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Cigar City / Angry Chair - Special Socks | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City / Angry Chair - Special SocksCigar City / Angry Chair - Special Socks

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
El Catador Club bottle #3

Style: Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Milk Stout with Hazelnuts, Coffee and Vanilla.

The first Tampa-centric release of El Catador Club 9th Edition, with our friends from Angry Chair Brewing. For this collaboration, we chose a finely brewed cup of hazelnut coffee as inspiration. The addition of vanilla beans for sweetness plus real hazelnuts and coffee round out that familiar morning treat. The bourbon and barrel qualities are present but play a supporting role to the hazelnut and coffee, though the bourbon aroma really shines through as the beer warms up.

Founded in 2014, Angry Chair Brewing has been setting the beer world on fire with their massive imperial stouts and barleywines. This collab is especially meaningful, as two of the driving forces behind Angry Chair, Ryan Dowdle and Ben Romano, both spent many years working at Cigar City Brewing.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Scottsbeer
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I’m resurrected, I want to come back as a bottle for an El Cat beer. Would there be any better way to spend your next life than bathed in CC glory? (Narrator: there is not) 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Barely any hiss upon removal of the cap, & there’s a corresponding lack of head with even a hard, erect pour. Oh, it’s black. The nose is mostly hazelnut, with a blink of sharp bourbon & touch of vanilla.

Special Socks = hazelnut. Hazelnut is a delicate thing – too much & your beer just tastes like hazelnuts touching your balls. Which is pretty much where we’re at. All hazelnut, all the time. The bourbon is just a faint, slightly imagined layer on the back of the tongue. There might be a little vanilla concealed in the thickets of sweetness. No lactose, no milk, no coffee. It is beautifully thick, as I’d expect.

Of the first four bottles from El Cat 9, this is easily the weakest, & easily the most disappointing, like watching the first hour of The Hobbit. No, I apologize, this beer isn’t nearly so appalling. This is all hazelnut, all the time, & I expected much better from two of the best stout makers in the business. Just pretty good.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SFC21
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark motor oil mahogany with a thin sandy head
S: Incredible rich hazelnuts and roasted coffee
T: Smooth Nutella integrated with a rich dark roast coffee with French vanilla creamer and a hint of cacao bitterness
F: Medium bodied with ample carb
O: Not since Nutulhu have I had such a monster, hazelnut-forward beer! Wow. The combination of lush vanilla beans with a full-fat latte makes this brew a creamy sweet ride that is well balanced by more bitter coffee grounds and dark chocolate notes. Really well done - might be my favorite of this El Cat series.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious Hazelnut Bomb! Nose is wonderful hazelnuts and some coffee. Wish this was my daily am cup of coffee!! Creamy but not thick. Very smooth. Awesome beer.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 11/21/18. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 1/27/19.

Pours oil black with a generous cap of deep khaki froth. The head fades to a still, midnight pool resting in the glass.

Inviting hazelnut mocha leaps immediately to the front of the aroma. Bourbon, roast character, vanilla and caramel round things out.

Wow, this is a bit hot but delicious! Dark chocolate fudge, espresso, hazelnuts, sweet bourbon, charred barrel, burnt caramel, a hint of piney bitterness, vanilla cream and some earthy wet wood. Every sip leaves me wanting more.

Satisfyingly full feel with gentle carbonation. Whiskey-enriched, hazelnut coffee fudge lingers on the palate for a delightful finish.

Another boozey decadent delight from Cigar City, this time partnered with Angry Chair. Special Socks is an outstanding barrel aged coffee stout that delivers all the usual flavor plus some fantastic hazelnut cream. I hope this returns and frequently.

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Photo of grover37
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KensWorld
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City / Angry Chair - Special Socks from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 14 ratings