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Cigar City Christmas Mint Brown Ale
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Brown ale straight from the North Pole by way of the elves who personally added the mint by use of their patented candy-cane kegs.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Draft at CCB. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, fresh mint. Flavor is caramel, roasted malts, fresh mint leaves, wintergreen. Medium body. Good beer...unique.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
On tap at cigar city. not bad but it is what it is. Maduro with mint added to it. Aroma was pleasant and the taste wasn’t bad but the palate on the maduro series leaves alot to be desired. a decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Tap at BT. Pours a mostly clear deep brown with athin head. Aroma is mint chocolate candies, andes dinner mints, toasty dry earthy nutty chocolate. Flavor is more mint chocolate chips, thin mint cookeis, light pine, leather in the finish with some light tootsie roll and nuts in the end. Drying though and easy drinking. Ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Draft. Pours a bruin body with an off white head and light head retention. More maduro and a very weak treatment no mint or peppermint in the aroma. More nutty, malty, coffee tones. Body seemed oddly a bit thinner almost a hint of grain, maybe i was dehydrated. A light sweetness in the finish, mint. My least favorite of the maduro treatments.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Amber brown with a little bit of off-white head. Aromas of roasty malts, chocolate, along with some faint peppermint notes. Medium to lighter bodied with a smooth, malty finish. Complex and quite enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Dark brown pour with an amber hue and nice beige lacing. I don’t know; contrary to the consensus around the table, I was with, I sensed a decent amount of mint, although not in the candycane form. Instead, this was a beer form of an Andes after dinner mint. Aroma of dark chocolate dinner mints with a roasty background. Dinner mint flavor. Dark chocolate finish with a touch of minty coolness. Cool and refreshing. I should have saved this until the end of the evening.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger during their Cigar City event. Pours a just clear ruby brown. Coffee and caramel on the nose, oatmeal cookies. We got into some big conversations about this beer as most of us couldn’t find the mint on the nose (it did show up a little bit as the beer warmed, but I was really expecting over the top mint, mint chocolate ice cream or something to that effect), and it was quite reminiscent of the incredibly oatmeal raisin cookie treatment of the Maduro. Malty sweet oatmeal, cocoa and just the fainest hints of some minty menthol in here. Still tasty, but I was hoping for more candy cane.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Handbottle thanks to Dave! Pours a brown color with a small white head. The aroma was sweet chocolate, mint and a sour note. The flavor is similar; definitely like a andes chocolate mint, lots of chocolate and mint, a strong sour flavor that is probably not intended. Pretty nice. Unusual, but it works.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2010
500 ml euro swing top bottle courtesy of bvc and ibrew2or3; pours clear light brown with faint bubble white head; lovely mint leaf nose with chocolate and dried wild flowers; soft, chocolate mint flavors that are reminiscent of those thin chocolates that sandwich a layer of green mint; ymmm, chocolate candy mints are spot on; texture is quite thin and I think this would be great with a heavy beer (porter or light stout maybe), so I hope more mint beers are down the road

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Growler shared by the Tampa Crew. Maybe this was just because this was my first mint beer, but damn, this was good! Most everyone noted that it tasted just like an Andes chocolate mint. Nothing too heavy here or over the top. Just refreshing and fun. Somewhat surprised they pulled it off. Wonder if there are any other good examples of this style... mmm....


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