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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4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
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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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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%
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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4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Or from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 176 ratings