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Cigar City / Ecliptic Illuminating The Path

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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This ale is brewed with spices & fruit and aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels. This beer was created by Wayne Wablmes from Cigar City and the new brewmaster at Ecliptic John Harris. This beer connects Oregon and Florida using native Rose Hips, Marionberries from Oregon and Hibiscus and acai berries from Florida.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5000) - GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
Tap at CBC 2014. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts heavy malty with notes of liquorice and coffee, quite dry. Finish warming, still heavy malty, but well balanced. Not bad!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8429) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle at weekly tasting. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of spice, berries, sour grape juice, cocoa, oak, red wine and florals. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lilja (1632) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
Smakprov på CBC 2014. Smak och doft av choklad, dadlar, rosenblad, malt, humle. Spretiga smaker, annorlunda men svårsmält.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014

Draught @ CBC 2014 [ Green Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

[ As Cigar City / Ecliptic Illuminating The Path ].
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, bread, wood, tobacco, sweet wood, light chocolate. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, alcohol, bread - cake, wood - tobacco. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140503]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (3135) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, green session. 03/05/2014. Aroma is vanilla, mint and caramel malts. Dark cramel coloured pour with a small tan head. Flavour is caramel, nutty malts with a hint of mint, vietnamees spring roll. Lingering berry notes. Palate is full bodied, some booze on the tonuge. Very well integrated spices.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle pour. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of foam. The aroma has vanilla, berries, wood, wine. The taste is mildly tart with mostly barrel notes. Overly assertive barrel qualities. Thicker mouthfeel with high carbonation. Complex and interesting, but not overly tasty.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sarlacc83 (747) - Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle from Homer321. Thanks! A: Opaque black with a cappuccino head. N: Sweet grape, vinous grape, cocoa, tobacco, leather, cola, tobacco. Nose with clashing flavors. T: Sweet, tart, and bitter hints. M: Medium body and oily. O: I don’t understand the dark said on category. More is not better. It is at least drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ricoslim (116) - - JUL 25, 2014
Had thanks to my boys Prazak and the Reverend. Color is of a hazy brown. Aroma is of dark fruits . The Pinot Noir comes out nicely as well. A nice boozy finish on the palate as well.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
VintageWineGuy (1) - - JUL 24, 2014 does not count
Soooo...something is going on in these bottles. My wife and I are El Catador and had some extra bottles of this in the wine cellar. We both remember it being rich, chocolate, malty. But this has gone all Flemish Red on us after a year (maybe less) in 55 degree storage. I had to go back to the earliest to reviews to confirm as recent ones also note the odd conversion. Something wild definitely got in the bottles, as this more resembles La Folie now. Nose is sour funk, the berries still lurking in the back but now under barnyard notes. Taste is tart, sour, and slightly acetic. Actually, if this had been an aged sour I probably would love it, it’s actual quite tasty as a sour. But it’s not the beer it was when first released, it’s different and gnarly. I think I actually have another bottle, which now I will probably let age another year to see how funky it gets. Drink last year.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4600) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Keg @ Brewvival 2014. Brownish pour with a tight off-white head. The nose is full of mellow toffee and a bit of chocolate. Slightly tart flavor. Some fruit by the food candied fruit sweetness. Accents of spiced brown bread and earth. More caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation.


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