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 MasterSki
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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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of cbeer88
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
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 HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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 meanmutt
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Calvinism86
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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 phiberoptik
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Silver waxed bottle this time around. Pours like a homemade root beer. Black brown pour, pitch black in the glass, and a thin covering of off-white head.

Oak, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, some dry dark chocolate in the nose. Sharp alcohol as well (this is going to be better next year).

Tastes predominately of bourbon, but less than the 2009 batch. Smoother, richer, with nice earthy cocoa and coffee grinds. Oaky vanilla notes and a warm finish.

Medium bodied, just a bit thinner than I expected. Low carbonation as expected.

This is an improvement from the first batch but I am planning to do a vertical in a couple years after they have some time to calm down. I think these will mellow out nicely and be even better then. Something from home to be proud of!

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Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of b3shine
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized tulip. Appearance is good. A razor-thin layer of head around the circumference of the glass. Smell is alright, but so malty that it's hard to pick up scents from the barreling. Taste is good. The barrel's flavor is more present than the bouquet, but it's very malty. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, a good beer that I'll buy 1 or 2 of a year when it comes out.

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Photo of canadianghetto
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mthomas84
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of quaybr
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris at Listermann for this!

Poured into a snifter.

Body is dark dark brown nearing black. A pretty tan ring of foam sits atop a thin body.

Smells of alcohol and bourbon, with hints of roasted and caramel malts. Very pleasant.

Taste is a surprisingly sweet molasses on the forward tongue turning surprisingly alcoholic at the tailend, with a roasty backbone connecting the two. I was skeptical of the flavor at first, but it just kept getting more and more delicious and complex as I drank it. Maybe a bit too sweet, but certainly delicious.

Body is a little too thin, but it works.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed myself while sipping this beer.

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

From South Sound tasting notes:

Poured near-black with a small dark khaki head. Aroma of dark cocoa, caramel, and lots of bourbon.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Some more dark chocolate and licorice in the flavor but bourbon overpowers pretty much everything. Lots of vanilla and oak and a fairly strong boozy warmth.

Tasty but a little harsh -- the bourbon could stand to fade a bit.

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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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ASUBeer
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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Photo of Retail1LO
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +15.4%
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 -8.3%
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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Photo of rangerred
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +11.9%
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 +1%
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 +11.1%
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 +16.7%
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
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 74 ratings
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