jjuf1853 (1258) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at World of Beer. Dark brown, near black pour with a chocolate tan head. Aroma has a good bit of roasted malt, dark chocolate and smokiness. Wasn’t crazy about the flavor, too much smokiness without some of the other flavors I was expecting to balance it out. I love Cigar City, but this was not my favorite from them...still, a lesser Cigar City beer is still better than most.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Cigar City. This one pours a nice a dark, black color with a touch of mahogany at the edges and crowned by a thick mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention. The head leaves scattered splotches of lace around the glass as it slowly settles to a thin film. The aroma shows a big roasty character hinting at dry chocolate and mocha mostly along with notes of coffee and toasted caramel malt. Just a hint of bitterness creeps in the back end from some piney hops. The aroma is very nicely balanced. The flavor follows suit with ample amounts of dark cocoa, dry cocoa roast, toasted mocha, along with the sweet, toasted caramel malt. Some piney hops add balancing bitterness on the back end. The palate is exactly as it should be with a medium body and almost creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation leading to a roasted cocoa finish. Quite different from most CCB beers as they tend to be quite substantial on the palate. Delicious stuff that I could drink multiple pints of and be quite happy. Definitely one of the better beers that Cigar City has made in awhile. Really good beer here.
BeerFanDan17 (1026) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A top notch black lager from Cigar City. Good chocolately malt tones with a hint of roasted coffee and toffee with a very modest hop character.
knickskicks (828) - - MAR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Have wanted to try this one for a while. Black pour, thin tan head, little lacing. Nose is biscuit, roasted grains, slight hop presence. Taste is biscuit, roasted grains, some watered down coffee. Thin to medium mouthfeel.
Macegan75 (737) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at one of Damico’s tastings. Nose is bacon and roasted malt. First sip is malty flavors of licorice, chicory andblack strap molasses . Finish has nice bitterness but not necessarily from hops.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Redlight Redlight, poured as a half liter with very little head. Very sweet aroma, almost lactose like. Smooth like a nitro stout, a nice residual sweetness that I’m really enjoying. Unlike any Lager I’ve ever had, very rich and delicious.
cooplander (543) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
jet black color, aroma of fresh ground coffee, chocolate, flavors of coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel, slightly watery, light body
adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/19/11.
Poured on draft into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1/2 finger grey-tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Dark brewed coffee and toasted malt with a touch of sweetness.
Taste: Toasted malt up front followed by earthy hops and a German grainy quality in the middle before ending with a lightly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with good carbonation. Very thick for a beer with 5.5% ABV.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could have a few without much difficulty.
Overall: Good beer overall. Not Cigar City’s best beer by far, but it’s still worth a shot.
bconch (308) - - MAR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a nice nose of roasted malts.Taste is nice mix of roast and a little sweetness. Nice hops on finish. Solid CC brew.
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap locally. Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Chocolate, coffee grounds, and some roast in the aroma. Very strong coffee taste, nicely bitter. Medium body, good carbonation.