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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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  rDev -4.1%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Shared with Paul in a night of debauchery and palate assaulting. Black, opaque body with a viscous, oily, beige collar. Rich and delectable aroma. Chocolates, roast, oak, bourbon. So dark and full. Cigar City strikes yet again.

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