Cigar City Brewing

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American Imperial Stout
4.15 | pDev: 12.53%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Brewed in Collaboration with Mikkeller

Stout brewed with raisins and spice
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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

750 courtesy of Dave long ago and shared with JP

Deep dark viscous looking pour...per usual, Cigar City stouts are always pleasing to the eye

Smells of sweet raisins blended with cinnamon and flash of booze

Strange...when the beer hits the mouth it starts thick and rich in feel but once on the tongue and through the finish it thins out rapidly leaves a much lighter than expected feel. Some red cherry in the middle along with cinnamon and a truckload of dark fruitiness..assuming the raisin. Unexpectedly smokey with a distinct ashy quality. Hides the alcohol fairly well. Not all that cohesive and, in parts, a bit flabby.

Feel is certainly a let down. I felt like the beer itself was disintegrating in my mouth. Odd by CCB standards and certainly has me questioning whether this bottle sat too long.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at Aniela's birthday by me. Served in a taster glass.

A - Dark mocha foam settles to wisps, a thin collar, and a brownish glass-coating film. Body is pitch black.

S - Roasted and charred malts, raisins, molasses, anise, dark fruits, nebulous spices, chocolate fudge, and a touch of alcohol. There's a slight aged, oxidative quality, but this has held up quite well.

T - The taste is less boozy, with more chocolate fudge, and lighter notes of anise, roast, and char. There's perhaps a hint of smoked malt in there for good measure. Seems more 'fresh' than the aroma.

M - Full-bodied, smooth texture, lower carbonation, and surprisingly low lingering stickiness for a Cigar City offering. Not much heat here; seems like there booze only pops up in the aroma. In any case, sufficiently hefty for 10% and spot on for the style.

D - Quite good, and definitely more Cigar City in flavor profile than Mikkeller. Nice mix of sweet and roast flavors and good depth of flavor. If you're sitting on this, drink up, as I don't think it's going to improve.

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Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours black as night with a finger of dark tan head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour. The smell is really sweet with lots of raisins. I'm also getting a mild spice note. The taste is also super sweet. Tons of dark fruit, mainly raisins. There is some roast and spice. Reminds me of hunahpu without spices. The body is super thick.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 750 ML bottle popped open right after another bloody Big Sound that was infected; second in a row. Dammit Cigar City, you're some talented guys who make some of the best beer in the country, learn to sanitize.

Pours stout black. Nose is extremely sweet malt, nice wood, full dark chocolate. No raisins in evidence. Rich.

Dirac splits from the genre early on, & good for him. Trademark roasted malts of CC appear, but they're cut by a healthy shot of chocolate. Raisins stay in the background & lend a weird bitterness, sticking around in the aftertaste, rising as it warms. I feel like Raisinette was gunned down in my gums. Figgy. Pruney. Touch of spice on the ending. The aftertaste knocks down the drinkability, but I think I can manage my half of the bomber.

Overall, good beer that has some nice moves.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2011.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a high, deep tan-hued head.

Smell: Fire-cured toasted breadcrusts and roasted grains with an edge of smokiness encapsulating notes of chocolate, raisin, and star anise.

Taste: Sweetish dark, roasty maltiness. Vanilla-flavored simple syrup over the toasted, predominately roasted malts trailing into plump raisins and a light dust of spices. The bitterness present seems more a product of the roasted malts. Warming alcohol throughout. A little Raisinette on the finish with some spice and peppery alcohol lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light carbonation leading to a heavier, near-full mouthfeel.

Overall: You know, it's a good, collaborative stout. Now then, pass the Hunahpu’s!

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a CCB Snifter

Pours a dark, inky black with a mocha head that settles to a thin ring. Aromas of sweet dark malt, chocolate, and raisins. Reminds me of a Raisinet. Taste is similar to the nose, big notes of chocolate, dark roasted malt, raisins, and a touch of soy sauce. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy, with a full body and good carbonation. A touch boozy. Decent beer overall, but forgettable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ibrew2or3 (RB fella) opened a bunch of Cigar City brews at the SLC tasting.... Thanks Dave!

One of the darkest heads I've ever seen.... the brew is thick and black..

Nose is deep dark roast with a good sweetness .... dark fruits abound... thick raisin and dried cherries... a bit of char.. sweet cigar box

Flavor is very complex mash up of dark malts and fruity esters.... dried cherries and fruitcake raisins... thick sweetened mexican mocha... I guess cinnamon and hints of licorice ... a bit ashy.... molasses? ... cigar wrapper.... bittersweet chocolate...

The brew is thick and coating with a sorta light carbonation...

Very cool Dave.... I appreciate it.


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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.61/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From 750mL bottle to snifter on 11/13/11 with a small group of friends
*From notes

A: Dark, muddy brown in color. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Brownie batter and raisinated dark fruit.

T: Oddly metallic and pruney. It's got some char and cocoa to it, but not enough to please. Just a strange and unlikable flavor profile here.

M: It feels ok I guess. It's not as oily as Bohr, but it's also not as dense as Marshal Zhukov.

O: CCB & Mikkeller yet again dissapoint with Dirac. Though not the puddle of liquid diareha that is Bohr, this is still a waste of caloric intake, and something I highly recommend staying away from.

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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque  with a half finger light beige head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.  

Sweet dark fruit aroma with some boozy alcohol and toasted dark malt  The raisin is really prominent in the nose along with other dark fruit. There's also hints of peppery spice, toast and dark chocolate.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, dark fruit, chocolate malt and boozy sweetness. Subtle peppery spice up front with some anise/licorice flavor followed by a blast of raisin/dark fruit sweetness. Hints of plum, fig, date, raisin and other dark berries. Slightly sweet chocolate malt presence that has hints of burnt toast and more sweet boozy heat in finish.

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Photo of billab914
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured black in color with a thin, chocolaty head concentrating around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has sort of a boozy raisin quality to it. I get some sweeter molasses notes mixing with a little of the spice. There is a little chocolate presence to it as well, but the raisin and dark fruit flavors dominate too much for me.

The taste to me is mostly liquid raisin and prune juice with a little spice to it as well. A bit of a roasty, chocolaty, stout qualities try to come out, but are much too hidden behind the raisin and dark fruits for me.

The mouthfeel is thick and coating with low carbonation. The mouthfeel was my favorite part about it, I usually love big Imperial Stouts with this type of mouthfeel.

Overall I liked it a better then Bohr, but not by that much. The dark fruit and raisin flavors just dominated the whole beer for me, and not in a good way. Not a beer that I enjoyed very much.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at a bottle share @ instant replay. (Thanks Greg!) for a BA's (Skuter), birthday.

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a small snifter glass. The beer pours a dark Oil black color, with minimal head, a line of film on top, that settles to a thin ring of head. Some glass coating from the malt, but no head lacing.

S: Decadent scents of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, cappuccino, mild coffee, & cedar.

T: Initial flavors are of dark fruits, raisins, & plums, with just a kiss of tobacco layered in. In the middle I pick up some dark chocolate, cream, cappuccino, and cedar.

M: Viscous, light carbonation, good semi sweet quality.

O: Very good. I prefer this to Marshal Zhukov, great Stout.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Cheers to JacksDad12109 for trading this one to me!)
Poured from 750ml cellar-temperature bottle into Bordeaux glass.

Aroma: Chocolate syrup up front, powdered cocoa, mocha, light blueberry fruitiness in background. Also picking us a scotch whisky note. Excellent, well-balanced aroma profile!

Appearance: A nice, dark tan 1 finger collar of fine foam. Forms a fine sheet of lacing on the inside of the glass with each sip. Pitch black body.

Flavor: Sweet molasses, fruity, dark cherry alcohol note, a VERY slight metallic twang toward the end (which disappears after the first sip). Finally, a faint earthy/mineral note at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, smooth mouthfeel. Medium-low, creamy carbonation. A warming, peppery finish in mouth and throat lingers.

Overall: A very well-balanced, A-Class imperial stout! I didn't find that one quality that screamed for an A+, but at the same time, this brew deserves no less than a solid "A" in my book. Bottle says it's brewed w/ raisins & spice, but I think these components definitely play a supporting role (neither raisin nor spice are jumping out at me). I highly recommend trying this one. Looking forward to trying Bohr and Nielsbohrium as well!

[Edit: Something interesting that I noted as I continued to drink this one over the course of a couple of hours. In between sips, and after the last one, I noticed a slight tart aftertaste on the sides of my tongue. Interestingly, this is the same aftertaste that I get when I eat raisins. So, I guess the raisins did show up after all.)

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Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks for sharing womencantsail!

Thick and pitch black. Very thin mocha-colored head and spiderweb lacing down the glass.

Roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate, some stinging licorice, and some sweet dark fruits.

While all the typical great flavors are here like chocolate, coffee, and roast, along with some atypical nice flavors like burnt/charred cherries and raisins, the stinging licorice flavor is a big detractor from this beer's flavor, giving it a pronounced sharpness. There's also a touch of alcohol heat. Good, but not great.

Great mouthfeel. Thick, luscious, decadent, and somewhat chewy. Very nice.

A decent big stout, but probably my least favorite of the big Cigar City stouts I've tried so far. Nielsbohrium and Marshal Zhukov's (and especially Hunaphu!) are better.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sent by Adam. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, almost black, with a thin tan head.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate are the initial aromas. There is a nice bit of licorice and molasses to it as well. Just a bit of booze followed by coffee, mild vanilla, and some rum raisins.

T: A mild smoke flavor which might just be from the intensely roasted malt character. A mild booze flavor, dark chocolate, and miscellaneous dark fruits. A nice burnt sugar sweetness as well as some earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: The fruit and sugar notes were nice and took away some of intensity from the roast.

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Photo of seeswo
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle enjoyed next to Bohr and Neilsbohrium

Pours black with a tiny brownish head that becomes a tiny brown ring of foam quickly. The nose is dry, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and raisin. Smells fine. Taste is drier, though some sweetness is added by the dark fruits, but is noticeably lacking the rum that brings the Neilsbohrium together. Malts, dark fruit, coffee, cocoa, chocolate. The mouthfeel was fine - medium with medium carbonation. I was not much of a fan of this beer, even if there was nothing specifically wrong with it. It really needed the rum barrels.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours deep dark brown - nearly black - with a whispy brown head and a dirty ring around the glass. Looks better than Bohr certainly.

Smell -- I would say that this was sweeter than Bohr: dark roast malt, dark chocolate, and raisin.

Taste -- Again, slightly on the sweet side, but not cloying - dark roast malt, dark chocolate sweetness, fig and raisin. Slightly more classic RIS malt profile...or is that from the fruit? Either way, very quaffable.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied and viscous with mild carbonation. I would have preferred slightly more carbonation, but this works.

Overall -- Well-done. I definitely preferred this over Bohr.

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Photo of KevSal
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to Jefe for always pulling through with some amazing stuff, thanks Jeff

been hanging onto this guy since march. plan on doin the set the next couple of days (hopefully). in the mood for big dark stouts

Impy stout with spicys (not sure exactly which) and raisins, brewed in collab with Mikeller. this guy is Cigars Citys version (Bohr being Mikellers ver)

5 month old 750ml bottle split with the lady into 2 Cigar City snifters.

A- Sweet! looks damn near close like to hunahpu. holy shit is this guy dark. not quite as dark as huna but pretty darn close. pours like straight used motor oil, near pitch black with a slight tint of dark brow. these cigar city beers are as viscious and black as they come and this one is no exception. in the glass pitched black. but slight brown on the edges. nice dark mocha head.

s- yess. VERY similar to Huna. a lot more dark fruits (i imagine thanks to the raisins) opens up amazingly as it warms. dark chocolate, slit hints of Cinnamon (spices?)

t-very good! this guy taste more like a beefed up regular zhukov than the huna, but its packed with flavor. chocolates, those raisins taste a nice touch of sweetness to the flavor. bitter chocolate finish. theres some spice there but its subtle(maybe due to aging?)

m- this is where cigar city has got it down for sure. its thick and coats the mouth. the flavor lingers long after every sip. carbonation is good and the body is very viscosious, tho not quite as thick as the hunah.

o- i was expecting alot going into it and got exactly what i wanted. another great cigar city stout that delivers on many levels. wish i had more of this guy. if you are having a hard time landing a hunah, get this guy while its still semi plentiful around (and not even close to having hunas hype).

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Andrew, thanks!

A: Black with a creamy toffee head.

S: Dark chocolate blends with an upper moderate roast. There's a light smokiness with lots of wood and strong raisin notes. Brown sugar is present.

T: Charred malt with strong molasses and a little licorice. There's a touch of earth with a little smoke. Dark fruit is reminiscent of raisin and prune. There's a lower moderate earthy bitterness.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky.

Overall: A good Stout from Cigar City.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is exactly the same of Bohr. Motor oil black with a beautiful bubbly brown head with not great retention or lacing.

S: Much more balanced than Bohr. Coffee is there, but booze and chocolate take over. Very sweet smell.

T: Roasted malts throughout and dominant. Dark chocolate and a hint of booze mixed in. The coffee on the backend is phenomenal. I can completely see why this is rated higher than Bohr. The taste is extremely well balanced.

MF: Same as Bohr. Dark, heavy, carbonated well.

O: Better than Bohr. Really a top notch Imperial Stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it to a height of around two inches

rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth. Very well done indeed.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep black color with a brown head. Looks like a Cigar City stout should look.

The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt with a little bit of anise mixed in. I also get a little bit of dark fruit and some spices.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a lot of the classic imperial stout notes with chocolate, roasted malt and coffee as well as some dark fruit and some anise. The beer is fairly dry overall.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Tasted alongside Bohr and the oak aged Dirac.

Pitch black with a finger of ruby head. Glass coating, good retention and no lacing.

Smells of raisin, some baker's chocolate, dark fruitiness (cherry), and some coffee like roastiness.

Tastes of raisins, fig pudding, cinnamon, a bit of cardamon and I want to say even a touch of thyme. Also, baker's chocolate, and dark fruit sweetness. Pleasant, but not super exciting.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, low carbonation, slightly spicey, and warming alcohol adds to the spice.

Pretty huge beer, and quite pleasant, but nothing too crazy.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a rising brown head. Leaves thick legs on the snifter.
Smells like a months old box of raisins that fell in a vat of chocolate. Nice notes of dark cherries and figs. The spices are very mild, perhaps some nutmeg and ginger?
Taste is very much like the smell. There is a dry, almost bitter finish with just a slight metallic twang.
Very rich and smooth, leaves the lips sticky.
Very nice fruity stout. Demands to be sipped because it's so rich.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the pair, both Bohr and Dirac, from 50beliar in a recent trade. This was a collaboration that I'd never heard of until it was already ready. Two of my favorite stout makers though, so I was really happy to have the chance to try thier collaboration. Thanks a lot man!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter.
Drank Bohr then Dirac. Comparisons drawn.

APPEARANCE: Exactly the same as Bohr. Thick as hell! Motor oil glugging out of the bottle. Pitch black and sludgy looking pour yields a medium-thick, one finger, deep mocha colored head with good retention. Pitch black, viscous, body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp and ring. A light, swirling wisp and thick persistent ring remain until the end, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoky malt, and some dark chocolate. Some charred notes, with some dark fruits, raisins mostly, and some definite spicy notes. Very roasted and smoky, however. Exactly the same as Bohr. Very nice.

TASTE: Here Dirac obviously differs from Bohr. The same qualities are there, but with different emphasis. Lots of roasted and smoky malts up front, with some charred and burnt qualities as well. Very Mikkeller. Some hints of dark fruits, raisins and grapes through the middle, but more about the roasted flavors, with bitter chocolate and coffee, than Bohr. Medium strength yet nicely lingering aftertaste balances the roasted, charred malts nicely with the bitter chocolate and coffee. Spices kick in at the end as well, with a touch of heat.

PALATE: Carbon copy of its brother. Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Nicely creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth, leaving s cool sensation in the mouth, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers as well. A really good, supportive palate.

OVERALL: Again, another world class imperial stout from Mikkeller and Cigar City. Trying these both one after the other was a real treat. This one was a little more Mikkeller heavy, with more of that roasted, burnt, and charred malt flavor that Mikkeller is so well known for, but less of the dark fruit, grape, port wine flavors that made Bohr so attractive. As such, I think I would take Bohr over Dirac if I had to choose, as that cool port quality really did it for me. I was in the minority though, as Doopie and his missus took Dirac over Bohr. Either way, we were definitely splitting hairs, as both of these were phenomenal and we would love the chance to drink them again. Thanks again for hooking us up with this fun pair of physicists 50belair. Great stuff!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

has this at dld back to back with Bohr, ok beer nothing special at all to me and I honestly couldn’t tell much of a difference between the two of them... dark black with a nice tan head... nose or raisins, prunes, and smoke... taste is tons of raisins and coffee with more smoke, smokey rasins... a bit better than the Bohr

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 125 ratings