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

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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.

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of marvin213
2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.18/5  rDev -40.1%
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 -36%
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 -34.3%
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 -34.3%
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 blmar311
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
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 -25.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Trilogy31
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
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 -22.3%
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 -20.9%
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 lionssoccer13
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bbadger
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of bob727
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jbear68
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of BucsNBucks
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
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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3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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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