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Oskar Blues / Cigar City - Bamburana | Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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Oskar Blues / Cigar City - BamburanaOskar Blues / Cigar City - Bamburana

Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration with Cigar City brewing in Tampa, FL. This beer is an imperial stout aged in whiskey and brandy barrels with figs, dates and Amburana wood spirals.

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Zenboy99
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brevard NC tap room. Amazing beer.

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Photo of Stout80mizer
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oily, sludgy pitch black with a creamy brown head. Great retention and sheets of lacing.

The aroma immediately offers wafts of oak and wood spirals and bourbon and rich decadent sweetness, dark chocolate, dark fruits of the dates and figs, brandy, toast, caramel, toffee, espresso, and vanilla. Amazing.

The taste follows the nose, and is immense. Sweet, rich, decadent--bourbon and brandy barrel, oak, huge toasted coconut and vanilla, sherry, butterscotch; then dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cacao, more coconut and vanilla, toast, molasses, dates and figs, black cherry, and cinnamon. Finishes sweet and silky with barrel tannins drying it out a bit.

Huge creamy, oily mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, slick with residual sugars.

Holy shit. This beer is incredible. One of the best stout experiences of my entire life. Wow.

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Photo of micada
4.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised to see this on the shelf at wegmans, but there it was. Read a lot of good things on the WBAYDN forum, so got 2 four-packs. Poured hard, cool to a tulip glass. Color is dark cola brown. Makes a tiny dark brown ring as a head that disappears quickly. Lots of lacing. Nose is interesting: heavy brandy, whiskey, vanilla, licorice, char. First sips follow the nose, with a hoppy bite on the front end. After a little lingering and warming, you get some of the figgy flavor on the back end. Sweet but not cloying. Alcohol is present and warming.

Down-graded the taste a little after it warmed. The brandy stays around too long, and it’s getting a bit cloying to me.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JamesLeung
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of polloenfuego
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhilKeller
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of clayrock81
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with tan head and lace patches. The aroma has dark fruits (dates) along with a boozy, sugary sweetness (not quite cinnamon but pretty close) along with hints of boozy vanilla, wood and something akin to chocolate. Smooth, creamy, light-bodied, woody, well-hidden ABV, has a mild dryness and tastes like a dark fruit sugary bomb (date, figs, cinnamon, sticky sugar frosting on a cinnamon bun), with a crispness on finish that lets you know you're drinking a beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dull dark brownish-black with tan wisps and a thin ring leaving wavy, spotty lace.

Smell is baked, gooey cinnamon and spice with dates, spiced rum cake, and even Bananas Fosters in all its brown sugared, white rum goodness. I daresay even moreso than Criminal Commission featured.

On the palate it continues developing marzipan and red licorice notes, as that spiced date and rum cake is also present with an added pineapple reduction that's really unusual for a beer, and totally out of bounds, but I keep coming back to it and enjoying it. Further notes of amaretto and cherry pair with vanilla in this medium-light but round bodied stout, which has a light carbonation that finishes stingingly semi-dry with some heat and a Raisinets exhale.

I'm woozy.

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Photo of BrewsOverHoes
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ElGallo
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of argock
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a clear glass snifter. 01/10/19 BLACK BETTY BAM-BUR-ANA

Black with 1-2 finger brown frothy head with decent retention but no lacing. Legs obvious however.

FIg, date, and rum raisin mixed creatively with pineapple, vanilla, coconut, and burnt caramel

Flavor is maltier than the aroma (which is hard to do) with date, rum raisin, toffee, burnt caramel, dark chocolate on the malt side with vanilla, pineapple, orange, coconut, and a general lively fruitiness from the barrel side throughout. Sweetness gets to be a bit much by the end.

Feel is a bit syrupy despite the attempt to provide more carbonation.

A really good beer that will be hard to replicate due to the unique barrel character. If they were to make it better, lighten it slightly and up the bitterness a touch to counteract the intense fruity, caramel sweetness which is really delicious.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFNC
4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with rich tan head and very sticky lacing.
N: Sweet whiskey, chocolate, malt, and soft charred notes.
T: Silky smooth with a nice softness, sweet whiskey, chocolate, some char, and minor smoke.
M: Medium with amazing feel, this is so smooth its scary.
O: I am a fan, was not sold at first but dam I am glad to be wrong.... Exceptional beer.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a can bought from Systembolaget, Sweden.
Dark brown to black beer with a thin, brown, head.

Nose: Coffee, coconut, rum, brandy, raisin, cinnamon, fig and chocolate.
Taste: Roasted sweet malt, fudge, coconut, cinnamon, whiskey, brandy, brown sugar, vanilla, dried fruit, plum and tobacco.
Mouth: Full body. Creamy. Light and sticky carbonation. Dry and sweet ending. Warming alcohol.


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Photo of Unclevince
4.1/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very unique stout. Smells and tastes more like rum to me. Tons of raisin, fig, date, and cinnamon in the nose and flavor. This one falls short on the feel however. Far too sweet to be easily drinkable. Otherwise awesome brew.

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Photo of admonster00
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevepat
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep brown with a lovely rich chocolate colored head with moderate retention and very good lacing.
Smell is roasty chocolate and mild spice (the ginger/nutmeg/is it cinnamon? aspect that I am thinking is the amburana). Has a holiday note in the best possible way.
Taste is roast and smooth barrel notes up front. The burn is there but perfectly balanced against woody vanilla and spice and feint roasty fruit notes. Almost like roasted red beets. The finish is sweet and perfectly spiced. The taste is so complex and wonderful, at times reminding me of a holiday stewed fruit with liquor in the recipe. Amazing.
Mouthfeel is spot on. This is a big beer. Rich and full bodied. Not one to slam and definitely one that you might wake up with still on your tongue.
Overall this is a real delight. Dark horse coming in late for my favorite dark beer of this winter. So rich and so complex, no complaints. I will get more to drink soon cause I can't imagine this one getting any better.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep, pitch opaque black with a medium dark tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind a good amount of lacing
S - sweet brandy and peaty whiskey along with smoked wood and sweetness from the figs and dates
T - Really complex stuff: an incredibly strong amount of sweetness from the brandy, figs, and dates followed by peat and smokiness from the whiskey, licorice, chocolate, toffee, caramel, finished with a slight hint of alcohol.
F - full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - creamy,
O - This is a pretty polarizing brew - incredibly complex stuff that works well together, but honestly, you'd really have to be in the mood for this one to pick it over something a little more toned down - this is a great experience that should be tried at least once, but maybe only once.

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Photo of meisterunibrow
4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head that dissipates to a thick film with nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, whiskey, dates and almonds; nice. Flavor is dark toasted malt, brandy, mild whiskey, vanilla, dates, raisins, licorice and almonds in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A super rich and flavorful stout. The malt is full bodied and supports the other flavors beautifully. I don't know where that almond flavor is coming from, but it must be an interaction between the brandy and the exotic wood in the barrel. This is a wow stout, both well balanced character and lots of interesting flavors to parse out. ABV dangerously well covered, this would be easy to drink several cans. For better or worse I only got one, but it I see it again, I will correct that error. Stellar.

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Photo of nofmxc
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick and dark, this beer has very complex and different flavors. I think the figs/dates come out more than anything, though I don't know what aburana tastes like. Hides the alcohol well and is pretty sweet. Smells almost like a permanent marker, but in a good way. If you're looking for something very unique, it's a good choice.

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Oskar Blues / Cigar City - Bamburana from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 107 ratings