hivemind (693) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blind Tiger for CCB event. Pours golden with pretty big white head and leaves a thick but quickly-fading lacing on the glass (snifter). Aroma is sweet and funky yeast with some wood coming through already. Tastes of lemon/citrus, some vegetable, and a little hop. Definite wood in there as well, which comes through later than the other flavors. I wouldn’t have guessed cedar without knowing the name of the beer, but this is (at least) the second cedar-aged beer I’ve tried and they seem to let a lot more of the wood come through compared to other types of wood barrel-aged beers. Stands out because it’s a little funky, a little zesty, and moderately tart, almost to the point of sour but stopping just short. Something I could definitely drink an entire bottle of.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Tap at Blind Tiger.
My god. I’ve tried pretty much all the cedar stuff from Cigar City and none of them are holding back on the wood character but this one is way more than the others. It’s like it’s been double cedared or something. Thoroughly intense wood and lemon and epic spice. Drinks like 4%. Nothing like the 9 plus quoted. Spicy grapefruit wood finish. Quite a shocking experience but thoroughly enjoyable all the way through.
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I could drink this beer by the gallon. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Nose is cedar, lemon, sweet malt, yeast, spices, and wood. Flavor is similar- cedar up front followed by lemon, citrus, and sweet malt. Medium in body, and a delightful biere de garde overall. Complex in its simplicity.
Jow (1819) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours copper with big cedar nose. Tastes of cedar, pepper, apples, pears, and lemons. Yeasty and lingering finish. Really enjoyed this one
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy yellow orange. Nose is big cedar, sweet grains, spicy yeast and hints of citrus. Flavor is crisp malts, pungent spicy cedar and flavorful yeast.
yespr (29437) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Three Penny Taproom. Pours cloudy to hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is mild ginger like spiced. Peppery and slight yeasty. Dry, herbal and light fruity hoppy. Bitter, spiced and peppery finish. Light phenolic.
Ibrew2or3 (6450) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark deep gold with off white head. The aroma offers up apricot, peach, pear and apple mixing with salty malts, a mild pepper note and hints of yeastiness. Hmm. The taste is full of pears, apples and apricots blended with notes of grainy malts and funky yeast. It gets both salty and a bit peppery to midway with growing yet mild levels of spicy cedar. Interesting.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Mostly clear, straw-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aromatic highlights are spicy cedar, citrus peel an both spice-rack lemon pepper and spice-rack coriander. Medium to full-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is nearly tart, moderately bitter and lemon peppery. Finishes tangy, bitter and a touch citrusy.