Cincinnatus 2011 | Listermann Brewing Company

Cincinnatus 2011Cincinnatus 2011
BA SCORE
71.6%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 74 ratings
Cincinnatus 2011Cincinnatus 2011
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Listermann Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
listermannbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brew3crew on 12-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
74
Liked:
53
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
11.36%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 33
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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From 12oz silver wax dipped bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/19/12
*From notes

-- Bottle 117 of 2324 --

A: Ehh, it looks ok I guess. More mud brown the black. When I give it a firm pour, I get a meager and thin .5 finger head. It doesn't stick long, and fades to a disappointing collar.

S: Easily the highlight of the beer. Oozing with liquid dark chocolate and bourbon. All the ADIS bases are covered: cocnut, toasted vanilla bean, cool whiskey, cigar tobacco and dark vine fruit.

T: Brownie batter and a bit sweet up front. As it moves back, it becomes apparent that this beer isn't what you'd call complex or unique. It's heavy-handed, with astringent alcohol hitting on the mid and never really wearing off. When warmer, a decent amount of vanilla smothers the taste buds, helping curb what otherwise is a sloppy flavor profile.

M: Massively disappointing. Tell me this doesn't drink like a homebrewed Brown Ale brewed by a first timer. Way overcarbed and extremely thin. If this thing had more oomph, it would push the flavors to the next level. I really do accredit the flaws of this beer to it's mouthfeel.

O: (Que sighing and rolling of eyes) Another ADIS that just doesn't work. I'm getting the feeling that most every brewery out there assumes that just because it's been in a spirit barrel and has a wax dipped cap makes it special. Lemme tell you all a secret: it doesn't.

Don't go out of your way for this one, though to be totally honest, I wouldn't turn up my nose if served one at a friends house or a decent watering hole.

Forgettable and uninspired.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Phelps
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sent by seeswo as part of the Blind Beers BIF. This was poured into a snifter and reviewed blind.

Fairly viscous and as black as the bottom of the ocean. It at first appears flat, though a fine layer of tan bubbles eventually appears and fizzles away with ephemeral haste.

Dark chocolate and butterscotch blend in the flavor with a bit of cola, brown sugar, new oak and some thing bright and tangy — red grapes, maybe? It’s a little hard to pick up overall.

Same deal in the flavor. Mild, smooth cocoa blends with fresh oak and fairly low-quality whiskey. The flavors are enjoyable and smoothly blended, but for a barrel-aged stout, this one’s pretty mild in flavor.

Very gentle, tickling carbonation inside a creamy medium body. The bigness and viscosity belie the mild flavor. Alcohol employs a little tongue-numbing action, but isn’t powerful.

This stout’s obviously seen time in barrels, but as the style goes it’s not my favorite. The booze used isn’t my cup of liquor, and the flavor’s just too slight.

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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce wax dipped bottle, 2011 vintage. Bottle #1908 of 2324. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't stick around for long. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate and some bourbon. Taste is just like the aroma, it's all roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. This is a sweeter tasting brew, and as far as bourbon barrel aged beers go, this one isn't very strong with the bourbon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating and it goes down easy enough. Moderate carbonation. It's a decent enough brew overall, but I wouldn't pay $6.99 a bottle for this again. With that being said, I do think it's a beer that's worth trying if you've never had it or anything else from Listermann before.

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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a light filmy short tan head that holds as a topper for a few seconds.

Lots of fruity aromas at the forefront than followed by an almost sour aroma. Wood and bourbon show through nicely with some vanilla thrown in. Some chocolate aromas surface as well.

Nice flavors with much bourbon character. If not for being a little light in body and weight this could be truly superb. Layered black fruits and dark cherry, vanilla, burnt sugar, caramel, toasted oak, chocolate syrup think hersheys. Some alcohol bite in the middle and in the chest on the finish. Long and lingering finish. Again very nice except for the thin body.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for the bottle.

The pour reveals a translucent cola from liquid leaving the bottle. The beer settles into the glass much darker but the appearance shows a lack of viscosity. One finger white sand colored head sits atop. The head recedes at a moderate rate. A fair amount of lacing left behind.

The aroma swings towards the sweet side. Prominent caramel , chocolate comes in just a bit lower. The bourbon is rather assertive but non offensive. Slight vanilla lingers beneath. Each individual scent is very pleasant but the overall aroma lacks depth.

Sweet bourbon and caramel dominate the palate. The flavor is much more bourbon than beer. The chocolate is very subtle, there is a rather strong vanilla flavor. The bourbon flavor is pleasant but far too strong to work in appropriately this beer.

Medium bodied stout, carbonation is moderate to low but appropriate. There is a slight creaminess to the body but the beer really hurts from a lack of viscosity.

Overall Cincinnatus is a worthy beer however it lacks a few important aspects I need to see before I start comparing it to the top tier beers in the style. There is a lack of depth in the flavor and aroma, a stronger roasted malt presence would really help. My two biggest knocks are the thin body and excessive bourbon flavor. These areas that are lacking do not ruin the beer but they are not doing them any favors. Very easy to drink, I would drink more in the future but not going to be the first -bal stout I grab.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a thick, but quickly dissipating deep brown head which quickly settled into nothing. Lots of bubbles.

S - Bourbon, heat, vanilla.

T - Deep bourbon flavor, oak, a bit of sweetness.

M - A bit too lively with carbonation for the style imo. Nice body, though.

All in all, it's very tasty, but could still use some time to age out the bourbon. Would really like to see less carbonation in this one.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
2011
1632/2324

A - This beer is black. An increasingly aggressive pour produced basically no head. There were a few mocha bubbles around the outside of the glass.

S - I get some caramel and vanilla notes. It has a dessert smell. The alcohol was apparent especially at the beginning.

T - There is a surprising amount of heat in this beer. I would have thought 2-3 years would have mellowed it more. The vanilla is somewhere in the background.

M - Full

O - This beer smelled great, but the alcohol taste was a little harsh.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours nice and dark, holding up to light shows a fuzzy burgundy color. Thin head formation of light mocha, fades quick but holds a strong collar well.

Aroma - very bourbon-forward, backing notes of cocoa powder and oak, even some caramel going on. Estery alcohol vapors inhibit any pickup of malt presence but a good sniff besides.

Taste - some brief roasted malts, some chocolate flavor alongside. Covered quickly by the bourbon, major abv heat. This is all whiskey and little beer. Tasty but not very balanced. Ends very warm and boozy. The malts do smooth out the flavors and give them a heavier, sweeter profile.

Mouthfeel - medium feel, pretty smooth. Carbonation is frisky but not excessive.

Drinkability - this tastes like a beer you think will age and mellow, but never does. The heat reminds me of early Avery Beast, just very spicy on the alcohol. At $7.29 a bottle, I passed on the opportunity to buy some to age. Worth a try and tasty if you enjoy bourbon. Nicely done, LBC.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dschuster03. Served in a GI Black Friday taster glass. Bottle #129 of 2324.

A - Small light tan foam settles to some wisps and a thin collar, leaving spotty lace. Very dark brown body.

S - Big bourbon and oak presence, lots of toasted coconut and some fusels as well. Yeasty bread, chocolate, dark fruits, touch of anise. Pretty harsh and boozy.

T - Toasted coconut, oak, anise, dark chocolate, touch of acetone. Tons of bourbon presence, and not a ton of roasted malt presence.

M - A bit thin - definitely on the medium side of things. Dry and tannic, with tons of oak. Some alcohol warmth, and lower carbonation.

D - This is a bit stronger than the 2009, but had the unfortunate distinction of being sampled after Eclipse Rittenhouse Rye. I get the sense that the two vintages aren't all that different - I think they might have thickened things up to withstand the barrel-aging process.

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3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ajsdad06 for this bottle.

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Not quite as jet black or viscous as I am used to with barrel aged imperial souts. A very slight dark tan head that goes away quickly.

The nose is nice. It almost has a sweet cola smell with bourbon/oak over top of it. The taste is also very nice, but not overly complex. It has a bit of cola, licorice, a touch of dark chocolate, and bourbon/oak. Compared to other BA Imperial stouts it seems kind of simple.

Overall it's a tasty, but not earth shattering BA Stout. I do really love to try smaller breweries take on this style. Nice beer that I would gladly drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Cincinnatus 2011 from Listermann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.6% out of 100 with 74 ratings
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