The Power of Friendship
Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
4.35 | pDev: 3.91%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with 7venth Sun Brewery

El Catador Club bottle #5
Style: Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

A straight barrel-aged stout for our members, although the barrels have more history than one would think. These brandy barrels began life as bourbon barrels in Kentucky, and after holding whiskey for many years were emptied and shipped to Portugal where they held Portuguese brandy. After the brandy was removed years later, the barrels made their way back across the pond and were filled with this delicious stout in Tampa.

Founded in 2012, 7venth Sun has become one of Florida's premier craft breweries with hundreds of IPA's, stouts, saisons and mixed-culture/wild beers to their credit
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from desp a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
El Cat 9th Edition
Bottled 7 December 2018
Collaboration with 7venth Sun Brewing
Brandy barrel aged imperial stout

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly creamy tan head with okay retention, which then quickly recedes to a solid wisp and then down to a thick ring. Black body with no carbonation evident. A decent ring remains leaving no lacing on the glass as it empties. Solid looking but not quite other worldly like some of their brews are.

SMELL: Bold nose of brandy, oak, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, maple syrup aromas, butterscotch and toffee on the nose. Lots of big aromas. Bold and boozy as well.

TASTE: Big and boozy with bold flavors of brandy, oak, vanilla, maple syrup flavors and butterscotch up front. Lots of wood and alcohol at the swallow, moving into a big finish of brandy, oak, milk chocolate and vanilla, butterscotch and maple sweetness, bitter coffee flavors, all propped up by a bed of booze. Big and flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, goes down fine with a decent burn at the swallow, finishing rather sticky. Some decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Lots of huge, sweet, boozy flavors with a solid dose of bitter coffee flavor to add an attempt at balancing out the finish. The look passes and so does the feel, but the main acts of the show are worthy of praise. Another wonderful creation by CCB. It’s like these guys get together and think about which beer Jeffo wants next. Thanks again, desp. Highly recommended.

Mar 31, 2020
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black. Aroma is strong chocolate with a bit of the brandy. Taste is wonderfully sweet chocolate with a nice finish of warm brandy. Very smooth body. Outstanding stout.

May 12, 2019
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Power of Friendship is a Brandy barrel aged Imperial Stout collaboration with 7venth Sun and part of the 9th edition of the El Catador Club. Bottling date of 12/07/18 etched on the neck of the bottle.

Beautiful brandy notes on the nose from the barrel. Chocolate, oak, and warmth from the alcohol are secondary notes. The taste is a lingering sweetness that intensifies into the finish. The barrel gives some nice character and the finish is warming from the high alcohol.

Overall, The Power of Friendship is a really solid collaboration from two great Florida breweries. No adjuncts in this one. The Brandy barrel is perfectly integrated and serves as the star of the show. Great beer!

Apr 29, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gloppy black with a short tan blanket settling to a thin ring.

Smell is decadent. Rrrrrolos, Milk Duds, and fudgy brownies!

Taste is intensely date and prune forward: cocoa dusted, well aged, wrinkly and kind of smoky. Then a woody charred barrel presence ushers in toasted marshmallow, as red grape brings a light liquor sting on the semi-dry finish before a Tootsie Roll exhale. The round, viscous and smooth body has a lightly tingly carbonation.

Amazingly complex and mature, this is definitively the best brandy barrel aged stout, or beer of any style, that I've ever had.

This also concludes my adventures through the entire El Collabador round (El Catador, 9th Edition), and the overall collection has easily topped all other rounds for me.

Apr 27, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My second of the 9th edition set, another 750ML bomber split with my wife.

Liquified darkness with little to no head, strong tendrils of brandy interspersed with chocolate come off the surface of the beer. Like.

The Power of Friendship is like a wash of punk brandy right to the eardrums. This should be in a snifter. Brandy-soaked chocolate. Full stop. The brandy shows as bright fruit (plums?), moderate booze, & a little oak. Chocolate, then vanilla, then love, & the brandy sweeps in & cleans everything up. Thick, luscious, & oh so drinkable. One of those rare bombers that begs to be re-capped & enjoyed again tomorrow.

A triumph cloaked in brandy. Simple, straightforward, delicious. El Cat #9 is two for two. Outstanding.

Mar 10, 2019
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club. Bottled 12/7/18. Served in a Cigar City teku. Enjoyed 2/21/19.

Pours pitch black with a cap of thick, dark tan foam. That attractive head recedes to some smallish islands, a consistent halo and only a couple tiny dots of lace.

The aromas of rich, sweet brandy leap to the front. That initial boozey fruitiness is soon joined by German chocolate cake, caramel apples, creamed coffee and some wet charred wood.

This is delicious. Dark chocolate fudge, brandy, fruit skins, cooked caramel, wet wood, toasted cereal, faint vanilla, a mildly earthy char and an occasional kiss of alcohol.

Velvety full body with pleasantly restrained carbonation. Dark chocolate brandy balls coat the palate for a long, decadent finish.

No surprise to see Cigar City bust out a fantastic barrel aged stout, this time partnered with 7venth Sun. The big chocolatey, dark fruity base stands up well to the strong brandy barrel character. Truly outstanding.

Feb 25, 2019
The Power of Friendship from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 21 ratings