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 bigfnjoe
2.18/5  rDev -39.6%
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 Goblinmunkey7
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
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 brentk56
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a garnet color that I suspect the FSU fans of the brewery would love; the cap is nicely formed, retains well and leaves a distinct pattern of lace

Smell: Medicinally sweet, almost like a dissolved Ricola

Taste: Starts out with an herbal caramel flavor that grows progressively sweeter until the piney hops kick in by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors really never come together with both the sweet and bitter elements in a tug of war in which my tastebuds refuse to take sides

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and quite a bit of heat in the gullet

Overall: Not sure exactly where Cigar City is going with the 110K series after this one and the Batch 3; I would KO the both of them and move back to the brewery's roots in the earlier versions

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for sharing this bottles.

Appearance: A dark, murky, cranbeery liquid enters my tulip with a good amount of thickness and viscosity for an amber. A medium thickness tan head rests on top, leaving some lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of caramel and amber malts. VERY sweet, with some resiny pine and a bit of grapefruit bitterness hiding in the background.

Taste: This is supposed to be a hopped up amber ale, but all I get is a sweet, syrupy malt bomb. Tons of amber malt impart a malty sweetness, and there is a good amount of caramel and toffee as well. Toward the end some pine and even less grapefruit hops step in, but they cannot prevent the malt tsunami from totally wrecking my palate. A bit of ethyl alcohol lets me up the ABV is up there.

Mouthfeel: This has a full body, with creamy carbonation with a little bite. There is a little heat from the obvious alcohol, and it is syrupy-sticky.

Overall: Batch 4 is an even bigger culprit of being a malt bomb than Batch 3. It just is not that good. After having enough to sample, everyone thought better of it and dumped the rest of the glass.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
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 angrybabboon
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
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 Trilogy31
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque dark cherry wood brown with a rich creamy khaki colored two fingers of foam and nice lacing. Medium roasted malts with a slight bready/yeast and almost a black tea quality. Not very stoked on this beer as the taste didnt bring anythng interesting to the table either. A pretty boring beer that lets you know you are drinking some of high abv as you can taste the alcohol and unfortunately not much else.

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Photo of ajcobb24
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark brown into a snifter. Aggressive pour produces about one finger of head. Super sticky head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a long time as it is swirled around.

Smell - Not impressed. A sweet malt smell that is ruined by burnt oats or coffee beans. At this point was really hoping not to relive my World Wide Stout experience.

Taste - Not impressed. Just another cookie cutter malt taste that could have had something going with the sweet tinge at the end of the sip if it weren't ruined by that burnt nut/coffee taste at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some hidden carbonation coming to life in the mouth. Sticks to the insides of the mouth and to the epithelial lining of the throat as it makes its way down.

Overall - I am really trying to support my hometown brewery here, but so far I have had two forgettable brews from Cigar City. 110k and Jai Alai are not anywhere near the best beers in their respective categories and are not beers that I would like to try on a regular basis.

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Photo of corby112
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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 jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
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 cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head with great retention and lacing. Like most CCB beers, this one looks great in the glass.

S- The aroma is very balanced between the malt and hops. There is a lot of malt with some citrusy hops and some alcohol in the nose as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is very balanced. There is a lot of malt up front with a good amount of bitterness in the finish. The finish is also possesses quite a bit of warmth from the high alcohol content. The finish comes across way too boozy for my tastes.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one. I am a huge fan of pretty much every CCB beer that I've tried but this one fell short with me. Maybe it will benefit from some aging, we shall see.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Lerxst
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very dark garnet color with a two finger khaki colored head that has good retention and leaves a lot of sticky lace.

S-Nose is somewhat faint. Caramel, toffee, some pine and earthy/grassy hops. Definitely has a sweet scent to it that is slightly off putting.

T-Pine and citrus hops with a sugary sweet maltiness that really pummels the hops into submission so that you're left with a syrupy, candy like flavor that lingers long after you're done.

M-Medium body and carbonation, creamy, rich, lush.

O-A bit of a let down from CCB. The sweetness makes this one tough to get through. I wouldn't pick this one up again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/25/11 notes. Thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sharing this one; thanks Jonathan. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a murky dark brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of off white fluffy head, and moderate carbonation evident. Sparse lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of bready malts, very sweet dark fruits, light wood, sweet fruity malts. Smell is very very sweet, a bit too much.

t - Taste mirrors the nose; a ton of sweet dark fruits and sweet fruity malts, with a little bit of wood, bready malts, and grain. Too sweet.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Creamy body.

o - Overall an average beer that is just way to sweet. Wouldn't seek it out again but was glad to try it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 mL bottled poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep mahogany body with an ample creamy off-white head. Sticky as hell. Clings to the glass as I drink it.

Smell - Floral hops and a LOT of malt. Smells sweet, very sweet, but good. Strong caramel malts and some toasty aromas behind it.

Taste - Kinda falls flat. Hops to start, but it's totally dominated by the sweetness. Just loads of residual sugars in this. Behind the caramel and sugar is a somewhat odd burnt toast bitterness that doesn't really balance the sweetness as it comes too late in the drink.

Mouthfeel - Ok, so the taste is average, but it's so thick that I have trouble putting it away without thinking of the scene from Super Troopers when they chug maple syrup. As a result, there's no level of carbonation that can make this feel like an easy-to-drink amber ale.

Overall - Just too sweet for me. If this year's batch is attenuated more than last year's, I can't imagine how thick Batch 3 must have been.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark reddish brown color with a light tan head. Head has great retention and lacing.

S- Pretty well balanced between the hops and malts. A bit of booze, faint coffee, bit of citrus and a ton of sweet malts.

T- A lot like the nose here. A ton of sweet malts, touch of hops and a bit of booze.

M- Medium in body and light in carbonatoin.

O- Not really all to impressed with this one. Borderline too sweet.

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Photo of claspada
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -8%
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 VaTechHopHead
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep rich brown in color with streaks of red, slightly hazy/unfiltered. Big frothy head with great lacing. Impressed.

S - Can smell this one while it is sitting on the table. Nice subtle hop aroma with a very nice caramelized note to it as well. Hops have flavors of pine and sap. Very pleasing.

T - Not as strong as the aroma would suggest but there are nice hop notes to it, although a bit of cloying can be detected with some sweetness mixed in. The grain bill is nicely constructed and the typical red ale notes are all there. Better than batch #3 but not the best beer CCB has cranked out.

M - Medium body but not as much carbonation as I would have hoped given the hoppiness in the beer. No ABV can be detected.

O - Always excited to try CCBs yearly 110K offering but the last 2 years I've been expecting something more, especially given some of the other one-off beers they have made. Not a bad beer but I'll look to their other offerings first.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this gem on a vacation in Key West! 750ml, 2011 bottle...

A: Pours a very dark ruby red but ends up a nice deep brown with a huge tan head that fades slowly and never completely fades. Good.

S: Smells of some sweet malts with a hint of bubble gum scent. A medium hop bitterness in the middle. A faint vanilla and banana. Decent.

T: A bitter hop bite quickly followed by a strong sweet malt backbone that takes over the brew. A wheat / boozy taste in the middle and more booziness follows on the back. Ok.

M: Medium body with a hard carbonation. A dry boozy finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent brew. Not good or great, but decent. It doesn't seem to classify well as a red. "Imperial" seems like it can be added to anything nowadays. Just add more malts and hops and you got yourself an "Imperial" whatever. They should've just done a standard Amber / Red, it may have worked out better.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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 schwaeh
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml Bottle shared by Spider889. I've been curious about this beer for some time now.

A: Pours a dark brownish-ruby with a lot of carbonation doing it's thing. long lasting brown finger width head that sticks around for a while

S: Mostly a sweet caramel with lots of hop presence going on. This is clearly 'imperial' because its so hopped up and alcohol is revved up a lot.

T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of alcohol-yet not overwhelming by any means, just makes 110k a slow sipper. The big piney hops make this much more interesting than your average red ale. There is no lack of malt base in this big beer. I'm reminded of a caramel apple while drinking this.

M: This beer has a medium body with lots of bubbles. Dry and overly alcoholic for it's ABV.

O: I like that this beer has much more character than many red ales but that might be it's downfall as well. This beer is huge and in your face. The caramel apple characteristics are nice though, just a tad too boozy.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Spider889.

This beer is very dark for the style. While remaining red at the thinner parts of the glass, the core is a plum colored brown. There is a nice, tall, lacy head that sticks around for a good while. The beer certainly looks appetizing.

This is one big, bruiser of an imperial red. Big, study, sweet caramel malts and dense, piney and citrusy hops. Some burnt sugars and alcohol. Its really a sweeter smelling beer.

The overall taste is sugary and toasted. Sun dried fruits like orange, apricot and cranberry ride over lots of pine sap. Caramel and burnt sugary malts build a sturdy base.

Full bodied with a lot of warming, actually numbing alcohol. The booze doesn't impact the taste as negatively as it does the feel. The tip of my tongue is stung, left tingling by the alcohol.

This one is a really big red ale. Its decent, but very nearly a sugar bomb. The alcohol heat should be dialed back, but I have faith that this one will hold up decently to a short stint in a cellar.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang flute on 7/3/11

Shared by Spider889

Bottled May 5th (or was it 3rd?), 2011

Scorched crimson brown color; fairly dark. Two fingers of poofy, tan foam. The head does recede but retention is solid and there is a good bit of lace.

The aroma seems close to balanced; perhaps tilted in favor of the malts. Floral hops, caramel, sugars and notions of candy. Smells really sweet. Booze is well-hidden. Tastes similar - focus on caramel and sweet bread. Smattering of burnt sugars on the back end. Hops are rather tame and bitterness restrained. maybe a hint of brown sugar. Sweet, yet palatable regardless. Sits in the full-bodied range. Resinous and slightly gritty. Carbonation is moderate and seems appropriate. Warming finish.

Not bad, considering. Good malt base, but I'd prefer more vibrant hops.

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Photo of bpfishback
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours with a very dense head of about one inch, beer is dark brown in color. Head fades fairly quickly leaving a nice coating on the glass and some residual foam on top. Smell is a hint of chocolate, barleywine like malt(slighty sweet and solventy) , and some hops in the background. The taste is a bit lacking, not much at first, then malty and solventy with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied. Overall it is an ok beer, not sure I really understand this series of beers, the ones i have tried are pretty excessively malty and not that enjoyable.

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