llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black in the glass thin soapy head. Straight up alcohol notes and dried fruit, plums and raisins. More alcohol flavors and some smoky scotch peaty notes. Overall, good but a bit strong. Thanks to Ericandersnavynavy for the trade!
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle shared by duffmansw. #51 of 246 released. Murky brown pour with thin boobly head. Aroma is really interesting with sweet molasses and toast. Taste is pretty sweet with some chocolate and mild bourbon. Pretty tasty!
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Second base beer from MW. Shared amongst friends. Drank on a 9°F evening. Fuck going outside! 751 mL bottle containing dark-blackish cordovan with a fluffy beige head, half a finger in length. Head shrinks to nothing when left alone for more than 20+ minutes. Smells wonderfully of vanilla beans, thyme, bourbon heat, caramel, stingy hops, Ancho chili peppers, pottery clay and cigar smoke. Neat. Tastes malty and spicy showcasing notes of under-ripe clementine, tobacco, figs, steak grease and bar nuts by mid-palate. I let it warm up a bit for 15 minutes, and the results are as follows: fresh nuttiness circling pear skins, leather, cranberries, darkened topsoil, brandy and overripe figs. A tippling alcohol warmth is discovered almost immediately. Vanilla wafers, Edinburgh yeast and noble hops by swallow. Incredibly complex and devious. Likes for its ABV to creep up on you. Did I mention this Scotch Ale is undeniably sticky? No? Well now I don’t have to. There is, as is often the case, a shitload of bourbon in the throat. Needless to say, A LOT better than the primordial example. My only veritable complaint is that the bourbon may be too strong. However, I did give this darling a "4" which speaks volumes about the beer itself.
knickskicks (1132) - - SEP 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour, thin brown head. Nose is chocolate and bourbon. Taste is smooth bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel, a touch of tart barrel on the finish, dlight dry construction paper. Creamy medium mouthfeel.
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sniffer pour at the brewery, deep dark pour with full finger tan head. Jose is heavy booze with caramel and bourbon, sweet molasses, smooth. Flavor is smooth, salted caramel, toffee, heavy booze all over. Smooth malts, Jesus, it’s good all around.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Damico. Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma of candi sugar, peat, and smoke. Sweet sugary peaty taste with a light smoke and toffee taste. Medium mouthfeel. Excellent brew!
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml brown bottle, sealed with burgundy wax. Bottle # 110 of 246.
Kind of appropriate, huh? Poured out a deep chocolate brown, with a sticky tan head. Aromas are of rum soaked raisins, alcohol, molasses, some bittersweet chocolate. Flavors are of alcoholic rum soaked raisins, bittersweet chocolate, slight yeasty bite, some biscuit malt.
Oak barrel in the background, definite hint of bourbon in the tastes.
Full, rich mouthfeel, almost chewy. Definitely a top notch brew. Thanks to Wayne & the crew at CCB for sending me this special brew.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle 206/246 ...wow, i usually don’t like scotch ales but i really enjoyed this one. bourbon in the nose. Dark brown color, light head. Aroma of licorce, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Full-bodied and very complex. Very well done cigar city!
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes from 4/26/2014. Typical bourbon barrel (brown sugar, vanilla, oak) with some smoked malts, caramel, and toast. I also got some leather (? Can’t read my writing). Anyway, I ticked it 4 stars on the day, my notes add up to 4.1. So not too far off.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml, green waxed bottle, 2011 release. poured into a CCB snifter, this lovely beer rests with a deep hazelnut color with hints of rust around the edges topped by a thin khaki head that leaves sticky rings of lace. aroma is fantastic with rich notes of vanilla, toasted oak, coconut cream pie, and warming bourbon backed by candied raisins, dried figs, black cherries, and raw brown sugar with hints of maple and herbal hops as it warms. flavor is absolutely wonderful as well with rich dark fruit notes of black cherry, fig, raisins, and tart plum skins all glazed with sweet toffee and backed by mild vanilla, bourbon drenched oak, and toasted brown sugar with hints of tobacco and earthy hops on the back end. palate is rich and full bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, toasty bourbon finish. overall, another great barrel aged beer from CCB.