Cincinnatus 2009
Listermann Brewing Company

Cincinnatus 2009Cincinnatus 2009
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American Imperial Stout
3.96 | pDev: 13.13%
Listermann Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cincinnatus 2009Cincinnatus 2009
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 38 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JefferyLaGrow:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

This was a 2009 and it aged very nicely. I was honestly impressed. Lots of bourbon and vanilla both on the nose and on the palate. A slight bit thinner than I would like, but it did have a nice amount of carbonation.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a small snifter. The bottle reads that this stout is bottle conditioned, and was brewed/bottled in 2009. White waxed cap.

Pours a dark, dark brown, verging on black. This one is very carbonated...lots of carbonation floating up to the top, but not much of a head to speak of. I would compare the pour to how a Coke looks when it is first poured, and how the bubbles quickly fade to nothing.

The nose is a bit sour, with bourbon notes--vanilla, brown sugar, some chocolate, plum, orange peel, and wood.

The first flavors to hit the palate are smokey, dark chocolaty, and burnt. That gives way to light hints of vanilla, some cracker characteristics, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruit. The alcohol is very a good burn on the way down, and lingers for a long time.

In terms of mouthfeel, the carbonation is a little too much in this beer. There malt bill gives a nice smokiness, but there is something on the tongue that works itself out as somewhat metallic.

Overall, the stout is all right. The Bourbon barrel aging gives the beer some really good flavor around the edges, but the beer falls a bit short in terms of overall balance in flavor.

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Photo of ltjska04
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my snifter, this beer is black with dark brown highlights. The brown head appears for a minute but quickly sinks to a ring around the glass. Upon first sniff I'm getting a lot of licorice. Woah, it's like opening a bag of Twizzlers! There's a bourbon undertone with some vanilla that's kind of fruity. A bit of a woody smell in there too. It's pretty different than I'm used to. Interesting!

First sip says bourbon to me. It glides silently across my palate then ninja vanishes, leaving only an alcohol-tinged wisp of figurative smoke in its wake. That's really all I taste at first is bourbon. Some vinous, dark fruit flavors make an appearance here and there but this is all about the bourbon; kinda one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout, not at all thick or chewy. Seems like the finishing gravity is low, but what do I know. When cool the beer glided effortlessly from the glass to my stomach, but as it warms some prickly alcohol impedes the journey, taking little stabs at my tongue on the way through. Once it reaches it's final destination in my belly things start to warm up from the alcohol which becomes more noticeable. I'm not going through this as quick as I thought and I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to drink another. There's some potential here; I have another bottle I'll set aside for a year or two and see how things develop, but as it is the bourbon is overpowering and the base beer doesn't exactly hold its own.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was purchased this morning. The label has the date 2009? So was the beer made in 2009 and spent all this time between tanks and barrel? The beer was served chilled and allowed to warm to room temperature.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black and has very minimal ruby highlights. The head of the beer was one finger high a light tan coloration. The head didnt stay around long before resolving into a thin layer of film.

Smell: As soon as I opened the bottle my nose was greated with bourbon aroma. The bourbon aroma intensified as the beer was poured. The bourbon aroma became more full and round as the beer was allowed to warm up. Enough about the bourbon this is a beer review. Interlaced with the bourbon is a pleasing vanilla, dark roasted maltyness, molasses, brown sugar, over ripe dates, raisins, and yet more bourbon. Lots of sweetness floating around my glass.

Taste: A very malty sweet delivery of the aroma to my taste buds. The flavor kind of reminds of drinking coffee and eating bourbon balls at the same time. The sweetness of the beer is kept in check by the hot character of the alcohol. I like this beer alot and will be getting more bottles. Very small critique I am having problems isolating the taste of the base beer from the bourbon.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is a bit thinner than I like but it is smooth bodied mouthfeel. The alcohol is a little hot but I think it adds to the beers over all character and wouldnt change it. The beer was very enjoyable from start to finish. This might be a sipping beer for some folks but all I can say is bring me more!... This is an excellent first stab at bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this tasty treat! 12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a fine-bubbled head. Not much lace or retention.

Nose is big...full of bourbon and chocolate. Kinda like one of those liqueur-filled chocolates you find at Christmas time...if they came in Jim Beam flavor.

Nice and rich with a good balance of bourbon and malty chocolate with a hint of charred wood...maybe with some melted marshmallow that has dropped right off the stick and into the fire for a few seconds. This is the only sample of this beer I have ever had, but I get the impression the beer is drinking at its peak. Very good, Id love for someone to send me one of these again. Thanks Chad!

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of brew3crew. Cheers Jason.

2009 vintage, 900 bottles produced.

Poured into Stone IRS glass. Body is opaque and black. On appearance alone the body seems to be lacking some viscosity, Three and a half finger frothy oatmeal colored head works its way back leaving a half finger cap lingering. Patchy lacing is left clinging to the walls of the glass.

The initial aroma is really impressive. The a caramel, vanilla and oak from the bourbon really shines. The bourbon aroma overall is smooth and well integrated. A heavy dose of chocolate lays just behind the bourbon. Subtle licorice and roasted malt round out the aroma.

The flavor is well balanced but may lack some depth. The sweeter flavors lay heavy on the front of the palate. Caramel, chocolate and vanilla are rather rich. The bourbon flavors become more apparent on the midpalate and back. Slight heat noticed at the end though it is a pleasant warming heat. I like what Cincinnatus has going on, I wish there was more of a roasted characteristic to provide a bit more depth.

Full bodied and creamy Imperial stout. The carbonation is very fine and exists at a low but appropriate level. The initial observation of this beer lacking some viscosity was correct. While the slight lack in body does not hurt the beer a fuller body would certainly improve thing.

Cincinnatus is a bit of a sipper though a pleasant one. The lack of depth I desired in the flavor hurts the drinkability slightly as things tend to get a bit sweet. Outside of that I am hard pressed to find major points of concern. Very enjoyable and winds up being quite drinkable for the style. Not going to be the easiest one to find, but worth a look if you do.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rare barrel-aged stout from Cincinnati - thanks Dave (dschuster03). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A half-finger of off-white settles to a thin collar, a few wispy patches, and minimal lacing. Dark brown body that approaches black but is a few shades away.

S - Bourbon, oak, alcohol, raisins, chocolate, roasted malts. Seems significantly hotter than the listed 9.5%, but otherwise it's pretty solid.

T - Taste is a bit better than the aroma, as the booze mellows out quite a bit. Chocolate milk, vanilla, oak, bourbon - a nice collection of flavors, with nice balance between sweetness and roast.

M - Thin body, with medium carbonation, dry and tannic texture, and some definite warming alcohol.

D - The taste is quite enjoyable, but the feel is substandard, and there's excessive alcohol for something this low in ABV. I'd try subsequent batches of this one, but if this is really from 2009 I can't imagine the alcohol mellowing out much more.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours black with brown edges and a small tan head that dissipates to a thin head.

S. A nice sweet bourbon flavor with roasted bitterness and a caramel/ brown sugar sweeness.

T. Lots of (somewhat harsh) oak with roasted bitterness - not a lit of sweetness going on here. Good, but not great.

M. Medium mouthfeel with some alcohol harshness.

T. Good, but I'd like some more sweetness. A good bourbon barrel stout, but not great.

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Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at the brewery/LHBS, poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown that appears pitch black in the glass. Small, loose head on the pour without much retention and no lacing.

S: A good bit of vanilla with some moderate bourbon and oak. Nice roastiness behind everything but almost completely overpowered. Some perceived sweetness but I think it's more from the assertive vanilla aroma.

T/M: Light roast, some sweetness, kinda thin mouthfeel. Heavy alcohol on the finish. More of the vanilla but not quite as strong. Some decent barrel flavor as well. Plenty of alcohol heat. Body is only about medium viscosity or so and the carbonation can't really smooth things out.

D: The strong alcohol heat limits the drinkability quite a bit. I think this was barrel aged too long(or maybe too much bourbon left in the barrel?) or the base beer wasn't big enough to hold up to the barrel aging.

I'm very glad that a brewery in Cincinnati is doing stuff like this. I'd love to see more.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Big thanks to CMitchell for this!

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and light tan colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down. Nice look to it!
S: Smells of deep roasted malts and then a huge bourbon flavoring with hints of chocolate and caramel in there as well.
T: Tastes of sweet and deep roasted malts followed by chocolate, coffee, caramel, and then a big bourbon flavor but not as overpowering as the nose let on. It blends very well with the other flavors.
M: Rich, not as heavy as I was expecting, perfect amount of carbonation, flavorful.
D: Very drinkable even considering the high abv. All the flavors were mixed very well for a really nice beer.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dschuster03
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooked up with this one from my man CMitchell. Always in the clutch.

White waxed bottle pours into my snifter a deep reddish brown, almost black. Deep tan head, close to caramel in color dissipates into a slight ring of retention that sticks around for the long haul. Pretty standard for the style, although the head could be a touch bigger.

Let this one warm up in the glass a bit.. it's got some oak, bourbon, chocolate, even a little sweet honey. The aroma even reminds me to that of a Dark Lord as it has a deep currant, plum-like nose that emerges as the beer warms up in the glass. Really well balanced and very fitting for the style.

The taste certainly doesn't disappoint. Light on the carbonation, this has a full bourbon taste without the bourbon overdose I get from something like a Bourbon County Stout. Some of the other reviews of this beer hint that the beer is hot, but I'd have to disagree. Maybe an extra month or so in the bottle to cool off a little did the trick. On top of the bourbon, I get light smoke, some caramel, vanilla, a touch of dry tobacco and a nice distant deep fruit on the finish as it rounds out. My only negative is that the beer does drop off the radar a little bit right at the end. Or maybe that's a good thing - leaves you wanting more!

The Cincinnatus is terribly drinkable, and the folks sharing the beer with me would attest to that as well. Great offering from a local brewer. I'd love to see even more of this in the future as these guys continue to grow. Always top notch beer from their crew in my book. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

3.0 A: Black color. I only got about a half finger of head, which fell almost instantly. I think it was tan in color.

3.0 S: The nose is dominated by bourbon, but is weak overall. Wood, leather, and vanilla and fortunately no astringency and minimal booze. The underlying stout is lacking. The roasted barley is barely detectable and there isn't much else aside from a bit of caramel.

2.5 T: The taste is a lot bolder than the nose, but again the stout fails to match up with the bourbon. Bourbon and barrel contribute a hefty booziness (which tastes closer to 12% than 10), aggressive oak, leather, and some peat. There's more roastiness than in the nose, but there aren't a lot of other "stout-like" flavors. There's no chocolate, no coffee, and no dark fruitiness. Rather, this is mainly bourbon, a bit of roastiness, and some caramel.

3.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower than I'd prefer. Could be both smoother and creamier. The bourbon makes this a bit rough around the edges.

2.5 D: My scores might be a bit harsh, but I didn't enjoy this much. The nose was weak, the stout taste was weak and the bourbon was harsh, and the carbonation was a bit low. A bourbon aficianado would probably like this more than I have.

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Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/4 inch mocha tan head that quickly settles to collar around the glass. Dark fruit (cherry and plum), with notes molasses, brown sugar, and bourbon. Oaky sweet flavor off the bat with the bourbon slowly coming into play in the middle. The alcohol is there but is decently incorporated. Pretty smooth. Well done IMO. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of chcfan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Beejay
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black in the glass, the pour produces a small dark tan head, which quickly dissipates.

S: Sweet and malty with a lovely roasted character coming through. Vanilla and oak come through the malty scent.

T: Very nice. Huge syrupy malt flavor hits you right away. The finish packs a bit of booze, flanked by oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes. Very nice overall.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation works for the style, and it has a nice slickness to it.

D: This guy definitely has a bit of booze in it. A whiskey lovers beer for sure, I wish there was a little more head on it, but that really is just superficial. Overall it is quite a tasty beer and something that could age very well.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark brown, but you can still tell it's pretty cloudy. A ring of brown head.

S - Bourbon! Raisins, grass, chocolate.

T - Boy, this is hot. Lots of bourbon, and definitely above 9.5% alcohol. It's very hot, and could probably do with some age.

M - smooth, but hot and thin. Somewhere, this needs to be either thicker or less hot.

D - It's really not that pleasant to drink.

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Photo of mazdarx
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In a tulip

Pours with minimal head and lacing

Smells of bourbon, molasses, vanilla

Tastes of bourbon and molasses up front, follows up with Burt sugar, pleasant like the sugar burnt on a creme brule. A hint of buttons on the back end Maybe some turtle shell. Very good.

Feels like a black swan dancing ballet on my tongue, delicately with her tip toes.

I think with some age maybe a year or two, this could be perfect! I enjoyed it now but with age it will mellow nicely


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Photo of AgentZero
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A little light colored for an Imperial Stout. The beer is a dark brown with an off-white head that doesn't leave a lot of stick on the glass.

S - Rich bourbon, there's actually quite a bit. There's some decent roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits and barrel. Nice assortment of stout smells.

T - Pretty good, don't have any real complaints. It's got some chocolate and bourbon with some roast. Nothing exceptional, but the flavors are right and it has good balance.

M - Could stand to be a little thicker. Lower carbonation.

O - Drank a little bit hot, but this was a solid offering that does good but not great with all aspects. Enjoyed drinking it, but wouldn't go out of my way to find another one.

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Photo of jimbus
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Midnight black with a tan, light head that dissipates quickly. Warm, boozy bourbon in the nose. Strong bourbon taste follows the nose, along with flavors of dark roasted malts, residual sweetness, and hop bitterness which balance it nicely. Still decently hot, but the flavor profile is very solid! I would love to see what this tastes like with another year of age on it.

For those who don't know, Listermann's is a popular homebrew store in Cincinnati who recently has acquired their beer license and is now selling their craft efforts. Can't beat being able to satiate your homebrewing needs and your palate at the same time!

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Urbancaver
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Listermann's via brew3crew

Had this once in the summer of 2010 via udchemist as a test bottle and liked it a lot.

Pours dark brown... Not as thick as i would hope but nice bit of head and good colour. Smells very bourbon heavy. Nice buttery smells. Tastes like bourbon... Some smoked malt in the background but the bourbon overpowers everything. The beer is way too thin for it's flavour profile. But the carbonation is nice and i think it's actually very drinkable for the percentage

If this was twice as thick i think the heat would be meld much better but as it is now it's too thin for what it is

EDIT: Updated... 2011 batch is MUCH improved :)

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Photo of brew3crew
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle looks awesome. Cant wait to dive in. Poured into sniffer glass
A-jet black with a lightly moca head that quickly disapates
S-smells alot like bourbon upfront. But as it warms up i get more vanilla.
T-tastes a lot like it smells. I dont really like bourbon but i like this! Alot more smooth than you would expect from the smell
M-full bodied and smooth
D-good drinkability. I was done with my sniffer in no time!

It gets better the warmer it gets!

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Photo of davacano
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to get a few bottles of this from a friend living in Cincinnati. I am very partial to Bourbon barrel aged beer and this is a doozy. The nose screams bourbon and there is a definitive alcohol burn.

There are vanilla and burnt notes on the tongue but the mouthfeel is a little thin. This could very well do better with some bottle age on it.

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Photo of jefferz5000
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like many others, I want to thank CMitchell for this unsolicited treat.

Pours an opaque black with generous, light tan head. Tiny bubbles rapidly make their way to the surface for a while once poured.

The aroma on this is quite nice and doesn't hold back. The sweet bourbon really stands out, but doesn't smell boozy. Hoping the flavor mirrors the aroma.

This is a nicely done barrel-aged stout. Instantly I notice how smooth it is and the flavors are well meshed. Deep and roasty with a good amount of bourbon integrated. Some sweet vanilla and toffee. A bit of heat on the finish, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel, and I like that. Very smooth with moderate carbonation.

This is a good BA imperial stout. I could drink a 12oz bottle without much effort, but anything beyond that in one sitting might be pushing it a tad. I think that's the case for many big beers.

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Cincinnatus 2009 from Listermann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 38 ratings