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)

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 jamescain
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Hazy deep red with a thin off white head about a finger thick, which receded into a spotty lacing.

Aroma: Piney notes, which are over powered form the caramel malt, burnt sugar, and raisin aroma.

Taste: Definitely a malt bomb! Caramel, vanilla, candied fruit, raisin, and a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with minimal carbonation and a boozy finish.

Overall: I'd heard a lot of bad things about this beer, but honestly it was not that bad. No it is far away from the best beer I've had from CCB, but it was not horrible.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to msulinski & moose3285 for bottles of this 750ML bomber. The first one perished in a great tasting hosted by kbutler1: this one will go down between my wife & I. Split into two big snifters.

No sludge, yeah! Pour is a ruddy-cheeked red with minimal light penetration (heheheheh...he said penetration). Smell is deep, dank enough malts to qualify for a barleywine, sweet fruits, caramel. Interesting way to kick this one off.

110K+OT #4 - really, is there a better name for a beer on planet Earth? Probably not. Great malts on this one, big & bready & sweet & full of caramel & indescribably red. Dark fruits & leather flit in & out the open malt window. Bare bones of hop bittering. But this is a malt mountain from start to finish, & a surprisingly drinkable one. It's thick.

Very good beer, & a worthy addition to the pantheon. Would have liked to try this fresh & see if the hops were brighter, but as is, this is worth the price of admission.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy ruby color with a nice thick off white heading. Globs of lacing all over the place.

Heavy piney notes as I popped the cap off but as I poured into my glass I noticed this was more of a malt bomb. The aroma's of caramel and brown sugar were very enticing.

Taste is all malt baby. Big notes of caramel,chocolate,brown sugar and even a touch of vanilla. After all of this it still was a little disappointing no hoppy background to what I would have expected.

Medium bodied,a little thin and boozy in the mouth.Decent carbonation.

This was a a good beer but something I wouldn't want to try again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from backlog. Thanks to coastiesimon for the share. The brew pours a tannic amber hue, and is capped with a sturdy dollop of ecru froth, leaving lace swaths upon the glass. The nose is a bit herbal, a bit piney and shows a trace of caramel maltiness. It is nice enough, but really quite unspectacular,especially considering the price, and that it is supposed to be a special release. The flavor is similarly unspecial, with its greatest strength lying in the well-buried ABV. This is not to say that it tastes bad, it is just that it is a rather unspecial Imperialized Amber Ale. The feel is pretty good, sorta pillowy and light for a beer of this magnitude. Overall, just above a middling effort for the guys at CCB. I hope 110k#5 will return to the heights achieved by 110k#2, and the formerly disastrous 110k#3, which has become stellar after a year of aging (and a transformation for a DIPA to a killer ABW.)

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Photo of billab914
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Sam Adams glass. It poured a dark caramel, mahogany like color wit ha thick and frothy khaki colored head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and excellent lacing. Pretty great looking beer overall.

The aroma has a juicy and sweet profile to it. I get some bright and zesty citrus flavors to it with some notes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit. A good dose of malty sweetness is there as well with some candied fruit and caramel flavors coming through. It did feel a little overly sweet at times, but overall I liked the aroma a lot.

The taste shows a lot of the candied fruits, almost sugary sweetness to it throughout the flavor. Midway I get some citrusy, tropical fruit notes coming out of the hoppiness. Just a hint of a herbal bitterness comes out in the finish. It was pretty tasty at first, but the sweetness started to be little much after about half a glass.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Overall it had some nice hoppy flavors to it, but the sweet, candied like flavors were a little overdone for me. Overall it was an enjoyable and interesting beer, just one I'd rather have in small amounts.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by someone at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Dark hazy red with a bubbly white head of froth that lingers for a while before receding to a thin layer and leaving lace on the glass.

S: Robust pine resin and grapefruit with a big caramel malt foundation. This smells hoppy, but it smells even maltier. Bread is apparent.

T: Upper moderate dry bitterness with sweet caramel and strong pine resin notes. Grapefruit pith is evident. The finish is bread and caramel with lingering pine.

Overall: This is solid stuff, though nothing too exciting.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a light haze and a finger of soapy, off-white head.

S: Very, very malty and sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee with a strong milk chocolate note to it as well. There's just a hint of vanilla along with some mild citrus and pine hop notes.

T: The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Intensely malty and sweet with tons of caramel and toffee. A light toasted bread note along with milk chocolate and faint citrus (tangerine) hop flavors. Almost no bitterness to speak of.

M: Medium to full bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Tasted good, but a small pour was more than enough for me.

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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 JayS2629
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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 ColdPoncho
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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 ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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 adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled May 5, 2011 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a deep red-caramel color with beautiful ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy khaki-colored head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell: Sweet caramel, pineapple and candied fruits and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front followed by dried dark fruits in the middle then ending with smoky malt, and just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is smoky with bitterness lingering in the background. Very malty beer with just the right amount of hops blended in to make it well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easily, but you're probably better off sharing a bottle with a friend.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Not on the same level as Tocobaga when it comes to red ales from CCB, but it's still very good. Call me a homer, but I like pretty much everything Cigar City puts out. This is no exception. I'd recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of mntlover
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of merlin48
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mntlover for bringing this bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a large tan head. Excellent retention with clumps of sticky lace.

Aroma is caramel and other bready malts, dark fruity esters, and molasses.

Mouthfeel is almost chewy, with an almost full body. Moderate carbonation.

This one screams "malt bomb". Toasted caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits(figs and dates), a hint of alcohol heat, and hints of pine and earthy hops that struggle to counter the huge malt base.

Alcohol remains relatively well hidden which is amazing for such a big red ale. Overall, just a bit too filling to want another one.

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Photo of Chaney
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Total Wine right up the road from Cigar City.

A: Red brew, with some murky tones to it. The head was about a fingers worth and was slightly off white in nature.

S: Candy sugar and then some. Fairly strong in its disposition, and red velvet cake overall.

T: Sugary cake batter stuff, with a good bit of hoppiness as well. Malty red velvet cake.

M: Thick sugar content, with carbonation that was fine. Substantial lacing.

O: This was not in Cigar City's wheelhouse for sure. Not bad, but not one of their better efforts.

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

Purchased at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach, Florida. Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.

A – Poured a reddish caramel color. Three fingers of fluffy light brown head. Nice sticky lacing.

S – Has a citrusy grapefruit aroma. Sweet malts and a bit of caramel.

T – Interesting mix of tastes here. Has some nice hop bitterness, sweet malts and caramel, toffee and lightly toasted flavor. Dark fruits and vanilla also play here. Has a big boozy taste at the end along with a nice sweetness left behind.

M – Medium to heavy bodied with surprising smoothness. Has a clean feel.

O – Odd in a good way this brew has a lot going on. Enjoyed it though. Big and bold for sure and well worth a try.

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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 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 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 Jefe73
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on draft at the CCB Tasting Room

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish hues, but one settled it exhibits more of an dark amber. Big two finger width off white head and consistent lacing on the glass.

S - Big hoppy notes on the nose, sweet malt...toffee, caramel and brown sugar are all noticeable.

T -Tastes much like the nose, there is a nice balance going on here between bitterness and sweetness. Notes of caramelized sugar and vanilla are upfront with a hoppy bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium dry finish with good carbonation give this one a velvety feel.

O - Always look forward to CCB's yearly offering from the 110K series and this one is no disappointment.

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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 LiquidBread219
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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 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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110K+OT Batch #4 - Imperial Red Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.61 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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