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Cigar City / 7venth Sun - The Power of Friendship | Cigar City Brewing

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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 #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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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of Gambyt20
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KensWorld
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cigar City / 7venth Sun - The Power of Friendship from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 7 ratings