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 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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