Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
4.13 | pDev: 6.3%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Voodoo Brewing Company

El Catador (El Collabador) 9th edition Gift release.
Style: Imperial Stout with Vanilla Beans
Specialty Ingredients: Two types of Vanilla Beans
IBU: 43

Based in Meadville, PA, Voodoo Brewing has made quite a name for themselves with their imposing Imperial Stouts (ManBearPig, Black Magick, etc.) so a big, imposing stout seemed like a natural style for the collab. Compared with other Cigar City Brewing stouts, this beer has a reduced roastiness and a sweeter finish than, say, Marshal Zhukov's.

Two types of whole vanilla beans were used for this beer: beans from Uganda and beans from Madagascar. Ugandan beans exhibit a more earthy, chocolaty quality while beans from Madagascar have a more creamy flavor and aroma.

The copy on the side of the can is inspired by lyrics from Alanis Morrissette's "Uninvited". Feel free to listen to the song, drink Un-Uninvited and think long and hard about some of your past relationships.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Cocoa brown with a tan head that fades. Smell is laced with vanilla, earthiness, char, and lightly roasted malt. Taste has the vanilla cutting in and out artfully through an earthy and coffee like body, but all very light compared to style. The feel is light, frothy, but incredibly smooth and cool.

Jun 27, 2019
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid black color. Mild aroma of vanilla and roasty. Taste quite good with the vanilla and some coffee notes. Stronger taste than the aroma. A bit thin on the feel than what I had hoped for.

May 09, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These 12 oz. cans are vanishing far too fast, but my hoarding days are ove…almost over. I think.

‘Tis black & fairly reeks of Zhukov-style roast with a strong undercurrent of vanilla, just like is printed on the label, & cleaned fish. That’s a good smell.

Un-Uninvited well, now I’ve heard that Alanis song. Kind of lost interest after her first album, which was really good. This feels like chewing a vanilla bean that my wife dropped into her coffee. Stirred with a stick of black licorice until it starts to coagulate, it adheres to the cheeks & gums enough to qualify as a cyanoacrylate.

As usual, the sum of two parts is less than the whole. Two elite stout brewers make love & their child goes to a state school. Still, a very good brew.

May 08, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This seems to be double-listed but the can I just poured looks like the one pictured above.

Decent can. They're running out of beer names, which is sad, but I do like minimalist aesthetics, and I've always been fond of cream-colored metal for some odd reason.

Pours like a RIS: very dark, nearly opaque red with a wisp of a head. Medium fizz. More than adequate for the ABV.

Smells surprisingly dull: some vanilla, some light vinous nodes. It's well-made but rather delicate for its strength.

Tastes more robust than it smells, but still fairly subdued for a 11+% stout. Sharp barley up front, hops and light molasses in the middle, and a sweet, smooth finish that highlights the vanilla bean.

A good brew, but not really worth seeking out.

May 07, 2019
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into snifter appears black with a thin khaki head.

Smells of vanilla, licorice, char and earthen roast.

Tastes ashy and roasty with vanilla noticeable but not sweet. Coffee anise and almost a hint of citrus to the finush.

Full body with light carbonation. Overall a decent brew...but these 2 breweries are capable of making the bests stouts that have ever crossed my lips and I guess my expectations were set a little too high go into this.

Mar 13, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours clear cola brown but fills to 8 ball black with a tall, dense tan foam settling to a thin but creamy ring.

Smell is surprisingly woody through the ribbons of vanilla, with a coffee sort of roast in the middle and accents of mixed nuts towards the end.

This super fluffy and soft beer brings a roasty sort of acidity, again like coffee, along with those mixed nut characteristics. The vanilla is mild, and is closer to rum or woody amaretto, as the warming finish that's cleanly semi-dry brings out a note of wafer.

Feb 26, 2019
Un-Uninvited from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 44 ratings