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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Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 154 ratings
110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gtreid on 05-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
154
Liked:
77
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
15.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of JohnQVD
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of RandyJ
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of vandemonian
4.55/5  rDev +25%
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 sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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 dolfan54fl
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of daedalusfinch
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
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 +21.4%
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 +20.9%
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%
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 +18.1%
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.

Cheers.

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Photo of jivex5k
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DaTimBennett
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Coldsnack
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of jda007
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +15.4%
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 +13.2%
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 +12.1%
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 +12.1%
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 +12.1%
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%
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 +10.7%
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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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 50% out of 100 with 154 ratings
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