Nielsbohrium | 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:
"A blend of Dirac and Bohr Imperial Sweet Stouts with Raisins, aged in Rum Barrels."

"Stout with Raisins and Cinnamon Aged in Rum Barrels"

Added by corby112 on 03-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 96
Reviews by andilane:
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2.5/5  rDev -42%

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Photo of mverity
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jbeatty
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 6/23/2011

A: Pours pitch black, with a dark tan that quickly fades. Interesting yin-yang foam pattern forms on the liquid surface, though I don't believe this is intentional.

S: Aroma is rich chocolate brownie, not overly sweet, spices, mostly cinnamon. Over this base flows mildly sweet grapes, rum raisin, interwoven with brown sugar, replacing the coffee roast of the base beer. Just the right hints of alcohol coming through.

T: Initially, sweet, dark fruits, prunes and currants, slightly smoky, ends with gentle roasted characteristics and mild dark chocolate, coffee in the finish.

M: Rich and creamy in the mouth, the flavors blend together nicely.

O: I really enjoyed this- the rum barrel treatment and addition of raisins and spices bring a richness to soften and round the flavors for a nice treat.

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Photo of marvin213
3.52/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of jisom123
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer! Drank at Jackie O's the first time and my kitchen the second time.

Super thick, little head, very dark.
Very low coffee or bitter flavor.
The smoothness and mouthfeel don't get any better.
The sweet malty body is perfectly offset by the hops.
Low carbonation, but just enough for style.

O: if you see this beer TRY IT. Remember: it is about twice as good as the Bohr

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a nice-sized brown head. It looks like I expect Cigar City stouts to look.

The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt. I also get some dark fruit (raisins and figs) as well as a little bit of rum and oak notes.

The flavor is awesome. I get a ton of milk chocolate as well as a lot of rum and raisins. The beer is fairly sweet overall and the alcohol is very well hidden. There is a little bit of oak in the flavor, but what really comes through from the barrel-aging is the rum. An awesome combination of flavors.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another highly-rated stout from Cigar City that certainly lived up to the hype.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

Thick and pitch black. Very thin mocha-colored head and spiderweb lacing down the glass.

A relatively sweet imperial stout--the rum and raisin really stand out. There's some rich chocolate as well mixed with roasted malt. It all comes together very nicely, and is certainly one-of-a-kind and interesting.

A full, rich flavor that very much highlights the rum barrels and the raisins. This is like chocolate-covered raisins (one of my favorite snacks/desserts) with a touch of spiced, sweet rum, along with enough bitterness and traditional roasted malt to balance everything out. Very nice.

Silky and smooth mouthfeel, could use just a touch more carbonation.

A delicious and unique raisin/rum/chocolate stout.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a Founders Tulip.

Pours black as night with a dark mocha head that dissipates very quickly.

Nose is big and sweet. Notes of chocolate and leather abound.

Taste is rich! Spicy and very lightly bitter. Has tons of CCB house character. If you drink several of their stouts you'll see what I mean.

Mouth is thick, but pretty well carbonated. Leads to a velvety smooth perception.

Overall, a wonderful brew. Glad I picked one up.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of glid02
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle version sampled twice over the course of a weekend thanks to Mark and another generous soul.

Pours black as can be with a dark brown head that leaves decent lacing and heavy legs.

Smells of chewy roasted malts with good amounts of dark molasses and semi-sweet chocolate. As the beer warms moderate amounts of cinnamon and very slight hints of cedar waft out and the barrel comes into play with light oak and spicy rum.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth and meaty roasted malt and dark molasses flavors up front are joined quickly by light cinnamon and semi-sweet chocolate. Midway through the cedar serves to dry things out a bit until light rum and vanilla notes carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall the meatiness of this beer was almost too huge up front, but as it opened up all of the nuances spilled out. A very interesting beer and one that’s well worth a shot.

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Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Shawner
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mar02x
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasant. Sweet aromas, chocolate taste. Black body with reddish highlights and lacey. Thickish mouthfeel. Smoke. Decent drinkability. Good balance.This is a great sweet stout and not so much a RIS.
Jason's bottle from the brewery, thank you for sharing.

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Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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3/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Heatwave33
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at CCB into a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: black with a dark brown head.

Smell: Malty and slightly sweet.

Taste: Very nice malts with a great sweet note.

Mouthfeel: Dry and smooth at the same time. Very nice!

Overall: This beer was very heavy and delicious. I enjoyed this brew very much.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Bordeaux glass.
Was curious to try this one after having tried the component brews, Bohr and Dirac, within the past week.

Aroma: Sweet molasses, vanilla, dark cocoa, a whiff of thick sashimi soy sauce, chocolate syrup, and some alcohol.

Appearance: One finger of dark tan foam disappears gradually to a thin film of fine foam on the surface of the beer. Minimal lacing. Thick, pitch black body.

Flavor: Fruity grape, black cherry, molasses, and some dark chocolate bitterness. Then a fruity, almost tart raisin and plum-like flavor. On the back end, the beer has a notable smokey note. Very complex and enjoyable!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full thickness, medium-low carbonation, and some warming alcohol. Tannins from the dark malt are just a tad bit drying.

Overall: A VERY solid CCB & Mikkeler collaboration, and in my top 5 imperial stouts. It's splitting hairs, but interestingly, I actually preferred Dirac by a very small margin. Because it's so solid across the board, I give it a 4.5 overall. I definitely recommend trying if you can get your hands on one!

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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