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Cigar City / Ecliptic Illuminating The Path

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RATINGS: 95   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (2955) - 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 (702) - 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 (4559) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Reynolds314 (2278) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2014
What am i missing here? Pours a nice dark brown almost black pour with tan creamy head, it looks kinda nice. Aroma is dumpster gravy. Weird vomity berries dominate with some balsamic, coffee grounds, earth, and wet wood. Taste is heavy vinous balsamic, wet wood, and an acrid sourness and tons of booze. No thank you.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (3648) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2014
A garbage aroma. Lots of disjointed flavors, berries, roast, smoke, stale coffee, very random

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle via hopscotch (of course): Somewhat murky brown hue with a fadng but lasting head. Boy this is weird, sort of Flemish Sour meets Quadruple. Can get the Pinot Noir barrel big time along with lots of pithy dark fruits. Moderate flowery and earthiness too. Light but noticeable alcohol as well. I like this but it will be hard to finish the bottle, 12 oz would have been just fine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10828) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2014
CBC. Clear very dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 030514

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2287) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle shared by drowland, pours a murky dark brown with a red like tint to it, the aroma has quite a bit of dark fruit and spice with some of the fruit from the wine barrel coming through, flavor has a wine like front end with a dark fruit finish, interesting stuff.


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