djd07 (3564) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to zinister at the August tasting. Pours a dark amber with small off white head that leaves sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt An raisin. Medium mouthfeel with a rich malt with chocolate and light roasty finish. Alchol hidden nicely, a very good American strong ale from Cigar City.
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shenandoah Throwdown. 75cl bottle, thanks GT2. Medium beige head, hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit, some medicinal. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
GT2 (8427) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL from Grassroots Market in Jax, FL. The pour is a clear, tea amber/red with a large, billowing tan head that leaves webby tan lace. Nose is cheesy hops and small cocoa. Taste is very sticky sweet with cocoa, strawberry, and even some grain alcohol in the finish. Not a fan.
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
CCB! .. Pours a deep tan ruby, decent foam head, sticky lacing .. . caramel, cheap bagged fruit, expensive soil, and estranged toffee .. . a bit muddled and lacking direction but pretty good .. . Please do not offer my god a peanut.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a deep brown with tan head. Aroma of strong malt, dark fruit, earth, burnt toast. Flavor is much the same and very sweet with an earthy bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is heavy body and low carbonation. It is what it is.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is caramal malt with a nice citrusy hop underpinning. Pour is a murky dark amber, almost red. Lightly bitter on the back end with alot of biscuity malt and caramel up front. This is really well balanced and very enjoyable.
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber pour, with a creamy off-white/tannish head. Tons of caramel... it really dominates the flavor, sweet, raisin, light fruit, and bitter slightly metallic hops. Pretty good for the style, but overall its just a middle of the road beer for me.
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to burg326. Poured a dark brown with amber hues around the edges. Big khaki colored head, nice lace. Aroma was big rich caramel malts, some dark fruits, raisin, then a nice dose of piney hops. Reminded me much of a 2010 Nemesis minus the roast. Touch of heat too. Smells delish. Flavors were also big on the caramel, big time rich and sweet. Light fruit, some citrus, decent bittersweet finish. Smooth stuff, medium carbonation. Dangerously similar to a 2010 Nemesis if I remember correctly...
adam42381 (379) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2011 Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled May 5, 2011 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a deep red-caramel color with beautiful ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy khaki-colored head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks delicious.
Smell: Sweet caramel, pineapple and candied fruits and a touch of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front followed by dried dark fruits in the middle then ending with smoky malt, and just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is smoky with bitterness lingering in the background. Very malty beer with just the right amount of hops blended in to make it well-balanced.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easily, but you’re probably better off sharing a bottle with a friend.
Overall: Very good beer overall. Not on the same level as Tocobaga when it comes to red ales from CCB, but it’s still very good. Call me a homer, but I like pretty much everything Cigar City puts out. This is no exception. I’d recommend giving this one a try.
AmEricanbrew (5834) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper/red color with a rich tan head. Floral, tea leaf, sharp caramel aromas. medium bodied. Nice toasted caramel, dark toffee sweet flavors with some pine needle, tea leaf bitterness to balance--very good big amber ale--