Or | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one right after the "Either". This one is also a single finger tan head on a jet black body, not much different. Aroma is much less sweet and full but not as strong with vanilla, oak, bourbon, roasted malt and chocolate all again present. The malt is more obvious as is the coffee acounting for the more semi dry mouthfeel. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate again are well represented. The body is less full bodied, smooth and moderate carbonation. As with the Either, the hops are also fairly mild and almost noncontributory to the flavor.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with half a finger of medium brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A spicy, smoky aroma of dark sugar with elements of chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, and a bit of pine.

T - Dark caramel and cola up front with a bit of vanilla. Brown, spicy notes in the middle with licorice, molasses, and cinnamon. Finishes with nutmeg, chicory, and coco as well as pine and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - An interesting contrast to its twin brew, this one has a less sweet malt character. This helps to accentuate the spicy character and perhaps makes for a more drinkable brew. These beers have a stronger malt profile than most black IPAs and as a result seem to have held up well after over a year and a half in the bottle.

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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

trying to try these two (either and or) separately, objectively and without prejudice on different days.

the pour on this one is beautiful. deep black with a huge dark khaki head that lasts forever and laces very well.

aroma of tobacco and mint leaf with plenty of piney hops (though I know this has been in the bottle a while) with tons of wood and earthy character, some cocoa and molasses behind that.

leafy hops again come out first, sweetened a bit by some caramel/molasses flavored malts and bittered up again by some dark roasted coffee/chocolate malts characters. alcohol present throughout, but blended well with the leafy hops and roasted malts flavors.

not quite full bodied, but with a pleasantly light carbonation level and a leafy/yet bitter aftertaste with a touch of roast lingering.

very well balanced beer. I'm not sure how long ago this one was bottled, but at this time, the beer is drinking very well and the balance is remarkable. for such a strong beer, there is no harshness, but some decent complexity. impressive.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Or from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 176 ratings