Snack Attack
Cigar City Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
4.44 | pDev: 7.66%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Funky Buddha Brewery & Bluejacket

El Catador Club bottle #2
Style: Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Vanilla, Cacao Nibs, Peanuts and Salt
IBU: 39

A wonderful confluence of collaboration, barrel-aging and reviving an old hit. Snack Attack was originally brewed in 2012 as a three-way collaboration with an up-and-coming Florida brewery called Funky Buddha and a brewery-in-planning called Bluejacket D.C. Fast forward six years and Funky Buddha is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and Bluejacket D.C. boasts an incredible production facility and one of the coolest brewery spaces in the country to enjoy a beer.

The beer is inspired by different candies and concession stand goodies. The original 2012 release was brewed at Cigar City Brewing and released in Florida and Washington, DC, and was not barrel-aged. This second go-around is aged in American whiskey barrels and boasts a very similar recipe. Again, our brewers are going for "candy": peanuts and cacao nibs give a pronounced "peanut butter cup" flavor, the salt plays with some of the specialty malts to lend a salted caramel quality, and Belgian-malted barley brings to mind chocolate-covered raisins.
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Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/14/18. Poured from a 750mL bottle into a cigar city tulip glass.

Pours a super thick, inky black body with a one finger dark brown head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing or retention. Looks like motor oil!

On the nose, peanut butter cups, bourbon, milk chocolate, lightly boozy, oaky, butterfinger, roasted peanuts, smells like a candy bar dipped in bourbon!

On the tongue, rich peanut butter fudge, cocoa, vanilla-bourbon, huge bold peanut flavors, the follow through is roasty, bittersweet bakers chocolate, butterscotch, finishing roasty with more peanut butter on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on point, creamy and rich, medium-low carbonation. A bit boozy.

I was a big fan of this beer - the balance of peanut butter flavors, vanilla, and cocoa work well the the bourbon, which isn’t overpowering.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from desp a while back. Cheers!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter
IBU: 33
El Cat 9th Edition
Collaboration with Funky Buddha and Blue Jacket DC
Whisky barrel aged imperial stout with lactose, vanilla, cacao nibs, peanuts and salt

APPEARANCE: Thick, sludgy, pitch black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly fizzy dark mocha head with good retention. Jet black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes to a full, creamy cap, then to a ring only. A slight ring remains leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Definite whisky, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, and plenty of peanuts on the nose. Hints of butterscotch in there too but this is mostly whisky barrel and peanut butter with vanilla. Bold.

TASTE: Whisky, peanuts, vanilla cream, milk chocolate and some decent alcohol at the swallow. Bold flavors and boozy. Strong finish of whisky, oak, vanilla cream and milk chocolate, some butterscotch sweetness, as well as peanut butter and alcohol linger on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly creamy, a bit foamy perhaps, goes down a little prickly with a decent burn and finishes sticky. Some decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good but not quite other worldly, like CCB stout beer usually is. It’s got nice aroma and flavor with a solid look, but it’s a little pricklier and harsher than the stuff that usually comes out of their kettles. Glad to have tried it but can't quite hold up to their other stuff. Thanks again, desp!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle El Catador release, poured into a snifter. Smooth, rich, complex, lots of great peanut notes and flavors on the nose and palate. Really tasty beer!

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Photo of maximum12
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Cigar City 750ML bottles show up, & I can’t quit them. Another one headed to the toilet by way of my intestines. Split with my wife.

The black stream gives off a whiff of candy bar, which is the point, right? My wife yelled “Snickers!” as she stuck her face in it, so she agrees. Peanuts galore, chocolate, hint of barrel. Seems good.

Snack Attack begs the question: how do they do this? Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts, say it with me, rhyme with it, peanuts. Roasted peanuts cut with cocoa, with a pinch of sea salt. Faint, weak barrel right before a finish of mild, smooth vanilla. Then some peanuts. Big, thick, satisfying, this is a gulping stout. Bold & stunning.

If I had a sufficient stash, I’d give up dinner & just start soloing a bomber of El Cat every night. This is the third bottle we’ve popped & all three have been excellent, but this one tops even those efforts. El Cat #9 is shaping up to be epic.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stark tar black with a thick and vibrantly pinkish mocha foam slowly fading to thin wisps surrounded by a thick collar.

Roasted Spanish peanuts explode off the nose right away, giving way to salted pretzels and milk chocolate. This is insane!

Taste is total Snickers! Thick up front yet light and fluffy with a velvetty body and a sticky semi-dry finish, a mild heat of whiskey gives way to Milk Duds and chocolate covered pretzels before turning back to splintery oak and developing salted caramel as it warms. Delicious!!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 11/14/18. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 1/25/19.

Pours midnight black with a tall cap of dense, deep mocha foam. The head recedes slowly, leaving a thin band but little else.

Aromas are initially rich and inviting. Whiskey-soaked fudge, caramel vanilla cream, chocolate covered peanuts, wet wood and a little roasty malt character. As it warms an earthy peanut skin note becomes more than a little distracting.

Tastes boozey and decadent. Peanut skins, dark chocolate, strong whiskey, cooked caramel, licorice, wet burnt wood, frosted cereal and some faint candied dark fruit.

Mouth-coating, full feel with velvety carbonation. Boozey, bittersweet aftertaste of peanut, whiskey and malted milk balls.

Cigar City’s collaboration edition of El Catador continues, this time reprising a movie theater snack-inspired stout first brewed about 5 years ago with Funky Buddha and Blackjacket. Whiskey Barrel Aged Snack Attack is a boozier, even more decadent version of that creation with rich fudge, woodsy whiskey and plenty of roasted peanut flavor.

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Snack Attack from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 33 ratings