DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Skyview. Hazy brown pour, medium/low carbonation and a good (but not overpowering) booze aroma. Flavor was also boozy scotch, nutty and well balanced for a 10+ ABV beer. Cigar City has done wonders again with this one.
Guerde (1135) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle from Skyview) Pours muddy brown with an off-white head that leaves a thin ring around the glass. Big bourbon aroma with coconut, red vines,chocolate, vanilla, and some cherry. Taste is well-integrated bourbon, vanilla, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruits (prune, raisin). Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is smooth. This is really good, and a great example of barrel aging done well.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon suspects on the aroma. More wood on the body than in the aroma but pretty much bourbon everywhere. A little vanilla and more malts in the body.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] shared by Skyview. Pours brown with ruby highlights and a medium beige head. Aroma is nice whisky, nutty malt, truffles. Flavor is fantastic. Very smooth, integrated whisky, a touch of warming alcohol. Rich mouthfeel and just the perfect amount of carbonation. This is a great beer. Well done.
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out dark brown with some head. Smells of boubon and malty goodness. Taste is sweet and roasty. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, peat, wood, and booze. Smooth sticky brew. Another great beer from CCB.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2009 750ml bottle.... Pours almost stout dark brown black with light beige head... Deep dark roast, lighter chocolate notes and an abundance of dark fruit actually... Sofly carbonated and fluffy with flavor notes combined flavors of dark fruit, light brown sugar, and soft roasted notes.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2010 I hate Cigar City. I jumped into the beer world and decided that I was a Belgian Strong Ale person. I hated brown ales. I hated Scotch ales. I wasnít too keen on Imperial Stouts. But holy jesus this beer is a mix of all of these hated styles, but produces a hybrid of perfection.
750mL 33/204. It pours a deep reddish brown like root beer but with a sizeable yellow head that leaves excellent lacing and a good protective layer as it settles down. The aroma is the best I have ever smelled. There is no reason to describe it to you because it is too good. It is at times very telling of the Buffalo Trace bourbon with spicy, refined, boozy bourbon notes and rum-soaked oak. But it is more often then not simply toffee, caramel, milk chocolate ganache from La Maison du Chocolat, apple butter, with strong alcohol notes from something between Grand Marnier and Chambord. Sometimes there is some leather and tannins too but they work beautifully. The taste is also perfection: it is like drinking melted tiramisu flavored cream cheese icing off a carrot cake. The barrel character in this feels so subtle and subdued as if this has been aged 2-3 years. At times this beer as a meaty, roasty taste like a BA Rauchbier, Marzen, or Doppelbock if one existed. There is a full-bodied steak dinner with barbeque ribs somewhere hidden within. The palate is buttery, creamy and just outstanding. Iím not sure what else I can say except thanks to Wayne, Joey, Sebastien, and Alan over at Knightly Spirits for working together to create something which is undoubtedly a masterpiece. 9/9/2009 10/4/10/5/16=4.5
750mL courtesy of sebletije. Really this beer has not held up so well. The appearance seems more muddy, not really able to generate a head. The aroma has lost the coconut, bourbon, smoke, and oak and has gained mostly cookie dough, Scotch ale dark fruitiness, old caramel. The body has become chalky, weak, thin, slight caramel and not much else. Reminds me of the less than stellar bottle of BA Big Sound I opened one week. And then the following week I opened another that was very nice. Maybe these beers are temperamental and storing conditions really affect the body to a high degree. If I were rating this beer for the very first time I would give it a 3.3, that is how much this has changed for the worse. Very sad. :(
satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 181/204. aroma of muddled tobacco, earth and chocolate with a heavy backbone of booze. heavily overripe plums lead to near fermentation levels of rot along with burnt candied nuts. flavor is a flash of metallic twinge that opens to raisins and strong organic notes of earth and wood. as the palate adjusts, flavor morphs to deliver the occasional dose of crunchy fudge. in the mean time, my head feels as though it is expanding and my chest is burning. main aroma proponent remains nutty alcohol to the very end, quite reminiscent of the scotch ale that made it possible. still, i prefered batch #2 capricho oscuto hands down
dchmela (2542) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with Hopscotch. Deep reddish brown pour with a thin off white head. Cherry, smoked malt, bourbon and vanilla aroma. Smooth malt, vanilla, smoked malt, chocolate malt taste. Lots of oakiness. So complex, just keeps giving you more flavors in every sip. Big winner.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Special thanks to SoLan for sharing it. Lord have mercy. Starting off - this is simply the best bourbon barrel aged beer I have ever had. Iíve had a couple of really good ones but this is the real deal. Big oaky bourbon jumps right out at you. This just has it. The bourbon tastes good. The oak tastes good. The chewy caramel tinged with oak tastes good. The tannins from the oak taste good.