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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from Lueken's Liquors online. 11.99. Bottled 1/4/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours black with cola edges under the light and a dense half finger of vanilla head that leaves dark sheets of lace galore.

Smells of pine, roast, citrus and cedar.

Taste is big and bold with bitter hoppy pine, grapefruit rind, French roast coffee, cream, cedar,dark chocolate, oranges, vanilla, smoke, tobacco and a little pepper. A bit of alcohol burn on the back end but it blends in with the coplex, sweet roasty, hoppy bitterness. Really interesting and quite tasty.

Smooth, velvety, oily medium heavy body with moderate-to-mild carbonation. Cedar, pine and roast aftertaste with a tinge of boozey cooling.

The cedar adds a very distinctive element to a well done base American black ale. Far superior to the Humidor Jai Alai for my tastes. An intricate dichotomy of hops and roast that is made that much more facinating by aging on cedar spirals. One of the best ABAs I've tried and another strong entry from the beer wizards at Cigar City.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Gator Beverage. This one pours black with a creamy light brown head. HUGE nose on this. Pine, grassiness, and grapefruit galore with a dry roasted hint. Creamy thick mouthfeel whoah--screams imperial stout with the thickness. Sharp pine and grapefruit bite up front, while sweet chocolate and molasses lead to a roasted grain finish and a lingering cocoa on the palate. Dry finish that I am guessing is the cedar. There is a good bit of sweetness well balanced by the bitter. One of the more complex flavor profiles I have had. This is really really good. Curious is age would mellow the hops and turn this into a chocolatey imperial porter. As is, this really is in its own style. God I hope they make this again.

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4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, courtesy of lionssoccer13. Poured into a CCB snifter. I think this was a January release.

A - Pours a light engulfing black with about a finger of dense mocha head. Lacing clings to the walls in a hierarchy of rings.

S - Smells of whoppers candy, molasses, and a distinct pine bitterness. There is a sweet herbal, almost menthol, character to this beer as well. A smooth vanilla-toffee nuttiness rounds this one out. Highly complex and impressive.

T - Chocolate, citrus, and bitter pine hops on the forefront. Very sweet midplalate, full of brown sugar, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Sweetness continues through the finish with a subtle cedar aftertaste.

M - Chewy, thick, viscous. Mellow carbonation. The mouthfeel suits this beer well.

O - I haven't had a subpar beer from Cigar City yet, and this did not buck the trend. It is certainly on the sweet side for the style, but I was impressed with the cohesive variety of flavors. Pine and citrus hops are not dominant, although they do act to discriminate this from a stout. The alochol is well hidden. The immense body makes this beer more enjoyable; it also makes me feel satisfied after just one glass. Gets sweeter and thicker as it warms. I recommend trying it if you are into the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 04JAN13
ABV listed as 11.0%

Pours black with little foam, maybe a rim of light tan foam. Smells like leather, maduro tobacco and dank hops, some roasted malts, and a touch of vinyl. Taste is tobacco like a mutha. It really does remind me of a humidor - I'm uncertain of my feelings, yet, I keep drinking it quickly. I must like it....Full bodied with moderate carb and a wet finish. I'm really blown away by this beer, and I am torn as to if it's in the good way. WTF. Fuck it, I like it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cigar City Tampa FL for 6$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes.

Smell - Malts, hops, coffee/chocolate, light woody notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops and malts mixed with coffee and chocolate. There is also a slight woodiness but not as much as I expected. It ends with a roasted malt aftertaste with some lingering hops.

Overall - One of the better Cigar City beers I've had.. although this is also one of my favourite styles of beer. I think the 750ml bottles cost somewhere around 15$ so I was glad I got to try it on tap for 6$.

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Humidor Double American Black Ale from Cigar City Brewing
4.21 out of 5 based on 149 ratings.
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