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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7671) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2011
75 cl bottle thanks to sebletitje!
As Batch # 2010-Gruit-02, on Feb 1, 2011
Hazy copper color, white head that dissapear fairly fast. Acidic, spicy, wood scent. Sweet, fruity, strawberry, juice, orange, slight bit acidic taste. Smooth mixed with moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Bit too bottle for this beer for me, I’d like to see it in a 12 fl oz version instead.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyCraft (3130) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012 Bottle and Draft. Pours a sick, dank, hazy glowing orange with a thin, wispy, slightly lacy head. Aroma of straight fresh cut cedar, finely rolled cigars, tobacco, citrus, and intensely bitter hops. Wow. This brew is so insanely unique. Pure antinque furniture smell and taste but I have yet to eat a piece of furnitureMedium bodied, but tastes amazingly full with the cigar richness and flavor. Palate is tart and woody. Finishes with a bold, outrageously tobacco flavored punch. Hands down one of the best ales I have ever had. Unreal, wish they were still making this one, cedar dos costas and humidor ipa are the closest we will get to King Gruit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
750ml bottle pours a lightly hazy orange with a white head. Nose is sweet, grainy, honey, a bit tart. Flavor is lemony, malty, honey,a little wood. Medium bodied, very dry. just strange

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2994) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Draft @ Capone’s Orange pour with tan head. Grapefruit, cedar and spice aroma tones. Flavor is citrus and light cedar and a bit of funk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (4600) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
750ml bottle pours a lightly hazy orange with a creamy, white head. Nose is sweet, grainy, honey, booze. Flavor is lemony, malty, honey, sweet, a little wood. Medium bodied, dry finish. Weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Minimal off-white head, cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon/grapefruit. Taste is the same. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8270) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
750mL at DC Elite. First of all, I am going to kill Ryan for changing the Cigar City trademark toasted Spanish cedar notes from smelling amazing to smelling like straight up V-8 juice at times. Actually, it is pretty uncanny how this beer smells exactly like V-8 juice. There, doesn’t that ruin your day?

The pour is a hazy orange to reddish amber with a thinning, white head. Aroma is beautiful cedar humidor, tropical fruits, sweet orange creamsickle, honey, orange blossom. However, after the reckoning; this does smell like V-8 juice. Godammit Ryan. Taste is tart, citric, tart orange, lemon. Dry, attenuated palate. A little thin. Not much "gruit" spices making it out of the cedar explosion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Sweet, honey and cotton candy nose with some vegetal notes. Taste is sweet with no bitterness, lots of white wine, some honey and caramel, and lots of tomato juice. Bleh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
750 ml bottle, 2010-gruit-02. Clear yellow. Aroma of the interior of my father’s cigar humidor from when I was a kid - how did they do that? Taste is similar, not sure how to describe it. Interesting for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Appearance: orange with an off-white head and solid haze. Slow steady stream of carbonation while her receding head leaves a heavy network of lace along the way.
Nose: wow. Intriguing. Spices, dark earth, herbs, mossy, swampy. Wood meets anise meets sweet cedar meets wet leather and barnyard funk. Tree leaves and tree back, earthy and dusty. Star fruit, papaya skin, and guava skin. Thyme is the prominent herb while juniper dapples here and there. Less smoke with far more cedar freshly cut and aromatic.
Palate: full, chewy, and of the earth. Has an essence of old earth and a different time then our modern days. Herbs, moss, wet leather, over-ripe plantains. A short finish, her flavors are wholly centered in the middle though my breath does linger with thyme and juniper. Pungent all around. Star fruit and guava skins. Barnyard funk and wet leather, saddle bags come to mind, find old dank corners covered in moss and wet earth. Cedar is a gentle permeation throughout each flavor; never dominant but never overpowered.
Final Thoughts: for a beer which really didn’t contain that many added herbs and such to honor her beer history origins of gruit, she was nonetheless replete in what I can only imagine a gruit back in old England smelling and tasting of. Very much a product of mother nature, if my eyes had been closed I would have easily been standing in the middle of a damp wet rainforest or the green rolling fields of England or Scotland. Fantastic.

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