nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source:750 mL bottle that was ponied up by Rustyham at a semi-impromptu tasting. I don’t rate much anymore, but I told him I would rate this.
Glass:Tripel Karmeliet tulip.
Appearance:Slightly cloudy orange pour with a half finger of soapy white head. Quickly dissipates into a scum on the surface, with very little lacing.
Aroma:The nose is totally dominated by cedar. This probably had some subtle spicy notes of sage and pepper that were COMPLETELY swallowed up by the dry spiciness of the cedar. Don’t get me wrong, I love smelling a good cigar box, but when it gets in the way of the natural tendencies of the beer, it becomes a draw-back.
Flavor:The flavor TOTALLY blossomed on this. Up front there is some spice, probably black pepper. Through the middle, a distinct sweetness, almost a fruity sweetness like oranges. The finish contains the cedar, but in an almost muted amount, and it doesn’t linger as to destroy the flavor of subsequent sips.
Palate:Medium/light bodied. I think that the cedar notes actually make the Humidor series beers taste fuller bodied than they actually are. Not a bad thing/not a good thing, just a thing. Solid carbonation keeps the tongue continually refreshed.
Overall:As much as I hate the Homer-ism from some of the Florida crew, this beer was definitely something new for me, and was very drinkable. I wish that the cedar aging didn’t totally dominate the nose, but you have to work with what you’ve got. Big thanks to Rustyham for sharing this.
slowrunner77 (7472) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"I thought I knew what to expect, having had the "subtle" cedar in the Humidor IPA previously. Subtle meaning the dominating characteristic. Not that I minded. That beer was awesome. This one is an odd duck, which is both good and bad. It started out odd, and grew on me. Aroma of cedar, with a sweet fruity twang to it that I did not expect. The flavor is a little tart as well, which both clashes with and alternately compliments the cedar. This was "a little wild" right out of the gate, and that was last year when it was brewed. Wish I could have got a fresher batch, but either way, it’s unique and worth trying."
b3shine (6911) - Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to taster (shared by brew3crew). Looks solid; a murky apricot with a bit if sediment, lively carbonation, and off-white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet, woody, and peppery. Tastes like it smells with a nice, fruity mouthfeel with a touch of tartness. Enjoyable.
travita (4532) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to somebody, rating from my backlog. The look is golden in color, has an off white head, and is clear. The smell is pepper, cedar, spiced, heavily spiced. The taste is spiced, fruits, sweetness, and wood.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by grassy and slightly medicinal flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors dry out a bit and somewhat tart green apple and pear flavors join into things. Near the end of the sip the flavors dry out even further with hints of woody and herbal notes that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.
shigadeyo (3349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/02/2011: Cigar City Gruit Humidor Series Ale...
Aroma: Honey, Late Harvest Riesling, virgin strawberry daiquiri mixed
with a virgin margarita. Appearance: Cloudy orange color; minimal
off-white crown. Flavor: Dry with cedar notes; fruity mouthful;
Chianti-Riesling blend; sour twang (like fresh blackberry) in the
finish; the aftertaste includes tobacco/smoke. Palate: Medium to
medium-full body; calm mouthfeel; smooth. Overall: This is a really
nice beer, but I don’t have a lot to say about it since it’s difficult
to describe in meaningful detail; the cedar aging definitely shines
1 Pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad!
Rating #153 for this beer.
jkwalking05 (4334) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Batch #2. Hazy orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is of cedar, light funk, floral notes and oranges. Taste is of cedar, light citrus and spices.
alexsdad06 (7230) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear to slightly hazy orange amber color with a small white head. The aroma has cedar, some fruity notes, green peppercorn, herbal notes with some sweetness. The flavor is drier and a bit less fruity than the nose indicates, cedar, herbal, tart berries, earthy with some general malts as a base. Interesting, but not something I would do very often.
jcartamdg (2526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper gold with no head. Aroma of cedar and that's all I'm getting. Taste is tart, citrusy and cedar. Very interesting, not bad
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jbruner (3034) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2010-02. Pours a hazy golden orange from the bottle with thin, lacy white head. Aroma of sour fruit and yeast. Taste is like an aged belgian sour, tart and ballsy. Great beer.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange. Nose is spice cedar, wood, flowers, various spice, herb. Flavor is spices, tartness, light malts, aromatic cedars, various herbal qualities. Dry, medium light body. Carbonation is mildly fizzy.