Dirac | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in Collaboration with Mikkeller

Stout brewed with raisins and spice

Added by womencantsail on 02-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by PorterLambic:
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4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly black City no light penetration. Ring of creamy foam after nearly an hour.
Smell is roasted malt, soy, smoke, caramelized sugars, slight hops.
Taste is amazing. Roasted malts, soy, smoke & peat. Phenomenal balance. This is a world class beer.
Full bodied, lightly effervescent. Rich, smooth and delicious. This is a meal of a beer. Have several slowly.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ehammond1
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing and heavy legs.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of semi-sweet chocolate. Also present are hints of dark fruits – specifically raisins, though that may be the label influencing me a bit. Also present are slight hints of dark chocolate and lighter hints of dried herbs.

Tastes better integrated than it smells. Moderately roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate and raisins. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens a bit with soft hints of dried figs. Leafy hop flavors come into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I enjoyed the flavors of this beer more than Bohr – along which it was tried side-by-side – but the aroma in Bohr was better and for whatever reason it went down easier. Well worth a shot.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rattle N Hum special tap. Almost chocolate, looks like a red wine as dark body and no head. Slightly astringent, medium mouthfeel, not so much of a double but above average stout. Tastes like a wine with chocolte commingled. Not the best Cigar City, but still wrth a try.

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Mavajo
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The usual appearance for a CCB stout -- jet black with an intensely dark brown head.

Aroma and taste are malt, with a bit of roastiness, dark chocolate and plum/raisin notes. Mouthfeel is good.

Good stout. There's nothing about it that really made it "pop" for me, but there wasn't anything wrong with it either. Very well made, balanced imperial stout.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of mdvatab
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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 trappistlover
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(sample at Dak's Final Four tasting!). Pours dark brown with thin tan head that sticks to the glass. Aroma has dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet but mild with a slightly roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a slick texture. This is a great beer!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Dirac from Cigar City Brewing
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