juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at OTH for the launch party. Pours a dark brown color with a thick, foamy tan head that shows good retention leaving a sheet of lacing in its wake. The aroma shows nice citrus and earthy hops, to go with cocoa, and toasted caramel malt base. Hints of oatmeal and rye finish things out. The cocoa and toasted caramel come through in the flavor but are quickly balanced by the bitter citrus and earthy hops. The rye lends a crisp grain flavor and the oatmeal really smooths things out. Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal and a long bitter sweet finish. Definitely one of the better india brown ales I have tried.
BeerFanDan17 (974) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Very tasty and almost smokey brown ale. Flavors were rich and somewhat sweet. Very unique and interesting brew. Dark brown and a bit thick.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured a dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma was smokey hops and cocoa. Flavor is pretty complex, lots of bitterness from the hops with a roasted malt background. Chewy with hints of spice, smoke and vanilla. Full bodied.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at OldsmarTapHouse for the CCB launch party.I really enjoyed this beer. A nice brown pour with a smoky nose.Flavor was slightly hopped with a nice smokiness added.A nice full bodied beer that just rocked
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at Oldsmar Tap House at the CCB Launch Party. Dark brown pour, foamy tan head. Aroma was smoked wood. Flavor was smoked meat and roasted nuts. A bit too bitter for me to truly enjoy.
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Pours a nutty brown hue with amber tones showing through. Nice tan creamy head with spotty lace.
S: Tons of toasted malt, with hints of citrus and spicy rye.
T: Very complex. Lots of roasty malt, chocolate, spicy rye and citrus. Hints of gooey caramel.
M: Very nice mouthfeel for an IPA. The oatmeal provides a bit of slickness.
D: Very Good. One wonderful complex brew. Wish this was part of the everyday lineup!
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
CCB Launch Party...Pours a very dark brown with a creamy head. Lots of flavor in this one. strong rye and hop presence. sweet finish. One of my favs of the day
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another winner from Cigar City. On tap at the Cigar City Kickoff at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Flavors are strong on the hops and rye, with a hell of a toasted malt background. The flavor is possibly the most complex I’ve had out of a non-stout or non-Belgian Quad beer. There is a lot going on with this one. Strong rye and hops, again, and then great toastiness and chocolate in the background. Tastes like a well-balanced blend of a super-toasted brown ale and a strong rye pale ale, which is obviously what they were going for. They pull it off with great balance and great complexity. Then, a nice thick mouthfeel. Fantastic.
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Draft…This beer rocks!... Very dark ale with a huge, creamy, beige head that never fades. The aroma presents lots of roastiness and tons of spicy-hop and grain notes. Full-bodied and ultra creamy with medium carbonation. Burnt, chocolaty and bitter with a notation of unidentified berries. At 90 IBUs, it’s pretty well-balanced. Finishes bittersweet and a touch dry. Lots of rye and oats; a wonderful pairing. Most brewers wouldn’t attempt a 24% rye beer. Most would say you could never make it work. Wayne made it work big time. Another world class brew from Cigar City!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark cola brown color, hazy, with a tan head that settles slowly and provides lacing on the glass. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, roasted malt, rye, some hints of chocolate and cocoa. Complex. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of hops, citrus, roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel. Generally medium body with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish.