Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - American Imperial
4.33 | pDev: 10.39%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: "A blend of Dirac and Bohr Imperial Sweet Stouts with Raisins, aged in Rum Barrels."

"Stout with Raisins and Cinnamon Aged in Rum Barrels"
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Sigmund from Norway

3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shared bottle at RBNAG 2011. Black colour, no head. Intense aroma of dark malts, molasses and raisins.The flavour has the same elements as the aroma, with loads of alcohol.

Apr 24, 2021
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass. Huge thanks to Sam for hooking me up with this, been wanting to try this since trying Dirac over a year ago. Bottled in 2011, cellared for over 2 years.

A- Pours an opaque dark black, not much head formss, fairly still top, bit of mocha lacing is left along the sides.

S- Rum soaked raisins, figs, a pinch of cinnamon, hint of bakers chocolate and some light dark fruits. Average aroma strength, rum pretty light, almost no booze presence, nice complexity.

T- Dark fruits, figs, lightly rum soaked raisins, just a faint pinch of cinnamon on the finish, lightly bitter chocolate, some fudge. Nice complexity, nice balance without anything dominating too much. Not overly sweet, nice complexity, tasty although age may have lost a bit of flavor.

M- Super smooth, full bodied, silky, subtle carbonation perfect for the style.

O- This beer was released about 2.5 years ago, at this point it is still holding up fairly well. I never had it fresh but I imagine at this point it's lost a little bit of the raisin and cinnamon flavor but smoothed out nicely. The rum barrels only played a very subtle role in the beer and didn't come out too much just making a subtle rum soaked raisin presence. Comparing to having Dirac fairly fresh (never had Bohr), Nielsbohrium has less of a raisin or cinnamon presence but is noticeably smoother.

Jan 18, 2014
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mverity from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

NYE bottle share a Proof. Poured a pitch black with zero head. No collar, and no lacing, but some decent legs from the thick body. Aroma is of very dark malt with a lot of coffee and a touch of spice (cinnamon, clove or nutmeg?). Taste has a lot of raisin up front, with the deep malt in the middle, a touch of booze (rum) throughout. Extremely low carbonation but that thick body lends to a good mouthfeel.

Jan 02, 2014
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Shagtastic from Indiana

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EyeDrinkAle for this one

Shared with Muskabeetz

A: Great color with a dark tan head. Good carbonation on the pour

S: This smells amazing. Rum coming in hot right from the start with the raisons soon to follow. Bits of roast poke through. This is going to be sweet

T: Sweet is correct. As sweet as this is it comes through fantastically. A bit of oxidation peeks out but merries up nicely with the sweetness and roastiness. This is a total rum bomb.

M: This beer just absolutely buries any booziness what so ever. Great carbonation that has held up nicely. Thickness is spot on.

Overall: I really had no preconceived notions going into this getting it from a LIF and doing absolutely no research. Oh how happy I am right now.

Mar 30, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a CCB snifter.

A: Pours an opaque black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film that some splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruit flavors, mainly the raisin, with a little bit of rum sweetness. Some oak barrel with a little milk chocolate and roasted malts.

T: Same as the nose, but much more oak and it's tough to pick out the rum flavors. Light bready malts mix with roasted malt notes. Slight spice.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Lower carbonation than I would have liked.

O: I'm just not a fan of beers aged in rum barrels. I feel like it doesn't pick up enough of the spirit flavors and the actually barrel itself takes over the flavor. Definitely solid, but nothing worth going out of your way for.

Feb 14, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, shared at a NWI tasting group night. Thanks Nasty31.

A - Dark chocolate brown with no head or any signs of carbonation. Medium body

S - Lots of rum raisin up front with a nice whiff of cinnamon spice. Light vanilla

T - Lots of rum in this that hits you up front. Then there is raisins and dark fruit that makes it taste like rum raisin pudding. Vanilla sweetness and caramel with light cinnamon. Thick fudgy chocolate hits on the end. Very nice complex beer 4.5

MF - Thick chewy beer with low carbonation. Thick fudge like body. Finish has light oak and a thick residue that remains on the tongue and thick reside with light oak finish. 4

O - Haven't had too many rum aged beers but this one does it right. Love that's it nice and fudgy with some light raisins and cinnamon

Jan 27, 2013
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jdprmd from Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in oversized snifter

A- Dark tan head, subtle but sticky lacing and black as night.

S - The second i popped this bad boy I smelled a tobacco rum/bourbon boozyness that was amazing... later I am getting dark fruit; raisin cherries , coffee, more leathery tobacco...all I can say is wow.

T - Light spiced rum, coffee, dark fruits... it is matching the nose perfectly and not disappointing. I am loving the tobacco leather flavors that come out at the end. I am not geting much of the cinnamon, it seems to have all melded together perfectly in my opinion.

M - Smooth... need I say more

O - Big thanks to brianlindman, he is a great trader and willing to work with you for a trade! I am pumped I was able to land this beer as it is a one off. All I have to say is drink this now or look me up and I will trade you for it! I don't know if it will get any better.

Jan 24, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to cpinto6 for this beauty. Shared with many good friends.

Pours no head but it has thick black legs, almost pitch black color and an oily sleen, very dark head forms when I swirl.

Nose has big malt, some roast, coffee, a big raisin explosion, and even cinnamon, brandy, booze, syrupy fig, light caramel and molasses, cocoa, light vanilla, sweet rum, light spicy and tingly booze, nutty, very glog like, and a bit of chalky chocolate powder.

Taste has sweet malts, thin but rich, melted chocolate, chocolate water actually, some malt, caramel and nutty, vanilla, plenty of roast, light coffee, nice dark chocolate, bitter roast, then rum soaked raisins, fig, cinnamon again, rich and dark but tasty. Finish is semi sweet, rum and raisins, light bitter roast, chocolate, creamy, etc.

Mouth is med bodied, decent but lighter carb, bit of warming booze.

Overall pretty good but not as great as I expected, decent malts, nice fruits and booze flavors, tasty overall but not amazing.

Oct 28, 2012
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a stone ipa tulip glass a deep dark black hue with no real head or lacing

S - Aromas of tons of dark fruit and light cinnamon. Boozy.

T - Taste is lots of booze light cinnamon and dark fruits. Lots of raisins and boozy notes.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too heavy for mt liking and syrupy.

O - Overall this beer was okay but a bit too heavy and syrupy for my tastes. Still, glad to have tried it.

Oct 13, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass and a sticky layer of beer coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, soy sauce, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, cookie dough, wood and rum. There is an alcohol kick in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp but sticky and thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

Sep 17, 2012
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litheum94 from California

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body. Absolutely no head, just a ring of brown.

Chocolate, raisins, cinnamon, rum spice. Roasty.

Very unexpected roastiness. Spicey, rum flavors. Some saltiness. Cinnamon and dark fruits. Viscous.

Pretty damn good. I was hoping for more decadence instead of the roastiness, but still very good.

Jul 22, 2012
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kscaldef from Oregon

3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours very flat with a whisp of mocha bubbles.

S: Rum, chocolate, raisins and cinnamon

T: Boozy chocolate milkshake with raisin in the finish. Lots of sweetness.

M: Not as thick of syrupy as expected, but solid body and minimal carbonation. Definite alcohol edge to the beer.

May 23, 2012
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the stout beer Cigar City and Mikkeller come up with, and really enjoyed their Bohr and Dirac collaboration a while back. Was stoked to see one of these show up as a surprise from the big man accross the pond. Thanks heaps claaark13!

From a 750ml into a snifter
Blend of Bohr and Dirac and aged in Rum barrels. Collaboration with Mikkeller.

APPEARANCE: A thicker black pour yields a small, medium looking, dark mocha colored head with good retention. Body is pitch black, opaque with zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Only the ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing down the glass. Thick and menacing body, though some better lacing would help.

SMELL: Medium nose of roasted malts, some dark fruits, raisins for sure, all on top of a nice rum barrel foundation. Oak, vanilla and milk chocolate come into play from the rum barrel as well. Very nice, though a tough too mild to really be killer.

TASTE: More evidence of why I love Cigar City. Roasted malts with plenty of raisins up front. The rum barrel gets happy though the middle for sure, adding some nice booze notes, oaky wood flavors and vanilla into the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste is full of rum barrel, spicy cinnamon, bitter dark chocolate and roasted flavors as well. Very flavorful, complex, and a superb balancing act between the base beer and adjuncts on the one hand, and the rum barrel on the other. One of the tastiest beers I’ve ever had.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. A touch of heat lingers as well. Very nice and creamy feel, though a touch more weight would be required for top marks here.

OVERALL: This was phenomenal stuff. The taste profile reminded me more of Bohr than it did Dirac, which was fine with me, as Bohr was my personal favorite out of the two. This barrel aged blend did a great job at adding the characteristics of a rum barrel without dominating the base beer. A superb balancing act for sure, and everything in here, whether it originated in the base beer, the adjuncts or the rum barrel, found a way to play a part. One of the best tasting beers to date, and just one more reason to drink every Cigar City stout beer I can find. Thanks again for surprising us with this one man. Awesome stuff!

May 01, 2012
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml 2011 bomber into tulip glass. Pours black with a brown head that lasts well throughout. Heavy roasted malty aroma, chocolate, rum, caramel, vanilla, and of course, raisins. Sweet malty taste, lots of chocolate, rum, raisins, and some wood. Very nice and prolonged aftertaste. Bitter and roasty finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but one I will probably not seek out again.

Apr 12, 2012
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mattsander from Canada (AB)

3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 poured into snifter.

A: Jet black with a deep brown ring of head. Very low carbonation. Has legs that tint the glass brown, extremely sticky and dark.

S: Massive sweet malt profile, hint of cinnamon with licorice & leather. Alcohol is very well hidden, the beer has clearly been properly aged. Unfortunately I don't get any hint of rum barrel here.

T: Extraordinarily sweet with almost no perceivable bitterness. Mimics the pungent sweetness of the nose. This beer is definitely far too sweet for my preference, it's difficult to take more than a tiny sip at once. Again I don't taste any booze, impressive for a beer of this strength. The raisins come through more as it warms up and breathes for an hour or two. The barrel character is lost on me.

M: Lusciously creamy and decadent with almost zero carbonation.

O: Had I been sharing this with a half dozen other people I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more, but the unrelenting sweetness and lack of barrel complexity made this a disappointing beer.

Apr 09, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shout out to mnbearsguy, who gave me this lovely beer from one of my favorite breweries for picking up a bunch of beer at Central Waters anniversary party. Now I wish I'd have kept your 1414, yo!

Pour is dark black, hard pour, slight lather. Nose unpacks a whole pallet: big, aggressive rum slips the stream, flat-out sprint of raisins, underpinned with that trademark CC roast. You heard of sipping beers? This is a smelling beer.

Nielsbohrium unpacks the Columbian roast from a very large mule. Roast in the nose is restrained, but it does the primal scream thing as it accesses the throat; holy burnt roast. Promised rum provides the two by four framing & penetrates every bit of the palate. Spicing, assumedly the bottle-refernced cinnamon, tickles. Quick-vanishing sweetness, almost syrup-like. Trace of dark fruits. Quick-charred oak shows on the finish, & lends to the experience of licking the inside of a rum barrel left out in a forest fire.

I've been a bit down on my beloved Cigar City for a bit, due to a run of infected beers, both old favorites & new acquaintences. This beer is a faith-restorer. Not only an excellent beer, but one with a unique, wild character. This is the brewery I wanted to sleep with. Yum.

Apr 04, 2012
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty stout with big notes of raisin and rum as described mixed with an intensely dark body. This beer wrecks your palate and slaps you in the face with flavor. From the smell to flavor the beer doesn't change, but intensifies when it warms. It's definitely a sipper and would not be a good bet for stout hatrers at your tasting... merc.

Apr 01, 2012
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spicelab from Australia

4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to mulder1010. Reviewed from notes.

Pitch black with a cool-looking rusty brown head that falls fast.

Aromas are pungent, vibrant and lactic. Raisins, prunes, tobacco, balsamic vinegar and ash.

Burnt toffee, raisins, milk chocolate, gingerbread, oak and cinnamon. Charcoal is noticeable in the mid-palate.

Syrupy, velvety and full with no holes.

Another bad-ass stout from the two masters of dark. Not quite as drinkable or addictive as some of Cigar City's best offerings, but great nonetheless.

Mar 06, 2012
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with half a finger of dark brown head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: loads of sweet roasted malt aromas with rich chocolate, molasses, and raisin notes. Slight vanilla and rum notes as well.

T: similar to to the aroma, loads of rich chocolate, raisins, and molasses. There are some faint rum and vanilla notes with slight cinnamon notes on the finish with a light alcohol presence.

M: thick body with low carbonation, this beer is very smooth and creamy. Nice.

O: a good imperial stout, I really wish the rum were more present. There's nothing bad about it, but the lack of rum is sad.

Feb 04, 2012
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marvin213 from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours like used motor oil. Black as night. Only the faintest of head fades quickly to a cluster of big, soap-like bubbles that bump the glass sides. It came out running thin from the bottle, but viscous drops that hit the side just sit there, defying gravity and suggesting a cloying sweetness. Okay, I guess, for a cinnamon raisin cookie!

Raisins and Rum rise through my nasal orifices (that's not really an appetizing word, is it?). I get some milk and sweet dark chocolate, some raisin bread, and a dark, almost spiced rum. Setting sail with Captain Morgan? There really is, though, a sweet, sweet raisiny potency reminiscent of Raisin d'Extra. Strong, spiced, spiked raisins.

A sweet raisin stout, I feel as if it'd be better to cook with than to sip. I yearn for more of a smooth oatmeal feel. The oatmeal is seemingly an afterthought, hardly present. I suspect/hope that'll change as it warms. It's really like a diluted rum. Glossy labels and $30 price tags certainly raise the expectation level, but I'm not even impressed. Well, maybe I'm being overly harsh, but I wouldn't fork over another $30--not even half that. I'm so unimpressed--disappointed, rather--with CC that I'm wondering what's wrong with me!

I get kind of a cinnamon toast crunch on the aftertaste, and I do enjoy that. Still, I search longingly for outstanding positive attributes. It's a neat and well-done ingredient combination, but it's not a stand-out for me. It's "good enough," but it's not one of those memorable beer moments (a la Abyss or beers of that ilk). It's different, I know, but I'm caught more defending it than enjoying it.

Jan 28, 2012
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mulder1010 from Australia

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Sendsilk for the bottle. Much appreciated.
Shared with Spicelab and Mr Kennedy

A-- Poured black. Want to say motor oil black but just a shade lighter. One finger dark brown head that finally settled into a dark brown collar through drinking. Really nice and thick looking beer. Just a bit of spotty lacing and a typical CCB dark oily substance on the sides of the glass.

S-- Dark fruits. Lots of them. Prune and Dark cherry mostly. Lots of chocolate fudge and hints of vanilla from the barrel. No notes of rum at all.

T-- Spicy hops on the gums and then a lot of prunes. Touches of spices and light oak and vanilla from the barrel.

M-- The Mikkeller influence is in the feel. Lots of sweet char and ash in the mouth. Lot of charred ash and sweet burnt rubber in the mid palate. Well hidden ABV but feels bigger than 10%. tar and soy sauce in the mouth. Slick and oily finish. Low carbonation and heavy feel.

O-- Outstanding beer. Good collaboration. Well crafted beer and though big and thick, a good solid sipper. Would love to revisit or see the two do another pairing again.

Jan 22, 2012
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Mar02x from Netherlands

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to try this beer at a brilliant beer tasting at my uncle Peter's place. Peters nephew Thijs brought this beer with him. Thanks for sharing Thijs.

A - A pitch black beer with a beige colored head - I really do like these kind looks on a beer. It promising and therefore already cheerful.

S - A chocolate booze enters my nose along with spices and dark cherries. Another cheer for this perfect blend.

T - This beer is almost to complex to make an accurate description. What I do get is dark cherries, chocolate, some booze and spices.

M - The body is not what I expected, it's to watery somewhere. The finish is bitter and boozy - lovable!

O - It is truly a nice beer to have tried it once.

Jan 05, 2012
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GreenCard from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pitch black, syrupy, very little head

Aroma: big time molasses, raisins, hint of cherry and soy sauce; dark chocolate and coffee

Flavor: syrupy malt sweetness with notes of raisins, molasses, vanilla, dark toffee, peppery alcohol, and a fair amount of roastiness; cinnamon in the fore-taste and a hint of saltiness on the palate; finishes sweet with a dense lingering roast and caramel

Mouthfeel: heavy body, pert carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: Haven't had a heavy-bodied beer like this in a LONG time. It's pretty sweet, but there's enough roast bitterness and alcohol spice to balance it out.

Also, I'm happy to say that I visited Cigar City on one of the days that Mikkeller was there brewing the beers that went into this one. I met Thomas and Mikke and talked for quite some time with Thomas about beer in general. Since I'm Danish, I just had to introduce myself!

Luckily, my sister and brother-in-law live in Tampa, so as soon as these bottles were released they headed down there to buy a couple of them.

Dec 30, 2011
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t420o from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cigar city/mikkeller nielsbohrium

Big thanks to schmoopsbeer for this one. Been really looking forward to trying this. Entire bottle to myself

A- pour produces a 1/4 finger fizzy red wine colored head (kind of strange) that goes away immediately leaving no lacing. Looks very viscous and black 3

S- chocolate, Carmel, earthy, tobacco, rum barrel, woody. Smells are not very strong 3.5 

T- Bakers chocolate, toffee, black licorice, slight coffee, a raisin element is present similar to a rum raisin ice cream. Rum barrel becomes more present ad it warms creating a nice booziness. Overly Sweet and cloying as it warms as well unfortunately  3.5  

M- low cabonation. Viscous. Appropriate for the style 4

O- I think this is past it's prime. I love sweet stouts and was extremely excited about this one but it was a bit of a disappointment to me. Still a good beer but I don't feel worthy of it's lofty status 3.5


Dec 14, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: Darkness fills the glass. Rich black and dense. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and it retains nicely. The lacing and collar are impressive.

S: The highlights of the barrel character seems to be fading a bit, but there's still some coconut and vanilla here. The off-putting raisinated quality in both Bohr and Dirac aren't easily detectable.

T: Quite nice. Loads of cocoa and booze. It's got a lot more character and depth to it than either of the individual parts. The fact that I actually want to drink this is a massive, huge improvement.

M: Thick. The barrel has really altered this in a good way, as it's creamy and luxurious to the mouth.

O: I'll never forgive the way that CCB & Mikkeller moltested my tastebuds with Bohr and Dirac, but I'll none the less take this as a meager apology. It's leaps and bounds better then both of the individual pieces. Though I get the feeling this beer is in it's twilight, it's drinking well enough for a recommendation.

Dec 11, 2011
Nielsbohrium from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 237 ratings