Dirac - Oak Aged | 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)

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Added by FLBeerGuy on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of my gift pack from a buddy who went to the Hunaphu's release.

Pours with little to no head. Thick, dark brown and very glossy. You can visualize the viscosity. No lacing.

Very smokey aroma. Also some black licorice. Very thick aroma. Also some soy sauce.

Where is the smoke coming from here? I just realized there is also a peat like taste as in some Scotches. The black licorice and soy sauce takes center stage. Sweetness lurks below the surface, but it present. The smoke notes are more muted in the flavor vs. the aroma.

Pretty thick with about as little carbonation as could exist.

It's a decent beer, but I am not doing cartwheels here.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap (or possibly from a growler) on Hunahpu day.

A - It looks like a cask RIS, with big bubbles instead of tight froth. Despite the inky crude appearance, it also seems to be less than syrupy in the viscosity dept.

S - Oak. Sure is a lot of oak. The nose is very dry as a result, offering mostly general roast notes, slight smokiness, and a bunch of raw woodiness.

T - The taste is over-oaked, I'd say. I can taste a very nice stout underlying, replete with a mayan chocolate-fig-raisin thing going on, but it is obfuscated by the wood.

M - Nice weight and body, but the finish is parching.

O - A very solid brew, seemingly diminished by the treatment.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of billshmeinke
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with Bohr and regular Dirac. From notes.

Looks pretty much the same as both Bohr and Dirac.

Again quite similar to Bohr and Dirac. Compared to Dirac the oak lends a nice spice, and also some vanilla notes.

The taste differs quite a lot from it's non oak aged counterpart. Spicey oak, raisin, baker's chocolate, vanilla, roasty notes, some dark fruits and fudge brownies. Quite layered and complex.

Mouthfeel is pretty much the same as regular Dirac. I didn't note any differences.

Definitely the best of the 3. Oak aging added a lot to it.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to Alpar for sharing this seemingly random bit o' rarity!

Can't wait for someone to brew an oak-aged Divac beer (who didn't love ol' Vlad, eh?). This one, though, pours a jaundice-tipped black-brown topped by a half-finger (at best) of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises beechwood-style mild smoke, roasted malts, cedar, maple syrup, and chocolate syrup. For being kinda scattershot, these scents really come together pretty nicely. The taste holds notes of chocolate, roasted malts, toasted toffee, and burnt caramel. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a very nice and tasty bit o' stouty goodness. Straight up.

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Photo of polisanl
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in CCB pint glass from growler. Had an entire growler for breakfast, sitting under a coconut tree on the beach...great way to start the morning.

As dark as it gets with small head. The head reduces to the edge around the glass, with a thin swirl in the middle. Oakiness and dark chocolate in the nose. Every sip took on different layers in taste...chocolate, the sweetness of milk stouts but on steroids, oak & hints of coffee. It's all there, a wild ride of choclate milk for adults. Little alcohol bite considering the ABV. Heavy and thick mouthfeel but super smooth. This beer is complex. Multiple things going on at once. Think I need another growler!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for hooking this up.

A - Black beer, small mocha head. Didn't stick around long and left nothing on the sides.

S - Lots of oak, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla. Really just a great blend of flavors with a burnt/charred malt backbone that resists being too burnt. As Alex indicated, this does remind me a bit of some Mikeller beers, with the char and sweetness going.

M - Taste is a lot of char and wood, mixed with molasses, dark fruit, and then chocolate. It's pretty good, but you have to enjoy the char aspect of these beers to love it.

M - Smooth, fuller bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Really good, liked this a bit better than the regular Dirac and would love to have it again.

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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inflatablechair brought this over tonight.... I am truly appreciative.. Thanks Sam.

I did NOT want to like this one as much as I did.... I've had many of the hyped CC brews and have either been blown away or left wanting.... This one was damned good... no kidding.. pretty awesome.

Pours thick with a decent deeeep dark brown 1/2" head.... okay lacing and retention atop a brew that is black as black can be... no reveals of light... just black.

Nose is surprisingly mild yet complex.. everything is very well meshed.. dark cocoa... a bit of cinnamon.. some French Roast with warmth.. and the oak is very much in the background.

The oak in this brew is ONLY up front and in the finish... in between is everything that you expect from a rich well made badass stout.. deep cocoa... cocoa butter.. coffee and brownie batter... weird leathery almost dark wrapper cigar tobacco is prevalent throughout.... with warmth, a bit of smoke and a minor dark cherry essence.. The "cinnamon" notes in the nose are seemingly there in the palate, but it could be EtOH.

The brew is thick and coating.... inviting... a sipper for sure.. carbonation seems a bit lite but nothing to complain about.... Really glad I got to try this one fresh. Thanks Sam.. very cool.


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Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alpar for sharing this treat.

A: deep dark and opaque on the pour, orange lacing is left behind, zero head

S: huge smokey, leather, and coffee notes. Very deep roasted malt character. Robust and in your face. Some mellow oak character comes in as well.

T: awesome dark chocolate along with smoke, char, and wood. Quite delicious.

MF: thick viscous body, low carbonation, velvety texture

O: another delicious stout from Cigar City. Glad I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Thin, late-rising dark mocha foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps of bubbles. Black body, with a glass-coating brown film.

S - Oak, chocolate, molasses, charred malts and smoke, raisins, vanilla, and perhaps a faint touch of alcohol. Whatever spices were used, they aren't overdone. Nice balance and integration of flavors.

T - Taste is less balanced, with a lot more char and roasted malt, plus plenty of oak. Even though I think this is the Cigar City recipe, there's still a Mikkeller vibe to it, although they've also explored this territory with Zhukov. As it warms up it gets a bit sweeter, but it's largely oak bite and char bitterness.

M - Nice medium-low carbonation keeps things from getting to syrupy. Mild alcohol warmth, full sticky body, and a tannic oaky dry finish. Quite appropriate for the style.

D - This is a pretty good beer, and one of the few virgin oak stouts that I've really enjoyed. Looking forward to drinking the base beer too. It's a shame these aren't going to be regular production beers for Cigar City. I didn't get much alcohol, and I went back for a second pour of this one as I knew it was unlikely to cross my path again.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.29/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

Huge thanks to Alpar for bringing this oddly acquired rarity.

Apparently this is review #500...how 'bout that.

This beer is unfortunately flat, though with the oak aging and it's imperial nature, that isn't the worst thing that could befall it. It's also not surprising with the way that this beer found its way to the table. That having been said this, while flat still, looks abyssal in the glass in front of me. The nose is oak, vanilla and a good deal of smoked malts and roast to almost give it that barbecue like nose. On the tongue the vanilla and the smoke work wonders together. Smooth creamy chocolate covered raisins up front, and as the beer finishes there are hints of cinnamon and ginger. I really have to admit, this is a really really good beer. The lack of carbonation actually makes this beer go down silky smooth. I bet it was even better off the tap. Cigar City knows how to do aged dark beers.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a free near pint of this beer because the keg kicked right when I ordered it. Sweet. served in a plastic pint glass (I quickly poured it into my snifter). Beer is black with a thick brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation. Nice retention.

Aroma is roasty and sweet with hints of oak.

Beer is medium in body and sweet with a nice bitterness at the end, not a dry finish but there is some subtle vanilla and other oak characters. Very drinkable stout for being so late in the day / game. I really enjoyed it and I'd have it again.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Cigar City during the 2011 Hunahpu's release.

Pours pitch black and completely opaquec with a one finger frothy mocha head.  Great retention slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Sporadic spots of streaky lacing.  

Earthy oak aroma that isn't overpowering.  Charred oak, slight wood, roasted malt, and chocolate.  Im also picking up hints of vanilla, caramel, toffee  and roasted coffee/espresso bean.  Slight earthy acrid presence.  A little too sweet and boozy smelling but still nice.  

Medium bodied with lots of silky toasted chocolate malt balanced out by a sweet aolcohol burn that lingers. Hints of toffee, oatmeal, caramel and toffee as well as some hazelnut.  The oak presence is most noticeable up front and the barrel character is well integrated into the flavor without taking away from the other notes.  Subtle earthy charred oak adding some dryness and another dimension to the beer.  Slight lactic cream adds complexity/body and smooths things out making this beer extremely quaffable.  Abv well masked with slight boozy sweetness and faint heat in the finish which is slightly dry.

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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Sampled at Dak's Final Four tasting!!). Pours dark brown with minimal head. Coats the glass like many CCB beers. Aroma is wood, chocolate nibs, and cinimmon. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Super beer!!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my homie, JW for the growler. This was the only one I didn't get a growler of at the release and I was regretting it. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, mocha head, no cap. Just blackness.

S - Booze, dark fruits, oak, molasses, caramel. The booze is smooth and the sweetness is very nice. The oak is right up front and adds to the complexity.

T - Dark fruit, chocolate, oak, booze. The oak is prominent, and from the name of this beer, I wouldn't expect otherwise. There's a slight char that adds in a positive way. The finish is sweet with chocolate and dark fruits.

M - Full body, rich, smooth, light carbonation, creamy rich finish.

O - The combo of oak, dark fruit, and booze are wonderful. This beats the pants off of the regular Dirac. Doubt I'll ever have this one again unless they saved some kegs at CCB for the next Hunahpu's Day. Who knows. Excellent beer.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with myself, beeruser, and funkydelic while on a day-trip to downtown Greenville during Hobo Tasting #6! Served from growler into a Bell's tulip. Poured black with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, oak, and spices. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was quite the excellent brew. All aspects of this one just seemed to stand out and shine in unison and on their own. Really glad I got an opportunity to tick this one and can't wait until I get a chance to try the regular Dirac...

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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