jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Total Wine. Pours deep brown, nice tan head. this is a big flaviurful brown ale, lots of roasted malt. Unmistakeable cigar flavours and odd ESB-like yeasty flavour.
Scopey (12505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. It pours hazy dark brown, with a very thin off-white head. The nose is very meaty (Bovril-like), milk chocolate, caramel and lots of vanilla. The taste is chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, astringency, wood and liquorice, with a dry finish. The body is thin to medium (thinner than expected) and it has average, but harsh carbonation. Drinkable and decent flavour, just not outstanding.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Pinocchios. It pours a very dark brown with a small, light tan head. The nose is earthy with notes of roasted malt and perhaps a little mushroom. The flavor is full of nuttiness, roasted malt, a bit of flint, and a lingering bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading a medium to long, roasty and bitter finish. A very solid brown ale that closer to a porter or even a stout.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottled June 23, 2011.
Pours brown with a two finger light brown head that leaves nice lacing and holds a creamy cap.
Aroma is...interesting. Has the caramel, toffee, nuts and toasted bread of a typical brown ale, but there is also some cardboard, dark fruits, a bit sour as well as some earthiness. Very good strength.
Flavor is toffee, caramel, nuts, dark bread/toast, some dark fruits, earthy hops, some sweetness, low bitterness but does finish with a slight tang.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with good carbonation.
This bottle may be in the early stages of an infection...not sure as this is my first ever Maduro. Still pretty good but there are some off notes. This will soon be available in Georgia so when it comes in I will check one out again and re-rate if necessary.
johnnnniee (3784) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 I’m sure it would have become and oud bruin or sorts. Should I ever get another I will re-rate.
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.
Christian (12884) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.