Campeador - Greaves (2011) | Cigar City Brewing

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Campeador - Greaves (2011)Campeador - Greaves (2011)

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Even though this was technically released in early 2012, it was intended to be the 2011 Campeador release.

Added by MasterSki on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 48
Photo of WillCarrera
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Churchkey, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Lots of chocolate, as well as oak, vanilla, and dark fruit. Has some boozy whiskey/rum notes as well.

T- Has a nice, mellow and rounded milk chocolate flavor, as well as caramel, a bit of fruitiness and a very tasty, mellow booze flavor towards the end from the rum and whiskey. Nothing here beats you over the head, but all the flavors are very tasty.

M- Medium-bodied, this would have been great with some more heft to it, but has a nice smooth and soft feel.

O- I really enjoyed this, has some great flavors and is nicely blended.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is dark brown with an off-white head. A little bit of roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, and toffee. Some molasses, a bit of fruit, and chocolate. Caramel sweetness, molasses, toffee, and whiskey. Light vanilla flavor, some dark fruit notes, and a touch of oak. Kind of all over the place, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle number 20 of 240. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark brown, not quite a stout appearance. A touch of a mocha head. No real lacing.

Smell - Huge barrel notes. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Some chocolate malts behind, but it's mostly barrel. Way more barrel than the individual beers in the blend, I'd say.

Taste - Vanilla, bourbon, and chilies. I can definitely taste the Hunahpu. Chocolate malts come through tempered by caramel. A buttery finish, which I guess is Big Sound.

Mouthfeel - The flavor drops off in the end. It becomes a bit more astringent. The buttery finish actually helps this, which I find ironic from a beer purist perspective. Way boozier than 9%.

Overall - Great flavors that maybe don't intergrate. The individual beers are better than the sum. The barrel character is definitely more than the individual beers, which is intriguing. A nice beer, even if I'd rather have the components separately.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012.

Pours a dark chocolate brown color that's almost black with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap/ring.  Sporadic steaks and spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet boozy aroma with a strong barrel presence giving off hints of sweet, spicy whiskey, earthy oak and vanilla.   Underneath, there is some faint malt notes with hints of chocolate, oatmeal and smoke.

Full bodied with an almost perfectly integrated barrel presence.  Sweet, spicy whiskey and dry, toasted oak followed by chewy, sweet chocolate malt, caramel, oatmeal, faint smoke and sweet dark fruit notes.  Really well balanced with an excellently masked ABV and dry finish.  Excellent, one of the best beers of the day.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 212/240

A: Poured into my sniftner this brew pours a musty dark brown with a deep purple hue when held to the light.

S: The noise gives off hints of the barrels this brew was aged in. A good maulty balance from the scotch ale. Notes of whiskey, dark fruit, plums, bruised apples. This beer has a nice complexity.

T: The flavor is a lovely mix of dark fruit with whiskey and rum notes. Notes of vanilla and a good mault backbone.

MF: Mouthfeel isn't the best. A little thin. Definitely my only criticism.

Overall a great beer. I was worried that this brew would be infected, but thankfully infection eluded this batch!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt (donttazemebro) for hooking me up with this rarity. Served in a Närke snifter. Bottle #129/240.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to pretty much nothing. Very dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the fringes of the glass.

S - The tasting is shockingly mellow considering this is a blend of three barrel-aged beers. There's an aged quality that I can't quite articulate - was this barrel-aged again after the three components were blended? Dark fruits, chocolate, and an increasing oak presence as the beer warms up. Seems most similar to the Imperial Milk Porter, but even that is a reach.

T - I like the taste better, as it has more potency to it. The milk porter element seems to dominate, with chocolate, vanilla, and lactose sugar at the forefront. Mildly reminiscent of a milkshake, but with some modest dark fruit and molasses elements. There's a hint of rum barrel flavor that takes on an almost grape-juice like quality. Otherwise quite mild on the oak and whiskey flavors.

M - Smooth, full body, with low carbonation, mild barrel tannins, and absolutely no alcohol warmth. I know this is on the lower end of the ABV scale for this type of beer (~9%), but it was still shockingly easy to drink.

D - Very strange beer. While it has thankfully managed to avoid the infection present in the Rum Barrel Big Sound (so far), this somehow feels like less than the sum of its parts. When consumed next to Bourbon Big Sound the flavor, and particularly the aroma, came off a tad flaccid. I wouldn't recommend aging this either, as the individual blend components were all released 6-9 months ago, and by all indications this is ready to drink out of the gate.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hunphu's Day 2012.

A - Pours a muddled darker brown, thin collar, wisps.

S - Booze, dark fruits, burnt sugars, oak, very subtle toasted malts. I can't actually pick out any of the three beers that went into this blend, but the combo of pretty darn good. Mostly just smooth booze and dark fruity sweetness.

T - The barrel comes through nicely with the dark fruit notes which works well with the booze as not to overpower it with in-your-face sweetness. Light chocolate, toffee, and caramel round things out. As with the nose, it's just a nice blend of smooth booze and dark fruits with a touch of carmel/toffee.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I had a couple pours at Hunahpu's Day, as I thought it was pretty good. The Rum Big Sound would worry me for aging purposes, so I'd probably drink now if I had a bottle. I didn't get any sign of infection through draft. Recommend but not as good as Rurik was when it was fresh.

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Photo of psicelt
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #217 of 240 released in 2011. Obtained from Knightly Spirits in Orlando; according to the label, this was a collaboration with the retailer. Since I do enough business with K.S., it was a nice perk for me!

Bottle pours thick, black, & opaque into a Sam Adams glass. Minimal head & carbonation, lacing almost non-existant. Very sweet nose reminiscent of raisins, vanilla & caramel. Taste is on the sweet side with a thickness resembling a whiskey-aged product. Mouthfeel is phenomenal from front to back, just a hint of alcohol to be found, but well-balanced. The label declares this to be a blend of dark ales; I'm guessing a porter, their Big Sound Scotch & one or two more, aged in whiskey barrels or I'm a Coors lite drinker! . Wish I had a second bottle to cellar in the bottom of my beer fridge for a year or two! Overall, I can't say enough good things about this concoction; it has several qualities in common with last year's release(with Mikkeller) of Neilsbohrium.

If you can find a bottle, you are strongly advised to grab it if you can!

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Campeador - Greaves (2011) from Cigar City Brewing
4.06 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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