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

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gtreid on 05-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 78
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 Spider889
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sendsilk for this. Shared with MbpBugeye, Ryan011235, and Schwaeh.

Pours with a tall dark sandpaper colored head. Foamy, and quite impressive vs the other Cigar City beers I have tried. Leaves good rinds and leggy lace. The color is quite dark, a root beer color, though in the sunlight it is a deep ruby/garnet color.

Smells very malt forward. Lots of caramel and dry oak type aromas, and semi sweet cranberry. Much different from any other Red Ale I have had, which is both a plus, but also has me thinking more and more that this beer isn't quite brewed to style.

The taste is very hoppy. Dry pine type bitterness masks some of the wonderful dark malt flavors that I was picking up in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is very dry and boozy enough to trust the 10.2% abv listing. The alcohol doesn't burn at all, but rather just keeps this beer pinned down as a slower sipper.

Overall this was good for a Red Ale, though ultimately I wouldn't trade for or buy a second bottle.

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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 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 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 WrathsU
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light muddy brown. Nice head retention, looks like a KBS with a lighter shade.

S - Caramel, Toffee, light coffee. Similar to a stout but not as pronounced.

T - The most surprising thing is the amount of hops that can come through. They did a remarkable job using the correct hops with this style. The malty backbone is able to shine as soon as the hoppy front tapers down. A sweet character is prominent with other complex flavors mixing throughout.

M - Smooth, slight alcohol burn. Not too heavy but definitely not light.

D - A pint is probably enough for the night.

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Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours really dark for an amber, sitting opaque mahogany in the glass, though it does show through as clear copper when held up to light. There is a creamy beige head that sticks around on top for ages and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is a solid combination of grapefruit and pineapple representing the hops and sweet caramel malts.

Taste is hoppy up front with lots of citrus but gives way to a sugary sweet caramel malt backbone, which really dominated the taste. Very sweet.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and sticky sweet on the palate with lots of caramelized sugar lingering in the finish.

I'm a fan of impy ambers so I enjoyed this beer but it's probably not one of the best I've had of the style. It's better than batch 3 but probably short of batch 2 for me.

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Photo of Shaw
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super-dark red with a light brown head that turns into a thin layer in my glass.

Smells like caramel and dulce de leche.

This is a rich beer with big caramel flavors mixing with a hint of booze. This is a maltier beer than most of Cigar City's other brews.

The body is creamy and hefty.

Overall this is a beer to enjoy ocassionally and in moderation.

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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 kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into tulip glass a very dark, dark red color with a tan colored head that collars around the glass. Nice spotting lace as I swirl the glass. Lots of citrus and caramel in the nose. The alcohol notes show in the nose as well. The sweetness is very evident the flavor. Starts pretty sweet with notes of orange, caramel as well. The bitterness is there but not too extreme. Overall, a sweet, malty amber.

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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 aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a brownish red with a thick tan head.

Thick, candy sweet smell and piney hops. That's a lot of sweet malt.

Taste is a very nice, bready sweet with very little bitterness or alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very creamy.

Overall this is a good beer. A very well put together, balanced, huge red ale.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 boss302
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Dark Deep Red, decent head. 4

S Fresh hop aroma, some sweet maltiness, no off-flavors, clean. Hops are dominant in the aroma. 4

T Loads of malt, hops don't quite balance, but are definitely present. Somewhat cloying, but expected with what I believe to be a 10% beer. 4

M Thick and heavy, carbonation seems light. 3.5

O A pretty good beer, but would be tough to drink more than a few. 3.5

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle straight from the brewery, poured into a CCB snifter.

A - Pours what looks at first like a muddy auburn, but then settles down and shows a clear dark amber when held to the light. Huge, fluffy head and plenty of spotty lacing on the glass. Nice looking beer.

S - Big hoppy notes start things off, followed by a sweet malty background. Toffee, caramel, and brown sugar are dominant, but balanced against that bitterness. This reminds me of Bigfoot in good ways.

T - Yup, pretty much as advertised. Caramelized sugar, vanilla, a bit of cotton candy (mmmm, tastes like blue), and lots of hop bitterness bringing up the rear. If you made a triangle with Double Bastard, Bigfoot, and Nugget Nectar, this would be right in the middle.

M - Solid carbonation in this one, but very fine. It gives it a velvety feel that keeps a fairly bitter beer from feeling too harsh. It's medium-dry, but the finish is nice and long. Awesome.

O - To be completely honest, this beer was a pretty big surprise. After #3, I didn't have very high expectations, but this guy was pretty good. The price is a bit high but it's a solid beer for sure.

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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.61 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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