adam42381 (386) - 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 (6727) - 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--
glennmastrange (2652) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 it’s tasty all the through. An awesome beer.
SanfordBrewer (1480) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
smith4498 (3508) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark amber coloe with off white head. Sweet malty aroma with some floral hops. Very sweet caramel anf fruit flavors with some bitterness and pine. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Syrupy and sticky.
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very sweet and alcoholic, fruity, floral, metallic, woody, malty, and piny. The appearance is deep amber with a large tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter caramel like finish. The palate is typical for the style. Overall a good beer but the astringency is an issue for me.
Christian (12716) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut colour with a small, but lasting off-white head. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar and oak, with a nice touch of peachy hops, Sweet caramel malt flavour with a bunch of peach, pine and tobacco hop notes and a good bitter finish
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby tinted brown, foaming tan head, thick and appealing lacing. Aroma was reminiscent of a nice barleywine. Rich fruits (peach, dates, pineapple), molasses, toffee, toasted coconut, and a skirting of spicy resiny hops. Soft and full mouthfeel, lightly sweet up front with some cocoa, a metallic middle and finish that is fully bitter with some mild astringency, only light alcohol notes. Only wish this had a little more of a rounded fruity malt flavor...its not exactly dry but not malty enough. Hop flavors begin to dominate, spicy and sweaty, a little cheesy. Promising beginning.
pineypower (3051) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at WOB UCF. Pour out a very deep red with a nice tan-ish head. Aroma is of toffee, caramel and alcohol. Taste is lots of caramel, sweet toffee, light fruity notes, hops and a slight touch of alcohol in there. Body is thick and syrupy.
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: super malty and sweet, lots of caramel, toasty and a bit of chocolate, dark sugars and ripe fruit, citrus hops. Pours deep, opaque red, tan head with great retention and lots of lacing. Flavor is malt-heavy, quite a massive dose of caramel, some fruit and chocolate, also pretty sweet and syrupy. Fairly bitter with plenty of citrus hop character, a lot of grapefruit, some pine. Nice flavor, just a bit overkill on the sweetness for my taste. Very full body, syrupy and sweet, medium carbonation.