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Cigar City / Ecliptic Illuminating The Path

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This ale is brewed with spices & fruit and aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels. This beer was created by Wayne Wambles 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
juiceisloose (1117) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany color with a red hue and topped by a thick layer of khaki colored foam that shows good rentention and slowly fades leaving patches of lace around the glass. The aroma is kind of all over the place showing notes of vinous red grapes, sour berries, wet oak, funk, and some herbal spices that come across as a bit funky as well. The flavor follows with more dark red grapes, sour dark fruit, berries, vinegar, and red wine laden oak. The spices add some more depth and the funk is prevalent through out. Seems a bit disjointed at times with so much going on. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation that leads a to a lengthy funky, vinous finish. I liked the use of the Pinot barrels but there was too much going on and it didn’t come together as I would have hoped to truly enjoy it. Still an interesting beer though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6096) - Utah, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle shared at Ecliptic, RBSG
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head, some lacing. Aroma of dark malts and tart fruit. Taste of tart fruit and woody
Very nice

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
Medium brown. Aroma is fairly chocolatey with a light vinous character. Kinda whacky, disjointed aroma. Tart, fruity, a bit chocolatey...but a whacky fruity beer. Not great...a bit of s mess actually.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle thanks to John. Pours a dark red black color with a large brown head. A big fruity sour woody nose. Huge fruit, vinous, tart massive berries. Caramel. Good. Really awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (3669) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle thanks to John Harris for pulling this out for us.Pours out dark brown with some Rudy highlights topped with a tan head. Nose is amazing dark chocolate berries tartness sweetness wow the nose is great. Taste is more of the sweetness dark chocolate berries and a great end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5601) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Sampled at Ecliptic. A sweet fruity aroma. Nice. So much complexity. Berries? No idea what kind. Grape skins. Hibiscus. Gawd. So much going on. Maybe a hint of gunk. This is really hood. Just so much happening that my taste buds are in over load. Thanks John for opening this!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2648) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Poured from a bottle at the brewery. Huge berries, the wine barrel adds a great complexity, chocolate. This is amazing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5378) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Poured a dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, chocolate, tobacco and sour dark fruits. Flavor was a little off putting at first sip, then really started to develop as it warmed. Unique for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (4139) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
Bottle Almost black beer with an beige head. Malty caramell licorice chocolate vanilla aroma. Dark fruits, chocolate, licorice, vanilla flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12860) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle at RBWG ’15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15. Dark mahogany brown with a moderate off white covering. Nose is tarte dark fruit rinds, funky notes, spice, light hterbal. Taste comprises dark fruit rinds, plummy tones, dates, red berry, herbal, light spice, toffee, trace of red grape, light oak. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Solid strong, plenty of depth and character in this one.


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