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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:
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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 FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Steven91
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of marvin213
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of Schwantz
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of AleApostle
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of OUBrewer
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jivex5k
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of IpeeA
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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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Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 jda007
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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 JohnQVD
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.


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Photo of blmar311
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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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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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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 154 ratings
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