Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell | Cigar City Brewing

Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of HellKalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell
285 Ratings
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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Ratings: 285 |  Reviews: 24
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruit, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice bourbon barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

ive rediscovered lately how much i love the baltic porter style, it really works for me, with a slightly lighter mouthfeel being a lager, and all the richness of flavor in the world. this is a good one from cigar city, aged in bourbon barrels. velvety radiant black in color, dark dark beer, with a rising oatmeal colored head than rests easy. the nose on this is a little subdued compared to the flavor. big dark barley of course, but there is some great raw cocoa notes too, like those rainforest chocolate bars, this has that semisweet similarity. not much bourbon barrel in the nose. the taste is classic, lots of barrel early on, not a ton of vanilla, but lots of oak and must. i am impressed by how clean the finish is for such a rich beer, its just instant, it cleans up after itself really well. i also like the chocolate flavor too, its not dominant, but it really works with the malt here. its so smooth going down, you would never know how strong it is. a standout from a night of great beers.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a deep black color, thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer has a blend of bourbon notes as well as some roasted malt in there. The taste is good, subtle hints of bourbon with layers of roasted chocolate. Overall it's a damn fine beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Kalevipoeg At The Gates Of Hell from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 285 ratings
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