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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A hearty brown ale that benefits from the silky mouthfeel provided by oatmeal, pairs great with Cigars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3492) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2011 Received in trade from GPHarris, thanks for the opportunity! Pours a slightly murky deep brown with muddy garnet highlights when held to light. Large frothy beige head wont allow this pour to happen in one round. Smell is earthy and tart, not really what I was expecting. Hints of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate lie deep beneath the surface. Tart dark fruit in the nose is a little odd. Taste is caramel malty with a dark fruity tartness that seems out of place in a brown ale. Hints of chocolate and toffee in the flavor as well. Medium to thin body with a high level of carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. I believe this bottle was on its way to infected before I opened it. Looking at some of the reviews this seems to be a recurring issue. As is its an OK beer with a weird tartness for the style, but if this sat in my cellar Im sure it would have become and oud bruin or sorts. Should I ever get another I will re-rate. 09/02/2011 A generous soul provided me with a replacement bottle, apparently there was a bad batch of this beer that I am told was distributed mainly in the Jacksonville area. Pours a solid dark brown with faint reddish highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head dissipates quickly to a cap. Smell is kind of fruity with dark pitted fruit and a hint of alcohol. Slight earthy aroma and hints of chocolate round out the nose nicely. Taste is fruity and caramel with hints of chocolate and ethanol. Slightly dry finish with a lingering fruity ethanol taste. Medium body ans level of carbonation with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. This sample was certainly better than the infected version, but its still an unremarkable beer. My score will reflect this bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (12554) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2011
Chestnut with a small off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and ash. Dry chocolate and roast malt flavour with a strong note of ash and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
12oz bottle from Ncmussull. Pours clear brown with tan head. Aromas of caramel, nuts, and dark malts. Flavors of caramel, toffee, nuts, and some bread. Smooth and solid brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2011
This is an exceptional brown ale. I feel i had had a Cigar City beer before but i must have been mistaken. Nice thick brown pour with a finger head that disapates. Aroma of brown sugar. Oatmeal taste makes it very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4oz pour @ Cigar City Sample 1of12. Pours a deep yet clear mahogany with a medium sized light beige head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, toffee and light coffee. Taste of cocoa, dry chocolate, toffee and light coffee. Finishes dry, pretty decent, nothing to wow about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
A: The beer pours a light brown color with some amber notes and a thin layer of off-white head. S: There is a fair amount of roasted malt for a brown ale as well as plenty of toasted malts. A nice bit of chocolate as well as some dark fruits (cherries) and nuts. Hints of earthy hops on the finish. T: More chocolate/cocoa than expected with plenty of nuts and toasted bread. Moderate roast with the same earthy hops and just a mild bitterness. Mild fruit flavors and a little bit of molasses. M: Fairly substantial in terms of body for a 5.5% beer. Medium, smooth carbonation. O: A good brown ale. One of the better Cigar City beers, actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle shared by Butters at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin fizzy head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is caramel, nutty notes, chocolate, leafy hops and tart fruits in the finish. Medium bodied. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djaquay (138) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2011
On tap, 16oz. Dark brown pour under a tan head, with a medium lace. Not amazing, but pretty nice. A little tartness on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1454) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle; pour is murky brown with a modest off white head that retains on the average side. The nose is nuts, caramel, and berries. The flavor profile is light bodied, sweet, and silky - this is a nice, simple, oatmeal brown in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2011
bottle 11/7/10 dark burgundy color is a shade off of typical porter black... topped with an off white head. initially it smells like a cigar but that fades to reveal wood, malt and metal. flavors of wood, earthy spicy hops, molasses-ish-ness, burned cigar, cola and a dry ashy finish. it is malty but not sweet. the medium body feels a bit limp... needs some oomph.6/4/6/3/13

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