julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Tap 42. This was my favorite of the drafts I tasted. It has a bit more pine, chocolate and coffee notes that I typically wouldn’t prefer. But it’s smooth, woody and silky.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with thin ivory head. Nose is of dark rye and floral. Taste of rye, oak, malt, and biscuit. A nice, full mouthfeel and long finish. There is a lot going here and I find it quite interesting.
Dunbar72 (134) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoff’s CCB-day in Sätila. Pours dark brown/red, almost clear with a medium light brown head. Hoppy citrus in the aroma, alcohol. Dry hoppy citrus in the taste, bitter finish, fruits. Tastes like a CDA, nice.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
bottle thanks to my lovely girlfriend coming back from CC brewery, but she picked this bottle up at a local shop for $10. Put the bottle down on the counter, touched the opener to the cap and paused for some reason... got two glasses ( I share with the G’friend). She inquired, "why did you stop?" Just have a funny feeling, as I look at the dent in my ceiling from a different bottle. as the CC brews are bottle fermented, i don’t want to take chances. Sure enough, pop the cap and HERE IT COMES! no spills though.
Needless to say, much much head on these... it has been about 5 minutes and I still can not pour more into my glass. this is taking forever!!
Smells like a sour brown. some caramely notes, but not much.
taste... LOTS of carbonation still in this thing. but taste really isn’t a word I can use on this beer. there really isn’t much there. To be honest, tastes like tonic water... with a hint of caramel malts... wow, I hope this gets better as it gets warmer! Leaves a very acrid taste in my throat... and if feels a bit coated too. I was hoping the oatmeal would give a nice smoothness, adding to the drinkability, and the rye seems like it would have been a nice touch, but this really really didn’t work. I need to read some of the other reviews to see if I got a bad bottle maybe? Man, this is not good.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
poured out of bottle into tulip. poured a cloudy ruby brown thick two inch kaki head. it has rich oatmeal taste also very leather like it also was rich in malt end nice carmel after taste. beer was awesome !
pfriesen (112) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great C Hop aroma with a nice rye balance, good choclatey flavour, deep brown with Tan lacing and sweet finish
Skvader (110) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity taste with clear notes of chocolate. Gives a bitter finish with hints of grapefruit. A great experience to drink
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown with red highlights, very clear beer, no haze at all. nice foamy head. looks tasty
smell is citrus hoppiness, rye, hint of caramel and some mango/pineapple.
taste is rye, more rye, and a lot more dusty cardboard and sawed particle board rye. enough rye that you don’t want rye anymore. dirty dusty dried grass all topped by hop bitter.
this is an abomination.
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
cexshun (99) - Portage, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of HOPSHUNTER. Pours a dark, opaque black. Strong, silky, tan head. Recedes slowly leaving massive lacing. Nose of burnt sugar, citrus, and grape. Full bodied flavor. Very malty. Hops round it out, which is very rare for this style. Ends with bitter and roasted notes. Great mouth feel. Smoother then most strong ales. Carbonation is a bit high. More bubbly then prickly. Very good beer. I’d like the bittering hops to be slightly more laid back to balance it out. Lots of bass and treble, but missing a bit in the middle.