Or | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CampusCrew on 11-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing opaque black body under a barely-there crema head. The body is promising for a black IPA. Smells deliciously hoppy and roasted with an effervescent floral presence and something spicy and smoky that I can't put my finger on... maybe the cedar? Aside from going out into the forest and sniffing cut trees I don't know if I can solve this one. Smells good though.

Tastes exceptionally creamy and bittersweet with just the right amount of sweetness to balance the "copious amounts of hops" advertised on the bottle. Nice citrus rind presence, slight roast-iness and coffee-like acidity. I can't think of a black IPA that I've had with this level of sweetness but it is still well-balanced and the wood adds a certain mellow funkiness to the flavor which I absolutely love. I've also never had a black IPA with this much body to it, very coat-your-mouth silky. Mouthfeel is creamy with gentle carbonation. Very drinkable, alcohol extremely well-hidden.

I don't know about the definition of "black IPA" except that it's supposed to be black and supposed to be bitter. Hopefully we get more of them out there like this bottle.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours out of the bottle dark brown almost motor oil thick. Gives a great three finger cocoa brown head, even makes some good noise. Body is a dark dark red/black brown color. Real good looking here.

A good sense of cirtus grapefruit and sugared orange. Very sweet smelling almost with powdered sugar sense. Wonderful nose.

Taste is a bold bountiful stout with milk chocolate and grapefruit sugar sweetness. Mix of balance of caramel like roast and crystal sugars. Hop citrus on the finish, and silky milk throat coating. Hints of milk chocolate coated orange and grapefruit. I feel like I am eating dark chocolate covered oranges.

Killer black ale, what can I say, all that flavor and feel and a masked ABV. Super great beer in the bottle.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Much like it's companion beer, Either, this one pours a dark black/brown with a strong tan head.

Stronger hop character in the aroma, but still hints of malt, dark fruit that unique touch from the cedar.

Slightly drier mouthfeel and finish with much more pronounced hop flavor and less emphasis of the earthiness of Either. However, there's still a unique tart from the cedar. Feels much more like a black IPA to me with the resinous backbone and drier finish, but still well balanced for such a big beer.

Drinking them side by side allows for a good comparison of the differences, for sure. Enjoyed the Either, but preferred the Or, only because it really hits home as a BIPA to me.

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4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pitch black, agressive pour gives it a nice moca head.

S: cool combo of light coffee and hops, nice roasted malt nose but with a nice piney background.

T: sooo good...mmm. roasty dark, mildly sweet flavors up front. Light coffee,mild sweet chocolate then a fairly bold roasty middle section followed by a nice hoppy bite/dry finish to end the experience. Piney hops are very present and taste great. Flavors work well together roasty and hoppy pretty much at the same time. The balance is perfect.

M: medium silky smooth. Very nice. Perfect for this style.

D: DANGER! very drinkable...this is one could sneak up on you quick. Its over 11% abv...

Great colab! this beer is great. Best black IPA I have ever had.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at a cold cellar temp into a tulip glass.

Pours with a thick, yet short tan head over an opaque black body. Head seems to drop more quickly than the Either. Still has great lacing, however.

Aromas are full of cedar, pine bark, touch of caramel, and touch of burnt toast.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, leading to flavors of citrus hops, chocolate malts (more milk chocolate than cocoa), and plenty of cedar in the finish... just a touch of tobacco quality as it warmed. Finish is terrific. Mouthfeel was smooth throughout, with touch of bitter twang.

Enjoyed the balance which adds a lot to the drinkability for something this strong.

Both Either and Or are killer beers, and I'm not sure I could really choose one over the other. Or has a touch more milk chocolate quality, while Either is slightly more dark and/or bittersweet chocolate. Cedar rocks both.

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Photo of iheartmanatees
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shaun Hill handed the pair of bottles to me. He encouraged no refrigeration, to enjoy them at room temperature. Who do you take me for Mr. Hill? 15$ for the pair.

A vigorous pour into a snifter produced a half-inch dark tan head. This beer was one shade lighter than black.

Scents of very dark roasted malts creep out. Dark chocolate. Herbal and Floral hops mix with warm alcohol.

Tastes of big and dark roasty malts. Herbal and fresh hops, like fresh cut grass. Cedar and warm alcohol are prevalent. A slight sweetness pokes in here and there. It's like a forrest. A lot going on.

This is a smooth beer with medium carbonation. Dry.

This sucker is a sipper. The hops and alcohol can wreck the taste buds, so don't have anything new after this.

This is a great beer for special occasions, or for turning a normal night into a special occasion.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with mikesgroove at Hobo Tasting #3! Big thanks goes out to Jefe73 for this bottle as an extra from a recent trade. Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, and chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, slight alcohol, and chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a very well balanced flavor going on here as everything seemed to work in unison. I enjoyed this one better than Either (which I had a few hours earlier). Very nice aroma going on here too. This is the absolute must try of the two in the series in my opinion.

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Photo of Skrip
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Night Shift wine glass.

A~ extremely black, with a small brown head and no lacing.

S~ dark malts flood the nose up front, followed by a little burnt coffee and some nice wood. ending with some sweet citrus.

T~ follows the nose so far but wow this has a lot more to offer! roasty dark malts up front which are quickly taken away by an amazing honey sweetness, followed by a bit of burnt coffee, all leading into a crazy bitter citrus hop explosion! meanwhile everything is coated in cedar, which Cigar City seems to be soo good at! (White Oak, Humidor IPA, etc...) and not a hint of booze!

M~ super smooth and refreshing! i'm gonna blame that on the pilsner malt in this version. really nice carbonation and more stout like than most stouts haha!

O~ this little series is fantastic! i definitely got lucky with the bottles that i received, they must have been aged probably because the hop presence is still in your face which is really surprising considering how old these are. i really love the HF influence here, this is very similar to Jim without the crazy honey (which definitely adds a lot) but just remember i'm a little biased cause i love black IPA's/hoppy black ales. oh! and yup its a HF colab. haha!

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/21/10. Much better on tap than in the bottle!

Pours black with a long lasting beautiful tan head. Lacing is very good leaving a wall where the head had receded.

I can smell this from my seat 1 foot away from the glass. So many things in the scent, cedar, rye, dark fruits, light pine, with a stinging heat.

Yum...subtle dark fruits start off the taste which transitions to loads of cedar. A touch of anise, rye, chocolate, tobacco, coffee, and mild hops round out the taste. Really flavorful and delicious.

So full, creamy, and delightful in my mouth with a sticky dryness in the end. I believe mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer...at least on tap.

A rich and delicious brew to be enjoyed over time. With so many demands on the tongue, more than one may be stretching it. I highly recommend having this on-tap opposed to the bottle form.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Domus Birrae in Rome, Italy of all places. No freshness information was apparent.

A - Thick motor oil black with a small layer of light brown head.

S - Roast, sweet honey, cedar, a touch of coffee. A slight bitterness is present but it is muted. I assume this bottle to not be fresh so I will take that in to account.

T - Big roast up front that immediately gives way to the cedar that is present without overwhelming as it sometimes can be in cedar aged beers. Some coffee and oatmeal notes are also present along with a decent bitterness and some grassy notes from the hops. The finish is sweet honey, espresso and a lingering bitterness. The hops are not as prominent as they would be in a fresh Black IPA, but are still very much a part of the palate.

M - Medium, almost full body. Creamy and viscous. Light carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: While the color of the beer is as dark as "Either," the head is a darker shade of tan, more densly packed and leaves a lot more lacing

Smell: Unlike the rich malt elements of "Either," the hops are much more apparent, bringing a piney character

Taste: The piney character from the hops is much more dominant in the flavor profile, as well, with the chocolate elements of the malt providing more of a backdrop; by mid-palate, the cedar adds its dimension and, while the honey appears in the back, in never makes quite the impression that it did in "Either"

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: I first tasted this at the brewery and leaned toward "Or" and now having it in the bottle, my initial impression was tilted in the same direction; by the end, however, I began to appreciate "Either" even more and have shifted my preference; you really cannot go wrong with either, or or

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Photo of bamadog
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to scottyshades for hooking me up with this in a recent trade! Review is from notes taken on 1/10/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black and starts with a scant 1/4 finger dark tan head that fades quickly to nothing other than a thin skim and thin ring around the surface; body is entirely opaque and appears a little viscous on the pour -- very nice and it looks quite appetizing; only a few swaths and patches of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Loads of chocolate malts that come across as sweet and bittersweet and it also has a bit of a dry, cocoa-ish powder scent to it; bit of a burnt and roasty coffee scent underneath the chocolate, and even further beneath that is a slight hint of earthy and grassy hops.

Taste: Holy schyte this is a great tasting beer! A great bland and blast of varying flavors that really work well together -- lots of the chocolate malts that have the sweet and bittersweet aspects to them, but then the next thing that I really notice is a bunch of the cedar from the aging process; a slight roastiness to it and the hops are present and provide an earthy and slightly grassy bitterness and balance to it all; this is really a class act beer.

Mouthfeel: As it looks on the pour, the body definitely has a bit of viscosity to it -- the body is of medium weight and the carbonation is present, but rather smooth as it provides just enough of a prickly sensation; a thick and chewy, sticky coating is left all of the mouth and it becomes a bit cottony as it sits; the belly is left a bit warm from the ABV, as well as the gums being left a little tingly from that and the carbonation.

Drinkability: While it's excellent in every capacity, the higher ABV would certainly limit too much of it, but it could easily be sipped on all night, especially on these cooler nights as the maltiness and the alcohol give it a strong warming presence. I really like what Cigar City does with cedar and I think they've got the market cornered on this one, and I really want to try it with some home brewing projects.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: Drink this beer fresh. Originally reviewed 12/2010. Just had another in 4/2011 and it's much more chocolate and much less of the lush, tropical hops.

Pours black (dark brown in the right light). One finger head. Some lace.

Aroma is sweet, sweet, citrusy, pineapple hops. So fruity. So unexpected given the appearance. No pungent aroma, just tropical fruity. Aroma and appearance really counter my expectations of both. I've had black ipa's, but this one presents a much cleaner hop aroma than others.

Taste follows the aroma. Big, sweet, juicy hops. Wonderful. The hops are followed by a mild, malt sweetness. No roast flavors but more of a lightly sweet molasses or brown sugar and caramel. Very light and toned down malt flavor, which provides a nice complement to the juicy hops.

There's 11% abv here? No way. Easily seems like 7%. Exceptionally drinkable for 11%. Excellent beer.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Or pours a slick black with a thin tan head that eventually reduces to a thin ring of foam. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Grassy, hoppy, cedar on the nose. The overall aroma seems lightly toasted with the raw grains coming through in an almost earthy/toasty presence. Further swirling brings out some aromatic honey notes and bread. Almost reminds me of whole grain toast with honey and hops.

The first thing that really stands out in the taste is the cedar. I believe this is the first beer I've ever had that has rested on cedar for some time. Reminds me briefly of Palo Santo Marron, which obviously uses a different wood, but still deviates from the typical oak barrel. Beyond the wood there is a nice hop presence up front that is both grassy and a bit earthy; even throws in a hint of grapefruit. However, the hops eventually give way to sweet, almost syrupy (honey), dark chocolate malts. Cedar maintains throughout the entire flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is smooth, robust and almost creamy. I really like the weight of this beer as it starts to blur the line between IPAs and imperial stouts. Some warming alcohol lingers, but not as strong as I would have thought.

Drinkability is good. I'm really enjoying the bottle in front of me and look forward to comparing it to Either. I'd call this a sipper, but it's going down really fast. The 12 oz bottle seems like the perfect size for this brew. I'd love to see some more Hill Farmstead / Cigar City collaborations like this.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

how can i open "either" without "or"...just seems like it would be a crime. thanks to G311 and biglobo8971 for this one.

a - opened the bottle and filled the darkness snifter. poured similar to the either, but a bit darker and with a bigger creamier head (could be the glasses somewhat tulipy lip though). even more stout looking.

s - nutmeg, vanilla, and caramel with roasted malts. the honey is there as well. much more subtle than the either. crisp.

t - again, a nice hoppy black ale...perhaps a bit more hoppy than either. more american barleywine than strong ale. some grape notes and roastiness...but more subtle than either.

m - big and bold...finishes a bit bitter and leaves a tingle. if any different than either...perhaps a bit thinner?

o - overall just as enjoyable as either, perhaps a touch less enjoyable for my tastes. seemed to me that either was more black strong ale and this was more black american barleywine. for an american black ale these 2 are definitely up there in my book.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this last night with drabmuh, thanks Matt!

A: Black color with brown on the rims, nice tan full head with excellent lacing and retention. Excellent

S: Hoppy clean dark malt scent. I can definitely tell it was aged in cedar, it comes off well. Very earthy outdoorsy smells.

T: Smoky overall like drinking burning wood. Meaty bacon mixed with citrusy hops and malty bitters. Salty as well with a sweet edge of honey. Grapefruit hops come through strongly in this. There are just so many flavors all at once, I am quoting Matt but everytime you smell or taste this something else comes through.

M: Creamy and the carbonation is excellent. Smoky and very well done.

D: This seems like an IPA mixed with a rauchbeer, very tasty but hard to drink a lot of. The half bottle I got was plenty! Nice work from Cigar city once again.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at the tasting room at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.

A - Pours black akin to its brother Either, but has a fluffier head, also dark khaki.

S - Sweet chocolate, malts, citrusy hops. There the sort of sweet, cofee aroma here but not quite as earthy as it is in Either. Cleaner, as are the hops aromas.

T - I know it has the same ABV as its twin, but it doesn't seem to sit as much in the aftertaste. Piny hops really dominate the aftertaste here.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

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Photo of Mess
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into an Allagash stemmed vessel.

A - dark, dark deep black. extra thick tan head that spilled over.

S - bright, floral hops. Honey and aromatic cedar.

T - woody cedar plank. bitter lemony citrus. sweet honey. Smokiness in end.

M - smooth, tight carbination; oily hops

O - Delicious. More intense flavors of the two ( compared to Either). Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this at a tasting last week. Compared side by side with Either.

Looks exactly the same as its twin, Either. Dark brown, cream/beige head, and clear with some deep maroon hues. That's about it with the similarities. Much more citrus and grapefruit forward and the chocolate, cocoa, and coffee are much less pronounced. An abundance of grapefruit rind, orange peel, and a hint of pine makes this a much more assertive beer. Rather than being a hopped up porter akin to its counterpart, this is a DIPA with some roasted malts added to the grain bill. That scores it a little higher in terms of aroma and flavor, as it worked very well. However, I couldn't drink as much of this so it falls just slightly in that department.

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Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

App: Dark murky brown nigh black...massive 1 1/2" deep tan pillowy head with great lacing as the cap slowllly dwindles to 1/4"

Smell: Porter/Brown ale aroma with some dark figs....vanilla and mocha tannins

Taste: wow....thick dark malts with load of cocoa and vanilla in the back...more on the stout side I would say....chewy oats....slide soy sauce at the tail end...some rye notes and cedar is a bit present

MouthfeeL A beautiful thing...so smooth and creamy and the heat is barely noticable for such a high abv, marvelous

Overall: Very much enjoyed this one...I could see myself sessioning this but I know I would hit the floor hard after 3 or so...

cheers cigar city!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Acquired" from grassrootsVT as part of a set with EITHER. Tasted side by side. 12oz pry-top brown glass bottle. No date.

Pours a thick viscous black with some creamy dark tan head that stays longer than OR and is also darker in color. Leaves no lacing.

Nose: Dark and angry bitter chocolate notes, dusty hop flowers (dried), sticky weed. Dry dry dry and roasty smelling compared to the slick-smelling EITHER.

Palate: Palate is lighter and a little more "lifted" feeling. Cedar is not as aggressive as in OR and the body is a little lighter (a good thing). Wet, juicy, pot-like hops ooze throughout the palate and are supported by the spicy, peppery cedar. Carbonation is creamy, true to form with Shaun Hill's beers and keeps the palate from becoming cloying.

Notes: Appearance is better on this one. Aroma is more muted than "Either" but the palate is far superior! Much more bitter (from the hops) than "Either" and is more lively both in terms of carbonation and flavor. "Or" seems to have a little less extraction of the malt and therefore allows the individual components to shine through a little more instead of getting mucked up together. The texture is perfect and the finish is elegant. The winner by far!

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Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, the second half of the Either/Or combination graciously sent to me by BA'er (and new homeowner!) Infestaxtion. Thanks!

Served in a Stone Levitation glass...

A - pours with over an inch of rich, creamy, thick khaki colored foam. the beer is just about pitch black in color. a thin, yet sticky and filmy wall of lace eats up most of the free space on the glass going down.

S - a nice, pungent and bold bright citrusy hop aroma fills the room during the pour. from the glass, the hops remain fairly strong, supplanted now by some rich roasted, yet not charred malt, toasted nuts, and bits of milk chocolate.

T - huge flavors, all around. massive hop bitterness immediately strikes and takes no prisoners...bringing a hefty amount of bitter grapefruit, and massively earth and pine alone. roasty, charred malts struggle to get noticed alongside bits of chocolate, rum-like booze, and woody cedar. only a slight bit of metal and grains which often show up in a beer this big.

M - medium, creamy and slightly syrupy body in spite of a healthy dose of tingly carbonation. bittering throughout, yet finishes quite crisp and "clean". long, lingering earthy bitterness and lingering roast which is closed up nicely by a quick alcohol burn.

D - extremely well done al around, perhaps my only qualm is that everything in here is just overdone a tad. wonderful on the eyes, nose, and mouth. this is head and shoulders above "Either". this goes down so well, almost too well for its high ABV. warming me up on this snowy night!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottles, no date. drank side by side with the Either

appears opaque black, with khaki colored head. nice retention and lacing. not as much sweetness in the aroma as the Either. just roasted malt and hops.

in the taste, the honey is more prevalent than the Either. a bit more balanced. again, the body is thicker than expected. smoother.

overall, not that much different than the Either, but I think a bit better. And again, the body is more like a stout.

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Photo of number1bum
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank the Either last week, so let's see how this one compares.

Pours very dark brown, nearly pitch black, with three fingers of dark tan head. Keeps quite well, lots of thick, fluffy lace and a nice coating on the sides.

Smell quickly reveals some nice citrusy notes, juicy orange and grapefruit, which are soon joined by the heavy malt bill. There is a good deal of roasted and chocolaty malt here. There is a hint of wood and an earthy quality as well.

Taste is quite smooth, much smoother than the Either was, and is both very bold and malty but with a good deal of hop flavor. The roasted and chocolate malts are dominant, but the citrusy and earthy hops do their thing nicely. The honey is also very noticeable, offering some sweetness to complement the darker malt. Pretty big smack of bitterness in the finish with some softer woody notes. I really am shocked at how smooth this is; no noticeable alcohol burn at all, a big departure from the Either.

Mouthfeel is an extremely smooth medium-full body. Carbonation is active but appropriate, and the finish is pretty clean. Very creamy.

I guess I'm still not sure what the key differences are between these two beers, but frankly I'm shocked at how differently they drink. Or is so much cleaner, smoother, and well put together, whereas Either was much rougher around the edges. Or is the clear cut winner in my book. It is excellent.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Sampled alongside "Either". Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Pours a dark black color with a tan colored head. "Or" has better retention and lacing than "Either".

S- The aroma is similar to a black IPA. The aroma starts out with dark roasted malts and a very nice fresh smelling hop aroma. While "Either" is a little more malty in the nose, "Or" features a more pronounced hop profile.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts up front, espresso and a lot of lingering bitterness in the finish from the hops. The alcohol also leaves a lingering warming effect in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed sampling Either/Or in the same sitting. They are very similar but the hop profile is the main difference. I have to give the nod to "Or" as my favorite of the two. 

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