after4ever (6391) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped and waxed. pours a crystal clear and very still dark amber with toffee edges. no head, lace, or legs. huge bourbony nose, some peat and caramel there too. creamy, sticky, thick body. bourbon, peat, and caramel mid palate. lingering caramel and smoke finish.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of peat, wood, bourbon, caramel, and vanilla. Flavor of oak, peat, caramel malt, earth, and roastiness with a dry finish.
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!). Poured a brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, wood, peat, earthy, and dark fruits. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, earthy, some bourbon, and wood.
Butters (3895) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Late entry from Noogfest High Five. Clear brown pour. Smokey, woody, and tasted like a lollipop! Tasty brew.
deyholla (7266) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the January ’10 Metro Detroit tasting. Thanks to northernbrews again! Poured a very murky deep brown with a brown head. Aroma was quite boozy with some underlying dark grains and vanilla. Flavor was boozy as well with dark grains and some cereal notes. The beer was nice and slick on the tongue.
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of either Beerlando or fishingnet. 176/246. I love my CCB Boys! Pours a very dark deep brown, chocolatey with a touch of red, opaque murky, a bit of light with a moderate brownish lighter head. Nice. Aromas are a nice blend of caramel and toffee, biscuits and some light peaty malt coupled with some light Bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate, sweeter edge on the nose is, frankly, lovely, with the wet oak and peat coming through more noticeably, chocolate chip cookies and caramel toasty malts, this beer is well barrel aged it seems, as alcohol doesn’t seem there. Initial is a nice strong brew up front, cocoa, tobacco, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wet oak grows on the tounge, a light booziness is there, but not necessarily all spirit (Bourbon). Chocolate chip cookies, creamy toffee and nougat, a touch of roasty coffee and pretty strong tobacco. The tingling alcohol does grow, a warm rolling heat of the booze is pleasant, doesn’t take away from the lovely beer. I must say, the base wasn’t one of my favorite CCB beers.. But it certainly is a great candidate for barrel aging. Finish is sweet, bourbon and malts, smooth with a light lingering heat, faint bitterness. Tobacco, cocoa, coffee, toffee, and caramel stick to the palate, really coat. A winner. Glad I have another.
Pailhead (5252) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, light fruit, and wood. It pours a dark orangish-brown with a minimal beige film for a head. The flavor starts caramel, chocolate, and light fruit. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, wood, maple syrup, and light oxidation. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel.
TomDecapolis (4579) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a deep brown with orange and amber notes. Aroma of dark fruits, dark cherries, vanilla, oak, tobacco, earthy with a hint of smoke. Flavor of toasted malt, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, ligth cherry notes and earthy.
thirdeye11 (5671) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
( 750ml 2009 bottle marked # 158/246 thanks to ericandersnavy - Rating #600!) Pours very murky brown with nice oily tan head. Nose of wood, caramel, biscuit. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, lightly toasted grains. A thick delicious body finishes this one.
This is probably the best scotch ale I’ve had, and my favorite Cigar City beer so far.
BuckeyeBoy (2932) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 74 of 246. Pours out a nice black topped with a medium white head. Aroma is pitfruit, light wood, roast nutts. Taste is much more of the roasted nutts along witht he sweet pitfruit and a little oak. Thanks douglas for sharing this treat.