Hopped Up Johnnie | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Jonathan Wakefield and CCB, "Hopped Up Johnnie", which is Zhukov's aged in Johnnie Walker Blue Label soaked oak chips, then dry hopped with a certain style of hops.

Added by tpd975 on 11-29-2009

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by biggsbowler:
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3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Tony at Coffee District. This beer is still great, but I wish this was a fresh batch. I got very little hops in the aroma, which really disappointed me. You could still taste the Blue, but it seem like it struggled with the Zhukov after a year. This beer is still great and needs to be brewed again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided courtesy of Jw347. Poured as black as motor oil with a fluffy two finger dark mocha head. Chocolate right off the bat in the nose with hints of whiskey and roasted malts. More chocolate in the taste, one the most chocolaty beers I think I've ever had. There is a nice bit of whiskey in the finish. This is one smooth beer. Rich and full bodied, it coats the glass with a brown film. Pretty drinkable, this is a well blended, well balanced beer that was really enjoyable. It reminded me of those little liquor filled chocolates bottles they make only better. I hope they make this one again.

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4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A liter, swing-top growler into an oversized tulip glass. Huge thanks go to Jw347 for hooking me up with this ultra-rare Cigar City goodie. As some other reviews have said, the base of this is Marshall Zhukov that was then aged on mixed toasted French oak chips (that had been soaked for 6 months in Johnnie Walker Blue) and then finally dry-hopped with Florida grown Cascade hops.

Pours a straight up motor oil looking black in the glass, with several thick and rigid fingers of burnt and reddish chocolate brown head. The retention is beyond great, with a creamy ¾ finger layer of froth that just absolutely drenches the side of glass with creamy swathes of lace and brown oils. Wow, this is definitely one of the burnt and angry looking heads that I've seen on a beer recently. The aroma is VERY dark and bitter at first, with chocolate roast, smoky malts, and even a little bit of acrid coffee character flooding the nose. Honestly, the Cascade hops are no slouch here either, imparting some floral tones but are show themselves most prominently as fresh and bright smelling citric character. That The Johnnie Walker and French oak chips element are present here but aren't overly forceful, lightly soaking the aroma with notes of scotch whiskey, vanilla, and a touch of char. The more this warms, the more the flavors come together and marry each other into just a delicious and beautiful smelling bouquet here. I think I'm in love...

The taste has a lot of thick chocolate fudge character going on with it, being full of cocoa flavor and sugary sweetness up front, before a deeply burnt and blackened malt base spreads charred bitterness all around in the mouth. Hops puts some light prickly bitterness across the tongue, but mostly add some fresh fruity citric tones that helps give some extra flavor and depth to that big sticky base of chocolate and caramel. The scotch soaked oak chips just work wonders on this, adding smooth vanilla character and extra sweetness to the profile, while the Johnnie Walker brings just all scotch flavor but with none of the stinging heat that you usually find when something is aged straight up in a fresh barrel. This finishes with a combo of warm stickiness and roasty char that just drenches the mouth and sticks around for a good while longer. There is just a bit of a woody character that hangs around in the backend of this, helping add a touch of intense tannic dryness to the proceedings. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a massive smooth creaminess that seems to literally blown up in the mouth up front, before getting into more of a super slick and chewy feel underneath. I'm getting some warmth out of the body but not real heat in any way, as the alcohol is just magnificently hidden by that big mouthfeel.

Wow, really awesome stuff here (and I'm sure not cheap to make), with the RIS, hops, oak, and scotch all coming together into one hugely flavorful and easy drinking package. This is probably one of my favorite beers that I've had so far this year. Thanks again for the opportunity at this John.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me during the Halloween festivities at his house! Thanks buddy! Remainder was taken to Charlotte and shared with caSSino! Served from growler into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass (the beer did coat the glass though). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, maple syrup, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, wood, maple syrup, roasted malt, subtle dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, and very subtle bitter hops. It had a heavy feel on the palate (almost chewy) with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. The aroma and flavor on this thing were insane. Lots of things going on as far as complexity and everything blended quite well together. The chewy mouthfeel is one that I will remember for a long time coming as well. Really glad I got to try this one and would love to do so anytime!

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1/5  rDev -77.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have had in a long, long time. Pours out a thick, dark chocolate brown that coated the sides of the glass with a gooey brown film. Aroma of deep caramel, chocolate, molasses, and hops, sugary, vanilla, just such a rich mixture it made you smile with each sip. Almost chewey it was soo thick you didnt know what to do with it. Each sip more decadent then before.

Overall one of the best, I would drink this one every day. The richness of the zhukov with the hops giving it a slight kick, just insane.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for this rare share.

A - Black beer with a brown head that didn't leave much in the way of stick. Those CCB growlers are notorious for leaking so surprised even the minimal head popped up.

S - My initial thought in drinking this is how much does a pour cost? The last time I got a pour of Johnny Blue, it was $20 bucks, and that was about 40% cheaper than anywhere else in the city. Some peat presence with chcocolate, a bit of char, molasses.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose. The Johnny Blue is really easy to pick out. It's sweet, with cocoa, some peat, little too much char in there. Very smooth, with a bit of booze burn.

M - Smooth, full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - This beer was a special treat. It's a bit hot for a beer, but if you like sipping on Johnny Walker and like big stouts this is pretty nice.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marshall Zhukov base aged on Johnnie Walker blue oak and dry hopped with fresh florida grown hops.

Black and viscous, dark as night. Pours with a wonderful mocha head. There is some great head retention on this beer. This beer is so chocolaty and fudgy with a hit of super smooth whisky on the front of the palate and then comes that blast of fresh hops in the back. What a awesome beer it is, so damn good. Great beer to send off a good friend with.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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Hopped Up Johnnie from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 52 ratings