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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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A lot plus a little more. Batch #4 is an Imperial Amber.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (7848) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2011
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4077) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (879) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2011
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...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2011
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 youíre 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 itís still very good. Call me a homer, but I like pretty much everything Cigar City puts out. This is no exception. Iíd recommend giving this one a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5522) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2011
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--

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glennmastrange (2143) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, pine for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with grape, raisin, fig, wood, boozy-alcohol and faint spice in the background. Head is small, frothy turning creamy, light tan with a touch of red, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear mahogany. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet with a long bitter end. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. Perfect balance in this American Strong Ale, and itís tasty all the through. An awesome beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2011
barely translucent reddish mahogany with a thick tan head; sticky and creamy full body with medium-high carbonation.

aroma: resinous leafy piney hops, caramel chocolate roasty malt.

taste: sweet sticky leafy resinous hops, caramel roasty malt. very intense but fairly well balanced. alcohol is well hidden.

if hops grew on trees, and you could tap those trees to get hop tree sap, and boil it down to a sweet syrup, this is how i imagine it would taste.


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