cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a two and a half finger thick tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is caramel and lightly roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt and coffee with hints of licorice. The malt lingers in the finish. Medium body. When the bottle opened with a big hiss, I was a little worried about possible infection. Not the case. A pretty nice beer. Thanks Jason.
Oakes (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown. Thin head. The aroma is lightly chocolatey, fudgey and maybe a little bit metallic. There’s a light tartness - is that supposed to be there? I had it on three different occasions and it was there every time. Some chocolatey notes, leading to a sweetish, yeasty and slightly figgy finish.
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is what I expected and is full of chocolate and roasted malt. Fairly straight forward but that is not a bad thing in this case.
The flavor is also fairly straight forward. I get a mix of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of ash character mixed in. The alcohol is well hidden.
Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a mahogany body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, and anise. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, raisins, anise, clove, and chocolate.
smith4498 (3381) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with big tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits, sugar and a hint of alcohol. Raisins and roasted malt flavors with some dark chocolate. A little chalky and ashy. Medium body with average carbonation.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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 (3860) - 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 (18647) - 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 (9411) - Oceanside, 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?