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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
This one was one of my faves from the dozens of CCB brews shared by the generous Tampa Crew. There was something about the dry qualities of the base beer, which had a nice subtle hop quality to it, that lent itself really nicely to the mint treatments. In fact, it tasted just like an Andes Creme de Menthe in beer form, though there was somehow nothing cloying or excessively sweet about it. And it certainly went over well in the midst of some heavies.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Pours a copper brown with a one finger light tan head. The nose is minty, some caramel, grain, toasted malt, chocolate. Flavor is toasted/caramel malt, mint, a bit grainy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Thanks to the Tampa crew for sharing. Brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is cocoa and fresh peppermint. Body is slightly thin. Flavor is roasty and subtle hints of mint. A Nice unique offering

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
On draft at CCB. I’m just not a fan of mint flavored things, though. The mint was more subtle than I would have imagined, but still too far gone for me. Just a personal preference, as there really isn’t anything wrong with the beer from a crafting stance. Minty and roasty.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
thanks bvc! Cocoa and wintergreen aroma, Very light bodied, like a whisper. little dark chocolate and graham cracker. mint was fresh on the nose, more artificial on the palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
15oz flip top from ibrew2or3...thanks Dave! Rootbeer brown and clear with tight off white head. Nose is heavy on the mint with nutty caramel chocolate malt, interesting. Minty chocolate with thin feel and some nutiness, some cola. Very creative and best ccb of the Seattle tastes ccb yet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
swingtop handbottle. pours a crystal clear dark brown with bright toffee edges. loose creamy gray head. big caramel, chocolate, and brown sugar nose. creamy medium body with lively carb. caramel, tons of chocolate, some molasses, and light bright mint on the mid palate. lingering chocolate finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2010
A beer that will bring a tear to any thin mint fan. I really couldn’t belive how great the flavor profile was.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Appearance: Pours out a clear, medium brown body with a foamy, lasting, light ecru-colored head. Smell: Engaging choco-mint combo in the nose with supporting notes of roasted grains, mild coffee, and even some hot chocolate mix. Taste: Chocolaty, roasty malts with an added bonus of blackened grains and plenty of deep earthy tones to it. Then, there’s the mint, which, thankfully, is well blended into the taste. Phew! I’ll admit, I feared the combination could be disastrous. Light bitterness which seems to come more from the roast than anything else. All in all, it’s reminiscient of those lil’ Andes Crème de Menthe candies. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Surprisingly good! For me, when it comes to beverages, a little mint can go a looong way. Fortunately, I found it to be ’just right’.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
32oz Growler. Amazing aroma of Thin Mint Cookies. Brown color, tan head. Nice roast. Cool mint. Chocolate cookie. I don’t want the fresh mint taste out of my mouth!


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