changeup45 (1729) - 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 (12285) - 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 (6018) - 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 (1810) - 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.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml, black waxed bottle, #49/204, courtesy of zathrus13. thanks, jeff! saved this one for #800 after praying to the beer gods that it would not be infected but unfortunately my prayers went un-answered. opens with a loud pop and quickly foams over the neck of the bottle, never a good sign. pours completely black with a huge, three finger beige head that never even tries to receded likely owing to the unwanted, fermenting bugs. aroma is sadly sour with big notes of green apple, funk, and sour milk with only shreds of the intended beer in the form of sour mash whiskey, stale coffee, and bitter chocolate. flavor is a surprising and a welcomed improvement on the aroma with tart, dark fruits, bourbon, and wet wood backed by delicious notes of dark chocolate, roast, toffee, and nutty malts and hints of burnt, blondie brownies on the back end. palate is still thick and full bodied but overcarbonated due to the unwanted bugs but retains a bit of the bittersweet, roasty, intended brew. overall, i wanted to love this beer with all my heart but the bugs that have invaded this bottle have degraded it to a mere average beer. sadly, i can truly taste the original intended brew and it must have been amazing before the bugs took over. come on CCB, i signed your petition, get rid of your nasty bugs!
Tmoney99 (13002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate malt, wood and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet toasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. This is a very good beer that was overly active.
popery (1850) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to cmillward. Definitely a solid beer, though the bottle may have had some minor problems. Trying it right after Hunahpu probably didnít help things, either. Black pour with a creamy beige head. Mild sour/funk/lactic in the aroma, along with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, rum, raisins, mild roast and caramel. Taste was relatively sweet with some oak and tobacco coming through. Reminded me of Bitches Brew in an odd way. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth but could have been a bit bigger. Mild booze. Good beer and makes me curious to try more CCB specials, but not up to Hunahpu.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Freetail at the La Muerta bottle share. Thanks to the guy in the blue jacket, with the 80ís mustache. Again, CCB hitís us with another great one!!! Poured a dark brown body with a ring of head that was very leggy. Aromas of caramelized sugars, dark berries, frutyness, a hint of alcohol and some woodiness. Flavors were dark berries, roasty, bready, caramel, candied pears and some alcohol in the ending. Lively carbonation with a medium to full mouthfeel and a mild bitter finish. This is what the "American Strong" category is all about.