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

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110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged110K+OT Batch #2 - I.R.I.S. - Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cjgator3 on 07-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 46
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
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 mullenite
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Douglas88
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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 ffejherb
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even bigger thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 2009 Batch #2 bottle (182 of 449) on 2/3/10.

A - Resembles the non-BA version to a "T" - dark and oily blackness with a burnt tan head that receded, leaving strips of lacing around my challice.

S - Mmmmm... I can't stop smelling this! Bourbon notes with sweet vanilla and woody oak and even a hint of cedar. Simple yet complex and eloquent.

T - 110k + OT is a wonderfully complex RIS that blends chocolate and coffee with lush vanilla notes and tangy bourbon resulting in a truly delicious concoction. The bourbon character isn't overdone or stifling at all.

M - Luscious and soft texture with a slick, oily mouthfeel and a hint of bristle in the backend. Mild alcohol warmth on the palate, but very slight overall.

D - Freakin' delicious BA RIS... one of the best I've ever had, actually. This is one to savor and I honestly didn't want my glass to ever be empty.

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Photo of bmanning
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased at the brewery on 10/15/2009.
Pours oily black with very little head.
Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, oak, licorice, and toffee.
Taste is very complex and balanced with more of the same from the aroma but also with a spiciness which I'm assuming is from the cedar aging before the bourbon barrel aging. This definitely ranks up there with the best bourbon barrel stouts I've ever had. The mouthfeel is great - it coats the mouth well and is thick. It's a little boozy right now, but I bet a year or two in the cellar will make this a nearly perfect BA RIS.

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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the BBA Big Sound release. Served in Cigar City stemware.

This was pitch black. Looks thick as used motor oil. Nice thick mocha head sits on top and recedes to a thin cap. Legs all over the glass as I drink.

Smells of rich chocolate. Some nice vanilla notes from the barrel aging. A bit of roastiness on the back end. Some earthy hops round it out. This is waaay more complex than their Caprichio Oscuro. The 110k pushes through the bourbon and adds wonderful depth.

Tastes like a mouthful of milk chocolate. Nice vanilla and some warmth from the booze. A tad roasty on the finish.

This just coats my motuh like a syrup. Wonderful, rich mouthfeel and a finish that lasts forever.

The only thing limiting the drinkability is the bourbon heat. But, its not necessarily a bad thing. Drinking too much of this could be dangerous.

Overall, if Hunahpus didn't exist, this one might rank as my favorite.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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 alpinebryant
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Urbancaver
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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 aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2009 bottle in to a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a dark tan tingly head.

Smell is bourbon and some light rich roast.

Taste is a roasty, espresso bitter, with a mellow bourbon finish. Warming.

Thick smooth creamy mouhtfeel.

Drinkability is not terrible considering what it is, but it comes together nicely.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll echo the reviews below and send a big thanks to FooFaa for sharing this one at Deuane's 40th. A 750ml bottle # 182 of 449. Uncapped and poured into my snifter glass. The stout appears an inky black color with about a finger of dark ecru foam. Nose and flavors consist of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cocoa powder, rich roasted grains, dark and bittersweet chocolate, mild char, some anise notes. Approaching full bodied with ample carbonation and a dry, slightly boozy finish. Very nice - thanks again for the chance Dan!

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Photo of gford217
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, #449/449, poured into a tulip.

Pours a seriously dark oily black with absolutely no light showing through. It's got a big tight mocha head that recedes slowly to a big cap and leaves only small bits of lacing on the side.

There is an initial citrus hop aroma that gets quickly swept away by the super dark and roasty chocolate malts and heavily toasted barley with coffee and dark fruits coming out as well. The bourbon barrel character is subtle with some sweet vanilla and even some tobacco in the nose.

The taste is just as flush with dark roasted malts, almost burnt in character with bakers chocolate and tobacco as well. Just as in the aroma, the sweet bourbon is present but not overpowering and the finish actually shows a good bit of hop bitterness paired with a toasted, almost ashy, character.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn thick with a moderate but fairly soft carbonation. The overall feel is extremely roasted with a surprisingly big hop bitterness.

This is an excellent beer and maybe slightly better than the non-BA version. That said, the barrel character is not overpowering and adds to the already impressive complexity which includes dark malts, hops, dark fruits and tobacco. Impressive stuff.

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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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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