desp. Class stuff.

Mar 31, 2020
Photo of gcamparone
gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cigar city tulip.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a small brown head that reduces to a ring of retention.

On the nose, it’s boozy with vanilla-sherry and dark chocolate fudge aromas, dark fruits and raisins, leather, cocoa.

On the tongue it gets more pronounced as it warms, oak barrel shines here with accompanying notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, dark fruits, fudge, boozy sherry, finishing roasty like burnt malts. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation.

So much flavor here, the barrel is heavy and the oak it’s hard, sherry shines but the base beer also shows up nicely. Definitely a balanced beer. If you can get past the boozy sherry notes you’ll love this beer.

Dec 09, 2019
Photo of maximum12
maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was kind of the breweries to name a beer after me. It’s a common saying in my house: “You’re hurting my feeling,” and “You only have one, dad?” “Yup.” 750ML of Feeling.

Black, & no erection even with a hard pour, with a nose of oak, & underlying roast. Nothing comes on real strong.

Not a Single Feeling is the subtlest of El Cat 9 to date, which is akin to being the subtlest stripper. Lots & lots of oak but unlike every other ‘niner, this isn’t barrel dominated, & the base stout shines out with malty, roasty, sweet goodness, & nuttiness that might be either. The sherry arrives with a mix of red & white wine & cavity-warming booziness. Dry. The oak sucked all the liquidity out of this thing. Half the bomber was good. My wife disagrees & wants to take the second bomber solo. I can’t carry her up the stairs, though.

Great use of wood that really allows the base beer to show. Very good beer bordering on excellent.

Apr 12, 2019
Photo of cjgator3
cjgator3 from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Part of the 9th edition of Cigar City’s El Catador Club. Bottling date of 12/03/18 etched on neck of bottle. This offering is a collaboration between CCB and Cycle and is a barrel-aged imperial stout.

The sherry barrel shines on the nose and the barrel creates a really nice flavor profile on the palate. No adjuncts or flavors, just a solid imperial stout aged beautifully in the sherry barrel. This one is a little hot fresh but I see some wonderful aging potential.

Mar 29, 2019
Photo of Sabtos
Sabtos from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stark black with a fuzzy, bubbly tan blanket that quickly dies to a thin but burnt mocha swirling film.

Right up front this is excessively nutty and woody with a touch of nougat. The sherry is prominent with a warm heat on the exhale bringing out a touch of boozy red fruit. A second visit brings out deeper chocolate candy bar and Tootsie Roll with accents of maple and coconut via a thick, viscous body. It develops more and more as it closes in on room temperature, becoming very deeply complex with notes of cocoa dusted date and dark caramel.

Mar 22, 2019
Photo of ThickNStout
ThickNStout from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 12/3/18. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 2/7/19.

Pours oil black with a dense mocha head. The foam cap shrinks to a few small surface islands and thin collar but no lacing.

Smells of fermented grapes, chocolate, wet wood, cooked caramel and some vague char.

The flavors delivers on that nose. Vinous Sherry, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, wet burnt wood, dark fruit skins, fudge and some warming alcohol.

Full, almost chewy feel with restrained carbonation. The finish is classic imperial stout (dark chocolate, roast, cooked sugars) with tons of Sherry barrel character.

The El Catador collaboration series continues with Cigar City teaming up with Cycle Brewing this time. Not A Single Feeling is obviously an outstanding base stout as it stands up to a huge Sherry presence while maintaining plenty of its own personality. I wouldn’t mind the base returning with some adjunct ot barrel variants.

Feb 08, 2019
Not A Single Feeling from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 25 ratings