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Campeador - Fergus Mor Ale (2009) | Cigar City Brewing

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Campeador - Fergus Mor Ale (2009)Campeador - Fergus Mor Ale (2009)

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
204 bottles produced exclusively for Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. Release: August 2009

A blend of Big Sound Scotch Ale, Bolita Brown and Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels.

Added by cjgator3 on 06-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 29
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of dimenhetfield
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 91 of 204. Big thanks to Dstructo for this bottle. The color is a dark, with a murky brown tint to it. Very low carbonation and no head when poured into my Cigar City snifter glass. The first initial whiff I got bourbon, maple, dark roasted nuts, and a little bit of spicy notes on the back end. Flavors are very stellar, they mask the ABV very well, considering that fact that it's 10.5%. The mouth feel is very light and soft, goes down extremely smooth, no alcohol burn whatsoever. Absolutely incredible.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of cjgator3
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle
Bottle 22/204 - 2009

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a tan colored head that quickly disappears completely.  

S- The aroma is very nice, I could smell this one all night long.  The malt possesses a hint of roastiness along with toffee, hints of coconut, vanilla and some really nice bourbon notes from the barrel aging. Unlike some barrel aged beers, this one is not overpowering. It seems to fit in perfectly.

T- The taste like the aroma has a lot of malt flavors with toffee, caramel and hints of chocolate and coffee flavors as well. The bourbon barrels this was aged in impacts the flavor nicely as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this Campeador is a fabulous beer. I love trying new beers from Cigar City because they are all unique and delicious. 

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, #112/204, poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark reddish brown with very little light penetrating underneath a small creamy tan head that recedes slowly leaving some legs on the sides.

The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and lots of dark fruit - raisins and plums especially. There is also some molasses and dark chocolate as well as hints of smoked peat.

The taste is excellent and just a bigger, bolder version of the nose. The initial taste is of dark roasted malts and chocolate with some sweet molasses in the background. The finish has a subtle bourbon character with some vanilla sweetness and a dry, woody character. The smoked peat doesn't seem to be as prevalent, but the more I sip, the more the peat shows up.

The mouthfeel is meidium to full bodied with soft carbonation and a booze soaked dessert-like feel overall.

This is another excellent beer from CCB and a wonderful evening sipper with the bourbon adding just the right amount of complexity to the already-solid underlying beers.

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4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tory for opening this one last night. Didn't know about it and after I read the bottle I was glad I've had the chance to try it.

Poured a deep black/brown with a reddish hue. A soft-white head faded fast from my glass to nothing but nearly a film atop the beer. An incredible nose! Bourbon booziness and barrel-aged familiarity. Lots of caramel and nutty, roasted malt abound. Taste is phenomenal and smooth. Continues with caramel, smokiness, vanilla and delicious bourbon-barrel flavors.

A great blend of flavors while maintaining complexity and dimension. The only thing I wanted more from in this beer was the mouthfeel. Lacked a bit of body.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 77/204
Party of our epic tasting at jackie o'swith brad and Co

A-maroon in head with a wispy tan head that quickly disapates
S-nice woody smell. Little bit of malt as well but mostly the wood
T-nice okay smell with a nice creamy finish. This is really present.
M-medium body and smooth, almost creamy
O-very nice beer. Great all the way through...

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by bmanning--#24/204. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium brown color and is actually quite hazy. Really thin tan head, though it's fairly persistent with a touch of lacing. The nose is really quite nice with a lot of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. There is a tad bit of bourbon in the background, though not all that much and it really melds in with the other components. As it warms, even more dark fruits make an appearance.

The taste isn't quite as integrated and the sweetness takes over a bit more. There is still a fairly-strong toffee presence with some dates, though it's not as fruity as the nose. I really can't pick out all that much bourbon. The body is medium and is really quite smooth. The alcohol is not really present at all. Even though it was a bit sweet, I found this to be quite drinkable. Thanks again, Ben.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bootle 108/204

A: poured a dark brown with burgundy highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: bourbon is noticable right away that had vanilla,roasted malts, and toffe aromas with some oakiness,caramel, and booze notes; very nice nose on this one.

T: the bourbon from the barrel also dominates the taste with vanila, toffee, and caramel a bit more punchier than the nose which also had butterscotch flavors that were quite surprising but still tasty. There was a little brown sugar, slight chocolate, and booze notes; pretty complex

M: medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet silky and boozy finish.

D: the brew went down pretty good and was really complex on the nose and the flavor. I was lucky enough to have tried 2 bottles and both were very tasty.

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4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this beer in one of my many trades with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Syrupy, brown body with reddish caramel tints. A bubbly, khaki-colored crown sits on top for the duration of the tasting. No lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, floral esters, vanilla, brown malt, and sweet grains. Alcohol comes out more than I think it should, and that presence increases as the beer warms.

Taste: A velvety mix of bourbon, tobacco, and caramel, all atop a clean, grainy base. Very balanced. Finishes on prickly floral note, which leads into a mellow, sweet bourbon-y, aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very lightly carbonated, syrupy, rich, and chewy. Needs more carbonation in my opinion. Not too dry, which is nice. Leaves the mouth feeling a little fuzzy.

Drinkability: While not as exciting or complex as I had hoped, this was a very smooth blend. I'd be happy to drink more.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blisscent for sharing!!

A - Tan head goes to a ring. Cloudy brown in color.
S - Sweet rich malt, caramel, oak. A little bitterness.
T - Huge caramel up front. Some dark fruit fills in afterward. Smells a touch boozy bourbon. Maybe some coconut.
M/F - Carbonation is active, maybe a touch light. very fine which makes this brew super silky. It is the perfect carbonation level for this beer in my opinion. The beer feel medium to med/full in body.
D - This is a great sipping beer. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to try my first Cigar City beer - Thanks Nelson!!

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Joey for giving me a bottle. Shared with the Tampa Group.

A: Pours a nice shade of brown with a small head. Okay retention with just a few spots of lace from my pour.

S: Nice sweet malt aromas. Brown sugar and nutty toffee really stand out. The barrel notes are there but not too strong. Nice light oak with notes of vanilla. Very little booze.

T: Sweet on the tongue as well. Nice blend of vanilla and brown sugar up front. Slightly nutty notes can be picked up along with some dark fruit and coconut macaroons. The barrel comes in somewhere in the middle and rides thorugh the finish with notes of oak, vanilla, and booze.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation. Smooth drinking beer.

D: Pretty darn sippable. Another tasty barrel aged beer from CCB.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks for KRAMER17801 for sharing this rare 2009 bottle - #152 of 204.

A - Poured an earthy, gritty brown with a creamy beige cap that reduced to a thin ring of retention and spotty lacing.

S - Wow... lots going on here, especially vanilla and bourbon with secondary notes of oaky barrel wood, caramel, toffee and a light waft of alcohol, the latter of which became more apparent as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Mmmm... this tastes like butter rum ice cream. The subtle bourbon notes work nicely with the lush vanilla and toffee sweetness. A hint of nutty astringency emerges midway, but is followed with a sweet caramel malt character and mild alcohol notes in the backend. Finishes with a hint of earthy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and light, wispy carbonation, although the mouthfeel comes across as a tad watery in the long run. Finishes dry with minimal alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Chalk up another complex, tasty brew from Cigar City. This one has attributes of a Scotch ale, RIS and their bourbon barrel-aged brown ale.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Doug at ccb for hooking me up with this one of a kind brew.

A: deep, dark, rich, brown color. The pour produced one and a half fingers of wet sand colored head that receeds to a thin rim and leaves great lace.

A: the smell is of great burbon, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate malt. Burbon is outstanding and thick.

T: taste is much o the same. The vanilla and caramel is accentuated by the burbon barrels. The richness and earthiness of the brew are top notch. The brew finishes dry with a very pronounced alcohol heat.

M: as with most bba beers the mouthfeel is silky smooth. Heavy body.

D and overall impression: drinkability is on the lower side due to the abv and the burbon aging. Overall this is a great beer. The burbon treatments ccb is handing out are out o this world. Another big kudos to Joey and Wayne for this offering. Skal.

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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jet black color with only a minimal head that does not stick around too long but what is there is clinging to the sides and nice ans sticky. aroma is warming, lots of boozy notes, vanilla and oak coming through the air very clearly now, really showing off what it can do for sure. a nice and well rounded mix of bourbon, caramel, dark roasted malts, nice hints of toffee, and vanilla and a light brown sugar that seems to pop up in the finish. really nicely blended and a well deserved finish was smooth, silky and full of sweet flavor.

overall a very solid ale.

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4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cola brown pour with a black hue. Dark brown foam settles quickly

S - Scents of plum, blackberries, and dark chocolate. Has a hint of dry sherry smell.

T - Rich berry and dried fruit flavor with chocolate notes. Big boozy finish that has a warming burn. As it settled the chocolate notes were stronger.

M - Feels heavy and the finish made htis a sipper for sure. Drink slowlyand enjoy.

O - Interesting but an odd style for CCB. Enjoyable as a small pour.

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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with sideshowe and kubrick215.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Splotchy lacing left behind.

Smokey, roasted malt aroma with coffee bean, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and toast countered by dark fruit sweetness.  Hints of grape, plum, fig and other dark berries compliment the roasted robust malt character.  

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a nice balance of deeply roasted and sweeter malts with a touch of dark fruit.  Strong dark chocolate presence with toffee, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean and hazelnut.  Smokey and roasted but not over the top burnt or acrid. Well balanced with stout, scotch and brown ale characteristics all coming through.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown with no head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, sugar, molasses, oak, bourbon, caramel malts, and a hint of vanilla.

t - Tastes of sugar, dark fruits, caramel malts, and a hint of bourbon. Sweet but not too sweet.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - Overall I enjoyed this beer. I was surprised there wasn't mroe bourbon in the taste and how sweet it smelled and tasted. Very glad I got to try it and would like to try again sometime.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 46 ratings
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