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

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by cjgator3 on 07-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 thekevlarkid
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Florida! Finally. Difficult for a man from New Mexico and then Vermont to acquire a brew from Florida (even with all my travels!). This Russian Imperial Stout, bottle #436 of 449, vintage 2009, was an unrefined, crude-oil-black color with two fingers of mocha head. This beer, despite the fact that I loved the way it looked, appeared like evil in a glass. Give the devil a goblet, and he'd want this brimming out of it... OK, moving on. The aroma was full of dark roasted malt, chocolate malt, coffee, toffee notes and some cedar. The flavors were similar, full of sweet malts and fruit, chocolate, licorice, spices (esp. black pepper) and alcohol that hung on my tongue with the coffee bitterness on the finish. Despite the finish, for 11% I was amazed at how easy it was to drink. The mouthfeel was chewy and rich, the body full and the carbonation high enough to support the otherwise weighty brew. A monster, but a well thought out monster and one I'd adore again!

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Photo of Deuane
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing the 2009 Batch #2 bottle (182 of 449) at my 40th Birthday Bash.

A-Much like the original with an oily black body but this time the deep burnt tan head sticks around and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Deep, sweet bourbon notes help mellow out the harshness of the roasted malts. Backing notes of cocoa, leather, coffee and cedar are more controlled and muted in a good way.

T-Bourbon soaked chocolate with just a touch of peppery cedar in the background. Pleasant notes of cocoa, coffee and leather peek through from time to time but the bourbon helps keep the ripping bitter roast in check and helps smooth things out.

M-Medium-heavy bodied with a lighter touch than the original. Also, note as dry and harsh in the lingering flavours either.

D-Amazing what a little time in a barrel can do for a beer! Harsh edges have been whittled away and a smooth, enjoyable beer emerges. Still this one comes off a bit too strong in the end but the barrel aged version is a BIG improvement over the base beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for FooFaa for sharing bottle 182 of 449. Shared with the masses at Deuane's birthday.

A: My comments on the regular version hold true: The RIS is a bold black color, impenetrable and murky. A caramel-hued head rests pleasantly atop the beer.

S: The roasted aspects of the nose are not muted by the barrel aging. The nose is still a roasted mess of a stout. There is some bourbon (vanilla, wood, etc.) that manages to make itself known.

T: Much like the original, the muddled roasted malt body overtakes damn near everything. The burnt toast is scorched. Bourbon, sweet and boozy, does cut into the sharp malts a bit, making the stout more palatable than the non barrel-aged version.

M: The roasted body is dominant although there is more sweetness as a result of the bourbon. Unfortunately, I just can't get into this stout.

D: If only CCB put more time into the beer than they put into the witty, confounding labels.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for the generosity of sharing this 2009 Batch #2 bottle (182 of 449) on 2/3/10, poured chilled in to a 1/2 pint.

A - As I had the chance to compare this to the original version sampled prior to this I give this a better appearance score based on the fact it has a similar opacity, black with a cap that is dark medium brown w/ thick head that retains just as well as the original. The effect of the bourbon aging doesn't really effect the beer it has a tiny bead w/ a generally ample amount of lace stickage

S - Strong smell of bourbon which almost diminishes the aroma of roasted malt notes. There is the dark brown sugar quality w/ dry cocoa presence and the scent has a mild fusel sweet alcohol ester

M - The feel is not so much stronger than the original however it does seem thinned by the bourbon somewhat, dry and boozy w/ a sweet and slight viscous quality. There are fruity sweet textures and it carries on to a dry alcoholic finish a bit strong on bourbon in the feel for my taste

T - The flavor has copious amounts of bourbon drenched chocolate and sweet caramel with a mild vanilla hint w/ less woodiness as the original but a chocolate chip cookie quality with toasted malt and sweet edges poking through intermittently when the bourbon flavor relaxes. The beer is just as dry as the non barrel-aged version, and has bourbon flavor through to the finish

D - A very drinkable Barrel aged Imperial Stout but lacks some nuance the bourbon seems to displace some of the stout taste I enjoyed but still adds to the overall experience and I would definitely say it has achieved its goal as a really bourbon forward Imperial stout- I really enjoyed this -Thanks FooFaa!

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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 Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle # 182/449. Thanks go to FooFaa for sharing this rare Cigar City offering during Deuane's 40th Birthday Blowout Tasting on 2/3/10.

Pours black as an oil slick, with a thin, yet VERY frothy head of angry looking burnt and reddish colored mocha head. This stays very rich, leaving thick swathes of foam and brown goo down the sides of the glass. Bourbon mixes with the base Stout to give the aroma a deeply meaty and smoky tang. Chocolate, coffee, and roast are well integrated in the nose, with extra notes of vanilla, oak, plums, and licorice giving this some smoothness. I'm even getting a little bit of the cedar from this during every other sniff of the glass. Pretty good evenness between the beer & barrel as this warms up some.

The taste is chocolate, fruit, and dark roast up front, while the Bourbon spreads across the back of the throat with a wave of vanilla, butterscotch, smoke, and char. That hoppy attitude of the base beer is still in effect in this version, but the sweetness and oak of the barrel have appeared to reduce it down into a more earthy and herbal character. The finish is tannic, drying, and warm. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a slick and creamy warmth to it from the Bourbon and ABV that gives the mouth a sticky coating of sweetness and roast. Pretty steady drinkibility on this as well for such a big Stout, as I drained my share of this in no time.

The Bourbon was interesting in this. While it does add flavor to the profile, it appears to lack the real sharpness and enveloping feel that I'm used to in some other examples of the style. While I admit that some might find this most appealing, I personally was looking for a bit more. That's just nitpicking though, as I have to admit that this was some tasty stuff and the little bit that I received from this bottle wasn't nearly enough. I would like to explore this beer again in the future.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Batch 2, # 249/449 poured an opaque darkness with a timid dark brown head that fades quickly to surface with little lacing. The smell is the best feature of this one; aggressive bourbon raisin black licorice and dark chocolate. Minimal carbonation the mouth feel has a light body and a watery texture that doesn't add much to the drinkability. No burn from the 11.5% ABV, but the aftertaste has a bitter burnt thing that lingers into a licorice ending.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Batch 2, # 302/449 indicated on a sticker on the back of the bottle. Shared courtesy of blisscent and served in my 25cl Allagash chalice. Pours one shade shy of black with no head. Some spots of lacing exposed, but poor adhesion. Nose is style consistent, but nothing out of the ordinary - malty, licorice, a hint of booze and perhaps a suggestion of vanilla. Taste follows nose, with a hint of bourbon, as well as another element I can't quite tease out - not sure if it's some American Oak, or a musty quality. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly carbonated - not quite chewy, but a little creamy/silky. A pretty tasty BA RIS with a well-hidden abv. Not as big as some of the other BA beers I've tried, but that also positively contributes to the drinkability factor.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by either Nick3 or mfielden at a tasting. Both of those guys provided awesome CCB beers for this event. Bottle #274 of 440.

Great appearance, similar to Marshal Zhukov's, but with a tan head rather than darker brown. Pitch black in color.

Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Smells great.

Flavor is roasted and caramel malt, cedar, oak, light bourbon, and some smoke and hops on the finish. Not quite as tasty or well rounded as Marshal Zhukov's or Hunahpu's, but very nice nonetheless.

Very smooth, full, and slightly bitter on the palate with a long finish.

Drinkability is high, as the bourbon and intensity does not overwhelm. 11.5% ABV well-hidden. Well done again, Joey and Wayne.

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Photo of largadeer
2.44/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

750ml bottle graciously shared by HopHead84.

Black, completely pitch black - even the pour is opaque. I've never seen a darker beer. The head is nearly black, maybe a shade or two lighter than the body.

The aroma is like hoppy tar juice, barrel-aged. Smells like they abused the black patent malt. There's a bit of whiskey aroma, and quite a bit of heat, but no real sweetness, and nothing I generally tend to appreciate in bal-aged beers. In summary: hot, tarry, burnt, hoppy.

Charred malt hits the palate first, astringently bitter from both bittering hops and excessive amounts of dark roasted malt. The mid-palate is downright brutal, with a harsh tar-like flavor that seems to linger on forever, until it finally subsides and leads into a shockingly decent finish of whiskey barrel and chocolate truffles. The body is rich and full, but the overall mouthfeel is incredibly astringent and unpleasant. Drinkability couldn't get much lower, between cost, rarity and market saturation of this style. I can't fathom why this beer has such a high rating here.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle 277/449 consumed on 11/08/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer pours out like motor oil and is pure black. The creamy head is a unique dark brown with nice retention.

The nose is aggressive with strong roasted malt, chocolate notes, and noticeable hop character. I'm not sure what barrels were used for this beer, but the barrel quality reminds me of whisky, rather than bourbon. The nose is rather solventy and the malt is borderline burnt. Molasses is noticeable and alcohol vapor stings my nose. The nose is complex, but the elements almost seem to be working against each other.

The flavor opens up with sweet whisky, dark fruit, and a moderate bitterness. The taste gets very aggressive with strong roast, almost burnt, and harsh solvents. Alcohol is potent, and chocolate is present. The beer rounds out a bit in the finish and takes the aggressiveness down a notch. The taste is complex, but the flavors don't work in harmony. Booze lingers...

Mouthfeel is chewy and chalky, and carbonation is at a nice low-medium level for a beer of the Russian Imperial Stout genre. In conclusion, this beer is harsh and merely okay.

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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 joe1510
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Big thanks go out to Dave for sharing this bottle tonight, thanks d0bitch! BA 110k+OT pours, no, gurgles from the bottle black as night and becomes a black hole in the glass making my living room darker. A standard pour produces a fingers worth of silky dark chocolate head, one of the darkest heads I've come across actually. After a couple minutes the head falls to a Milky Way like swirling with a chunky collar that leaves behind some speckled lacing. This is a fantastic looking beer all around.

Upon the pour I'm hit with a fistful of bourbon in the nose but as this beer breathes the base stoutness comes forward with notes of coffee, roasty malts and a solid berry backbone. The barrel aging wraps itself cleanly around the stout and shows off sweet bourbon, damp oak, and a swirl of vanilla. A quick arousal of the head brings with it some alcohol fumes that tickle the nose slightly. The longer this RIS sits in the glass the less of a bourbon presence can be found. There's also a clean roasty graininess in the background with some more swirling.

The flavor seems to follow the nose fairly closely. The bourbon notes are pushed to the background and the presence of coffee grounds are duly noted. A nice roastiness and piney hoppiness hits mid palate before segueing into a black coffee bitterness. This big RIS finishes with a cocoa and coffee aftertaste that lingers until the next drink. The bourbon is much softer than expected with faint hints of sweetness, damp oak, and vanilla. The flavors seem to be a little muddled at the moment but overall it's a tasty brew.

The body feels a little lighter than expected as soon as it hits the tongue but it ends up surprising me with a very oily feel that makes its presence known and decides to stick around for a while. The hops must have been abundant in the original version of this brew because they're still making their place known in this brew months later with a lingering bitterness after each drink.

This is a fairly easy stout to put away and when taking into consideration that it's barrel aged is a super easy to put down. The barrel aging doesn't at all overtake the brew like so many other BA RISs out there. The interesting flavor profile makes this a hard glass to set down.

I'm a little on the fence about this beer and it's hard for me to decide my final feelings on it. It's good for sure but it doesn't quite blow my hair back. The hoppiness is interesting when combined with the barrel aspects and I'm starting to come around. Cigar City makes some unique brews, that's for sure. Thanks Dave!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for busting this out for the Monday night mini-stout tasting. Served in a FoBAB taster - in preperation for this Saturday. Bottle #410/449

A - Looks a lot like the base beer, but not quite as much head volume. A finger of super-dark mocha foam with red highlights that dissipates to a ring with a bit of haze. Not much in the way of lacing, but some nice legs. The body is an incredibly viscous impenetrable black.

S - There's a lot of barrel in the aroma - a little reminiscent of some of the 3 Floyds BA beers I've had recently. Some bourbony butterscotch, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, a touch of coffee, and still a bit of residual floral hoppiness. It's good, but I prefer the raucous hoppiness of the base beer over the intense roastiness and wood of the barrel-aged version.

T - The taste suffers from the same slight dirtiness that I found in the original beer. Oakiness, dark chocolate, tobacco, a touch of sweet butterscotch at the end, and some strong residual bitterness - probably from the residual hoppiness, dark chocolate, coffee, and barrel flavors - I wish there was a bit more sweetness to balance out all those flavors.

M - I actually like the feel more than the original, in that the carbonation, although still active, is a little tamer and less biting. Bit thick viscous body with tons of residual stickiness.

D - My 8oz or so went down pretty quickly, seeing as it was the first beer of the evening. That being said, I found the original more drinkable, even though it also had a strong bitter aftertaste.

An interesting barrel-aging experiment and a worthwhile beer, but not as unique as the original. I'm curious what barrels they used for this, as the whiskey seems a little dirty and bottom-shelf. Still - I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of koopa
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Dstructo who is a very generous and nice Beeradvocate!

Bottle # 177/449 consumed side by side with a regular 110K+OT with my buddy for his birthday / Halloween!

Appearance: Pours a thick dark brown/black with an attractive 2 finger brown crown that shows some retention, lots of lace, and an oily sheen across it.

Smell: A sweet bourbon note kind of drowns out the standard roasted malt, chocolate, cedar, a slight coffee / espresso note, and prune notes.

Taste: The bourbon blends very well with the base flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, cedar, coffee and prune. The only draw back is that right now its fresh and the bourbon dominates/blankets the intricacies of the base brew. This one has major aging potential though.

Mouthfeel: I feel like the bourbon cut down on the creamy body actually but its still extremely thick and satisfying.

Drinkability: A hefty abv that is full bodied but delicious none the less.

Wow this one was blended very well!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #138 of 449, purchased from brewery last week. Super viscous jet black pour into a snifter. 1/4" espresso colored head bubbled up from the depth of the glass, hung out for a minute and quickly disappeared into the dark night.

Boozy on the nose, as expected and very woody- oak & cedar. A touch of caramel surrounding the dominant bourbon.

Quite oily and slick. Very dominant cedar/oaky notes hitting the big bourbon. Hot booze prick on the tongue, somewhat tannic. Mineral twinge in there, bitter cocoa nibs. Lots of wood going on. Sweet silky bourbon mouthfeel. Big blast of heat on the finish...wow. Cedar lingers for a while bringing some fragrant tobacco and a dose of astringency. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable. I think that the sharp flavors will round out more over time.

One of the more interesting bigger stouts I've had. So much wood that somehow This one has big balls, which is not to mean that I just drank a glass of big balls. It's beers like this that need a 6th category- Uniqueability.

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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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Photo of tpd975
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey and Wayne for popping this one open to share.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a small tight espresso colored head. Pretty nice retention for a barrel aged beer. Nice long leggy lace streams down the glass.

S: Nice barrel aromas up front. More oak than vanilla, with notes of char, anise, and dark malt.

T: The anise really pushes through and mixes nicely with a hint spice from the cedar. The barrel is there but not as big as I expected since it had been in the barrel so long. Light fresh oak, light vanilla, and the slightest hint of booze. I think the huge base beer helped keep the barrel in check on this one.

M: Full in body, nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good, another tasty CCB barrel aged brew.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
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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