Cincinnatus 2009 | Listermann Brewing Company

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Cincinnatus 2009Cincinnatus 2009

Brewed by:
Listermann Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nlmartin on 01-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by pwoods:
Photo of pwoods
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Christman
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love how fresh this brew is, because they make and bottle it right down the road. I also like the presentation (wax seal? awesome) - i know that doesnt go too far when it comes to whats IN the bottle. But it doesn't hurt the overall arrangement. As for the beer, i found it a rather drinkable Imperial Stout... it has a decent ABV... but it didn't have much of an 'alcohol' tang, and went down very smooth. The downside to this brew was that it was a little thin and not as robust as others in this genre. Which i suppose is the trade off - drinkability for body? Thats not always the case obviously... but I commend them for their effort and would drink this again. Nice job fellas.

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Photo of Beejay
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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 joshrosborne
2.05/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Purchased two bottles of this from the store itself. Both of them had the exact same problem.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Absolutely no head or sign of carbonation. Looked a lot like a cup of coffee; pitch black. The bourbon was present, along with a bit of roastiness. Mostly bourbon, though.

The taste is very, very hot. Almost like bourbon was mixed with the beer instead of being aged in barrels.

Without carbonation, the mouthfeel is obviously terrible. Two bottles of drainpour; super disappointing.

I would say almost every single aspect of this beer would be improved with carbonation. Normally I wouldn't even consider reviewing a beer based on this, but two bottles with the same problem seems like more than a coincidence.

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Photo of jhaap
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit to being impressed by, for lack of a better term, the "obscurity" of this beer: from a small local brewer, in limited quantities. I'm thrilled to have picked up a few bottles!

This beer, like most Listermann's, pours with a minimal head that dissipates quickly.

Unlike other bourbon barrel offerings, this one is not overpowering with the bourbon flavor. I mean that in a good way. Nice balance of the stout flavor with the bourbon flavors.

Wish I could pick this up at a local store whenever I felt like it!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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 erosier
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
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 fishnuttoo
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep dark brown/ black color, tan lacing on top.

S: It has a bourbon, raisin, chocolate, smell that i quite enjoy!

T: Sweet start, then roasty with caramel, chocolate, and of course the bourbon, which is spot on...

M: smooth, but not as creamy as i had hoped. No lacing, not as carbonated as others in this style.

D: very drinkable, flavors meld well, wish i had another...

overall nice beer, flavorful, tasty, strong bourbon taste, not overdone. Needs more carbonation, but I would buy again..

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
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 pcradduck
4.82/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best bourbon beers I have had to date, I have had three of them and each one is a treat.

Look: It has a deep black color, even darker than Guinness. No real head, but that is likely due to the 9.5% ABV. The wax covered bottle is a great touch.

Smell: Once poured it releases a very strong bourbon smell with a hint of a chocolate, which is very inviting.

Taste: A very full bourbon flavor, which is why I drink this beer. It is a little harsh (I like that in bourbon beers) and goes great with a nice cigar. It is a good beer to drink slowly and enjoy, not a beer I would just drink quickly.

If you like bourbon you will love this beer, if you don't like bourbon don't drink this, save it for the rest of us ;)

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Photo of davacano
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 AgentZero
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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 forummember
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of movingtrain
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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 phiberoptik
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, picked up at the shop. Waxed top took a little work to get into but at least it helps me know the beer is going to be free of any outside air. Due to our lack of sufficient glassware, we poured it into two white wine glasses. Pours a root beer brown. Thinner than I expected, with a little sandy tan head.

Defiant bourbon in the nose along with raisins, caramel, and you can almost taste a sweetness in the back of your throat from the smell. You get the alcohol in the nose as well.

Holy bourbon! This beer resembles a watered down Manhattan. There is no surprise that you get a warming tingle in the throat from the alcohol. I get some malt notes as well, but holy bourbon. Its taking over my taste buds but I am perfectly ok with it.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. I expected a bit more substance to it, but it does leave some nice legs on the glass and has just a tiny bit of resiny feeling on my tongue. The heat in my throat doesnt go away but its pleasantly warming.

For me, the drinkability of this is one and done, BUT not because I dont like it. Its strong, delicious, but at $5 a bottle and I only bought two... haha this one is getting savored right now and the other one is cellared for a while. For me personally, I try to avoid any buzz from alcohol and this one will give it to me if Im not careful.

Thank you for brewing a hometown beer I can seriously be proud of! IMO the only reason this beer doesn't have an average rating in the A's is because it doesn't have a nationally known name behind it. Hopefully one day...

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Photo of jimbus
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of brew3crew

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly turns into a ring around the top.

S: Big bourbon aroma with some prune, vanilla and a touch of caramel.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. The bourbon is big, but I can tell that it's mellowed. Fresh, this would probably be way too hot. I don't get a lot besides the bourbon and a touch of vanilla. Maybe a hint of caramel on the finish and some peat. A bit of heat as it goes down makes it feel higher than 9.5%. Mouthfeel is sort of slick without being syrupy. It still feels a tad thin at times though. Not the best out there, but I'm really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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 jefferz5000
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of rodney4130
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average looking imperial stout,nothing special, but the smell is of strong bourbon...and it smells great.

I tried this beer a year ago, and found it to be hot and unpleasant. Totally different now. Blended very well. Still a touch of alchohol, but it works very well.

Nice and smooth mouthfeel, though nothing remarkable. All in all, a well done beer and one that's benefitted from the aging.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +11.5%
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 ColdPoncho
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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 nathanmiller
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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