ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Sam for sharing this one! Bottle # 422. Easily one of the best beers of the recent crew tasting. Oily black pour with a thin beige head. Vanilla, bourbon, and nutty aroma. Creamy mouth-feel. Espresso, oaky tannins, bourbon, and dark fruits. So good I just had to wake JCB and force a sip on him!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle, #261/450, with another big thanks to dchmela for the hookup! Pours a nice dark brown/black with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma is lovely, with milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, espresso, and some ripe dark fruits. Flavor is only hints at the bourbon, which is nice, while allowing more vanillia, oak, espresso, chocolate and dark fruits to come out nicely. Nice and smooth on the palate, and a great balance on the barrel aging. Thanks again Dave!
emacgee (3445) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a dark brown that allows some light and a one finger tan head. The nose has a very nice barrel character, lots of smooth vanilla and creamy milk chocolate, very nice tannic oak presence. Flavor shows a great vanilla character, woody, tannic and oaky, smooth and chocolaty. Very full smooth tannic palate. Very tasty.
hopscotch (8217) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, tan head. Good retention. The aroma is bourbon-forward (the more, the better) with tons of dark chocolate, tobacco, oak, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor leads off with lots of sourmash and an odd bit of raw beef accompanied by unsweetened dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetness. Substantial bitterness and moderate acidity finish things off nicely. World class beer!
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Brown/Black body and a thick khaki head. The aroma brags of oaky Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, dates, molasses, and raisons all meld together into one complex bundle of rapture. A slight hint of oxidation, but adds a deep complexity to the brew. The palate is thick in body but soft and velvety… I know women like that too. Truly remarkable beer… I bet this would cellar well but crest at roughly 2-3 years.
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Uber rare 750mL shared by THE jdubFL, thanks again man you ROCK! Pours deep amber with nice dark tan head. The aroma is oak notes running into a solid whiskey breeze to go along with sweet notes of malts and nuttiness in the background. The taste feels creamy and velvety and oh so good. I get chocolate and chewy malts running into whiskey, oak and lingering sweetness.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 bottle 142/450 from brewery. pours black with a dark mahogany color around edges when held up to light. tan head that faded quickly with a tan head tha gave good lacing. smelled of bourbon, alcohol, roasted malt, and maybe a little bit of fruit. tasted like bourbon, which was excelent, with hints of vanilla, and roasted goodness. very good beer.
Bottle 369 on 5/20/11 has gotten better
gtreid (3) - Parrish, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We cracked this open after a day of bottling Improviacion. Poured into CCB stemware.
A: Pours a deep, deep, brown. Hard to see through when backlit, but distictly brown. About one finger of tan colored head appears and leaves some nice rings of lace.
A: The burbon is sooo prominemnt in the nose. Very boozy. I also get vanilla, sweet malts, caramel malts, a little chocolate, and a great earthiness from the hops.
T: Wow, this has got to be one of the best barrel aged beers I have ever had. I get the same vanilla, caramel, and chocolate notes I got on the aroma. But what really makes this beer shine is the smoothness created by the barrel aging. Yes, I still get an impressive amount of burbon, but it dosen’t overpower the beer.It finishes very smooth with a definate burbon heat.
M: Silky smooth. This coats the palate with a burbon goodness. Just the right amount of carbonation.
D and overall impression: Being that this beer is big on the alcohol and the burbon, you would think that the drinkability would be low, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. I could drink this until I fall over. Overall, this is a great beer. A perfect blend of Bolita, Big Sound, and 110k + ot RIS aged in a burbon barrel. Must, Must try. Skal.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Bottle, courtesy Joey and Seabass after the Cigar City beer dinner at Revenous Pig. The dark mahogany body is crowned with a small head of smooth, creamy, dark khaki tinted foam. A few splotches of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is simply fantastic, with massive notes of maple, vanilla, and cocoa proving decadent and well integrated. Hints of coffee roast linger in the background, lending just a bit of bite to the nutty, maple sweetness, while rich bourbon and soft oak offer just a hint of welcomed heat. The flavor, while impressive, doesn’t quite live up to the nearly impossible standard that the nose sets, but it is still delicious. The bourbon and the wood assert themselves considerably more, playing a much more even role with the maple and the chocolate. Some dark fruit creeps in, but remains just a highlight. There’s just a hint of char from the barrel. The body is substantial and slick, perhaps just a bit overly warm from the bourbon. Awesome stuff. Definitely one of the better barrel applications from CCB.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from bottle, after CC beer dinner @ Ravenous Pig. Black pour, thin dense dark tan head. Fantastic aroma of sour roast, maple, black licorice, ash, pit fruit, some barrel. Taste is hearty, lifted initially by a mix of roast and alcohol, then tailed by a malt fruitiness and tannins. Awesome.