Cincinnatus 2011 | Listermann Brewing Company

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Cincinnatus 2011Cincinnatus 2011

Brewed by:
Listermann Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brew3crew on 12-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Jasonchair
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of DYount80
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of brew3crew
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

tweaked recipe so a new listing

A-tan head that quickly disapates

S-sweet bourbon. Very sweet and inviting

T-follows the nose. Sweet bourbon that mellows very we'll with the body. Not overpowering

M-medium body and smooth. Crazy drinkable

O-I blind shared this at a recent tasting. Multiple people thought it was black note. That's some high praise I don't know that I can argue with

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Photo of Caterwaul
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black body, light tan head.

S: Bourbon up front, with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

T: Mmm! The bourbon is there, but doesn't overpower the other flavors, rather it complements them very nicely. Chocolatey, caramel-y, loads of vanilla- even nearing half an hour after tasting it, it's like I just finished an ice-cream sundae. Good stuff!

M: Low carbonation, smooth. A little on the thin side, certainly for the style.

O: This is one of the best BB Stouts I've had from this area. I'm looking forward to seeing what else the folks at Listermann's will come out with in the future.

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Photo of funhog
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Brez07
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed blind as part of the Bind Beer BIF 8. Sent from nlmartin

Ruby, dark brown pour. Sits dark and still in the glass. Poured with 1/2 head, which quickly turns into a thins coat on top of the beer. Gone by half way thru, and a swirl only generates some brief fizziness in the beer. No lace, but decent "legs"

Nose is somewhat boozy but nothing to retract from. Fig, Chocolate raisin, rum soaked cherry and... oak?

Sweet and dry, bitter chocolate, warm finish similar to rum/bourbon. Light on the generic dark fruit (can't pick a specific one out), a little tobacco smokiness. Dark roasted malt, giving off a slightly burnt toast flavor. Torn between oak aged or bourbon barrel... or scotch barrel? Does have a subtle peat characteristic, but I might just be over thinking this. Reason number 67 why this BIF rules

If this is a stout, I'd say medium bodied with a thin appearance. But I'm leaning old ale and being spot on with my expectations of mouthfeel

This was a fun one to start with, but maybe not on an empty stomach haha. Definitely felt a little buzzed afterwards. Guessing around 10-11%. Really great beer, overall I'd give it a 4.5

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Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle I picked up at Listermann while in town visiting family for the holidays. Found out about this beer through Beer Advocate.

Pours jet black with a small tan head which fades rather quickly into thin lacing. Appropriate for the amount of alcohol in this beer.

The aroma is a wonderful mixture of bourbon and dark chocolate. There is also some dark fruit detectable but bourbon definitely dominates.

The taste is nearly all bourbon up front. Dark chocolate notes quickly sneak in, though, followed by dark fruit. The longer the beer is sipped the more the bourbon fades and the other flavors become apparent. There is a slight harshness to this beer that I believe would fade if allowed to age for awhile.

This is an amazing beer. I am so glad I found out about this and was able to pick up a bottle. I will definitely be buying several more and bringing them back to TN with me.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of brown2cu
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle 201!

A: Jet black in appearance with only a slight indication of dark brown towards the crown. This beer is topped by an off white head that has pretty spectacular retention for being as strong as it is. I am digging this so far; a lot of stouts that are this strong simply look listless and stagnant. well done!

S: The bourbon is as the front of the nose; however, it is not harsh in nature. Underneath this; however, there is some creaminess (vanilla?), but this is well played as well i.e. it doesn't smell like I'm going to indulge in anything over the top as was the case with Southern Tier's creme brulee stout.

T: Wonderful and rich. The bourbon is at the forefront and there is a slight harshness to it; however, this beer with some more age would level it out nicely. Vanilla and chocolate notes cut into the booziness and remind you that there is a lot going on in this brew. The sweetness, though, is cut and placed in check by a hefty hop presence that is reminiscent of spiciness, or herbalness. Nothing over the top on hops, just the right amount to balance the beer out.

M: Smooth and creamy right on point for the style. Doesn't suffer like other examples of this style for being overly viscous or syrupy.

O: One hell of a beer, and something I would get over and over again. Really wishing I had a bottle to take home for the holidays, and share with the family. Looking forward to more from these very talented individuals.

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Photo of ConorThomas
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I usually keep my reviews on my own spreadsheet, but decided to add this to BA to let others know about this terrific beer.

A- Black, with a nice tan head that never truly disintegrates.

S- Slightly more muted than I anticipated, but the sweetness dominates the nose.

T- The taste is also sweet, with perhaps a slight hint of vanilla and caramel. There is a bit of a warming quality to the taste, along with a boozy kick.

M- Outstanding. It is warming, very smooth for the style, and not harsh in the slightest.

O- This is a very solid beer that anyone in the Cincinnati area should seek out. Although some flavors were more absent than other beers of this style, the terrific mouthfeel and smooth nature of this beer really give it a unique advantage. It should also be noted that this beer is young (only been out of the Buffalo Trace (I think) barrels for a few months).

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Photo of cbeer88
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #6.

12oz bottle poured into DFH snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown liquid pours into glass looks a very dark brown on the pour, but sits pretty close to black in the glass. A thin half finger of light tan head doesn't last terribly long except for a ring around the edges. Very little lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts, and oak. The vanilla in the nose on this guy is awesome. Very complex smell.

Taste: Up front I'm hit with bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. On the backend I get more of the vanilla and wood. Nice roasted dark malt body balances everything out. Lots going on here and it's extremely well balanced. There's a bitter aftertaste that kind of lingers for a while, which would be my biggest knock on this beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, really smooth. A little hot, but for what I'm presuming is a fresh beer, not too hot for the style. Medium bodied, and carb is on the low side.

Drinkability: Pretty high. It's a bourbon barrel stout and obviously a high ABV sipper.

Overall: This beer is excellent. It's complex, well crafted, smooth, balanced, and not too hot. Good job with the barrel here guys. There are so many of these out there nowadays, that I like to see a bit of a signature kiss on the beer to differentiate it from the pack - this has it with its vanilla nose. It makes me think "I won't forget you".

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Photo of Calvinism86
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one out of a bottle that I bought at Listermann's. Has a very nice sparkly silver wax over the cap, similar to Maker's Mark, but nicer. Individually numbered on the side of the bottle, number 670/2324.

Appearance is pitch black. Almost no light is getting through this one. It came with a light tan, less than one finger head, even from a rather aggressive pour. This isn't a very carbonated beer. The head all but disappears less than halfway through the beer, with very minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

I love the smell of this beer. There is a definite oak character that cuts right through the nose, with strong hints of chocolate, bourbon, and even a bit of vanilla in the background, and a definite note of alcohol. I could tell this was going to be a strong beer before I took my first sip, but the smell of the oak gives this beer a pleasant, distinctive smell.

The first thing I noticed from the taste, just like the smell, was the very present oak flavor right up front. I could taste hints of chocolate, coffee, and a bitter sweetness and an almost sour character coming up behind the oakiness, and the finish is a well defined chocolate and a decent bit bourbon and alcohol. There is definitely a lot of alcohol in this beer. However, the presence of the alcohol was not unpleasant, and the taste improves greatly the more it warms up.

The mouthfeel is the most enjoyable part of this beer. I would venture to say that this is the smoothest Imperial Stout I have ever tried. As one of my favorite styles, that is quite a compliment. It coats the tongue, and almost slides down the throat. This is a very fun beer to drink.

Overall, this is a great, small-batch Oaked Imperial Stout. This is probably my new favorite style of beer, and this brew is one of my favorites. It almost has a homebrewed feel to it, and in my opinion, that makes for a very good stout. This is definitely a sipper, though, and one of these may be all you need in a night. I can tell that some of the over-balanced flavors and the booziness will disappear with some aging, so it may be a good idea to sit this one back for a special occasion. I would recommend this beer, and I will definitely be picking up a couple more of these for a little aging.

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Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jklecko2
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Infamous7100
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black, opaque. Slight cocoa ring around the edge of the glass. Little to no head to speak of.
S: wow! Oak soaked booze and lots of it. Not a lot of the roasted malt and chocolate you expect from most stouts. Perhaps its out of balance, but the pleasant aroma makes up for that.
T: simply, brilliant. The oak and bourbon really come through not just at the front, but remain a constant on the palette. As it warms, the booze subdues just a bit and some hints of roasted malt and coffee notes peek through.
M: medium to full bodied. Velvety smooth viscosity that really coats the tongue. A slighty dry and boozy finish.
O: really enjoyed this brew. A bit expensive at $7 per bottle, but you can really taste the effort put into this. A sipper to be sure, probably best to be had on a cold night. The booze will warm you up, the flavor will keep your attention and the 10% abv will have you loving life.

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Photo of Beejay
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks go to my friend Richard for bringing me a taste of Cincinnati!!

A: Pours a chocolate brown color, in the glass it is black. Somewhat low amount of head, but what is there is coffee and cream colored with some fish eyes.

S: Very sweet, with a huge hit of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and a hint of maple syrup. Smells thick, and perhaps a touch nutty, with chocolate overtones.

T: Tons of bourbon and oak in there. Starts sweet with maple syrup, followed by vanilla, oak, and possibly a little bit of tobacco. Brown sugar, chocolate, licorice, and bourbon come up in the finish. Not boozy, but a little bit of alcohol is present in the finish.

M: Medium thick in body, there is a nice silky mouthfeel, not necessarily creamy but very smooth. The carbonation is low, perhaps a touch too low, but maybe that is part of what I like about the feel.

O: Overall very nice.. I wish there was a little more richness to the stout flavor, I think it is being blown out a little by the bourbon, that being said it certainly a mouthfull of excellent flavor.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, if you do not like bourbon, then go away. If all of your bourbon-barrel aged stouts must contain massive amounts of coffee and chocolate to smooth out the flavors and take away the bourbon bite, then this beer is not for you. If you are unfamiliar with the mantra of the bourbon drinker (``first ya swaller, then ya hollar''), then you are barking up the wrong tree. Go back to your KBS and CBS. Those are outstanding beers (if you can get them). However, if you DO like bourbon and DO NOT mind if your beer has some bite, then come with me...

Hand numbered wax-dipped bottle (1128/2324) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. The beer is dark mahogany (not black) and pours with (sadly) low viscosity and little carbonation (as expected from a barrel-aged brew). The nose has LOTS of bourbon and oak. I mean this beer smells like Bubba Buck when he comes back from his still hidden up yonder in them thar hills. There's no doubt whatsoever where THIS beer has been. Not getting many roasty notes like coffee, but I do get a small faint touch of chocolate.

Full-bodied beer with wonderful flavor, but the mouthfeel is a little thin. In the front of the palate I get a quick cola-like taste, then nice semi-sweet vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavors. The beer is not boozy at all, but does have a warming finish with flavors that mesh together nicely. The finish is like a liquor-filled chocolate. Mouthfeel notwithstanding, the beer is dangerously drinkable and tastes DAMN GOOD. Listermann should be really, really proud of this beer.

If this beer felt creamier in the mouth, it would be an absolute world-class beer. If it was thicker and darker and poured more like Quaker State, BAs would be jumping out of their skins seeking this stuff out and trading away their first-borns for a bottle. If it had more of a big, roasty, malt presence, BAs would be driving hundreds of miles to the Queen City to buy it and nimrods would be selling it on ebay for $40 a bottle. As it is, this beer falls just shy of being top-shelf. It has the flavor, it just lacks the ``oomph'' to make it to that top tier. As far as taste goes, I'd put it slightly above Weyerbacher Heresy (I love Heresy, but this one has just a bit more intensity in the flavor). Since this beer is quite easy for me to get, I will stockpile a few bottles to share with other BAs in future trades (as long as they really, really like bourbon). I will definitely buy this beer every year. Mark my words: if it improves even a little bit from year-to-year, it won't be long before this will be a highly-anticipated release. I just wish it wasn't quite so expensive.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by Rich, thanks!

A: Very dark brown, near black.

S: Brown sugar, vanilla, and big bourbon notes. Dark fruits are faint. Caramel accompanies light toffee notes and dark chocolate.

T: Sweet toffee and brown sugar with pervasive vanilla and bold bourbon notes. Oak meets dark chocolate and molasses.

M: Full body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice barrel aged Stout from a brewery I'd never heard of.

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Photo of fauxpunker
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours heavy, black, and thick. No real head. Like motor oil.
S: Sweet. Vanilla and oak are right up front with the bourbon. Strong. You know before it ever touches your tongue this is going to pack a bit of a punch.
T: Good stout flavors. Some roastiness, a little chocolate. Bourbon very apparent. Not too bitter, but a bit dry.
M: Definitely heavy. Thick more than chewy. Low carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this. I thought the bourbon qualities were a bit on the overpowering side. Not sure if this masked some complexity or hid the fact that it lacked it. It definitely warmed me up but wasn't too hot, so great for the season. Did like the bourbon tinged after taste. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of rudimon
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

recalling from 2 yrs ago in KY.
smell and taste, really boozy at first but mellowed out a bit as the warmer it got. vanilla and bourbon came through. cigar goes well with it

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black-brown with a thin layer of frothy brownish head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, molasses, dark fruit, coffee, some booze.

T - Sweet chocolate malts, vanilla, Bourbon, oak, roasted coffee, dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Smooth and a bit chewy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Nice overall balance. Could have used a bit more carbonation.

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Cincinnatus 2011 from Listermann Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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