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)

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Added by brew3crew on 12-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was shipped to me as an extra a few days ago by boxcar01, and I've been anxious to dig into it ever since. Thanks a ton, bro! Poured from a wax dipped 12 oz. bottle into a Founders tulip, this beer struggles to generate even half a finger's width head. What little arrives on the scene, vanishes even quicker. Beer is jet black, and leaves absolutely ZERO lacing. I've never seen this in a stout before. The nose is big time bourbon. This sucker is mad boozy smellin'. Bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla are all part of the fray. The taste follows the nose. This is a bourbony, sweet, sweet concoction. The mouthfeel is thin. Way thin. This is usually a detractor for me. However, it still manages to coat the tongue well, and leaves a lingering bourbon taste on the palate for a decent amount of time after swallowing the libation. Overall, this isn't the best bourbon barreled stout I've had, but it came out of left field and put it's best foot forward. It's a little too one-dimensional, and the body could stand to be much thicker. Wish I had another so I could get a little more familiar with it. I'd recommend trying this if you can get a hold of it.

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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 kzoobrew
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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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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 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 ltjska04
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's Cincinnatus is topped with some silver speckled wax and hand numbered (this one's 212/2324).

Poured into my snifter, this beer is black with brown edges. It displays a lighter head than expected and it doesn't stick around too long. A thin ring around the glass is the only reminder of foam.

The smell is of alcohol/faint bourbon with a hint of stout in the background. To semi-quote Ralph Wiggum, "it smells like burning." Luckily the taste is better... chocolate notes with a deep complexity of wood, bourbon, bready malt, and a little vanilla.

The carbonation is low but good for the style. There's a slight burning in the finish but this is pretty fresh out of the barrels. Pretty drinkable for the style.

Overall this is one of the best beers to come out of the Cincinnati beer scene. I had the 2009 version of Cincinnatus and must say that the 2011 version is much much better. I believe it's a different recipe and it made a huge difference. Definitely Listermann's best brew so far.

Edit 1/2/12:
Seems I was wrong, this batch of Cincinnatus is virtually identical to the previous one but it spent more time in the barrels. Thanks Chris.

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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 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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Cincinnatus 2011 from Listermann Brewing Company
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