jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to Sean at our recent tasting...Light black pour with decent carbonation...Iíve heard most of these are infected, at first ours didnít seem to be. Only a hint of funk comes through. As it warms it becomes more prominent. However, my poor rating of this beer I canít pretty surely say is not due to the infection but the mess of a blend this is...Aroma is a hint of funk, but this is mostly dominated by the winter warmer portion of this blend, its very hot and spicy way too much pepper and spice comes through...The taste is more spicy pepper and not in a good way at all. Light roast but not enough to cut the peppers.
So many reasons not to get this; high chance of infection and the fact that it wasnít a good blend in the first place.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared. Bottle numbered 159/204. A big Brown bastard topped with a medium Brown head that is hanging an inch high. The nose is first of all slightly sour with a potent malty profile. Impressions of cellars and red Wine barrels topped with some cinnamon. The trade mark from cc is imo the fattyness of the mouthfeel - this one has it big time- in a great way. The taste is balanced like hell with a nice twisty blend between malty and caramel flavours on top of that some dried fruity notes. Great beer
FlacoAlto (3884) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011
The beer is a bit of a gusher and pours with a brown-tinged foamy head that sits on top of a black beer. The nose has a fruity, green apple like note that starts to get funky with notes of dank-cheese and moldy wood that speaks to at least a Brettanomyces influence of some sort. The malt is certainly not surpressed here though as there is a rich notes of cocoa, and ample roast grain notes towards the finish. The ripe cheese-character seems boosted by diacetyl notes. The aroma is actually quite complex and fun to be smelling, this is certainly going in a completely different direction than intended; it makes me think of Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Reserve in that it is a funky, dark / roasted beer.
The taste is actually not nearly as funky as I had expected given the nose of this beer; flavors of brandy, caramelized candy apples, ample vanilla, and some toasted coconut all jump out at me and are much more in line what I would have expected of this beer. The finish has some astringent, burnt roast-grain character to it that provides some burnt acidity to it (the acidity is definitely more from the dark malt as opposed to from the funkiness). The funkiness does seem to have contributed some tartness to this beer though, and there is only a very light mustiness and a touch of over-ripe cheese character. This is still a big, rich, chewy beer with a dark malt sweetness and it hasnít shown too many signs of drying out; this could become quite explosive over time though. The finish has a hot alcohol note to it and there is quite a bit of spicy oak in the finish as well; this definitely finishes with a belly warming character. I definitely enjoyed this beer quite a bit, it was definitely an experience and I like where the funkiness took this beer in the nose, even if it wasnít intended.
dchmela (2848) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with like minded folk during man movie day 11. Pours dark brownish red with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, cherry and roasted grain that is simply fabulous. So much roasted grain, cherry, bourbon with touches of licorice in the taste. For all of the warnings of gushers, this opened just fine and it was an awesome brew.
changeup45 (1721) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 19/204. Originally I was in no rush to open this because I heard it was a little hot early on but after the possible infection talk I figured it probably should be opened sooner rather than later. Meant to pop it sooner than this. The last few months it has been in the fridge. A slight gusher, pours black with a thick brown head. It slowly dies down to a thin foam on top. A bit funky in the aroma with cherries and apple brandy taking the lead with molasses, smoked wood, caramel, and chocolate following. Damn, smells a lot like SFTO Apple Brandy. The palate is a bit spritzy and highly carbonated with old wood, chocolate, apple brandy, ripe dark fruit, sweet toffee, vanilla, and roasty char flavors. Infected? Well, yeah, thereís a little something going on for sure. But itís not sour per say or a bad beer but rather overall a bit funky. But I canít say I truly liked it either. Again, Captain Lawrence SFTO Apple Brandy comes to mind. Whether intended or not this is certainly interesting and a bit unique.
Lubiere (11232) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. In aroma, a Bretty chocolate with soy sauce, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with herbs,chinotto, beautiful...and this is infected. Tasted with Orlando crew, Jan. 6 2010.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Body is an opaque very dark brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger off-white head that remains at 1 finger. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Nose is interesting and good-slightly sour overall. Sour cherry, chocolate, oak, and a hint of alcohol come through.
T- Individuals are hard to discern as this is a bit of a mess. Dark overripe fruit is the highlight with a hint of anise-yes- I am getting a bit of RIS here. There is a slighty sour highlight over the initial flavor and the oak is in the bakcground but hard to find. Finish is slightly sour-with overripe dark fruit being the highlight again.
M- Medium to high carbonation-and a slightly thick full body.
D- This bottle is probably infected-but the unintended sour aspects are the highlight of this brew as the way-too overripened dark fruit/anise combination would certainly be more prominent had the sour not been there. This is a decent brew overall-but not the best from Cigar City.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010 14:47:21
Beerman6686 (5388) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a darker brown color with a smaller beige head. Aroma was of semi tart, over ripened fruit, I beleive from the supposaid infection. Some toffee and roast too as well. Flavor did not show the infection as much as the nose, lots of toffee and caramel, roasted, bourbony woody character, some tobacoo too as well. Overall a pretty good beer but not top shelf.
cpetrone84 (1722) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-pours a jet black liquid with a light brown head, creamy and robust with a thin lacing left.
S-the nose has some heavey bourbon and wood in it, dry sawdust, dark cherries, roasted to burnt malts, burnt coffee. the nose is different but not bad.
T-the taste has some light bourbon up front, dry sawdust and barrel behind and rather prevalent. notes of vanilla and chocolate come in showing some malt body. very sweet in the back with a hint of sour cherry. might have a slight infection.
M-good feel, medium body and creamy, strong carbonation with a full finish.
D-this may be slighlty infected as there is some notes of sour cherries in the back, I actually like that coupled with the dry woody sawdust. the bourbon fades and it sweetens as it warms. easily drinkable and interesting balance.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by moejuck at the BASC Cat Lady Summit - thanks, dude! Really nice opportunity to try this one, which I believe is a blend of Brandy Hunahpu and WW. It was a big gusher of a pour, raging into our cups, but thatís never been a turnoff. Mouthfeel is very lively, just a bit hot and sticky from the righteous amount of booze involved. Taste is a bit disjointed, with immediately noticeable tartness - perhaps the fabled infection? Still, you can taste how the brandy from both beers could stitch things together and itís tasty enough, with plenty of roasted malts, chocolate, and slick toffee.