110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale
Cigar City Brewing

110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale
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American Imperial Red Ale
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.14.14

A - Pours a cludy medium orange with a fluffy dark tan head with good retention.

S - Malty, raisins, dark fruits.

T - Dark fruits and oxidized.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lot of dark fruits, raisins, malty. This one is passed it's prime for sure.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber almost brown with a two finger creamy beige head with good retention.

Tons of toffee sweetness. Maybe a bit of fig and just a slight earthy bitterness.

Incredibly sweet. Maybe a modicum of piney bitterness, but toffee is the biggest and really about only flavor. Very one note.

A bit thick and chewy. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

Too malty for my taste and at that not very complex either. Maybe I waited too long.

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Photo of corby112
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's completely opaque with a 1.5 finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a balance of grassy pine, citrus and tropical fruit notes.  This is countered by a sweet malt presence with subtle booze.  Hints of caramel, dark fruit and toffee.  Smells like a subtle American barleywine.

Medium bodied with some crisp carbonation and a balance of dry, earthy hops and sweet malt notes.  Not as hoppy as the nose suggests with dominant malt sweetness.  There's some dry, earthy bitterness but it becomes slightly muted by the strong malt presence.  Resinous with an earthy/soily quality.   Lots of sweetness from the malt profile with hints of toffee, dark fruit, cocoa and caramel.  There's also a lot of boozy sweetness with a decent amount of heat.  Hops are muted so it tastes more like a boozy barleywine.  Kind of underwhelming.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.18/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Dogfish tulip

A- pours an extremely dark cherry red (nearly black) with a very puffy, two finger light tan head. Beer is extremely dark (for a red...), but the head looks nice at least

S- very dank aroma....light spiciness from the hops. But yes, very dank...probably not the freshest bottle in the world from looking at reviews

T- this beer is....strange. Extremely, excessively malty, with a lot of sweetness in the back. Very...undesirable qualities

M- very, very thick. No bueno

O- made it through about half of my snifter before I had to dump the rest. Just not doing it for me.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Bottle into my dimpled mug.
This came courtesy of my good friend 2dogbrew-- thanks Russ!

Deep malt notes abound. Sweet and roasty with notes of caramel, tobacco, even slight coffee and bitter cocoa... Some earthiness hides in here, perhaps a result of the hopping? Floral and spicy hops hit the finish, with the spiciness blending into the overall heat of the high ABV.
I feel I should have not tackled this journey solo, but the wheel weaves what the wheel wills, and I find myself with a lowdown, hangdog expression upon my face like that of an Englishman about to speak French.

This has a thick, full body with a perfect carbonation level.

The beer is dark plum-colored and murky, like a prune juice smoothie before mixing in the anchovy paste and ice cream. Thick tan head sits haughtily perched atop the beer like a crown. Despite the wording of that last bit, I actually really like the color a lot-- if only it weren't so murky...

Overall-- I will admit I'm a fan of Cigar City, but I must in the same breath mention that these 110k+OT beers have been going downhill. Batch 3 was ok fresh, but fell off rapidly. Batch 2 was pretty double plus ungood both times I've suckled from a pour.
This one follows suit-- tobacco flavor here is rough. In ombunation withthe spicy hops and the ABV, it's a downright lethal combination.

I'm not going to lie, it will be a great struggle to finish the bottle. Way harder than simply walking into Mordor.

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Photo of jtmartino
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Bruery snifter after being cellared for 11 months.

Deep brown hue with tinges of red. Two fingers of light tan head with thick lacing on the glass.

Smells very sweet with some dark, rich fruit, raisins, molasses with hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is very rich and sweet, like a bold barleywine. Age has really mellowed the hops on this beer, and left me with a really nice after-dinner sipper. Deep, dark fruit, really complex malt base. This is a thick, malty beer and it's quite nice. Very mild bitterness from the hops...almost reminiscent of a ruby port wine.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Syrupy consistency that works well with this beer (but a little thick for my liking), and a tannic dry aftertaste.

This is a great beer. Definitely more of a dark barleywine than a red ale, especially with some age. I'm a big fan.


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Photo of angrybabboon
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Dark ruby red/amber - nice, foamy beige head - retains a modest cap, super sticky lacing

Smell: So many malts - is this supposed to be a red barleywine or something? - caramel malts everywhere, very cooked, somewhat syrupy, just ridiculous - kind of smells like melted hard candy (and not really in a good way) - some herbal hops (this is a little old), but this is all about the malts

Taste: This kind of tastes like a melted Popsicle mixed with cough drops - sugary, syrupy, sticky - I think I would rather drizzle this over kind of pastry (I'm looking at you, pancakes) than drink it - cooked malts, caramel malts, malt extract - some mild bitterness, some herbal notes, and tons of sugary alcohol

Mouthfeel: As already noted, this is heavy - unjustifiably heavy - smooth, but sticky, overly chewy

Overall: Meh

I'm not really sure what's going on here, but I am sure I don't love it. Simply put, it's too malty, and too sweet. Half of a 750mL is too much.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Deep ruby red. Slight haze. Slight garnet hues. Head is khaki and leaves some serious lacing. Head drops to a thin cap in short order.

Smell: Booze and some serious citrus hops. Biscuity and massive caramel malts. Huge sweetness with caramel candy sweetness. Booze earthy and herbal. Definitely has some old faded hop aromas due to the age. Dense and loaded with hot booze. Has that very distinct Cigar City big beer aroma. Some roasted elements. Very sweet.

Taste: Biscuit dough and caramel sweetness. Caramel candy and some hints of brown sugar. Big heat from the booze. Roasted malts and uncooked grain. Fruit syrup. Apple and caramel with a massive jelly like flavor. Malt syrup as it were. Candied malt. Raw dough with that unfinished edge. Yeasty bite. Too malty for it's own good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy. Almost no carbonation and a tiny bit dry. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Overall: Plagued with jelly sweetness and screaming. Boozy imbalance. Somewhere in here there might be a decent beer, but it's gone missing and run far away. Loads of flavor but it's all out of whack. Could this actually need more time?

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, beer is dark red, ruby, clear with a tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, decent retention, some carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, heavily malted, big red ale aroma.

Beer is medium to thick in body, strong throughout. Mild bitterness at the end, but really this is a big malt bomb of a beer. It is better than the #3 in the series but it would ahve been hard to be worse. Probably not a repeat for me.

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Photo of kirbmeist
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my sam adams pint glass.

This has a very deep copper color tone to it with a tannish head like the color of a pair of khaki pants. There was a good head retention and it is lacing pretty nicely.

The smell was decent but it was a little too malty and sweet smelling for me. I like to be hit with that hoppiness.

The taste was sweet and malty up front and the hops came through in a subdued but noticeable way on the back end. It was nicely balance but could of came through more on the hops to me. The 10% is also very well hidden in this and its starting to sneak up on me.

The mouthfeel was interesting. It was definitely thicker than most beers that i drink but it wasnt so thick that it was unenjoyable. It does seem to coat your mouth and work its way around all your taste buds.

Overall i thought this beer was pretty well put together and its providing me a nice buzz right now so thats always a plus. Only complaint was that it didnt fulfill the hoppiness it promised me but other than that its worth a try.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a semi-dark red color with a nice off-white head. Some spottylacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice pine hops with a bit of fruitiness and bread in the background. The flavor adds in some lights caramel. Good bitterness and a bit too much malt body. Much better than 110k batch 3, though I prefer Tocobaga.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige head. The aroma offers some booze, malt, toffee, candy, a general sweetness. The flavor is sweet and boozy. Lingering notes of cotton candy, toffee. Some hop character adds a touch of bitterness to balance the brown sugar quality. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Worth a try.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to Matt for sharing this one.

A: Deep, clear ruby body with a frothy cap of tan foam. Decent retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Terrific caramel malt sweetness atop some solid fruity hops. Very good.

T: Starts out with piercingly sweet caramel, followed by some sweet tropical hops and some more caramel cloyingness. Way too sweet. Seriously.

M: Full, sticky, soft, and frothy. Nice.

O: I could see this becoming a decent Barleywine in a few years, but for now it's just way too cloying.


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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium bronze color with slight haze and almost no head.

Smell is sweet and very hoppy. The hops are heavy on the citrus and light on pine. There is a bit of caramel in the nose as well.

I am very pleasantly surprised by the taste. I was expecting a hoppy monster but the hops are light to medium and there is a very sweet character to it, much like pineapple, various other tropical fruit, and apple. This is how I would picture a one year aged Dogfish Head 120, absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel is creamy from the foam and tingly.

One of the best Cigar City beers I have had.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger head with excellent lacing and retention on brown with red hues murky body.

S: dark fruit, cinnamon and caramel malt.

T:very sweet, mostly fig... vanilla, molasses and mango fruitiness on a caramel malt bacground.

M: thick and a lot less carbonated than I was expecting.

Overall it looks great but the sweetness and oily mouthfeel werent very appealing to me. Not as boozy as I was expecting which is good.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date of MAY0511 (likely past its prime). Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a murky dark brown colour. Settled completely opaque with one finger of espresso coloured head with fairly good retention.

S - Sweet toffee and caramel malts with some floral notes in the background. Not getting any hops at all.

T - A big caramel and toffee malt presence, almost reminiscent of a barley wine. There is a slightly noticeable hop presence and the ABV doesn't appear to be well hidden. Some light floral flavours in the background are present as well. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

O - Clearly past its prime. This one would be interesting fresh. Wasn't memorable in its current state.

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Photo of indesertum
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours amberish black. nice pillowy head. retention and lacing are nice

apples, chocolate in the nose. maybe some pine

dark fruit, cherries, chocolate, granny smith apples, a little sour, a little bitterness in the finish. lots of dark rich malts at first

after 20 minutes out of the fridge it turns into a huge malt bomb. malt bomb on the nose, on the tongue. sweet cloying on the finish. just way too much here.

creamy texture, a little hot

somewhat enjoyable when temperature is lower. as it warms up it really turns into a huge malt bomb. not very enjoyable

i feel like most of cigar city's bombers taste pretty similar. this reminds me a lot of marshal zhukov and big sound only lighter, fruitier, and more acid

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Photo of vandemonian
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at ChurchKey in DC on their Cigar City day. I thought it was delicious. A big, tasty imperial red.

A: Dark brown with an excellent head. 4.5

S: Hoppy and sweet. Smells delicious. 4.5

T: Hoppy into a nice malty flavour.Slight caramelization in the finish 4.5

M: Thick foamy. 5

O: 4.5

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Photo of AshleyMiller
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to Blazer06 for all the cigar city beers. poured into my cigar city snifter

a - pours a dark amber with only a hint of red. imperial red ale? i'd side with imperial amber. big head the slowly tapers leaving massive lacing on the glass

s - smells super hot with some pine, though the heat ironically dissipates as it warms and slight cinnamon. maybe a little brown sugar and graham crackers as well.

t - mostly malty, some heat in there but not as strong as the smell would suggest. some piney hops but not a whole lot, but definitely leaves a lingering bitterness in the mouth. heat looms late on.

m - full-bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty smooth considering the alcohol content.

o - better than i was anticipating. perhaps i'm just especially thirsty but this one is easy drinking considering the ABV. definitely loses steam as it warms and the alcohol comes out.

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Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at a Pittsburgh tasting a bit ago.

750ml bottle split and poured into a Stone taster. Thanks to pghlee for bringing this!

A - Pours a dark, crimson red and slowly grows a 1-finger head, light tan in color, with okay retention. Despite the smallish head, it still laces like a champ, thoroughly coating the glass.

S - The aroma brings very hoppy notes, bursting with tropical fruit and mango. There's a bit of malt, but the focus of this nose is all hop.

T - The hoppiness continues into the taste, with a nice, clean composition which are full of tropical hops that last for a long time afterward. A decent amount of caramel malt surfaces here with a clean finish that gives no indication of the 10.2%.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Still full-bodied with a smooth, creamy finish. The hops linger on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This was sort of a surprise for me. Being an amber ale, I was expecting something a little more maltier, but it's surprisingly hoppy while still maintaining a clean, smooth balance.

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Photo of hmf05
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, but pretty clear orangish red color. Left a one finger tan head that dissipates into a thin ring of lace. Aroma is pretty muted. I'm getting sweet malts, cherry-like aroma, and some caramel. Not very aromatic. Taste is nice. Up front I get tons of pine flavors, and then I get a nice rich caramel and toffee sweetness. Finishes malty sweet and pine leaving a semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is moderate. Overall, exactly what I expected. This is definitely sweet, but not over-done like others have said. It's tasty and full bodied. It could have used some more hops to be honest. Not my favorite Cigar City offering, but good nonetheless. Is it worth $15/bottle? Probably not, but this is tasty.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vie had this a few times and finally getting around to a review. Pours a brown with reddish tints. Looks decent but nothing special. Smells decently hoppy. Pine, sweet malts. Sates sweet and hoppy. Ambery for sure. Event amount o carbonation. Overall okay but nothing special

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Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another courtesy of kbutler1.

Pours a beige head. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: Fairly hoppy. Grapefruit and hop resin. Floral and pine flavors. Pretty malty and bready.

Taste: More malty than hoppy. Still, some fruity flavors and floral notes show. Lots of pine and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and hop resiny. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, decent but too malty. Not bad though. Fairly average for the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one as a part of a past trade! This one was shared by me at the Down South Beer Tasting while aasher was in town to visit! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured ruby red with a two finger light tan head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and toffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. This brew had an opportunity to be great, but it was a little on the one-sided street side. The caramel aspect completely dominated this brew for me. If there would have been a little more going on, I would have absolutely loved this one. Still worth trying for fans of the style if you get a chance though.

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Photo of claspada
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely hazy dark red, basically light brown color with a nice frothy khaki 2 inch head which leaves nice sticky spotty lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with a ton of hops, lots of citrus and pine; malts are also present. Smells sweet with dark burnt caramels and light toffee. Dark caramel malts are really dominating along with the piney hops.

The tastes follow the nose with a boat ton of sweet dark caramel malts and lesser citrus and pine hops which attempt to balance the flavor profile, but the sweet malts overpower any perceived balanced flavors. I don't mind sweet beers but this is pretty darn sweet; almost cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium to thick carbonation. Finish is slick and sweet; it becomes a chore to finish more than an 8 oz sample of this so the 750ml is quite a chore.

Overall this is a good beer, but it lacks a great flavor profile and leaves you hoping for more. It's tasty but really pedestrian amongst the ever-developing Imperial Red Ale style. Not worth the outlay in my opinion; Cigar City has much better beers.

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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 154 ratings