TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of aaskofficerfriendly. Greg really helped me out on this one. Pours a deep dark thicker black, roasty opaque with a huge cakey dark brown head that laces well and layers. Aromas are a rich dose of roasted malts, coffee, toffee and biscuits, the orange marmalade and echoes of faded hops from the Winter Warmer strike through with wet oak, vanilla tannins, and boozy spirit peeking through. Some raisin, dark fruit, sweetness clash with strong roast, coffee, dark chocolate. Initial mirrors the aromas, fuller bodied beer gives way to intermixing roast and sweetness, toffee and toast, orange marmalade, coffee and cocoa, raisins, dark fruit. Decent bitterness and citrusy feel, comes up through roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit, whiskey like spirit and warming on the palate. Smooth and silky, a nice meshing of two different styles and two beers I loved on their own by CCB. Flavorful and complex, the roast and more lively citrusy orange, sweet and lightly bitter, and sweet toffee Old Ale plays very well. Finishes roasty and sweet, clinging to the palate. Really enjoyed this and feel the blend was spot on, meshing some largely different flavor profiles.
Fin (8527) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craigs big Edinburgh tasting, this bottle courtesy of íCraigí, thanks mate. Shared in company of Craig, Stella, Jan, Charlotte, Fritz and Loz 30.10.10 Pours dark brown verging on black with a wonderful white creamy textured light beige head. Aroma I found to be a little funky almost with a touch of the Orval about it, not sure itís meant to be like this, but nice anyway. Nice soft and smooth, creamy mouthfeel busy carbonation, some chocolate in the mouth, roasted malts and coffee, dark fruits, molassess and a nice warmth from the alcohol complete things here, great beer. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.0
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tampa Weekly Gathering @BT Brandon-thanks Ibrew2or3-on tapĖpours a foamy light brown head to a retaining thin brown head that laces and dark brown with red color. Aroma is dark malt, dark fruit, wood-bourbon/ashy, some sharp boozy. Taste is dark malt-chocolate, dark fruit, wood-bourbon/ashy, some sharp boozy. Smooth. Soft carbonation. As it warms-licorice, earthy hops.
cgarvieuk (18075) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 bottle at halloweeen tasting ... dark black ... huge foam brown head ... man huge funky barnyard nose ... sweet malt toffee malts ... juicy fruits ... little funky in body ... hint of wood ...little chocolate ...
MrChopin (3727) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Thanks DC crew!
dark brown, beige head. Lightly sour and malty nose, some barrel, chocolate, coconut, cigar ash and vanilla. Chcolate and plum flavor, very juicy fruit with light chocolate bitterness. Coating sweet body, very chewy. Well done ccb, one of the best from them despite thin alcohol note with warmth. 857415
Thanks Dan! Black with sepia tinged edge, thin cream head. Nose and flavor infected, nose more than flavor, light chocolate, bit green and washed out profile from infection, comes off like cardboard with a light paint thinner and lactic quality. The infection actually rolled decently into the cake flavor, particularly given the chewy body. The infection at best unintentionally overwhelming, mediocre, and one-sided.
Pailhead (5800) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, bourbon, hints of vanilla, and a touch of sour and vinegar. It pours a dark brown with some orange tint around the edges of the glass and a small tan head. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate and vanilla before a light sour fruit and a hint of cherry hits in the finish. Medium bodied mild carbonation. While the sourness kind of "works," I doubt it supposed to be there.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of northernbrews. Dark brown, nice beige head. Up front, some sourness is there, not sure what it is, malt character in the backend, not much else. Flavor has a huge malt profile. Toffee, caramel, light woody character, residuel sweetness, some sherry like characters, light sour twinge. Oily/smooth mouthfeel. Bonus points for the tiny chunks of wood left in the glass.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 100th Cigar City Rating. 750mL pours deep darkness with mocha head. The aroma is oak, smooth bourbon, chocolate, dark roasted malts, toffee, caramel candy and then booze at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth too and obliviously complex with dark roasted malts, dark bakerís chocolate, then bourbon and some oak. It gets a bit dark roasted coffee and chicory like by about midway. I get vanilla, chocolate, chicory and pine hops coming to the surface and sliding into the after taste with a slight sweet bourbon warming booze experience.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Having local beer geek friends who do more beer travelling then I do is a blessing when it comes to Cigar City Brewing and many of their specialty/one-off beers. A big thank you is due Eric for hooking me up with a bottle, #103 of #204 total, of their Campeador. Released in fall of 2009, she didnít last sit before cracking open her bounty to share with a couple good friends.
Murky brown, she brings to mind muddy earthen puddles right after a wicked rainstorm. A tannish puff makes for a nice collar despite her rather meager head. I tease her dirty brown depths to no lacey avail. While not necessarily appealing to look at, her nose is another story entirely. I immediately am engulfed in the richest chocolate fudge chunks kissed by dark earthen woods and topped with powdered sugar sweetness. Heavy holiday breads finish with a hit of sweet burnt caramel heat in the back of my nose. Toasted marshmallow and graham crackers mingle with the fudge for an unexpected símores effect. Vanillins make a brief showing, and I am more than ready to satiate my thirst. I find a pleasantly clean body which is in stark contrast to her weighty nose. Just as promised, my tastebuds are inundated with the richest of artisanal fudges which melt into chocolate graham crackers and toasted marshmallows. While I may be sans fireplace, this is Florida after all, she still gives the impression of a crackling fireplace of blackened wood, toasted marshmallows, crunchy burnt caramels, and melted chocolates kissed with vanilla. Furthering our quaffing journey, I notice a leathery affect atop my tongue which dries in soft brushes. Thatís okay because a dry palate induces a mouth-watering thirst which I am more than pleased to quench with more Cigar City Campeador. Chocolate-covered cherries say hello, but fudgy chocolaty burnt delights are the star of this brew. As her last quaff glides like silk across my tongue and down my throat, I must say she was quite different than what I was expecting in every delightful way possible.
Iím not sure if Campeador is ageable since I didnít have enough bottles to do so. But no matter how long I age a beer, whether shared or kept to myself, itís the drinking of the beer that is the reward.
nickd717 (3713) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle thanks to Blazer06. Pours jet black with a two-finger tan head that leaves some foam on the beer. The aroma is roasty with coffee and sweet malt notes, and...brett. What? The flavor is a little like a poor manís Cuvee Delphine, in that it has considerable brett presence. Besides that, thereís roast, caramel malt, chocolate, coffee, and sour cherries. This probably got some unintended bugs in there, but that being said, itís not too bad. Medium-full bodied with extremely high carbonation, probably from the brett, which is not exactly befitting of this beer. Overall, well, it seems to have an infection, but I still enjoyed it.