JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Redlight. Pours a rich dark black color with a moderate dark tan head. Aroma is very roasty, nutty, and alkaline dark chocolate. The taste is supremely rich dark chocolate with an intense roast component on the end. Very rich and intense chocolate all around, but never gets to be too much. Very nice.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a deep black color with a small and foamy tan head that recedes quickly leaving rings of lacing behind. The nose is very rich and roasty with dark chocolate, roasted coffee, bitter earthy hops, and peppery cedar. The flavor follows with a blend of the dark chocolate, tons of roasted coffee, and some molasses for sweetness. Cedar wood, spicy pepper, and biterness from the hops finish out the flavor profile. The hops really come through in this one. Full bodied, and very smooth on the palate with a lengthy bitter, dry finish from the hops with a hint of pepper spice. This is a very nice beer as the 2nd running to the 110k.
MeadMe (1170) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 On Draft at CCBís 1st account; Redlight Redlight!
A: Evil as all the CCB stouts. This baby is as black as a zebras ass. Nice tight mocha head with okay retention. Nice spotty lace.
S: Tons of roast in this bad boy. Nice espresso roast coffee, and hints of rich bitter chocolate.
T: Wonderful charred malt up front. Rich dark cuban espresso that comes off a bit acidic. The finish is rich roast and a nice bittering from the hops and dark chocolate.
M: Like all CCB stouts rich and bold. Very full bodied.
D: Good. This beer is crazy good for something that was destined for the drain. It was made from 2nd runnings of 110k Batch 2. The result is quite nice. Glad you saved this one guys. It was a real treat.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours absolutely pitch black. Good luck getting any light through this bad boy. A small, foamy, light brown head leaves sheets of frosted window pane lacing behind. A little more head retention would complete the perfect appearance. The nose is ultra rich and roasty, notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and burnt caramel showing strongest, with fig, raisin, and licorice lending fruity depth. Mild pepper offers some nice spice, which compliments the bold, earthen hop profile nicely. Flavors match the aroma, extremely rich and roasty, sweet chocolate and dark fruits balanced well by boldly roasted barley, black coffee, cracked pepper, and biting, earthy hops. Molasses adds a hint of smokiness. The palate is substantial, somewhat sugary, spicy, and bitter. Burnt roast lingers on the finish for a good while. Overall, itís a very nice stout, but the intense roast, hops, and peppery spice get to be a little abrasive in my opinion, making this one fall just a bit short of CCBís other masterful imperial stouts.
GodOfThunder (1241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, a big thanks to Brent and Teege at Redlight Redlight for having the best beer bar in Florida. Second, thanks to Joey and Wayne for brewing something special for these guys. You are all ambassadors to the craft beer world.
Pours a thick and oily black color with a dark chocolate milk colored head. The first thing I smell is strong gourmet black licorice. Really, the blend of all the aromas smells like the licorice. Upon further analysis, one can pick out each individual scent. Hops, coffee, cocoa and even the cedar are all there. The flavor is just as intense and complex and the aromas would suggest. The first thing that hits is a bitterness from a combination of the hops, bitter cocoa and cedar aging. This is almost the tri-force for bitterness in a stout. I canít think of anything like it, and it is amazing. A little sweetness from the cocoa is also in there, reminiscent of dark chocolate, and then the bitter finish with just a touch of coffee. The finish lingers for days.
Another amazing stout from Cigar City. They are quickly becoming the best in the business at stouts and browns. Great complexity, originality and overall flavor. This kicks ass.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep darkness. My pour ended up with an impressive mocha colored mild shake head. The aroma is moderate in strength with roast, chocolate, cedar and faint dark fruity goodness. I get a wafer thin layer of spicy hops deep in the background. The taste begins with an impressive silky mouthfeel ushering in deep velvety dark chocolate which is followed by dark roastiness to modestly burnt malts. The burnt malts may also be a light amount of dark roasted coffee. By midway a full cedar note joins in that isnít too bright and compliments nicely and adds a hint of a dark toasted wheat bread sensation. Iím told this beer has hops. My senses rarely pick up on anything less than 70 IBUs. Iím pretty sure Iím getting a mild bite of hop bitterness coming from just a sense of spicy hops. The smooth dark chocolate, smooth cedar and mild burnt notes mask most of the hops for my palate. It ends with each note being sustained deep into the after taste. Twenty minutes later I was still tasting yummy rich dark chocolate and a sense of both cedar and dark roasted coffee. Wow!
redlight (2299) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Rich dark malt aromas,dark chocolate, tar, molasses, vanilla with hints of smoke. Pours the darkest brown, black with a solid tan head. Thick on the tongue, coating my mouth, silky and oily. Rich chocolate, dark fruits, rich molasses, bitter hops, coffee, the cedar comes out in the finish. With all the ingredients you still can pick them all up in the flavor which blends together wonderfully!
CheesedMan (554) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glad to be able to taste this one, huge thanks to Brent for sharing and to Joey and Wayne for brewing this special beer. Aroma is very hoppy, with a strong roasted character. The coffee and cocoa flavors come on strong, with the hops rounding everything out, but the coffee and chocolate seem to linger forever. Another homer run. Damn, I think I just found GOTís booger..