110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S.
Cigar City Brewing

110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S.110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S.
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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.16 | pDev: 13.46%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S.110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S.
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pmangold from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

didn't expect to see this beer at a share - many of the flavors were still there - the nose was good too. it was just a little off and thin for a RIS and some oxidation was present (I blame age, not the stout.) I would of like to of tried this back when it was released.

Jul 27, 2015
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naproxen from District of Columbia

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I did let this one cellar longer than I should, but the bottle ain't bad. Still carbonated with a half finger head on initial pour. Dry chocolate Flavors with a viscosity that lingers in the back of the mouth.

Drink it already.

Bottle 417/449

Mar 10, 2015
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle 221/449. Pours one shade shy of black with no head; just a tight band around the edges. Nose is chocolatey and boozy with some clear elements of oxidation present. Taste is ashy, oxidized and reveals soy sauce, black licorice and baker's chocolate. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation and a slightly watery texture. Overall - this beer is past its prime.

Jan 23, 2015
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sendsilk from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting a chance to open the 110k batch 2!! I can't recall who was kind enough to trade this to me but I'll go through and update this at a later date. Thanks!,

Looks like the traditional CCB stout. Not quite as thick, but a nice head (after 4 years even!) and some decent lacing.

Smell is pretty much Cocoa powder. Nice chocolate and roast aroma.

Taste is very nice. Smooth and easy to drink. Thinner than their modern stouts, this has a nice chocolate taste with some roasty, smoky flavor and a hint of raspberry!

Love this beer! Four years old and drinking great! Probably not many of these left but if you can get one

Feb 28, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a midnight black with very little head; the well-tanned foam fades quickly, leaving just a ringlet behind in a matter of seconds; it does dot the side of the chalice, leaving quite an impression

Smell: The cedar leaves quite an impression, complementing the charred, dark fruit, licorice and chocolate elements

Taste: As with the aroma, the cedar dominates the flavor profile from start to finish; there is a great stout underneath, with dark chocolate, licorice, molasses and dark fruit flavors but the cedar is so dominant that it is hard to find the stout for the cedar

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Perhaps it is the age, perhaps it is the cedar but I just don't care for what this beer has become; guess it is another one I should have pulled from the cellar at an earlier stage in its development

Jan 05, 2013
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cosmicevan from New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a TON to pete for hitting this long time want of mine! Consumed on 8/8.

a - poured the typical cigar city black with the thin tan head. coats the glass and just stunning. leaves some spotty lacing.

s - a bit oxidized and has a hint of wet dog, but still lots of roast. some chocolate. as the brew warmed it got a bit spicey too.

t - WOW. chewy. kind of like hunah, but a bit spicier and without any cinnammon. very roasty. peppery.

m - thick and a bit spicey.

o - overall, this would've been a good one to try fresh, but super glad to get to try it even now. seems to have held up. what a great tick as this was one of my first wants when i first discovered cigar city. great flavor and definitely like a hunah jr. in fact, i would guess that this was a test batch of either a variation on hunah or searching out the perfect hunah recipe. stout with spices...it just works.

Aug 13, 2012
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AgentZero from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black colored beer with a minimal head of fine, mocha bubbles. Head had some okay retention and left some decent stuff on the sides.

S - Nice chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. Slight bit of licorice? in there, melds nicely with some burnt sugar and coffee. I really like where this is going.

T - Dark roast and coffee come to the forefront, this is really my kind of stout. Little bit of licorice and brown sugar with some dark chocolate. Good stuff.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O - Really liked this beer a lot, and would love to get more bottles of it. For those who like roasty/coffee flavors in their big stouts, this is a pretty good direction to head.

Nov 16, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to tasting glass at my 30th Beerthday Bash on 9/23/11
*From notes

A: An RIS from CCB? I'd expect nothing less then "wow", and that's just what I got. Black hole black, it just envelops all surrounding light. A good pour yields a massive 1.75 finger head and epic lacing.

S: Even 2+ years post bottling, the cedar on the nose is crazy. I get a good deal of the other expected elements: char, roasted coffee and such, but what really stands out is that damn cedar. It's crazy awesome - such a unique and top notch nose.

T: And there's that cedar again....this time it's not quite as inviting. It adds a really smokey character to the beer. And if you know anything about CCB's stouts, you know they don't lack roast and smoke. So add a generous heaping of cigar box to what's already charry and intense, and you get 110K + OT Batch 2. It's all just a bit too much, though it's certainly one of a kind.

M: Leave it to Cigar City to kill it on the mouthfeel. Spectacular. Viscous doesn't begin to describe the motor oil quality of this monster. Dense as hell. Simply awesome.

O: Cigar City's 110K + OT Batch #2 I.R.I.S. is one of the more unique Russian Imperials I've come across. It's calling card cedar aging was a bit much for me, yet I'm able to appreciate what Joey and crew were aiming for. If you've got this whale in your cellar, be prepared for a damn fine RIS that'll rock your face, and your tastebuds.

Oct 14, 2011
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Compliments of Steve from Kickbacks in Jacksonville. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, ominous black color with a nice mocha tan head that collars around the glass. Dark chocolate, roast, slight soy, tobacco in the nose. Lots going on. Med mouthfeel. Leather, spiced oakiness (or is that the cedar?), dark chocolate, coco, ends with a slight bitterness. Some dark fruit. Woody and pepper as well. Overall, I was a fan.

Oct 06, 2011
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womencantsail from California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found my old notes on these 110K beers.

A: The beer pours an almost black color with a fairly sizable tan colored head.

S: An incredibly intense roasted malt aroma to the nose which sort of drowns out everything else. Some dark chocolate and a fair amount of coffee is present. A little bit of an espresso character and some burnt sugar.

T: More of the same on the palate. Dark roasted malts and coffee dominate the flavor. Some bitter, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Mild licorice and toffee with some molasses sweetness.

M: Medium to full in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I preferred this to the barrel aged version for the more melded flavor and superior mouthfeel.

May 11, 2011
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Jmoore50 from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this in a White Whale BIF a while back. This is a pretty good Imperial Stout that I enjoyed over a laid back game of poker with friends.

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip, this poured like chocolate syrup. It is thick and black, a real menace. It is fairly old now, and still had a great carbonation that produced an excellent head. The head was about a finger high, and was dark brown in color. It didn't leave too fast, so it left a mean lacing on the glass. I great looking stout.

The smell is of burnt and roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, fresh burnt bread, overall an array of different malt smells.

It is a very roast-y imperial stout that I enjoyed. It owns a burnt and roasted malt character that I enjoyed in the smell and in the taste, really great. With back notes of cocoa and baked brownies, this was a rich beer.

A thick mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation helped this beer out. It was nice on the palate with a equal amount of sweetness and roast. Overall an enjoyable stout.

Apr 14, 2011
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homebrew311 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at recent stout tasting.

A: pours a wicked black, seriously opaque and thick. The head is by far the darkest head I have seen on a stout. The beer stains the glass with a tint of dark orange as it goes down.

S: wow, there is a ton going on in this aroma. Dark chocolate and roast comes first followed by complex dark fruits, notes of leather, raisins, and tobacco. Faint woody notes hang out in the background as new aromas keep coming to the surface. Incredibly robust.

T: the taste begins with dark chocolate and molasses and develops into dark fruit: notes of plums and raisins with highlights of smoke and wood. Again, like the nose, this is incredibly complex. While the flavors are huge, they seem to be balanced well. Alcohol is present but not like I would expect it to be given the ABV.

MF: very thick, velvety mouthfeel, carbonation is on the lower end, seems to be just right for the beer

D: I was surprised by this beer, definitely the highlight of the tasting. Having had it next to Hunahpus and Zhukov, this one stood out. Glad I got to try this.

Mar 01, 2011
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Viscous black in color. Pours with a large, exceedingly dark mocha brown colored head. Decent retention. No lacing.

S: The aroma on this one is unique in the proper sense of the word. I've never smelled anything quite like this. Best I can describe it as is a very strong, concentrated fig scent, but without any of the sweetness of a fig. Some almost burnt caramel and deeply roasted malts. Very strong, very intense, very complex, not at all sweet.

T: Flavor is heavy on the baking chocolate and cocoa. Roasted malts, black strap molasses, and a faint almost burnt or charred or smokiness character in the background. Neither sweet nor dry with a mild bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of heavy while still being a full bodied beer that coats the entire inside of the mouth. Carbonation is appropriate.

D: A slow drinker, quite complex, almost intimidating. I enjoyed it for it's different approach to the style, but I also found it hard to get a handle on as well.

Mar 01, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Noel tulip snifter.

Big thanks to homebrew311 for sharing this bottle!

I do (for some reason) enjoy the Carl-esque labels on this series. This one pours a smooth obsidian topped by a little over a finger of dark sienna foam. Lovely. The nose comprises raisins, figs, roasted malts, pretzels, vanilla, light buttercream, brown sugar, very light molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of some breed of fragrant wood that I just can't quite put my finger on. My nose is happy. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, coffee, figs, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, red grapes, cocoa, and blackened toffee. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that starts off dry and just kinda drops off the tongue shortly thereafter. Overall, a fantastic stout, the only drawback for me being the odd and short-lived finish. Great times.

Feb 27, 2011
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Vdubb86 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay chalice

Thanks to homebrew311 for sharing this one

I'm gonna start off by saying of all the stouts we tasted, and there were some heavy hitters, this one was by far the best. The body pours a motor oil thick darnkess, topped off by as some claimed a dark brown with twinges of "purple". I'm gonna have to say it certainly was one of the sexiest beers I've ever had the good fortune to look at. The smell of this beer contains a myriad of potent flavors. Most potently I picked up on both raisin, butterscotch and smoke. But there were other background aromas, which included (but was not limited too) coffee, bourbon, vanilla, orange zest and rum. The years have been kind to this beer. The taste comprises mostly of smoke, coffee, caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Which I found interesting due to the fact that it was so floral on the nose. This was a chewy full bodied beer and it was damn fine for it's style. One of the best Imperial stouts I have EVER had. So happy I had the chance to try it.

Feb 27, 2011
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CampusCrew from Florida

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and sublte chocolate aromas

taste: Hops faded after a few years, cedar was subtle but lots of coffee, chocolate, anise

mouthfeel: full bodied stout

drinkability: we had a rare sout party is this was one of the selectons. Not as good as Zuzkov, but really good. They can make some stouts

Feb 14, 2011
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Arbitrator from California

1.96/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Generously shared by black13. Thanks, Michael.

A: Pours a pitch black body with very dark, short-retaining head. It looks like a thick, imposing RIS.

S: It had a dirty, smoky aroma like roasted ancho chilis. Vague smell of char, roasted coffee, dark / bittersweet cocoa powder. A touch of soy. A sense of bitterness throughout.

T: Starts off very burnt and roasty, bordering on charred. There is a slight lactic twang that writerLJBerg compared to Sexual Chocolate. I see the comparison, but the bigger things I focused on were comments that others made: two-day-old coffee and dirt. They outstripped the chocolate, anise, and smoke I also picked up.

M: Viscous, but the flavor dropped off suddenly in mid-palate and left a horrid ashy, smoky flavor in the aftertaste. Just bizarre.

D: Pretty horrid.

Dec 18, 2010
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Phelps from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was enjoyed from a bottle provided for a tasting with the always-generous tlay10. In case you're wondering what sets this stout apart, it's dry-hopped with Mt. Ranier hops and aged on toasted Spanish cedar.

The beer pours an overriding black with a short-lived though incredibly dark head of dusky cinnamon that fizzles out after moments, leaving a fairly thick bubbly ring but no lace.

The nose is pungent and has a definite funky fossil-fuel quality, kind of like gasoline. I get some tobacco, a bit of balsamic vinegar, black pepper, some sweet molasses and currants. An odd mixture.

Tastes sylvan. There's so much cedar in here! I get tobacco, dark chocolate, white pepper, pine and licorice. A nice toastiness rolls in after the swallow. Interesting.

The body is smooth and silky, with very light carb that causes the beer to fizz up just a bit as it moves about.

This one's got some weird heavy flavors that make it a little hard to deal with. I have to give it to Cigar City for brewing up something interesting, however. Each sip furrowed my brow. A beer for contemplation.

Dec 06, 2010
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baggio from Sweden

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Dark as death with a creamy, brown, head.

S: Spices (pepper?), Chocolate, Hops, Roasted malts.

T: Wood, Pepper, Coffee, Roasted malts, Hint of chocolate, Hint of brown sugar.

M: Quite smooth and not as bitter as i expected. The cedar wood adds some nice spicy elements to this brew that makes it raise above normal stouts. Low carbonation.

A very interesting and unique stout. Glad i got to try it!

Nov 24, 2010
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JAXSON from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 rate.

Bottle from Eric. Pours a fairly still jet black, and a nice deep mocha head creeps up, very nice retention. Great look. Aroma is deep, roasted, almost charred malts, dried chili peppers, and some bitter chocolate dust. love the nose on this, and the chili pepper bit is really interesting. Flavor is a little bit disappointing after such an enticing nose...it's kind of thin and the malts don't really open up like I hoped. A bit one dimensional. The charred aspect is nice and not abrasive a-la Expedition Stout, but the malt and choclate complexity doesn't really come alive as in the Capricho Iscuro. This is a good brewery no doubt, but for me this one fell a little short.

Nov 16, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice black color without much of a head but some pretty good heads after the mocha bubbles have faded. Nose brings some really nice notes of chocolate, coffee, and roast. The taste adds in a bit of anise alongside dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt. Good body with nice light booze. Drinks well and is a really nice beer. Glad I got to try this one and preferred it to the barrel-aged version.

Nov 08, 2010
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Viggo from Canada

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours an opaque black, no light gets through this one, huge brown head forms, very sticky, settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace chunks stick, looks nice.

Smell is great, some sherry and whiskey, very fruity, raisins/dates, chocolate, big and roasty, some licorice, a touch of floral and piney hoppiness, earthy, touch of soy sauce, toffee, lightly smokey, no alcohol to be found.

Taste is equally awesome, big sherry notes, chocolate, coffee roast, toffee, brown sugar, light smoke, vanilla and wood, a touch of soy sauce, very intense, a bit of fruity, leather, cherries, super balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, crazy smooth. This stuff is like velvet. In a night of some solid impys this one may have been on top. Thanks Russ! And thanks Greg.

Sep 09, 2010
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Tabni from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 2010. Bought it at Total Wines in North Miami Beach for about 10 bucks. Served in my Delirium Tremens Tulip. Sweet and malty brew with chocolate, toffee and raisins hints. This would be perfect for a dessert. Ahh thanks Cigar City for another great brew.

Aug 31, 2010
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grub from Canada

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this one from tpd975 in a trade last year. huge thanks greg!

750ml bottle. sampled aug 10/2010.

pours inky black with a big dark brown head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves tons of lace as it falls.

aroma is great. big hops, but more herbal and earthy rather than the typical assertive pine/citrus west coast hop character. light alcohol. bit of citrus. biscuit and multi-grain bread. dark and bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. espresso. definitely less brash and aggressive than the bottle of DORIS we sampled before it.

taste is great. dark and milk chocolate. bit of bittersweet chocolate. coffee. caramel and toffee. light alcohol. dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of grapefruit and citrus. nice herbal and earthy component. anise.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. silky smooth medium carbonation level.

drinkability is excellent. perfectly balanced. silky smooth and dangerously drinkable. nice and big without the typical west coast hop profile. damn good stuff!

Aug 13, 2010
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ritzkiss from Canada

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks be to Grub for pulling out this spectacular gem which he says is a year old now; thanks Russ!

Pours a viscous, dark brew with 2+ fingers of thick mocha fudge head which has some good retention. Damn near perfect.

Nose reveals a pleasant dusty cocoa, a real earthy presence even from the hops which also range into a hint of citrus. Hops are somewhat muted but there.

Just a fantastic, rich beer that never falls into over-decadent but approaches dangerous levels of drinkability for 11.5%. Dusty cocoa, earth, a well balanced but bold roast, chocolate milk, dark fruits, a bitterness that is very well integrated. A moderate sweetness but it is the dryness of the finish which pulls this all together and is key. Simply decadent, well integrated and not a hint of the ABV while maintaining a hefty, creamy body.

This is perhaps one of the best brews I've had to date and the year in the cellar, I would have to think, has really made this a gem. Thanks again Grub!

Aug 11, 2010
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