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Cigar City Chocolate Almond Cherry Scotch Ale

Cigar City Chocolate Almond Cherry Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Big Sound Scotch Ale with chocolate, cherries, and almonds added

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2016
From notes. On draft at Hunahpu’s Day 2016 in Tampa on March 12. The pour is a darker ruby color with a pretty heavy brown lean. There are hints of garnet poking through to go with a thin tan cap of foam that disappears quickly. The aroma is definitely nutty. The almonds are huge. There is a light caramel malt and a little bit of a chocolate note to it, but the cherry is what brings this down. It smells a little medicinal and forced. It’s an interesting smell because it takes the traditional scotch ale qualities and just goes around them to add adjuncts. The flavor is really interesting. The medicinal cherry really sticks out up front, and then the chocolate nuttiness rolls through and a light caramel malt brings up the rear. There is a lot happening, and it seems to fight itself a little. The mouth feel is a little thinner, but it pretty well carbonated. There is a lingering chocolate covered nut kind of aftertaste that is a little drier than I’d like to see. It’s not terrible, but there is a ton of stuff going on in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Light brownish pour, brown eggshell head. Flavor of almonds, chocolate, caramel malts, dark honey, light molasses. It really does taste like an almond joy with a hint of dark cherry notes. Cool stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4321) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2013
On tap at Hunahpu Day ’13. Limited notes: sweet, milky, chocolate, caramel, cherry, even, good, 7.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2013
brown/ruby color, aroma of cherry, almonds, chocolate, same flavors, very enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (7671) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Draft at CCB during Hunahpu Day 2013 with Andrew and Maggi. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin tan lacing. Aroma is rich cherry, sweet nuts and decadent chocolate. Very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, medium to full with notes of chocolate syrup, sweet almonds, nuts, toffee, dark cherries, chocolate covered cherries and almond joy candy bars. One of the highlights of the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Draft at Hunaphu Day. Deep murky brown pour wit a small tan head. Very sweet, nutty, toffee, caramel, cherry aroma. Flavor is very similar, thick and almost cloying and too nutty for me. Some noticeable booze. Not terrible, but not for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2013
On draft for Huna Day. This was probably the best beer I had the entire day. Took a small sip from my buddies glass and got a massive amount of cherry chocolate. Just uber goodness all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Good stuff. On tap at CCB. Nose is roast, big cherry aroma, some slight alcohol, some nuts, and chocolate. Pour is hazy brown with a thin head. Taste follows up with big cherry and light chocolate behind some caramel and booze. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
This was a wonderful treatment to this style. It smelled nutty, caramel-ey, but still had the butterscotch and hop-like qualities of a good scotch ale. The taste was straight-forward almonds and sweet cherries with a touch of dry cocoa in the finish. The alcohol level is very well hidden and makes for a surprisingly drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Very sweet, definite cherry, chocolate is lots, almond gives it a slight boozy character

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