Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell | Cigar City Brewing

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
281 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of HellKalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter.

Added by Lare453 on 05-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
281
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
10.07%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
65
For Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 281 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of aaronyoung01
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durlta
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xt0n1cx
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ADG2995
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly complex, powerful and deep, this even more imperialized baltic porter reaches the proportions to rival the character of barleywine and belgian dark strong ale. Cigar City certainly came out of the gates swinging with this bourbon infused monstrosity of ale.

Dark brown and with crimson and garnet ribbons of light about its edges, the brandy-like pour thwarts a zesty head that renders still soon after. Its scent is one of sweet toastiness, coffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, earthen spice and an unmistakable waft of bourbon. Malty sweet and lavishly rich on the tongue, hard candy, toffee, molasses and toast make the beer's introductions to the palate with a surly, savory upstart.

Upon the middle palate, the spice of booze and the natural earthy flavors rise to offset small portions of rolling malt sweetness with peppercorn, oak, fennel, bitter orange and licorice. With its batter-like consistency, the added fruitiness of grape, currant and other dark berries all seem grilled while the taste simmers long and sweet with sherry and cognac.

Full bodied and unforgivably sweet and decadent, the beer's luscious malt body suggests that it's a slow sipping affair. As flavors emerge slowly as the beer warms and as the palate acclimates it its intensity, the tastebuds are rewarded with layer upon layer of complexity; heading into a long caldering warmth of bourbon, pepper and oak.

 1,410 characters

Photo of Dogleg
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loads of vanilla, barrel swallows up the nuances of the base...a good ba porter but nothing spectacular.

105 characters

Photo of Mikestaf
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of boredalready
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a nice thick dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla notes is quite dominant with some black chocolate notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with some vanilla notes and light oak flavors. Roasted malt notes is light with some black chocolate notes and light residual sugar notes also perceptible. Body is full enough with good carbonation and some light warming alcohol notes. Very enjoyable even though base beer is a bit hard to distinguish through all the bourbon notes.

 595 characters

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at CCB Hunahpu's Day 2015

33 characters

Photo of mattreitz49
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SP1_FLA
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer4B
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfstilling
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell from Cigar City Brewing
4.17 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More