Dirac - Oak Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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4.39 w/ 41 ratings

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by FLBeerGuy on 03-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 21
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

shared with calton, zach, cam, and chad this may very well have been one of the best ba stouts i have ever had. this is gonna be a tough one to put into words.

pours out dark as night with a nice thin coating of chocolate colored lacing on top. but it was soo thick. just staining the glass, it almost made it unusable afterward. soo much going on here it was incredible.

sweet smell, lots of wood here with a deep vanilla and sugary flavor. chocolate, coffee, rich notes of barrel are all over this. it is hard to really describe it in words properly. i was simply floored. nice thick, almost chalky like feel to it and a lactose sugar flavor that was soo deep and perfect i was beside myself. finish was clean, with no hint of alcohol just a sweet, oakey, and wonderfully vanilla filled flavor that will stick with me for a long time

overall honestly one of the best beers i have ever had without question.

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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 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 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 JohnGalt1
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 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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Photo of jrallen34
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Sean via Wakefield... black body with some dark brown fringes, no carbonation... strong syrupy nose of molasses and raisins, the oak is really smooth adds a nice spicey note to the beer, some alcohol, but in your face and strong... the taste is too sryupy, raisins, lots of char, a bit of vanilla on the finish... worth trying, better than its parts

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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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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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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration between Cigar City and Mikkeller, conceived by Wayne, brewed at Cigar City with Mikkel of Mikkeller

Poured from a 5 day old growler into my CCB sniffer.

Pours a pitch black with a small brown head that leaves little lacing. Carbonation is low

Nose is Oak upfront followed by chocolate malts, dark fruit and some alcohol.

Taste Oak, chocolate malt, dark fruit sweetness, some alcohol burn that ends with a slight hop bitterness. This is one delicious beer, the oak really smooths it out nicely.

Mouthfeel is what you expect from a Imperial Stout, rich and creamy with not too much carbonation.

This is a great beer! Limited, so try it if you can find it!

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours extremely dark brown, nearly black. The darkest cocoa colored head I've ever seen on a beer. A touch noisy as it drops but....
I let it sit 45 minutes before continuing. Past experience, ya know.
Smell is decadent. Rich, malty, dark fruits especially raisins, slight notes of smoke, oak, soy and caramelized sugar.
Taste is so rich and balanced I probably missed something but here goes. Malt, soy, smoke, caramelized sugar, dark fruit, wheat and whiskey.
Full-bodied, light effervescence and warming. Creamy and rich, it leaves a slight coating on the palate and tongue. Not cloying at all, though. ABV's presence is known but in no way overwhelming. A fabulous beer in every regard. Do not miss this.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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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4.27/5  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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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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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

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Dirac - Oak Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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