Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 32oz. growler, courtesy Retorp. Despite having lost some carbonation in the bottling process, this beer is still pretty as hell. Thick, oily, and menacing, the near pitch black pour is as viscous as they come, coating the glass in a slick brown layer. I even commented to Joey that his beer stained my glass, to which he replied sarcastically: "Iím sorry about that." Thatís just the sort of attitude I like to see from the best brewery in the state.
The nose displays that cigar box cedar wood prominently, its spiciness lending a completely unique aroma that Iíve never before encountered in a stout. Hitachino Nest Classic Ale sports a similarly woody, peppery profile, though that is an IPA base, and I understand that cigar box cedar isnít the same strain of wood. Underlying the spicy wooded notes is a rich and chocolaty profile, massive notes of fudge, roasted caramel, fig, and other earthy, dark fruits. Itís big, itís bold, and itís bad ass.
Flavors are laid out very similarly. The concentrated dark cocoa intertwines with rich, roasted caramel sweetness and earthen dark fruit notes. Massive amounts of dark barley roast and hints of espresso lend ample bitterness, as does a notable green hop element. The cedar again offers its spicy, peppery, woody profile, creating a completely unique sensation within.
Downright thick, slick, and oily in the mouth, the palate simply could not be any better. Well balanced, incredibly drinkable, round, and dry roasted, it just feels incredible as it rolls across the tongue.
Overall, I found this to be a totally unique and excellently designed take on an outstanding base beer, which brings me to my next point. I honestly donít know what I think about the cigar box cedar aging. It is unique, and certainly well executed, but is that a flavor that really enhances a stout? Iím on the fence, but itís still a great beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2660) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
FRO Throwdown: My first Cigar City beer, thanks Joey! And what a way to start. Deep dark brown, opaque. Essentially flat, not on purpose, but it didnít really detract at all. Meaty? Like a good steak with worcestershire sauce, minerally/sea salt, burnt caramelized steak bits, black pepper, woody, roasty, peppery. Absolutely wild.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Bottle from the Otown throwdown. From the man himself, Joey I thank you so much. Pours a black color with very little head. Aroma is great. A-1, worsteshire, chocolate, pepper, cedar, tobacco, coffee...I could go on and on. Flavor is full of the cedar, chocolate, roated notes, some smoke elements...Damn what a beer. THANKS Joey!!!!
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler courtesy of Retorp. Pours a lifeless black, no carbonation (not intended, this came from a handbottled growler, sweet lookin growlers too). Huge spicy nose with tons and tons of chocolate roast. The cedar just really takes over the nose in a way that makes you wonder why the hell no one else is using this wood. The flavor is incredibly intense with a huge slick mouthfeel. Leaves big oil legs on the glass much like dark lord. Tobacco with spice, tons of chocolate and caramel, fine espresso. This thing has layers and layers of flavor. I canít wait to try this on draft with proper carbonation. As it is this is amazing. The rating for this brewery have nothing to do with it being from Florida, there are alot of great breweries here some put out crap product some put out great product (The Corner Cafe is a good one) even Saint Somewhere makes great beers but this is a brewer on the level with the very best in the industry. I canít wait to start trading these out so people see its not just hype. Cigar City is the real deal and this beer proves it.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Courtesy Retorp. Poured a nearly opaque black, some glints of mahogany around the edges. The aroma is mind boggling, cedar and roast dominate, with more subtle notes of tobacco, coffee and some dark fruits. The flavor is hugely roasty, with a slight smokiness coming through. Absolutely stellar.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Special thanks to Joey for bringing this growler to the Beerlandoís O-Town Throwdown. Joey told us the carbonation was a little low due to being in the grower, but I didnít think it took anything away from the beer. The aroma is strong cigar-box cedar, like opening a wood box full of your favorite stogies. Accompanying the cedar is some smoke, vanilla bean and a little dark roasted espresso. As with the aroma, the flavor is strong on the cedar. After trying this brew, I want every brew to have a cedar-aged variety. It adds amazing depth and character to both the flavor and aroma. The flavors continue with a thick roast, a little smoke and both chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, leaving your glass tinted with a dark chocolate film that requires a nice scrub to remove. This is another amazing beer from Joey and Wayne and an amazing new component of aging on cedar. Great innovation.
Yes, Iím a Cigar City homer. Not because they are local and I have met the guys behind the brewery, but because they are making damn good beer.
RE-RATE: After the Cigar City Kickoff party, I have to bump this up a little more. The lost carbonation in the first growler actually made a significant difference. The flavors are still strong, plentiful and complex. The cedar is still one of the greatest additions to a beer (stout) Iíve ever had. The beer is fabulous.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to Joey from Cigar City for bringing a growler of this along. Good to see you again my friend, and Im glad things are going so well for you and CCB. Awesome looking growler and label! Pours jet black with not much of a head. Very oily looking in its texture, with a full bodied mouthfeel. Smells great, lots of that cedar and chocolate malt to go along with roasted malts and some vanilla cream. the flavor was much of the same. really smooth and creamy, with the alcohol presences masked quite proficiently. this one was all flavor, with large doses of chocolate cream and cedar, with some hints of roast in the finish. Very easy to drink for 11%, with nice complexity. Damn awesome brew!
dchmela (2853) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at C&P Otown Throwdown, big thanks to whoever brought this! This was poured from the CC "pill bottle style" growler. Black inky oily pour, no real carbonation and a oily film left as you swirl the glass. Huge chocolate malt, sharp cedar and roasted grain aroma. Smooth thick roasted grain, chocolate malt, vanilla and cedar taste, very complex. Very unique beer and damn good.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown to pitch black color with a small off-white head. Little retention or lacing. Aroma is rich, roasted malts, dark ripe fruit, notes of wood, cream, chocolate, some coffee and toffee. Flavor is roasted malt, wood, molasses, spice, hints of smoke and toffee. Very interesting and complex beer. Generally full body with a roasted and malty finish.
hopscotch (10198) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Re-rate... Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pitch black with a small, creamy, well-tanned head. Decent retention. The aroma is a strange and wonderful blend of blackstrap molasses, black and white pepper, brick tobacco, dark chocolate and a whisper of espresso. The flavor is well-balanced and woody/peppery, in addition to most of the same essences the nose provided. I love American white oak, French oak and just about every other type of wood aging, but humidor cedar is really doing it for me more right now than just about anything else. To me, it doesnít add any acidity, acedity or unnescessary bugs. Just a wholesome, earthy, peppery aroma and flavor. I have the incredible urge to pop open the humidor and pull out a Hoyo De Tradicion corona at 11:31 PM at night in December. Gotta go outside to smoke it in mid December though. Oh, wait, I live in south Florida. No problemo. ***** Original Rating was 4.2*****BottleÖ RBSG 08Ö This beer rocks!Ö Pours pitch black with little to no head. The aroma offers rich caramel, dark chocolate and tobacco with suggestions of butterscotch and praline. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. Woodsy, well-balanced flavor. Heavy sweetness is countered by burnt, black malts, espresso notes and acrid hop bitterness. Alcohol is not obvious. Lengthy, charred, chocolaty finish. Another world class effort by Cigar City.