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Cigar City Don Gavino’s Big Guava

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78
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   ABV: -
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We salute Don Gavino with this tart guava ale, aged in chardonnay barrels to create a balance between the sweetness of the base beer and fruit with the tartness of the lactic fermentation.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
bellco33 (389) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from bottle into a tulip: This is a strange one. It’s got a little bit of everything going on. Pours golden with a nice white head. Aroma is chardonnay, tropical fruits, grass, funk, Taste is all over the place. It’s sour, bitter, has touches of tropical and citrus fruits, and wine barrel. Heavy boozy body, fairly sticky mouthfeel, pretty sweet, but somehow this kind of works.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (3061) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2014
Draught @ All In Beer Fest 2014. Pours golden with a small offwhite head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty and fruity with caramel, lemon juice, guava, hay, dry soil and lemon zest. Taste is sour, slightly malty and fruity with caramel, biscuits, lemon juice, yoghurt, guava, prickly pear, hay, dry soil and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is soft, slightly dry, tart, round and medium bodied. Finish is sour and fruity with caramel, lemon juice, sour milk, guava, prickly pear, hay, dry soil and lemon zest. Good but less than I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2440) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
I dig it but man its on another level of beer intensity. Big boozy, fruity, sour, oaky, and palate devouring. Aroma is guava or whatever odd tropical fruit that I never eat but pretend i know what it smells like in a beer review, oak, lactic sour, and sweet. Taste is very sour, and also quite sweet without being too cloying. Wine barrel on the backend keeps things in check a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_MedievAle (198) - Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2014
aroma is lemony citrus, maybe some tangerine. appearance: cloudy orange-amber. Creamy white head. tastes like a fruit juice; heavy on citrus rind (grapefruit more than guava). palate: lively carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (900) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
Pours amber medium white head Aromas of sour fruits, apples, citrus Nice sweet and sour with notes of sweet fruits, lemongrass, wheat

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 17, 2014
this one was a beast, thick boozy and tart, in cigar city fashion. lots of guava sweetness and strong tartness. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (1165) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
Tap @ All In Beer Fest, Gothenburg 141115. Fruity and caramely with vinous notes, light acidic, medium body with a watery texture. Tart finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (5635) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Draught at All In Beer Fest 2014. Shady orange, brief head. Sourish, fruity, alcoholic, plenty of wood. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with medium acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9556) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle... Pours hazy and burnt-orange with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is an intermingling of Guava, peppery and earthy spiciness, and damp wood. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is tart, tangy and fruity with an undercurrent of peppery bitterness. Bittersweet, tart, warming finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
750ml shared by Ben. Unfiltered orange-brown. Frothy soapy white head. Really excellent product. Big guava tones, balanced out by the wine barrel. On a different level. Bonus points for innovation.


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