craftbeerdesign (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at GABF on 10/1/11. black pour with a 1"+ tan head. licorice / roasted nose with a sweet medium size body. layers of chocolate, coffee and sweet malts. a bit too sweet through the finish.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured 12oz bottle into my Cigar City Snifter, thanks for both Adam.
Lots of carbonation, DAMN! Took a minute to settle and has a nice cinnamon looking swirl head. A very dark porter, looks almost like a lighter stout. Some good lacing on the glass as well.
Getting some smoke, alcohol maybe burnt coffee and malt.
Same as smell, smoke, burnt coffee/toffee? and malts. Has an alcohol bite. Char too, it has that classic cigar city smoke/char after taste similar to Zhukov and Hunahpus, love it. Definitely tasting it more as the beer warms.
Prickly carbonation and very mouth coating.
I like this beer for what it is, nothing too special but it is nice for sure.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to johndoe8 on BA. Dark brown, nearly black, in color with a small tan head. Roasty and smoky aroma with dark fruits and anise. The flavor has the typical Cigar City ashiness along with sweet dark fruit notes, caramel, spice, and anise. Medium-plus body with average carbonation. Great beer.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at CCB. Black, tan head. Delicate lacing. Aroma of burnt coffee grounds. Taste has milk chocolate anf vanilla. Decent.
GT2 (5658) - Riverslime, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Kickback’s in Jax, FL. The pour is a deep maroon looking black topped by an excellent, beige head. Creamy, nice lace. Nose is fairly odd- very candy and sugar forward like excessive burnt caramel, molasses, and cloying maple sweetness. Taste is bitter, very dry, small lemon tartness, overly attenuated for style. Chalky in palate. Syrupy caramel and sweet cherry clash with chalk and citric tartness. What the hell is going on here?
Rosebud butternuts (2382) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to markwise. poured dark brown with a beige head. aroma was chocolate, spice, raisin, fudge, and some coffee. flavor was raisin, cinnamon, chocolate, and licorice. body was light and fizzy.
jtclockwork (5094) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Garry. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of clove, biscuit, coriander, black licorice and cocoa. Medium body.
Pwn3d (1959) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jimmie 43. Grapes, candi sugar, and plum. Has some weird saison characteristics to it as well. Some clove notes.
tgncc (2287) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is woo, chocolate, licorice. The appearance is black, tan head. The flavor is wood, dark chocolate, dry. The finish is quite dry, wood, pine. Medium in body. Quite good.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at El Rey. Pours dark brown with thick frothy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt. Taste has big licorice flavor and light notes of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Decent.