arone12 (895) - Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On vacation! Drank this one on the beach! Woop woop. Poured a golden color. Smells a bit citrusy with some orange and grapefruit aromas. Taste is similar. Pretty funky aftertaste. I am guessing that is the cedar. Took me a few swallows to get used to it. Different tasting. Not bad, just different.
dchmela (2485) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 750 ml bottle. Light amber pour with a thin white head. Grapefruit hops barely cuts through the huge cedar wood nose. Clean malt with a big grapefruit hop bite and cedar woodiness. The best of the series.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: orange and peach with a light haze – like a mist covering an orchard of oranges and peaches. White bubbly haze fades into a collar, mostly full. Swirls smooth and creamy. Enticing.
Nose: orange peel, ginger, cumin. Leather and funk in the background. Pithy dried tangerine skins. Aloe and cactus. Candied caramelized ginger slivers with a hint of honey. Paprika. Raw cedar chips permeate and infuse and meld and harmonize. Orange candies and orange cedar. Cedar boxes.
Palate: cedar dryness in finish – long and parching and lingering atop the tongue. Orange skins. Ginger in the breath. Dry spiced tropical quality – skins of tropical fruits – cactus, aloe, and guava. Yeasty spicy cedary deliciousness. Cedar is yummy – if chewing on cedar chips could be delicious, this beer proves it. Ginger, paprika, and cumin are one with the cedar. More orange peel – tangerine and mandarin.
Final Thoughts: delicious! Another winner from Cigar City with some help from The Bruery out of Placentia, CA. I really like what Cigar City is doing with cedar. As an on-again, off-again cigar smoker, my affinity for cigars and cedar and old leather and oiled mahogany. Yum! I wouldn’t mind seeing this in my fridge and thus my glass, again.
Fratto (2446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Light, hazy pour with a small head. Aroma is a little spice and fruit, but mostly cedar cedar cedar. Taste is like camping, woody spice, and adhesive.
Hair6a11 (1238) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky gold with a very modest white head that disappears pretty quick. The nose is heavy on the coriander and the cedar, really. Some citrus, I suppose, as well. The flavor profile is bitter initial, semi sweet, more cedar, earth, oranges, cereal grains, and pepper... Interesting brew - not bad.
djd07 (2537) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy yelllow gold with small off white head. The aroma is clove and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with dry clove and citrus. A decent Biere de garde from. CCB.
drowland (5719) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/25/12. Bottle I brought to RBWG 2012. Hazy orange pour with a small off-white head. Huge wood aroma, so much so that it’s almost salty and perfumey... could be the spices and fruits accentuating it. Sweet, fruity entry at first followed by a huge cedar aspect... almost salty again... reminds me of cedar plank fish. Hmmm.
piscator34 (1843) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Gold in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Huge cedar shavings aroma, backed by notes of lemon rind, herbs, white pepper, and coriander.More cedar in the mouth, along with elements of white grapefruit, and black pepper. Medium bodied with a bit of heat that could be coming from a combination of the wood, pepperiness, or alcohol. Nice sharp finish. The wood throws things out of balance, but in a good way for me. Very interesting... and somewhat hard to rate.
jbeatty (849) - New York, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 02/21/2012. Pours hazy apricot, soapy white head that fades within a couple minutes, residual surface foam. Aroma carries a big kick of cedar and white pepper, undertones of ginger, a floral character with lightest sweetness on the finish. Taste is dominated by peppery cedar, medicinal herbs and orange ginger in the background, bitter wood aftertaste. Palate is medium, adequate carbonation, with a dry finish. I like a nice cedar character from time to time, but this is perhaps overkill in that department, to the detriment of other flavors and complexities. This went well with food, but by itself maybe hard to stomach more than a glass.
Chipalsa (1270) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One more from Cigar City :-). The scent was an amazing mix of wood, yeast, citrus and herbs. The taste reminded me of a saison, but had more earthy and honey flavors in the mix. Finished dry and fruity with a hint of vanilla and warm alcohol. Truly unique, but as good as I’d expect from Cigar City.