italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Rattle ní Hum Cigar City event (thanks John). Deep brown pour with a red hue. Great aroma of vanilla extract, dark chocolate, and oak. More bourbon in the nose as it warms. Flavor has cigar box smokiness, sweet vanilla, and cocoa beans. A really nice roasty finish with a bit of smoke lingering. Cigar City is really twisting some of my previous conceptions of beer because they do a really stellar job of vanilla and bourbon aging.
Sammy (9189) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CIgar CIty takes NYC event at Rattle íNí Hum. Raters at my table were not so oy-yoy-yoy about the vanilla, but I appreciated its edge and smoothness.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum for their Cigar City event. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Smells like Nesquick, and vanilla. Creamy and beautiful. Smooth, sweet and chocolaty. Long smooth vanilla and chocolate on the finish. Another one I could drink happily all day.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: Pours a dark red with a little froth.
Aroma: Light vanilla and booze.
Taste: Vanilla beer flavored water.
Overall: Really not impressed. The Espresso Maduro is off the charts good, so if given the choice, go with that.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared by the Tampa crew. Pours a lightish brown; small beige head. Aroma is sweet vanilla bean as well as some caramel and toffee... but mostly vanilla. Even more so on taste... like vanilla extract. If youíre looking for vanilla, this is your beer. Not so complex, though.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of a million CCB samples shared by the powerful Tampa Crew. Thanks for all the ratings Iím about to enter, Greg and Justin! Some of the Maduros Iíve had can be on the thinner, lighter side, and this is certainly one of them. Decent enough malty brown ale character at base, but the nose gives away a relative one-dimensionality here. The vanilla was just a bit too sharp, elbowing other things to the side rather than getting along with the malts.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to the Tampa crew for sharing! Brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is roasty with a big blast of vanilla. Light roast and chocoalte up front finish and aftertaste is ALL vanilla
emacgee (4238) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light brown with a thing light tan head. Nose is sweet, malty, caramel, super vanilla presence, tad one dimensional. Flavor shows lots of vanilla, sweet, some grain astringency. Sweet palate. Vanilla dominated overall.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from CCB.This stuff is great, its my favorite flavored Maduro so far. The vanilla is definitely but its not over powering.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
So wonderful to find this one on draught at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL): Pours amber brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted vanilla bean, soft maple syrup rather than caramel, bitter coffee bean, oak wood, and lots of roasted bitters. Flavors are similar. You can really bite into that malt. Thin body, thick tastes. Alcohol hidden well. Drinkability: Simply put, itís the taste of swagger. Rebuy: Yes. #252 on 23012010, DG.