Fratto (2654) - 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 (1387) - 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 (3896) - 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 (6169) - 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 (1996) - 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 (1098) - 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 (1310) - 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.
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share with Chipalsa. Pour is a clear amber color with small bubbles and a white head. The aroma is pretty interesting. Bits of black pepper, lots of cedar, some lemon and orange peel, a bit of yeast, and a touch of alcohol make this one up. Taste wise, this is heavy on the cedar. Up front there is a good amount of citrus (lemon peel and orange zest), slight caramel, a bit of yeast and even some yeast in the front. Smooth and light with a dry finish. This type of beer isn’t my usual style but was enjoyable and drinkable at the 9% abv. Cheers!
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Bottle picked up at Cigar City. Orange-gold color with a short-lived white head on top. Cedar and sawdust aroma with notes of doughy yeast and tropical fruit cocktail. This is spicy and bitter with a lot of white pepper and fresh-cut cedar flavor. A bit medicinal too with a tangy orange cough drop flavor that is a tad distracting. A tropical fruit sweetness is noted for sure but ends up getting covered by the more aggressive cedar and peppery notes. I admit, I wasn’t much of a fan at first but this did grow on me. Much better as it warms when the sharp cedar really stands out and that medicinal orange thing takes a backseat. Looking forward to trying the other versions.
smith4498 (3087) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours cloudy dark golden color with white head. Overbearing cedar aroma. I can smell it from three feet away. Flavor is pure cedar, like chewing on a piece of wood. Medium body with lively carbonation and a resinous mouthfeel. All I get is cedar aroma and flavor. Not very enjoyable for me. By far my least favorite of the three bottled versions.