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Cigar City / Ecliptic Illuminating The Path

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1389) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Tasted at RBWG. Dark brown pour. Sour oak, fruit, caramel, strange herbal presence. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle shared during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Pours black-brown with a creamy tan head. Lots of tangy dark malts, robust dark berries, general dark malts. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sugary finish with more dark fruits, berries, rich bread. Very tasty.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GenDV138 (2734) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle at Coppertail Brewing during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Black with tan head. Aromas of roast, bitter chocolate, wine. Tastes of roast, light chocolate, tart notes, wine. Medium body with a dry finish. Doesn’t work for me.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (6512) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2015
call me george again, see what happens!!? .. . boring label .. wasn’t getting all that much fruit, more sad barrel and off sourness .. maybe aged a bit too long but i kinda just wanted to smash this bottle. the label slightly enrages me. like go ape shit and just football spike that motherfucker.
that would have been awesome.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14694) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Bottle during RBWG 2015 in Tampa, Grand Tasting. Sour red wine aroma and flavor. Weird, in an interesting way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Entering old ticks.....Pours a hazy dark brown, almost black. Aroma of caramel, redwine and oak. Taste is caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak, redline, slightly tart. Very cool mix of flavor

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3489) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
Dark, dark brown to black colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, soy sauce, fish sauce and malts. Sweet malty flavour, caramel, light herbal. Finish caramel and green tomato.
(from draught @ CBC green session, Copenhagen 2014. Thanks for sharing today’s beers, RateBeer crew!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6595) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
750mL bottle from Catador Club, shared with cbfobes and some friends, June 2014. Dark brown head with a nice tan head and good lacing. Vinous aroma, wine and barrel popping through, fruity, mild spice, doughy, lots of berry. Nice flavor, dry red wine, a touch of oak, pretty fruity, mild spice, lots of berries, mild floral aspect - some would probably call this a bit sweet on the finish. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours murky and dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. The toasty, vinous aroma features caramel, toffee and loads of red wine. Full-bodied, über silky and viscous with lazy carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of caramel, toffee and lightly-tart, dry red wine. Rich, buttery toffee finish. I’ve got to go against the grain here and say Another world-class beer from the fine folks at Cigar City!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricyclist (1000) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
I didn’t love this one as much as I wanted to. I got the sour notes from awdi brown pour with effervescent head. Nose was grapes and tartness, some vinous. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t a favorite.


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