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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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 21
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 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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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 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 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 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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Photo of trappistlover
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 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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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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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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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 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 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 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 godfathermg57
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From growler to Duvel glass

A: Pours a dark black with a gorgeous thick brown head

S: Smell carries lots of chocolate and malt. I think i can even pick out the faint hint of vanilla. It smells like desert in a glass.

T: Wow this is sweet and very good. Chocolate, vanilla, malt, barley, and the slightest hint of oak. Taste becomes more chocolatey as temperature warms up.

M: Thick as hell. The beginning sips with the head were near perfect mouthfeel.

O: This is an excellent beer. It's a shame it will probably not be released 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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