Humidor Double American Black Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Humidor Double American Black AleHumidor Double American Black Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So, I've had this one a few times and really, really love it. This review based on a bottle I had last night, split with a few friends over board games (nerds!) :)

A - Pours black with a two finger khaki head. Looks like a black IPA should.

S - HUGE cedar notes, with some piney hops, and some roasty malt. The cedar is almost unbalanced in the smell, in a good way. I love cedar though, so I'm biased.

T - If you took a brewed a big double black IPA and transferred it into a giant cigar humidor for secondary fermentation, then bottled it, it would taste like this. Big wood notes that are right in line with the aroma. No way I'd peg this at 11%, there's no booze at all in the taste.

M - Appropriate for an 11% black IPA. Not really sure what else to say.

O - I wish this was available all the time, or at least made into a seasonal release. Black IPAs are a tricky style to execute well in my opinion, and Cigar City really nailed it. Would gladly drink again (and again).

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4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a full inch of light brown head that retains very well before eventually making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Honeycomb-patterned lacing.

S- Oh dear lord. Magnificent nose of fresh cedar, hops and roasted malt. They all converge into a bouquet that's just about perfect IMO. It's peppery, sharp and inviting. There's also some caramel/brown sugar sweetness from the malt that just adds to the enjoyment and complexity.

T- Taste is much of the same. Powerful cedar twang on the palate with the hops and malt complementing. Alcohol is superbly well-hidden, though part of the flavor profile all the same, making this drink comparable to a fine cognac or bourbon that you would pair with a cigar. Also damn near perfect.

M- Sharp and slightly stingy from the alcohol, cedar and hops. I'm sure some age would fix that. Mostly full body and medium carbonation.

O- Thank you Cigar City for coming up with the brilliant concept for the Humidor Series beers. Who would've thought aging beer on cedar would lead to such deliciousness?

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4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours with a two finger head of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head fades at an average pace and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - Pungent, fruity, pine hops with notes of resin, mango, and sweat.

T - Spicy chocolate up front with caramel and some pepper. Lots of mango and pineapple hops in the middle with a transition to pine in the finish. Black pepper, pineapple, smoke, and resinous pine that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a moderately sweet finish.

D - Wow, this is a really intense beer. Fruity, spicy, really hoppy with a lot of dark malt but oddly the hops push both the alcohol and the roast to the side. The cedar comes out more that it ever has for me in one of CC's Humidor beers and I like the way it works with both the hops and the dark malt. Get one if you can, it is well worth trying.

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4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark syrupy color with some cocoa foam at the edges. Leaves lacing on the glass.

S: Aroma of sweet malt, dark roast and Citrus all over. Cedar chip aging also present and slightly dry smelling, aroma is very pleasant for a black ale.

T: Flavors of sweet dark malt, chocolate and tons of hops. Clocking in at 11.5% on the bottle, this is quite sweet and flavorful. The cedar chips give the dark roast malts a run for their money and really take over the taste. Hops are mostly citrus, but also some pine mixed in underneath the cedar and black malt bitterness. Mango and grapefruit hop flavors also present as it warms more and rounds out the cedar chip flavors.

M: Light carbonation with a thick body. Flavors are still slick

O: Very good overall. I can really enjoy the flavors and this was great for all of the shoveling that I have been up to today with this blizzard of 2013. Over 33 inches here where I live, these calories will be worked off in no time.

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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost black. Any hue is slight red but really opaque. 1.5 finger chocolate milk colour head fades to a foam in a couple minutes.

S: Pine, citrus, chocolate, licorice, tropical fruits like papaya and pineapple. Tar, slight woody smell in the after scent, definite cedar.

T: Nothing like it. At first I get all the thickness, sweetness, resinous, syrup with pine, then the cedar shines through along with the chocolate, tar, and licorice qualities. Smooth finnish without the long bitter hop burn that many doubles have. Black pepper in the back comes out after several sips.

M: Thick, in a really thick way, syrupy, resinous, oily, very low carbonation.

O: A masterpiece. The cedar scent and taste lingers and draws me back. Definite sipper, hides the alcohol in a very real way. Syrupy, sweet but not destructively so, quick finnish making it a desirable beer to keep drinking.

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On tap at BX Beer Depot's CCB Tap Takeover

Big time cedar in the nose and flavor - very aggressive. Chocolate, cocoa and tons of hops make this a very robust beer. Balanced with a restrained bitterness. Chocolatey cedar finish. One of the more interesting beers CCB has put out

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Humidor Double American Black Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 149 ratings