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

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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gtreid on 05-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 154
Photo of vandemonian
4.55/5  rDev +26%
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 PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an exceedingly dark brown with a nice head, tan in color, consisting of tiny bubbles. Dissipates rather quickly leaving a substantial ring.
Smell is a nice balance of malt and hop with a sweet note reminiscent of turbinado sugar and raisins.
Taste is exactly that. Malt and hops balanced well, a citrusy wood note from the hops present with the sweetness countering the tartness of the hop. Raisin and sugar notes as well.
Smooth, full-bodied, creamy and rich. Warming with a light effervescence. Finish is smooth and delicious. Waiting only makes this brew better. Let it breathe and warm and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of daedalusfinch
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Even in my Kasteel goblet, this created a nice, creamy cascade and left some nice lacing. The color is a rich red-brown.

S: The malt balances this out well, giving a nice caramel malt smell with hints of hazelnut and chocolate.

T: Balanced all the way through, creating a nice bell curve. It starts with nice grapefruit hops, giving way to chocolate and caramel.

M: Medium mouthful but very smooth, lightly bubbly and a little creamy.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to seeing what this tastes like after some cellaring.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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 7ways
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

More chestnut than red with an off white head and no legs or lace.

Aroma of bitter brash hops, grape skittles, cantaloupe, deep sweet malt. The alcohol only becomes apparent when it gets very warm.

Dear god. It's like a hoppy caramel custard. Hints of vanilla, red grape, and candied nuts. It has the typical Cigar City house character that I know and love.

Outstanding mouthfeel. Lightly effervescent, delicate but rich, very creamy and warming.

Better than Yulesmith, Evil Dead, Big Hoppy Monster... the best imperial red I've had by a wide margin.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy dark brown with a huge tan head that fades slowly into a thick ring and leaves big sticky lacing.

The aroma is of rich cocoa, toffee, papaya, orange peel and leather. Super rich smell of sweet, sugary malts dominate.

Nicely balanced. Hops comes through in the finish better than in the nose Rich chocolate and toffee still dominates the front end with citrus notes in the finish of orange peel, apple skins, and some earthy notes. A slight boozy touch. Sharp notes, and medicinal tones linger.

Rich and thick with a slight booziness and chalky finish.

Overall, a super rich and decadent, but well balanced sweet sipper.

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Photo of jtmartino
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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 ColdPoncho
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8-13-2011
Thanks for the bottle, Lester

A - A very nice color, deep red with a big tan head and good lacing.

S - Nice toffee and roasted malts, and medium array of citrus and fruity hops

T - tanned leather, dark fruits, light citrus hop presence, and a light malt sweetness. Good things

M - smooth, medium/full body

O - Yeah this is pretty good. Nice complexity in it.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks tchaos for the trade!

A: Pours a dark brown with a red hue body. Head is beige and has nice retention and lacing.

S: A nice citrus and pine hoppy aroma with notes of sweet caramel malts.

T: Nice balanced flavor of bitter grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malts. Some vanilla and candy sugar notes in the middle and finishes warm and bitter.

M: Medium to full body; moderate carbonation; Clean and smooth mouthfeel that borderline creamy.

O: Much better then the last batch for sure. Very good flavor and nicely balance. Definitely would love to get more, but, I would find it hard to drink more then one of these at a time.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a red hue body. Head is beige and has nice retention and lacing.

S: A nice citrus and pine hoppy aroma with notes of sweet caramel malts.

T: Nice balanced flavor of bitter grapefruit hops and sweet caramel malts. Some vanilla and candy sugar notes in the middle and finishes warm and bitter.

M: Medium to full body; moderate carbonation; Clean and smooth mouthfeel that borderline creamy.

O: Much better then the last batch for sure. Very good flavor and nicely balance. Definitely would love to get more, but, I would find it hard to drink more then one of these at a time.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks sendsilk!

A murky and deep auburn, almost brown, with some glowing bright orange along the edges with a thick tan head. This beer appears heavy, thick, and substantial. The khaki head sticks around for a while and eventually leaves a mess of sticky, chunky lacing down the glass. Spectacular!

The nose is all kinds of sweet with a hint of citrus hops. The main citrus fruit I smell is orange but the nose is dominated by sweet candied-cherries and sticky caramel. It almost smells like a sweet barleywine, as there's certainly the aroma of warm alcohol mixed in with the candy-like sweetness. For a more local reference, I wouldn't be able to distinguish this beer's aroma from Stone Double Bastard's (if memory serves me).

The taste is a mouth-blasting brigade of bitter and citrus hops, sweet candies, fruity and caramel malts, and a small amount of alcohol. The most upfront flavors are the sweet fruits, namely cherries and oranges, and a punch of bitterness. The main difference between the two (Double Bastard and this) is that the alcohol presence and heat is far more noticeable in Stone's offering. This one packs a punch, but it does so very quietly.

Creamy and thick mouthfeel that fits the beer exceptionally well.

A fantastic sipper--and a dead ringer for Stone's Double Bastard, which just happens to be one of my favorite beers. I actually believe this is better than the Stone offering--a similar amount of alcohol is hidden far better in this.

This is great stuff.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours a deep mahogany hue. The color of the head is gorgeous creamy auburn, and leaves some nice lacing as this beer quickly begins to disappear.

S: You can tell by the look and the aroma that this brew is heavy on the malt. The lack of strength makes it hard to pin point the major notes, but I pick up heavy caramel malt, piny and citrus hops. This beer has a good amount of biscuity natural notes to it.

T: The malt characteristics lend themselves to a classic Red Ale. Sweet, but not as sweet as a scotch ale, hoppy, but not as hoppy as an IPA. There is good balance to this beer. Caramel malts are dominate, hops can be beefed up a little more. Alcohol is hidden well considering the ABV is around 10.5%

MF: Mouthfeel is full and creamy, very smooth, which gives this beer a rich taste.

Overall, it is always a pleasure every year 110K comes out. Definitely a 1000% improvement over last year.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark orange colors swirling about and a good sized head of white reaching up and over the top to around two inches before settling back down again. Really nice layered look to the sides of the glass as it was thoroughly coated all the way down, really good retention here I have to say. Lots of malt in the nose right off. Caramel, sweet notes mixing with a very big hop note, especially as it warms. Piney with a sweet orange rind like citrus touch as it comes close to room temperature. Very thick feel, sticky and full with nice carbonation, definite enough to get it done. Initially you get the piney hop bite as you take the first sip, but it became very well balanced mid palate as the rich, almost scotch ale like buttery notes start to come through

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Photo of AdamBear
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A-had to pour vigorously to get any head, but once the head started to form, a waterfall effect started and then too much head formed. very dark brown with a thick and sticky tan lacing that has good lacing.

S-smells like stale grassy hops with a touch of chocolate. medium strength.

T-hits the tongue with thick and creamy bitterness. the hops and stale grass form with just a touch of nuttiness and bitterness, but not enough to be anywhere close to a black ale. the faint chocolate flavors last in to the after-taste along with some burnt caramels and they last awhile. a simple but great beer. the balance is great.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-this is a great and unique beer. If i were to guess the style, i'd have a difficult time but i'd definitely say this is an American Strong Ale. This reminds me of Bells Batch 10,000. I definitely wouldn't say this is a red ale though. Its very well balanced, though it does have a sweetness that starts to tick to your mouth the way it sticks to the glass. its not a must try, but i'd recommend it to anyone to try. i'd like to find this on tap. as you drink this, more and more flavors start to jump out

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby amber color with a nice thick khaki head that falls slow with lots of lace, beautiful.

Aroma is big on malt lots of caramel notes with a deep embedded hop aroma earthy/tobacco like. A big malt bomb this one.

Taste is big on malts lots of caramel notes, malt is giving notes of dark fruits, figs. Huge amount of malts but not cloying or overly sweet, enough hops to keep that from happening.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy with mellow carbonation.

Overall is good if you like big malty brews, no real notice of the 10%. Not something for everyday but was enjoyable the biggest red ale I have had.

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Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled May 5, 2011 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-caramel color with beautiful ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy khaki-colored head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell: Sweet caramel, pineapple and candied fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front followed by dried dark fruits in the middle then ending with smoky malt, and just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is smoky with bitterness lingering in the background. Very malty beer with just the right amount of hops blended in to make it well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easily, but you're probably better off sharing a bottle with a friend.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Not on the same level as Tocobaga when it comes to red ales from CCB, but it's still very good. Call me a homer, but I like pretty much everything Cigar City puts out. This is no exception. I'd recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of nhindian
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Gtreid
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A: Deep dark red color, almost brown. Nice finger or so of sand colored head. Good retention and lace.

A: Big hoppy nose. Citrus and pine followed by a hefty malt backbone. I get the some of the same aroma from Tocobaga, but this is definately a different beer. Pretty strong alcohol in the nose as well.

T: Sweet malts followed by citrus and pine sap. Candi sugar, orange, pineapple, and more sap. It finishes with a pronounced alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied, good carbonation. A little on the thick side, but not bad.

O: Pretty good beer. Along the same lines as tocobaga, just sweeter with way more alcohol. I don't know what this one rings in at, but it has to be upwards of 10%. A sipper, but a good one. Skal.

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Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark cherry wood brown in color. A little light shows through around the edges, but it is otherwise opaque. Forms a large fluffy tan colored head that quickly reduces to a clumpy surface coating and a thick rind around the edges. Moderate lacing.

S: Heavy malt aroma predominates: toffee and caramel. Followed up by some coffee, then pine and a faint bit of citrus hops.

T: Unsurprisingly malty, but hops are still able to show through. Sugary sweet on the front end. Toffee, caramel, and vanilla with some citrus hops and an aggressive fusel spice on the finish. Finish is actually rather hot.

M: Medium-heavy in body with lower carbonation level. Warming alcohol.

O: This is a beast of a beer. Very aggressive and in-your-face with the malts and alcohol, but still capable of showing some hop character.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to msulinski & moose3285 for bottles of this 750ML bomber. The first one perished in a great tasting hosted by kbutler1: this one will go down between my wife & I. Split into two big snifters.

No sludge, yeah! Pour is a ruddy-cheeked red with minimal light penetration (heheheheh...he said penetration). Smell is deep, dank enough malts to qualify for a barleywine, sweet fruits, caramel. Interesting way to kick this one off.

110K+OT #4 - really, is there a better name for a beer on planet Earth? Probably not. Great malts on this one, big & bready & sweet & full of caramel & indescribably red. Dark fruits & leather flit in & out the open malt window. Bare bones of hop bittering. But this is a malt mountain from start to finish, & a surprisingly drinkable one. It's thick.

Very good beer, & a worthy addition to the pantheon. Would have liked to try this fresh & see if the hops were brighter, but as is, this is worth the price of admission.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown coloring with a thin layer of off-white head. Smells are slightly hoppy and citrusy. The beer's flavors are wet hops and grapefruit initially, with a tangy, sweet caramel and chocolate blend at the end. Flavors are similar to a Red IPA. Slightly boozey and slick consistency, with an astringent and drying finish.

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Photo of Jefe73
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at the CCB Tasting Room

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish hues, but one settled it exhibits more of an dark amber. Big two finger width off white head and consistent lacing on the glass.

S - Big hoppy notes on the nose, sweet malt...toffee, caramel and brown sugar are all noticeable.

T -Tastes much like the nose, there is a nice balance going on here between bitterness and sweetness. Notes of caramelized sugar and vanilla are upfront with a hoppy bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium dry finish with good carbonation give this one a velvety feel.

O - Always look forward to CCB's yearly offering from the 110K series and this one is no disappointment.

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Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear garnet color with one finger of khaki colored head, delicate rings of lace left down the glass. Smell: tons of caramelized sugar, grapefruit rind. On the edge of dark fruit territory. A sizeable oaky, vanilla note, though as far as I know this wasn't wood aged. From the nose, this is going to be a nice barleywine or a citrus themed scotch ale. Taste: sweet, just caramelized sugars all day. Borderline date bread. Alcohol. Candied citrus peel and pine. Um, so maybe they attenuated this one more than #3, but it's still quite sweet. Tasty? Yes. Caramel bomb? Yes. Boosting the carbonation would help. Bottle date: May 05 2011.

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Photo of hmf05
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 kirbmeist
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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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