msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks to smith4498. Pours black with big thick dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, cocoa, and chocolate. Flavor is robust with thick dark malts, tons of chocolate, light cinnamon, light smoke, and very faint heat from chilis. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Not abrasive in any way. Flavors come together so well. It got even better as I let the bottle warm for a couple hours while on the way home from DLD. This beer comes with tons of hype and it lived up to it. Just like the rest of the CCB brews I have had.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at DLD 2010. Very dense black with a deep brown head. Big chocolate nose with some spicy hops. Beefy flavor with some chocolate and leathery character. Very palate coating. Tasty.
HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 I got to sampled this at DLD2010 thanks to the generosity of the Florida crew. Very black pour with light brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roast, some spice. Flavor is thick and complex as hell. Mostly rich, thick dark chocolate with a bit of heat from the peppers to keep it from getting too sweet. Thick mouthfeel. Absolutely awesome.
Re-rate: Think bodied, very mild chile heat, chocolate, nondescript sweetness. The mighty have fallen.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle
Once again thanks to either Mike or Eric for coming through with the beer of the night. None of them were bad but after having this the subsequent imperial stouts were framed in a different light. I was skeptical of the praise being heaped on Cigar City before but if this is any indication I can’t wait to make a trip to Tampa some day.
Aroma / Appearance - Sticky sheets of dirty lacing formed an oily layer. Beneath was a deep brown head darker than some beers. At the bottom of the three layer cake was an oily black body. Inside was a rich blend of cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla beans, black coffee, and raspberries. Extremely sweet for an imperial stout this was certainly novel.
Flavor / Palate - Green pepper, cinnamon sticks, cigar ash, vanilla beans, and coffee cake fill the mouth with a rich dense liquid. The chewiness extends to the finish. Heavy on the malt this beer is one of the best I have tried and on par with Dark Lord, Speedway Stout, and other world class big beers. Assuming you don’t have to trade away a first born child to get a bottle give it a try.
JoeMcPhee (8167) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber from Bierkraft. Very, very thick, sticky pitch black pour topped by a deep, dark brown creamy mousse. The nose is absolutely loaded with rich cocoa and chocolate. Thick and unctuous palate that is sticky, slick and palate coating. There is just a kiss of chile flavour with lots of chile heat and a fairly pronounced cinnamon character on the back of all the big roastiness. Warming brings more cinnamon and cocoa to the front and also lends a molasses character to the beer as well. The ancho really comes up as well and the warm woodiness of the cinnamon starts to stick around and the beer comes together much better than it does when it’s cooler. Rich and sticky and a very unique beer.
vingio311 (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first ever rating. Might as well start off in style. Amazing beer. Aroma is a combo of sour fruit and charred rubble with a tinge of pepper spiciness. Mouthfeel is thick...super thick. Gets softer as it warms. Melds with the mouth as it approaches room temp. Flavor (to me) is Zhukov with big dark, partially sour fruit, teenie tiny tinges of vanilla and cinnamon, smokey charred goodness, all drenched in a blanket of bittersweet chocolate. This may be my first rating, but it is far from my first beer...and I’ve never had anything like this. World class, but very left of center. If you live for beer, make sure you try this one before you expire.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) jet black pour that coats the glass with deep brown hues, no bubbles. Nose of olives, spicy chiles, fudge and dark chocolate. Taste of vanilla, light chile heat, fudge, semi-sweet chocolate, graham crackers, tobacco, cinnamon with a thick, creamy, spicy finish. Excellent beer.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of ericandersnavy. Black color with brown foam. Very nice rich dark chocolate, black roasted malt, licorice herb aromas. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Black roast malt, dry bakers chocolate, licorice flavors. warming chili taste to finish.
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to ericandersnavy, dark brown motor oil in color with long inky mercurichrome legs, aroma has cinnamon, chocolate, roasty malts, flavors of cinnamon, spicy thai chili, cocoa, chocolate, thinnish mouthfeel
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very much suited to the style with burnt malt, chocolate, and coffee. The color is almost black with a thin brown head. The taste is like the aroma with a toasty finish. The palate is thick. Overall this beer has all the elements to fit the style and would stand up well to a cigar however it is lacking some of the flavors that I wanted and stronger on some I didn’t.