Swans (127) - FRANCE - JUN 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There’s an oak presence in the form of a cedar flavour, The hops are buried even fresh. A bit out of style, of course This is one of my favorites ever!.
rxeight (783) - Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good stuff. Stong cedar smell and taste, like the things in my dads closet with his suits when I was a kid. Enjoyable to sip on but couldnt drink a lot of it. I like the White oak better but this is still good.
Pyrmir (2362) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle, rated from backlog. Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and the always-present cedar. Taste is cedar, grapefruit, and pine. Very nice, but a bit too many wood notes
auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. Wow, Sean! Wasn’t expecting to get to try this! Never had a Spanish cedar aged beer before. Big popping hop nose, loaded with grapefruit and a hint of distant woodiness. Up front, it’s a flavor explosion bomb. The sweetness of the flavors hops comes up quickly, but then the Spanish cedar crescendos and drowns out the hops for a major of the palate. Strong, particular Spanish cedar. This is unique. The emergent flavor is dry, white bitter grapefruit pith. Gin. I like Spanish cedar, I like the underlying hoppy beer, but I feel like it’s out of balance, with the Spanish cedar dominating, not contributing. Fun to try.
bhiner41 (169) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chrystal golden color with thick foamy white head. Smells bread like with a note of guava and grapefruit. Malty front note and a dry finish, almost like citrus pith.
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50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark opaque amber pour with a foamy white head. Piney hop aromas. Crisp and somewhat dry with piney hops and earthy wood notes. Good mouthfeel and balance.
Lilja (1204) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smak och doft av tropisk frukt, mycket humle, grape, cederträ en aning citrus. Lätt parafymerad, oljig konsistens med en tydlig beska i toner av grape och citrus. Komplex och smakrik.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated 3/28/13. Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy dark copper color with many yeast particles floating about. The head is a two finger white shade. Retention is fine, but the lacing left behind is great.
S: The cedar qualities here are downright shameless - to the point where they nearly overpower the trademark tropical fruit aromas of the regular Jai Alai. Honestly, though, it works in a strange way. Strong black pepper, smoke, and phenolic notes are prevalent, too.
T: Again, the word ’shameless’ comes to mind when describing how the wood aging impacts the flavor profile. Citrusy hops exist as a secondary player behind the cedar, and create a minor effect of emphasizing notes of black pepper, pine, and smoke. One of the more complex IPAs I’ve ever had. It never balances fully - considering how much of the wood qualities come through, it’s probably as balanced as it could ever be. The cedar harshness calms down after several swigs, too.
M: Like the base (Jai Alai), it’s very dry yet unclean. The texture is light and crisp enough where I’d call it refreshing. Good ease of drinkability, as well.
O: I applaud the experimental bend of this brew, and it succeeds at a moderate level. It’s quite tasty, but I think regular Jai Alai is just a smidge better.
bconch (249) - - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy orange pour. Smells like a tropical fruit salad on a cedar plate. The cedar smell is bit strong. Taste is the same with a creamy palate, much like the white oak treatment. Taste is much better balanced than the nose. Another great one from CC.
tightslice (65) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I can still taste this beer a year later. The best place to keep all of your finest Florida furs.