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Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010) | Cigar City Brewing

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Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010)Campeador - Rurik Ale (2010)

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two styles of beer comprise this blend, old ale and imperial stout. Rurik is the second beer in the Campeador series, a barrel-aged collaboration between Knightly Spirits and Cigar City Brewing.

Added by Gtreid on 05-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 35
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: thick thick black with a wicked mocha tan head.

S: brandy right up front with oak and choc. then some caramel and some vanilla. wow...cant wait...

T: tons of flavors with amazing balance. brandy, oak, and everything similar to a snickers bar throughout. yummy! This is amazing.

M: this beer has the best feel ever. perfection. Chewy velvety goodness. I have never had a beer with a more perfect mouthfeel than this one. I am freaking out right now.

D: Incredible beer. So smooth, not boozy, perfect balance. I wish they made more...Soo sooo soo good.

Thoughts: CCB makes alot of good beers. This is definitely one of their best. no doubt.

P.S. after reading some of the reviews... I see there was obviously some bad bottles out there. That is very dissapointing. I most definitely had one that was good and not infected.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.97/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Ben for cracking the first of his Ruriks.

A - I looks like a nice Double Stout, with a rich mocha head and sticky lace.

S - Whoa! Battle of the barrels; I am getting some elements of Buffalo Trace of course, but the Apple Brandy Hunahpu makes a surprisingly big impact on the aromatics (and flavor) overall. Lots of booze, vanilla, char, dark-sweet maltiness, anise; delectable.

T - Perhaps the best beer from CCB yet. The crazy part is that it is likely going to improve with age. Everything that went into it is discernible, appreciable, available, sublime and fantastically balanced. So it has all of the RIS brutality of Zhukov, the giant toffee-malt-bomb aspects of WWWW, and the icing on the BA cake is the Brandy Hunahpu; all of that is magnified and enhanced by the Buffalo Trace barrels. This stands out, along with JD Blackbeerd, as the best barrel-aged beer I've had.

M - Velvety and viscous; it feels luxurious.

D - I am obviously a fan.

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4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

105/204. A huge thanks to Ibrew2or3. A cool label. Pours out a pure black as night hue with a medium beige head. The aroma is amazing; huge barrels, vanilla, dark fruit, earthy and almost smoky in the intensity. The flavor just blew me away; huge dark fruit conquering all like the namesake Russian ruler, sweet and very oily, lots of barrel but not over the top instead it adds to the experience with woody, bourbon and vanilla flavors. Some dryness from the barrels competes with the oily viscous nature of the dark fruity roasted malts. Molasses. Very much like a barrel aged Dark Lord without the overly sweet flavors in some versions of DL. This is certainly a Imperial Stout. No doubt about that. Wonderful. Joyous in its experience. This will covert you to beer for life. I love that after 2,000+ ratings I can still find these kinds of beers.

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4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep black body with a thick fluffy tan head.

Amazing smell. Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, a sweet graham cracker quality or cookie dough, with hints of bourbon, a cinnamon like spice and brown sugar.

Some great complexity. Vanilla and oak up front with some more bourbon sliding in with it. Burnt sugar and caramel notes all around with some apple skin and pear notes towards the finish. Aftertaste has a sweet candied apple quality with herbaceous notes, hazelnut and some earth.

Mouthfeel is silky and resinous with a slightly dry finish. Has a hearty body with low carbonation. Some peppery alcohol heat on the way down as well.

Really opened up some more as it warmed. Aftertaste turned a little more roasted and coffee like. The alcohol is in there but lingers in the background and doesn't intrude. Plenty of bourbon flavor and some nice dark chocolate sweetness. Reminds me of Piroulines in aroma at times. Very drinkable and dangerously smooth.

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4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A special thanks are in order for dosbeerigos for opening this up. I probably would have never known about this one if not for you ;)

A: Pours black with a light creamy tan head. Head dissipation was quick and didn't really pull off any lacing as consumed.

A: Toffee and Caramel sweetness upfront, smells lightly of booze (Bourbon). There is an awesome blend of dark, chocolate, and roasted malts. I couldn't pull out any hop aroma. There is also hints of raisin. Where this beer excels in comparison to others in this category is that the malt presence is very well incorporated and not lost in the booze or other aromas. This beer is very "balanced" in the aroma, excellent.

F: Boozy bourbon upfront but not overpowering. The mid body of this beer is made up of the dark chocolate and roasted malts, and surprisingly finishes slightly bitter. The balance is towards the chocolate and roasted malts but is perfectly paired with the bourbon flavors.

M: Light in body and carbonation, but drinks velvety smooth / savory. There is an initial warmth from the bourbon but not overwhelming. No creaminess/astringency.

O: This is very similar to a Lost Abbey Angels Share, but a bit more complex in aroma and flavor. As in the description above, overall the malt characteristics are allowed to shine through in this beer. My only recommendations are: I would have enjoyed a little more head retention which in turn would have also helped out the mouthfeel and appearance. Overall experience with this beer is pretty phenomenal.

Recommend buy 1 and drink it and save one for very special occasions.

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4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ktrillionaire! Bottle 125/204.

Very very dark brown. Thick frothy dark tan head, a solid two inches, gradually reducing to about half an inch. Thick tan lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate, red apple, berries, bourbon and brandy, herbaceous scrubland... complex and delicious.

Tastes sweet, roasty, fruity, herbaceous, and mildly acidic but no signs of an infection having taken hold. Chocolate, caramel, red apple, pear, red grape, burnt raisin, toasty bourbon and brandy barrels. Utterly tasty. Long finish, complex herbs, chocolate, and caramelized oak.

Full bodied and creamy. Great flavor and balance make this quite drinkable.

A pleasure to drink, the best beer I've tried from Cigar city so far. Glad this was a good bottle.

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4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opened and shared a bottle with several others on 6/26/10.

Poured Black with a nice tan head into my Cigar City Snifter.

The nose on this SEXYYY beer had a nice amount of dark chocolate and roasted malts. There was a bit of boozy-ness but not overpowering.

The taste was very similar to the nose, but very mixed up at a cooler temperature. Once it warmed up a bit the chocolate came out HUGE....sooo good! The bourbon was surprising light, which was nice instead of other beers which are just over the top with that bourbon flavor. The body was silky smooth, and felt perfect on the palate.

Overall an amazing beer that will probably be a perfect 5.0/5.0 in about a year or so. I really recommend sitting on this, even if you only have one, for atleast a year and let the flavors settle down and blend a bit together.

Hats off to the guys at CCB and Knightly for another fantabulous beer!

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4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle
Bottle 146/204

A- 750ml bottle dipped in black wax. Poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brownish black color, almost pitch black but it does have some brown hues. A tan colored head sticks around forever with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark and roasty with some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a good dose of bourbon and vanilla notes from the barrel aging. Fantastic aroma!

T- The taste starts out sweet yet roasty with a big bourbon presence. I'm not a huge fan of barrel aged beers because some can be over the top but the flavors really work well together in this one.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Cigar City consistently has some of the best combination of body and carbonation in their beers.

D- Overall, Rurik is another fantastic beer from Cigar City. I enjoyed the first Campeador, but I really enjoyed this second installment. I always look forward to trying new releases from CCB because they knock almost everything out of the park.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle, #110/204, into CCB snifter.

A - Pours black, light tan-colored head. There's a nice ring around the glass and some head remains on top as the cap.

S - I get a majority of Winter Warmer, orange liquer-esk nose, lots of hot alcohol. I can get some of the brandy Hunahpu's but not any of the Zhukov.

T - This is where this one shines. Not near as hot as I was expecting, which is great. Nice bourbon notes from the Buffalo Trace barrels, chocolate (both milk and dark), apples, oranges, vanilla, oak/barrel, cinnamon. Anyway, I could probably go on here, but I won't. Very complex for such a young beer with very little alcohol hotness. Impressive.

M - Full bodied, rich and smooth, semi-dry finish.

D - I had two snifters worth and was very satisfied. We split the bottle three ways and killed it. This beer is excellent, and I imagine in a year or so, it's going to get even better.

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4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Bottle #110/204. Served in a snifter glass.

A - Pours with a half-finger of dark tan foam that settles to a persistent thin cap. A few splotches of lace are left on the sides of the glass. The body is black with a tinge of brown at the fringes.

S - Bourbon, wood, burnt malt (i.e. scorched Earth) from the Zhukov, caramel sweetness from Winter Warmer. Not getting much Brandy Hunahpu's here. This is still pretty boozy and almost liquor-like.

T - Taste is an improvement, with more apple brandy notes and less of the burnt flavors. Again, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits. It totally makes sense to me that this is Imperial Stout cut with Old Ale. Finish is roasty and bitter.

M - A little lighter than I expected, but still medium-full in body. Low carbonation. Pretty smooth, and with less heat than I expected from the nose.

D - This was surprisingly easy to drink. Three of us put down the bottle no problem, and it wasn't a struggle at all. I'm looking forward to seeing what another few months of age do for this one.

Note - I tried another bottle and it tasted like ash and red pepper flakes. Not sure why there is such extreme bottle variation.

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4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by Joey Reder at a tasting at my house.

A: Pours a nice deep black with a tight tan head. Lite retention and some spotty lace.

S: Aromas of char, mild booze, chocolate, and caramel lead the way. Mild barrel character with hints of vanilla and coconut.

T: Love the taste of this one. Not much Bourbon character left in the barrel but still plenty of oak. The base zhukov really stands out and provides lots of roast and chocoalte. The winter warmer provides enough candy like sweetness to provide balance. The mild barrel makes this one pretty enjoyable.

M: On the full side of medium in body, smooth.

D: Good one of the more drinkable BA brews.

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4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. Was lucky enough to get to try this one shortly after the 110k #3 release.

A: Pretty much black. The pour dropped a huge two finger of wet sand colored head, that hung around and left tons of great lace.

A: I get the whiskey striaght away, but it is backed up by a healthy dose of black, roasted, and chocolate malt. I get caramel and loads of vanilla. Not much of a hop presence.

T: Very nice! I have been a fan of the burbon and whiskey treatments of CCB stouts, and this one is no different. The whiskey is forward, but the sweetness of the malt is really quite palate pleasing.

M: Thick, creamy, and full bodied. Light carbonation makes it a touck oily, but not in a bad way.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for a brew like this is actually pretty nice. The whiskey and high ABV will limit it some. Overall, I like this version of Campeador better than the Fergus Mor. Glad I got a chance to try. Skal.

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4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AgentZero for this last-minute Darkness Day trade (which turned out kind of funny because we actually traded hellos about 11AM & traded at 1PM not knowing who each one was). We swapped good Cigar City brews - I with the knowledge that there was a good chance this one might be infected. Spin the wheel, deal the cards, looking for an ace & a jack. Bottle 141 of 204.

Popped open over the sink - no foaming. I put down the bottle, raise my arms in victory, & whoop a little. Pours slick, surly, & dark into two glasses with scarce a whisper of head or life. Tentatively I lean over to take a whiff - another victory! Barrel oozes off the edge of the glass into my nose. Chocolate & vanila & warm malts ride shotgun. Niiice.

Campeador Rurik Ale is filthy dark. The barrel dominates the first quarter of this act, balanced off against Cigar City's trademark dump of charred, burnt, roastiness that I enjoy so much. Fingerfuls of chocolate, vanilla, & cascading malts fill in the cracks. After that a smoky burning forest crashes into the glass & finishes like a burning brand. A piece of the barrel, of course.

Excellent beer, & I kind of feel like I won the lottery, or at least drew an 9 hitting on 12. Another great beer from Cigar City. Thanks AgentZero, I owe you one.

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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alex for sharing this!

Pours black with a woody mahoghany glint in the light. Very creamy mocha milkshake foam, sticky and chocolaty. Rich aroma with bourbon evident, buttery vanilla from the oak, some dark fruity plum also. Woody tobacco, sweet brown sugar and vanilla, drying oak in the finish. Rich and decadent, almost fudgy and definitely chewy. The fruit element is seamlessly blended with the roastier stout aspects. Delicious with no hints of infection at all. I would drink more of this if I could!

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4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#27/204 pulled out of Ditmier's cellar.... it is too bad he is no longer taking notes... this is pretty damn good and not the least bit infected despite the rumors.

Nice dark brown head.. good retention and lacing.. the brew is black..

Nose shows good vanilla and plenty of dark chocolate.... some background malt char.... the sweet malts tend to pull this one out of the middle rung... good fruits with late pours.

The flavor is pretty astringent... BLACK char astringent... still though plenty of milk chocolate and good malt sweetness makes this alot better than we were hoping for... The bourbon shows more with warmth and it makes it a much better brew... bits of dark dried cherries are also there.

Body is standard for big stouts... so is the carbonation.... I was surprised that it wasn't infected.

Thanks to Ditmier (my not rating RB buddy for pulling this one out :-) #27... man... just incredible... Eric, you're good people.... Molly is better.


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4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pitch black. Small tan head, maybe an inch hangs for a bit and then slowly fades into the abyss leaving a dark, ominous looking oil like liquid in front of me. As I lean in and try to get a whiff of this, I fall back, drowning in a sea of vanilla and butterscotch. It is bourbon overload, everything I have ever dreamed a barrel aged stout could be is coming to me now. Rich notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, butterscotch are all surrounding a huge boozy middle. Its like some sick and twisted candy bar only I could enjoy. Each sip now becomes its own voyage into a realm of sweet boozy bliss, tons of dark and complex fruits work their way in and this is just a wonderful mix of everything, very impressed here.

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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Justin for this bottle shared with some ATL folks.

The bottle popped with a fairly aggressive pop and proceeded to flow out the top of the bottle a little bit. The pour is black with a massive bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a small collar

The aroma is good with tons of roasted chocolate malts, tobacco, leather m,sweet fruits and coffee. The only issue is that there is a definitely sourness that pervades from the very beginning. Nothing overpowering, but enough to notice.

The taste is excellent and I get none of the sourness from the nose. It's dominated by the charred black malts from the stouts and the candied fruit of the old ale. Throw in the chocolate, espresso, bourbon and tobacco and you've got quite a tasty brew.

The mouthfeel is bothersome as it's damn-near effervescent, which is certainly overdone for this style.

The taste really salvages this beer for me. It's excellent in that regard, but something tells me there's an emerging issue with this one. I'm definitely glad I opened it when I did as I can't imagine this particular bottle getting better.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black liquid with a light brown head, creamy and robust with a thin lacing left.

S-the nose has some heavey bourbon and wood in it, dry sawdust, dark cherries, roasted to burnt malts, burnt coffee. the nose is different but not bad.

T-the taste has some light bourbon up front, dry sawdust and barrel behind and rather prevalent. notes of vanilla and chocolate come in showing some malt body. very sweet in the back with a hint of sour cherry. might have a slight infection.

M-good feel, medium body and creamy, strong carbonation with a full finish.

D-this may be slighlty infected as there is some notes of sour cherries in the back, I actually like that coupled with the dry woody sawdust. the bourbon fades and it sweetens as it warms. easily drinkable and interesting balance.

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3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
The beer is a bit of a gusher and pours with a brown-tinged foamy head that sits on top of a black beer. The nose has a fruity, green apple like note that starts to get funky with notes of dank-cheese and moldy wood that speaks to at least a Brettanomyces influence of some sort. The malt is certainly not surpressed here though as there is a rich notes of cocoa, and ample roast grain notes towards the finish. The ripe cheese-character seems boosted by diacetyl notes. The aroma is actually quite complex and fun to be smelling, this is certainly going in a completely different direction than intended; it makes me think of Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Reserve in that it is a funky, dark / roasted beer.

The taste is actually not nearly as funky as I had expected given the nose of this beer; flavors of brandy, caramelized candy apples, ample vanilla, and some toasted coconut all jump out at me and are much more in line what I would have expected of this beer. The finish has some astringent, burnt roast-grain character to it that provides some burnt acidity to it (the acidity is definitely more from the dark malt as opposed to from the funkiness). The funkiness does seem to have contributed some tartness to this beer though, and there is only a very light mustiness and a touch of over-ripe cheese character. This is still a big, rich, chewy beer with a dark malt sweetness and it hasn’t shown too many signs of drying out; this could become quite explosive over time though. The finish has a hot alcohol note to it and there is quite a bit of spicy oak in the finish as well; this definitely finishes with a belly warming character. I definitely enjoyed this beer quite a bit, it was definitely an experience and I like where the funkiness took this beer in the nose, even if it wasn’t intended.

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