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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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 8
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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