alex4r (58) - - APR 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown muddy color. Very sweet nose, malty almost to a fault. The hoppiness does come through. A sweet stickiness on the palate. Overall, just too sweet for me, although it is an interesting brew and I am glad I was able to try it.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a semi-dark red color with a nice off-white head. Some spottylacing on the way down. The nose carries some nice pine hops with a bit of fruitiness and bread in the background. The flavor adds in some lights caramel. Good bitterness and a bit too much malt body. Much better than 110k batch 3, though I prefer Tocobaga.
Hair6a11 (1235) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown / amber with a fine bubbled khaki head in this glass - some spotty lacing here. The nose is caramel, toast, pine, and cherry skins. The flavor profile is the prototypical cigar city malt profile of toasted malts, caramel, brown sugar. There is a heavy hop profile of pine and hop resins, with a large dose of dark fruit here as well. It is a bit refined, but this was a nice experience.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Pine-y hop resins ride along toasted malts in this very sweet and chewy strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam sits atop the cloudy red.
-Cranberry-like fruitiness contributes some depth.
-Portly caramel doesn’t have the refinement some Barley Wines or Scotch Ales can have.
-Lightly acidic angles create confusion.
-The soft carbonation makes the residual sugars feel even heavier.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/22/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for sharing this bottles.
A dark, murky, cranbeery liquid enters my tulip with a good amount of thickness and viscosity for an amber. A medium thickness tan head rests on top, leaving some lace behind on the glass.
The aroma is full of caramel and amber malts. Very sweet, with some resiny pine and a bit of grapefruit bitterness hiding in the background.
This is supposed to be a hopped up amber ale, but all I get is a sweet, syrupy malt bomb. Tons of amber malt impart a malty sweetness, and there is a good amount of caramel and toffee as well. Toward the end some pine and even less grapefruit hops step in, but they cannot prevent the malt tsunami from totally wrecking my palate. A bit of ethyl alcohol lets me up the ABV is up there.
This has a full body, with creamy carbonation with a little bite. There is a little heat from the obvious alcohol, and it is syrupy-sticky.
Batch 4 is an even bigger culprit of being a malt bomb than Batch 3. It just is not that good. After having enough to sample, everyone thought better of it and dumped the rest of the glass.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured medium garnet-tinted amber with a nice, sticky beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up tottering, redder fruits, and biscuity notes with a floral bouquet and grapefruit meat around.. warm undertones worked well. The flavor found drawn caramel, lots of dark fruit, and a kiss of mead at the core.. peppery alcohol and broken-down fruity hops around.. spicy finish over muddled malts. Heavier-bodied and a bit syrupy on the palate, but highish carbonation kept it moving.. just a little too much going on, but it was aiight.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear brown. Hoppy with aromas of grapefruit and spruce. Could have fermented some more? – Still good. Soft carbonation. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mike.
Pours a thick, gooey amethyst amber with a nose of hairspray, isopryl alcohol, malted bread, and strawberry jam. Flavor is malted strawberry and bready jam. Thick on the tongue. Good beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 From the 2/2012 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a hazy dark brown color with a small tan head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweetish pine, resin, faint floral hops and caramel. The flavor was initially harsh and bitter pine and resin followed by sweetish caramel, grapefruit and pineapple. The finish was very long with hops and caramel lingering. Fairly full bodied. The alcohol was well hidden. Tasty.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A weird messy purple beer of some kind.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed approximately 6 months after the beer release
The look: Purple body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose has some hops, humid basement, strange fruitiness and notes of red meat. Taste is just plain weird. Rotting ripe fruits, moist cookies, caramel, beets (!!!), herbal spices, cranberries, sweaty leather sports gear, oranges, bloody red meat, dark cherries, dried flowers, soft red liquorice candy. What the hell was that? Also very sweet, but thankfully the alcohol was well hidden under a pile of random flavors. This is a beer that throws everything at you to hide its flaws, unfortunately a recurring theme with this brewery. CCB can brew very good beers but they just make too many different ones, they should focus on making less different beers and making them well, I don’t agree with their business model, their brewer and I would have a huge personality clash if I had one.