after4ever (5927) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, capped. pours a murky dark brown with a loose sand colored head. nice chocolate and brown sugar nose. creamy medium body with wooly carb. brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate mid palate. mild brown bread finish.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle filled at the brewery. Pours a mostly clear, dark reddish brown color crowned by a small, lasting khaki colored foamy that leaves nice rings of lace behind. The aroma shows the same cocoa and caramel malt as the base beer to go with hints of vanilla, pepper, and oily cedar wood. The flavor follows with big peppery spice and cedar wood to go with the cocoa and some coffee roast. The cedar really shines through and is pretty intense with the peppery bite. Medium bodied with good carbonation that leads a spicy ppeppery and woody finish. The cedar really overtook the base beer here. I love the cedar flavor, but I think I prefer the other humidor brews to this one. It seems like the bigger base beers stand up better to the cedar wood. Still a solid beer though.
emacgee (3850) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, so big thanks to hophead75 for sending this to me and not so big a thanks to CCB for making this. Pours a ruby brown with a one finger creamy tan head. The nose is bad, basementy, woody, peppery/spicy, moldy, rotten, awful aroma. The flavor is peppery, shows lots of cedar, crappy base beer, musty/moldy, bleh. Palate is thin and woody with some pepper.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Ethan for sharing this one. Smells like basement and pepper initially. Uninspiring pour, and thin as hell. Alas, the humidor seems altogether accurate as, by the time the beer warmed up and revealed itself, its dominant character wasn’t anything remotely close to a tasty brown; it was in fact like a nasty wet cigar.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Whoa, what a letdown. Pours attractive enough, but smelled quite spicy... in fact, that spice was white pepper. The beer was just one note... white pepper, white pepper, white pepper. Something wrong here. Definitely not up to the standards of the other CC beers I’ve had.
TURDFERGUSON (3910) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Ethan. Nose is pepper, wood, cedar (mohagany), some farts. Flavor is pretty similar, minus the farts. I don’t understand what this us supposed to be? Terrible.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a very slight hazy deep copper color with a one finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is cedar, spice, esters, and light toasted malt. Flavor is the same. The cedar is really noticeable is this beer. I dig it! Palate is just a little thinner thin I expected. No lingering aftertaste. A very nice beer. Thanks. Jason.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown with a thin brown head. Nose is chocolate, malt, cedar, and hints of tobacco. Medium body with nice carbonation. Flavor is sweet roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, slightly nutty with a good dose of cedar and tobacco. Very smooth, cedar could be dialed down a notch for me but still good. Finishes slightly sweet and spicy.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, courtesy of smith4498
The cedar aging on this beer really stands out. The "Humidor Series" moniker really applies to this beer. The aroma is of cedar; it smells like I just opened my humidor.
The roasty flavor was enjoyable and the cedar aging complemented the beer well.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Ginger Man, NYC. Clear, brown body with ruby highlights. Light tan, frothy head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of toasted malt with hints of roast. Notes of cocoa, vanilla, resin, caramel, woody cedar, earthiness and a hint of funky yeast. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Raspy resin/pine/tobacco taste lasts, slowly erasing the sweet malt flavors, welcome in a brown ale. Medium body, watery/velvety texture and lively carbonation. Lots going on in this beer for a brown ale. Nicely done.