Joey Redner founded Cigar City Brewing Co. in Tampa, Fla. after honing his skills under the Bryant family of Dunedin Brewery fame in 2007. A year later, Wayne Wambles was selected to be head brewer and started at the fledgling brewery in March. Tampa, really all of Florida, must have been feeling rather parched as the company has grown exponentially since opening almost a decade ago. Famous not just for its beer but also for the Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout Release Festival in which thousands of fans and brewers alike from around the globe come together for a celebration of epic proportions.
Today’s beer is based on an obscure bit of internet history from an off-topic RateBeer forum thread quizzically titled, “How Much Do You Earn?” Now, whether the OP’s post was initiated out of narcissism or just genuine curiosity I do not know but the thread’s legend has lived on in Cigar City’s ongoing batches carrying the name 110k+OT. This review is for batch number six; an imperial stout brewed with raspberries and aged in Port barrels. It comes in at 10 percent ABV alcohol.
The pour reveals an abyss of blackness frothing with an inch and a half of foam the color of which is light brown tilted towards the red side of the spectrum. The hefty viscosity is evident the instant it leaves the bottle. The aroma carries notes of raspberries, chocolate, and vanilla. A dark roasted coffee note is also hanging about in the background.
The taste comes in at first with a dark chocolate hit balanced by a sweet and slightly sour ping of raspberry. As the chocolate and raspberry fade the port comes into play with vanilla, sweet wine, and a touch of alcohol heat. Again, the balance between flavors is flawless. The mouthfeel is as big as the pour suggested with heaps of heft almost bordering on being syrupy. Luckily, the carbonation is high enough to keep things moving along.