110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged
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Russian Imperial Stout
4.25 | pDev: 9.18%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 60
Photo of mullenite
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Pours black as the moonless night with a milkchocolate colored head. Very little head and negligible lacing.

Smell is absolutely wonderful. Sharp and clean. Some alcohol, some oak, and a bit of dark fruits -- especially cherry. It smells a bit like a manhatten, actually.

The taste is dark chocolate covered cherries soaked in a nice single malt. Just the right amount of alcohol and oak flavors. Tons of flavor and complexity.

I wish it were a bit softer in the carbonation but the carbonation is light on the tongue. The beer also leaves a nice, sticky texture on the tongue and coats the throat with it's goodness.

This is absolutely fantastic. My last bottle and I wish I could drink it over and over again.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for this one! Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Smooth booze, chocolate, burnt sugars, light roast. Very -bal like here with the sweetness and booze. Very rich and dessert-like.

T - Chocolate, booze, whiskey, light roast, oak. Really nice and smooth with the whiskey...I think the extra time in the bottle did this one some good.

M - Medium to full, a bit too thin, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Very solid, enjoyable, smooth, and rich. I would def have this one again. CCB is one of the best -bal beer producing breweries out there, and this early example is yet another reason why I love their -bals. Yes, I love -bals. Recommend.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris aka spycow for busting this rarity out.

A - Black beer with a brown head. Really looks like the non-BA version.

S - Some whiskey, vanilla, oak, a touch of booze. A decent bit of sweetness and chocolate and a touch of roast.

T - Vanilla and oak, with some whiskey and chocolate. I like the barrel presence on this one, although it does cover up the roastier notes of the beer a little bit. Nice sweetness with the chocolate.

M - Medium carbonation, kind of medium bodied.

O - Good beer, didn't disappoint. Very solid BA beer that I'd love to drink again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cracked for the hell of it tonight because we wanted to do something rare, this was certainly pretty damn rare for sure. split into twin snifters.

dark inky black with a creamy brown head that rose up to a height of two fingers before settling down and dropping tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. really a very full looking beer.

aroma is deep bourbon. lots of vanilla and oakey notes that start to fill the air from the very first moment. sweet and full of character the rich chocolate notes that really fill the air. thick molasses and rich sweet vanilla notes just fill the flavor. thick an full the profile is outstanding. it seems the bourbon is really taking a hold of this beer and running with it. simply astoundingly smooth with not even a touch of alcohol

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Photo of seeswo
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Entering a bit of a backlog here. Bottle generously shared by Urbancaver (thanks Cam!).

Pours a very viscous, evil black color with a tannish/brown head. Looks really nice. The smell is big charred chocolate, molasses, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit and a touch of bourbon. A lot of interesting stuff in there. The taste is a lot like the nose - charred malts, chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, bourbon. It closes aggressively charred/roasted, maybe a bit too dry for me. The mouthfeel is heavy and huge with enough carbonation to make you feel right about that. Overall, I would have enjoyed this beer more if the finish was toned down a bit. It detracted too much from the experience and came off overroasted and over done. That said, this had huge, interesting flavor and was a joy to get to try.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black amazingly dark brown, very thick. Great appearance. A nice solid brown head. Beautiful beer. Smells strongly of dark chocolate and bitter roasted malts. A solid aroma. Tastes chocolatey with a nice solid bourbon along side. Oak heavy on the noses and tongue. Very solid thick brew. Overall top notch. A very solid showing from cigar city

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this gem in a trade with fogdog awhile back. Thanks Kevin! Bottle #130/449. Split with my roommate, JustinA1.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Pours just like motor oil: thick, pitch black, very little head. Violent swirls bring the head to life, showing off its insanely dark color: a blend between black and brown with shades of crimson. 110K+OT has one of the darkest and heaviest-looking bodies I've ever seen (Zhukov's up there too). Spotty lacing. Better head retention as it warms. Eye candy.

Smell: Chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, red currants, vanilla, and molasses come through from the start. Digging deeper, I got char, peppered meat, and earthy esters. Booze (bourbon?) creeps in as it warms, but never plays a large role. Huge.

Taste: Chocolate cake with generous amounts of frosting, chocolate syrup, red currants, booze, and then heavy roast. The aftertaste is dominated by char and ash, accompanied by modest boozy heat. Coconut eventually appears, adding a nice barrel-aspect to the beer. Huge and flavorful, but also sort of muddled. The heavily roasted finish needs to be toned back a bit as well.

Mouthfeel: Hearty, thick, lightly warm and dry. Somewhat syrupy, with just enough carbonation to assure imbibers that it's not flat. Bold and long-lasting in the aftertaste. Get yourself a spoon.

Overall: This 750mL took us well over an hour to put down. Lots of flavor and body, but it's not what I would ever call delicate or complex. To me, this imperial stout was just all over the place. I like the flavors and aromas individually, but they don't meld with each other too well. Still a solid beer, and definitely worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found my old notes on these 110K beers.

A: The beer looks much the same as the regular version, black and dense, with a brownish head to go with it.

S: Certainly smells like a barrel aged beer. Big whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Some booze to it, but it's fine with me. Not quite as roasty as the regular version with a bigger emphasis on the sweetness and chocolate notes.

T: Sweet vanilla, oak, and whiskey along with some toffee and chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and coffee come through, but they're drowned out by the barrel. A touch boozier on the tongue than the nose.

M: The body is sort of thin on this beer, unfortunately. Medium carbonation.

O: The flavors here were solid, other than a bit too heavy on the booze, but the mouthfeel was a real let down.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a reddish espresso head.

Huge oak and molasses aroma. Heavily roasted malt and dark cocoa. CCB knows how to make an impressive stout looking.

Like biting into a 90% dark Moroccan cocoa bar with some added vanilla to smooth it out. Molasses with a crazy ashy burnt malt aftertaste and dark cherries. A heavily charred barrel flavor accents this beauty.

Medium viscosity for a heavy stout. Rather light carbonation. The barrel treatment served this beer well as I didn't care too much for the regular version.

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Photo of muttyd
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go GoGriz for bringing this to our tasting.

*reviewed from notes*

Jet black pour with a thin wispy head that fades into a faint ring. Smells of smoke, bitter chocolate, and bourbon. Slight wet/damp wood. Flavor follows the nose. Very fudgy, roasty and sweet. Low to moderate carbonation with a sticky finish.


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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick Oily black. Thin espresso head. Great color though. Nose has oak, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, roasty malts, dark fruits, caramel, oats and hops. Nice big stout, barrel did this well. Full, creamy body, excellent finish. Another great stout from CC.

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Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of tlay10, I was able to enjoy this beer directly after tasting the original version. This bottle is from batch 2, number 167 of 449.

It's got the same look as original, an inky brew with a super-dark head that fizzles out quickly. Some spots and zig zags of lace pepper the glass as I drink.

The hops smell fresher here, brighter. The whiskey is nicely in-balance with the rest of the aromas, which are also similar to the original: tobacco, balsamic vinegar, black pepper, sweet molasses and currants. However, those smells seem better blended here. It seems aging has melded the aromas that seemed separate in the un-aged version.

The flavor mirrors the nose: cedar, dark chocolate, tobacco, pine, licorice. The whiskey is subtle, which I like. Improves immensely as it warms.

Feels a little fizzy for what it is, but soft. Some alcohol is noticeable in the nose. The carbonation is slight amidst a velvety medium-full body.

A vast improvement over the non-barrel-aged version, the flavors I found challenging before are subdued and there was far more balance here, making it incredibly tasty and drinkable. I found myself hogging most of this bottle.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 430/449 thanks to my man Dave (Ibrew2or3); thanks brother. Pours a pure oil can blackness, a medium beige head. A great nose; pure goodness, smoke, cocoa, wood, rich roasted malts, ash and fruit. A very complex and awesome flavor; smoke, vanilla, wood, charred malts, dark fruit...wow, ashy wood and a full rich creamy mouthfeel. Lots of dark fruit as it warms come to the fore. Awesome. The cedar plays a great role in the brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle.

Pours black with a mocha head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving behind some pretty good legs. The nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some roasted malt. Hints of dark fruits. The taste is similar with some strong notes of bourbon along with some oak and chocolate. The feel is pretty strong and a bit boozy. Drinks well and was one of my first beers from them; quite a first impression.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 432/449 Batch #2 2009
Pours a dark deep oil can black with a dark mocha head lacing. Appearance reminds me of Ten Fidy.
Smell of oak, burnt malt, some sweet cherry, Whiskey booze and raisin mixed with toffee.

Great tastes from this one. I had the non BA version in June and really enjoyed that one - decided to hang onto this until this fall. I think it was a great choice to throw it in a whiskey barrel to see what it would come out as. Plum, Vanilla , dark cherries, toffee leather and whiskey. The whiskey flavors really opened this one up from what I remember of the non barrel aged version. Vanilla flavors seem to be more prominent, and the black patent malt flavors do not seem as ashy tasting as I remember the non BA batch. That said, I would have absolutely no qualms of keeping this in stock Barrel Aged or not...

Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated, creating a smoothness that is really excellent. My only recommendation is to have the black patent toned down a notch, otherwise a great BA RIS!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #62/449, with a huge thank you to Greg (tpd975) for sending this one my way almost a year ago. You are a machine!

Pours pitch black, with no real head, just a smattering of dark brown bubbles. Bit of bump to this area simply because 20% is way too much, as always.

Nose just smacks you upside the head with massive bourbon, oak, vanilla; big and boozey, with a big espresso presence underneath adding some roastiness. Just a bit of chocolate as well, but hard to really pull out.

Taste starts with a big bourbon kick, almost like a shot tossed straight into the glass. Big-time oak, dry, almost a hard, mineral quality to it. Roastiness, espresso, mocha, and some burnt sugar come out from underneath, with the woodiness from the espresso really latching on to the oak to lend a big woody dryness. Hops are pretty much gone in this one, though they seem to want to peek through just a bit on the big, dry, mildly-bitter roasty finish, at least in dryness if not in flavor. My first impression of this one was wary - I actually expected to not like this one as much as I did. The earthy, woody roastiness, the huge raw bourbon - that I like it as much as I did is a complement to the brewery. I think a bit of extra age really did a lot for this one. Would be 4.75 if I could - excellent beer.

Mouthfeel is good, though the rawness really comes through as well. Dry, big time whiskey feel to it, and a hard edge to this one. Medium-full body, but great for what it is.

Drinkability of this one is rather shocking. So much booze, and yet so well balanced. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a black color with 1 inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oak, bourbon, dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of bourbon, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and sugar.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very enjoyable beer from Cigar City. I'd like to try this again sometime.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks yet again to moose3285, who has sent me enough excellent Cigar City beer to drown a small eastern seaboard state. Been sitting on this one a while since the odds of getting another one are, well, nil. Bottle 284/449.

Pours a lovely, nuanced shade of pitch bloody black. Smell is sheer bourbon. Only a touch of roast, remarkably smooth considering how fiery the original unbarrel version is.

Barrel Aged 110K+OT takes what was a very good beer & kicks it up a notch. As promised by the nose, the barrel has taken the flaming char of the original & sanded off all the edges. Bourbon runs this show, but the bourbon is full of vanilla, the J Beam only hinted at. Hot on its warm, not hot, heels is the roast, so prevalent in the non-BA version, nicely balanced against the barrel. Nice stuff underneath, too, molasses, bit of dried/blown away chocolate, faint splash of coffee. Lovely.

Heavy as a three-pronged anchor. Drying, almost old-tasting, but so sippable it's giving me a cedar.

Excellent brew. I can't shake the feeling that the folks at Cigar City hold some sort of secret to the universe & they're parceling it out, in beer format, one note at a time, waiting for all of us to figure out the bigger picture. Get me some tinfoil. Thanks again, Mike.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. And as of June 2010, it is drinking superbly. I would kill to have another. Alas, it seems unlikely...

A - Black as night. Or the Gulf of Mexico. Nice tan-mocha head and patches of lace.

S - This is what barrel-aged is all about! Huge wood, well-tempered booze, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cherry, smoke, etc.; delectably delicious.

T - Exceptionally smooth; big tones of wood and vanilla and rich, robust chocolate malt yield to hazelnut impressions, mild coffee, and cherry notes, all the while with a complementary booze accompaniment.

M - Velvety smooth doesn't even begin to do it justice.

D - This is the elite shit. Very reminiscent of JD Blackbeerd in its fantastic incorporation of barrel treatment and subsequent transformation. Just phenomenal.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

A-pitch black viscous liquid with a tight head, very thick, some retention with no lace.

S-the nose is pretty big, oak and bourbon are right up front and dominate the aroma. hints of vanilla are present with roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate behind. notes of sweet caramel and toffee in the back.

T-the taste is also big. the wood barrel is less present than the nose and has a much nicer subtle quality. roasted malts up front, slightly burnt coffee, dark chocolate. notes of molasses come in, a light malty sweetness in the back. caramel and toffee, hints of plums and raisins. the oak and bourbon are light and set underneath.

M-full bodied, thick and chewy, very smooth with just enough carbonation to hold up the feel in the back. slightly dry in the finish.

D-nice complexity and flavors here, big flavors with a great touch of bourbon and wood. good roasted malts with a light malty sweetness in the back. very good beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Russian Imperial Stout that balances coffee and cocoa with esters and alcohol. I'm going to drink this beer anyway, despit being educated, working reasonable hours, enjoying life, and with enough expendable income to afford this beer; regardless of the mimricks on the lable.

110K+ starts with an extremely viscous pour. With motor oil-like weight, the beer slowly and stubbornly builds a solid brown head that retains very well and laces all the while. Black as it gets, the beer is completely opaque.

Malty rich aromas of whopper candies are soon dwarfed by the immense cocoa and espresso notes. Cherries, licorice, plumb, and currant give a fruity and nearly vinous character because of the barrel aging. Paint thinning alcohols increase as the beer warms. This beer smells exactly as Stouts should.

Flavors of espresso and cocoa rise immediately but with a harsher burnt grain character to go along with the roast. The whopper candy maltiness has a hard time overcomming the acrid and nearly ashy flavor. Licorice, red grapes, blackberries, currants, and plumb skins give a well received complexity to the chocolate and coffee tones but with the combinatioin of alcohols, the beer begins to take on a cough syrup taste (Robitussin).

Though full, rich, and weighted, the beer doesn't hold its firmness very long and quickly succumbs to the vinous tawny and lightly astringent and powedery roast texture- perhaps from the barrel. The sharper alcohols only aid in the beer's thinning character while giving a hot sensation that ultimately hurts the drinkability.

Though the beer fares quite well, I wish it retained the smooth maltiness that the nose displays consistently through the session.

Thanks RomaniTeDomum!

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

We have a new candidate for the thickest beer I have ever seen. This is up there with Dark Lord and Ten Fidy. 239/449

Like I said, pours thick and vicious, and even produces a thick one finger tan head. Really? A 12% ABV barrel aged imperial stout that looks like used motor oil produces a thick fluffy tan head? Five, it deserves it.

The smell is of alcohol, chocolate, earth, burnt grains, chalk, and sweet whiskey.

The taste is of roasted grains, earth, chocolate covered plumbs and bananas, bitter cooking chocolate, and some small hints of whiskey. An after dinner beer that would be best paired with a brownie a la mode. This is one delicious beer.

The mouthfeel just coats the entire mouth and palate with great layered flavors that keep introducing you to the different complexities of flavor. Thick and dangerous.

I am glad I shared this with friends, because this would of single handedly taken me out for the night.


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Photo of Mistofminn
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nightcap for the tasting. Thanks to Mothman for breaking this out.

Pours pitch black, thick as oil. Brownish head sits on top with decent retention, but is eventually reduced to a small ring around the outside of the glass.

The nose is much sweeter than I thought it would be, but also holds a substancial roasted character as well as some dark fruits. Starts out simple, and gets more and more complex as it warms.

Taste is again strong on the sweet malts, with roasted malts and dried dark fruits in the background. Also gets more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, with a low carbonation and a very creamy texture. Drinkability is good on this one.

Overall, this is a great RIS. It has substance and character, and that little extra umph that makes it memorable for me. Good beer, glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Dark pitch black body that does not allow for light to pass through. Pours with a 1-2 finger light brown head that has great retention at 1/2 finger.

S- Nose is complex and balanced. Components of bourbon, oak, molasses, and dark chocolate all come through for the nose. The RIS complexity that is noticeable in regular 110K isn't as detectable here as the bourbon and woody notes kind of take over for it.

T- The bourbon and oak components to this brew are really noticeable upfront but anise, licorice, vanilla, and dark chocolate malt are all detectable in the background. These flavors remain consistent for the finish but a touch of roasted malt and a slight hint of alcohol is added for the finish. A subtle impression of all that was mentioned lingers.

M- As with regular 110K-mouthfeel is thick, rich, smooth, and creamy with a relatively low carbonation.

D- Wow. This is a wonderful imperial stout. Its incredible and pretty drinkable. This is a BA stout where the BA characteristics compliment the beer nicely with good balance. Great experience to try both 110Ks in one evening and I am looking forward to trying more cigar city brews.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I opened this one up at a recent tasting. Thanks to gtreid for sending it up to MN!

Poured into my CCB snifter... Classic!

Pours hardly any head. The color of the little head poured was a tan color. Color is a dark black. Thick beer.

Aroma: Rich whiskey flavors with oak, chocolate, and coffee. Grassy earthy hops as well. Some sweet vanilla.

Taste: Rich chocolate and whiskey flavors. Nice oak flavors. Grassy, bitter hops. Some molasses and dried cherries are present. Well done.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, dry, and bitter. Decent carbonation with a fuller bodied. Ends grassy, bitter, and malty.

Overall, a well done BA RIS. Very nice ba notes. Nothing overdone which is always nice. Pretty drinkable. I like it!

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 60 ratings