PhillyCraft (2772) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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
vtafro (2331) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
nimbleprop (4163) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Minimal off-white head, cloudy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, lemon/grapefruit. Taste is the same. Light-medium body.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright orange with minimal white head...almost non-existent. Not much lace results. Aroma is very sweet tropical fruits along with a strong cedar presence. As the beer warms, miscellaneous, unascertained "gruit herbs" make their way into the picture. Very well balanced. The taste is a little bit more off, as the herbs and cedar take over too much and it ends up tasting a bit like a holiday beer. Mouthfeel is of a medium body with low carbonation. Good drinkability. Unique, but not one of my favorites from CCB. Either way, it shows what cedar can really do, as this was one of the better--if not more interesting--gruits that I’ve come across.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-25-2010