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
Photo of TurdFurgison
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle graciously shared by beace (thanks Brad!) at a Jackie O's tasting. I didn't catch the bottle number.

This poured a ruddy brown, hazy and translucent, with almost no foam on my pour. It smells aged and maybe a little off, in a slightly soured way. Looking beyond this you can get the scotch ale characteristics, some light smoked malts and caramel, maybe some dark fruits like plums, a bit of bourbon too.

Sweet tasting, and again a little off. More malty than anything else, with some dark fruits adding a little more character. Low carbonation level, and honestly this was less appreciated than I expected. I was very happy to try it, but this isn't among my favorites from Cigar City.

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Photo of brewdan
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy light brownish.

Smells of malty dark fruits and barrel overtones; vanilla and bourbon but somewhat subdued.

Tastes of raisins, figs, and dates with a fair bit of malt. There is some bourbon presence but it is not strong or overpowering. A little vanilla adds a touch of light sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is on the low side. A slow sipper for sure.

Overall very unmemorable and mundane. Not worth giving up a lot for.

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Photo of largadeer
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by nickd717 - thanks!

Pours a murky brown color with a light tan head that disappears completely within a few minutes. The aroma is surprisingly muted for a -bal aged beer. There's some musty oak, butterscotch, bourbon and toffee. That's about it. The taste is on the malty side with flavors of butterscotch and toffee. There's some bourbon -bal as well, but it's lacking punch. The finish reveals some roastiness, coffee, oaky astringency and a vinous quality that's a bit out of place. Just an OK beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, waxed, #97/204, 2009. Pours a murky brown with a small creamy light tan head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is peaty, smokey malts and a lot of bourboney alcohol with a little dark fruit and vanilla.

The flavor is dark fruits and some sweet caramel, vanilla, and smokey/peaty malts with quite a bit of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's a well made beer. The bourbon is just a bit too much for me. Thanks Solan!

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Photo of Rutager
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 77/204. Thanks Brad for opening this one up!

Pours nice dark brown thin yellow on the edges. A bit of nice white head around the edges. Smells very bourbon heavy. Buttery vanilla and oak right off the bat. Tastes sweet and bourbon forward. Nice dry roastiness. The malts dry my mouth... Other than that good overall

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of AgentZero
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan for sharing this one.

A - Brown, somewhat muddy looking beer with a small tan head. Little bit of spots on the side. Unfortunately most "strong ales" tend to look a little ugly, this one is no exception.

S - Dark fruits, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, little oak.

T - Sweet, dark fruits, particularly raisins and sweet figs. Little vanilla and wood, healthy dose of bourbon, brown sugar, and caramel. It's not bad, but tastes like a lot of things I have had like this. If this isn't your style, it's not a noticable beer.

M - Full bodied, lower carbonation, creamy.

D - Not a bad beer, could sip on this slowly and be satisfied, although not something I would drink tons of or seek out.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my main man, Kan, for busting this out. #203/204.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan/mocha head. Some spotty lacing and some bubbles here and there.

S - Dark fruits, caramel, a touch of oak, bourbon. Real heavy on the dark fruity sweetness, which is okay, but not my favorite.

T - Dark fruits, burnt sugars, oak, bourbon, molasses, caramel. I wish the dark fruits was a little less subdued, but, it's not bad.

M - Medium to full, rich, creamy finish.

D - This is decent, but when Rurik was "on" (ie. no signs of infection), it wasn't even close. That said, I believe this could benefit from some more aging. I guess that means we'll have to crack Alex's bottle sooner or later. :-)

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Photo of jrallen34
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kan...A darkish brown, that is weirdly clear. A light tan head that is decent...Malty aroma of toffee, dark fruits, and some bourbon. Almost like a light ba quad, interesting notes...The taste is unique, the bourbon is gone bringing more malt flavors of toffee, chocolate and a little coconut...This is extremely unique and well worth trying.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ditmier is a trading machine and hopefully, he stays a Boise buddy... 57/204 Very cool amigo.

Pours deep dark brown... pretty clear.. tannish head with good lacing.

The nose is deep caramel and dark toast... hints of toffee... figgy malts.. rich... more than enough barrel presence..

Rich malts... makes me think of a Strong scotch ale... bunches of toasty malts... good caramel and some background black malt... dark fruits... and cocoa... weird.. vanilla and minor sweet cherry... really boozy with warmth.. thick and fruity with plenty of malt.

Great body with a light carbonation..

Overall, I would not peg this one as an "American Strong Ale"... The malts are "Scotch".. but what do I know?

Pretty damn great brew ... How about we get some Cigar City in Boise???


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Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kan for sharing (and to mikeyv35 for sending me my own bottle). Served in a Lost Abbey Rastal Teku. Bottle #203/204.

A - Pours with a finger of dark tan foam that settles to a thin ring, a hazy film, and a few spots of lace. Vaguely transparent dark chocolate color. Not much too see here.

S - Smells like this is heavy on Big Sound, with some Bolita and very little Zhukov. Lots of raisins and other dark fruits, toffee, maple, light butterscotch and bourbon notes.

T - Again, heavy on sweet things like toffee, caramelized sugar, Skor bar, chocolate malt, and some light butterscotch and coconut. Quite smooth, with well-hidden alcohol at this stage. Not a ton of bourbon flavor.

M - Medium-full body, very smooth, low carbonation, and maybe a hint of warmth by the end of the glass.

D - This isn't as good as Rurik was initially, but at least it isn't infected. This was a solid blended barrel-aged ale, but it doesn't really stand out much in a crowded field, or even among Cigar City's other offerings. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, I just got a little bored and wanted to move on to something new by the end of my glass.

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 63/204

Poured into duck rabbit snifter.

Pours little head. Color is very hazed caramel copper color.

Aroma: Very sweet caramel, a little heat and booze, maybe a hint of bourbon. Rich and malty. Oak flavors as well

Taste: A lot of whiskey flavors here. Sweet toffee and caramel. More whiskey. Oak flavors go well with the malts. Lots of malts here.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied for a strong ale with lower carbonation. It is a little hot as well.

Overall, this is a lighter bodied strong ale. It is decent but not really what I was expecting from CCB. I am glad I got to try it, but this one seems a bit hyped up imo.

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Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to Sebletitje. Bottle 131 of 204. Also sampled this from the bottle earlier at GABF 2009. This was the least of the Cigar City brews we had that night, but that's like calling someone the dumbest rocket scientist at NASA. Joey and Wayne, you guys put out some crazy stuff. Before I start, a couple comments. First of all, "Fergus" is really not a hardcore name at all. The fact that the guy this beer is named for became a respected ruler of Scotland despite being named Fergus is impressive. Second, this is a collaboration between Cigar City and a liquor store? That is a new one.

So...this beer pours darkest brown with a medium beige head that leaves a ring and decent lacing.

Aroma is nice with bourbon, toffee, caramel, spice, and some prune and raisin.

Flavor is fairly complex and good with chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, wood, and honey. Oh yeah, and bourbon, lots of it. The bourbon in this was a little more intense and harsher than in Capricho Oscuro batch 2. Would like to have seen a little less of it.

Medium body with a fairly smooth mouthfeel, yet just a bit boozy. Overall good, but not quite as amazing as its current score on here would suggest.

Drinkability is above average, but not great.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours hazy brown with orange edges with a nice small tan cap.

S. Caramel, dark fruit sweetness, wood

T. Some smoke, dark fruit sweetnes with figs, wood; the bourbon. Hardly comes through.

M. Fairly thin body with low mouthfeel; very dry.

D. Good, but too dry. The oak really comes through.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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