Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

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
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
275
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
62
For Trade:
9
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 275
Reviews by macrosmatic:
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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque. One finger of brown head on top of more carbonation than most barrel-aged pours.

S: Bourbon hit up front - almost smells more like scotch. Bit sweet malts, unsweet chocolate, sweet woodiness. Maybe a little bit metallic, and it toes the line of smelling overly boozy.

T: Bourbon hit up front, then some cacao and coffee-roasted bitter malts. There just doesn't seem to be a lot else going on here other than the bourbon and nice maltiness.

M: Mouthfeel and body seem to be in line with the base beer. The impression I get is that it's a little thin, but I think I'm expecting Imperial Stout body, or at least big porter, with the flavors involved. Lower carbonation than I expected from the appearance. Alcohol presence is actually fairly restrained given the bourbon barrel treatment.

O: This is good, but it's not blowing me our of the water. Even though the degree of barrel-aging seems nicely restrained, I don't think the base beer is big enough to stand up to it. I will be curious what several months of again will do to this.

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4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very generous extra in a trade - excited to dive into this one.

Pours very dark for a Baltic porter, though from CCB I am not surprised. Creamy tight-bubble head for a barrel aged beer - light beige.

Incredibly rich and well balanced aroma of sweet bourbon and oak flavors - pronounced vanilla, light caramel and toffee, cocoa powder, 'wet' oak, slight bourbon and dark fruits. As it warms some sweet pipe tobacco and fresh berry notes come to the fore.

Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and light sweet finish.

Floored by this one - would love to do it side-by-side with BA Framinghammer. Hope they brew it again!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at CCB Hunahpu's Day 2015

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Thin collar and a couple of bubbles on the surface.

Smell - When it's cold, it's all bourbon. When it's a bit warmer, a lot more caramel comes out. Still quite a raw bourbon character.

Taste - Bourbon bomb. Raw bourbon flavor. Caramel. Fudgy. Chocolate and caramel blend well.

Mouthfeel - Barrel hot. Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is really good. Masks the base beer with bourbon, but it's pretty damn good.

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Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.
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