Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell | Cigar City Brewing

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Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of HellKalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks so much to Al for sending this to me. 6 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on October 26th, 2013.

A - Pours more like a scotch or brown ale than any other baltic porter I've had. Lightly bubbly but zero lacing or retention.

S - Overt bourbon, cashew, brown sugar, dates, and whole chocolate milk. It kind of reminds me of Bourbon Hi-Fi Rye but lacking a great deal of complexity.

T - Dark caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, no residual alcohol whatsoever. Again, it's straightforward.

M - Medium-body, not nearly as creamy-smooth as I'd hoped (compared to something more pedestrian like Topless Wytch).

D - It's just fine. Nothing nearly memorable, and in that sense I am greatly disappointed.

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3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1MAY2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Big oak aroma with lighter bourbon, chocolate and dark fruit notes.

T - Very sweet. Starts out with some noticeable bourbon and charred oak that accompany the flavours of the base beer: roast, chocolate and dark fruit with a touch of vanilla in the background. As the beer warms up and I continue to drink it the barrel notes seem to completely disappear and become almost non-existent leaving just a slightly over sweet porter profile without much personality.

M - Medium, almost full body. Light carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with a whole bunch of us. Drank right after the non BA version.

A - Pours deep dark brown with a small half finger tall khaki colored head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light strings of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, dulled vanilla and chocolatey sweetness, light smokiness and only the faintest hint of bourbon. Right away I could tell this one wasn't right, I even re-read the description to make sure I read it right the first time. It has a really weird fruitiness and very little bourbon notes.

T - Taste is just like the nose. It starts off with the dark roasted malt and light sweetness and then things take a turn for the worse. There is a weird mix of smoke and light fruitiness that clashes with all of the other flavors. On top of that the bourbon is almost non existent, which is really eye raising. Finish is rather harsh with a bit of booze burn, combined with the thin feel it doesn't linger on the palate for very long.

M - Medium body with moderately low carbonation. The weird fruitiness combined with the thin, roasty feel is not helping things at all.

O - There was more than half the bottle left at the end of the night and nobody was rushing over to finish it. A bourbon barrel porter with no bourbon presence and a light fruitiness? I don't want to say this bottle was infected but it definitely wasn't right.

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3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to moose3285 for this bottle...which I was thinking about all day. When the day begins to kick south at 9:30 AM, it's good to know you have an awesome beer to look forward to & share; loved the base beer. Big 750 ML bottle with some great prose on the label split with my wife.

The pour is pitch red, a bit darker than I remember the base beer. Nose is hard to pick up against the background fuzz; mild smokiness, vanilla, chocolate, with a bit more sweetness than anything else.

Gates of Hell: nothing subtle or quiet about the taste. The bourbon is strong but neither harsh nor overwhelming, but smooth & mellow. Complementary vanilla, of course. Half of Willy Wonka's factory backs the bourbon, just like the base beer; you could call this a chocolate stout & fool most of the learned population around here. Finish is more of the same. Feels nice & thick, which is Cigar City's apparent trademark. Not objecting to taking half a bomber of this one.

One of those times where the excellent base beer is actually better than the brew that emerges from the barrels. This version murders some of the lovely subtleties of the original. Still a good beer that I'm happy to have another several ounces of.

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3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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