peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from James - thanks! Pours a dark, slightly rusty brown with a large tan head that laces down the sides of the glass. Aroma is dry roasted malt, light vanilla (maybe some lactose), cinnamon, and light tobacco. Taste is cinnamon, dry roast, perhaps a touch of fruity sweetness (the raisin?), vanilla, and a very soft touch of some sweeter malt that seems to fade away just as it appears. Mouthfeel is dry, precise, and light. I am a huge fan of what cigar city has produced under a beer style that is often times quite bland. Great beer.
jjgmd (1623) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow ! Poured from tap a dark rich mahogany color. Aroma is cinnamon, and fruity. Taste is fruity, but a tad too sweet, but what an interesting take on an extreme beer. Once again leave nothing to the imagination of CCB...as usual Bravo CCB....a true premier brewer here in our very own state !!!
Gription79 (2429) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes from a tasting in April 2011.
Aroma:oats, grain, vanilla, raisins
Taste: spicy, oats, fruity, cinnamon
Overall: This tastes like an oatmeal cookie. A fun beer to drink.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear brown with a small bubbly white head. Nose is brown sugar, sweet oats, cinnamon. Flavor is oatmeal, vanilla, brown sugar and spices. Medium bodied and a very delicious and easy drinking beer.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one impressed me. Iíve had both growler and tap, this one is for tap as part of my catch up notes at CC. Darker Brown hue, looks great and as I remembered from the past having it in the growler I knew the raisin would come through. Sure enough it was liquified oatmeal raisin cookie, so much more of a warm in your face nose too. The palate was great, some sweetness up front, with a chewy cookie feeling with brown sugar notes. Really fun stuff if you can seek it out.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: deep mahogany and polished wood which shines clear when held up to the light. Khaki head leaves a thin but solid film.
Nose: cinnamon sprinkles. Fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookies. Brown sugar chunks. Nutmeg sugar granules. Chocolate truffle powder.
Palate: just like biting into a fresh oatmeal raisin cookie with cinnamon sprinkles, only difference is the cookie is cool, not warm. Chocolate truffle powder in the finish. Faint plum essence weaves in and out with plump raisins. Iced coffee with cinnamon sugar oatmeal raisin infusion.
Final Thoughts: delicious. I have found this beer to be an intriguing tasting experiment; much like pumpkin beers, people either love the intrigue of a beer that tastes exactly like a liquid cookie, and others would rather have their cookie and beer separate.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2011 reddish black. minimal head. aroma of sweet oatmeal, raisin, cookie dough.. some earth as well. flavor of cookie, oatmeal, cinnamon, raisin, and some nutmeg. exactly as advertised.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite brown ale. Smells like a cookie, tastes like a cookie, what more could you ask for.
burg326 (4337) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I might be a mark for CCB, but Iíve had this beer in bottle, and on tap at the brewery and at some bars accross Tampa, this is my secrect indulgence beer. Pours a light brown color with a little hint of hops as the aroma with some brown sugar, and raisins. Taste is oatmeal, raisins, brown sugar, and some malt. I have no idea how they did this, but this beer is mighty tasty, and a great beer. I wish they still bottled this but also understand why they stopped bottling it as well.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
32 ounce growler
A little trade resulted in receiving a 32 ounce growler of this wonderful release. I really was not sure what to expect but given Cigar Cityís track record it couldnít be that bad. After all even when they release experiments they seem to be relatively close to style.
Aroma and appearance - The light brown body poured nearly transparently. This made me wonder if the growler was past its prime. The clean hops, oatmeal, and raisins made it evident this was not the case. Completing the breakfast feel was straight black coffee.
Flavor and palate - Malt and black coffee leave an impression of bitterness on the tongue. Soon chased away by raisins, oatmeal, and a scoop of sugar the finish turns into a sweet dessert experience. Carbonation adds depth and reaffirms this was still as fresh as when it was originally filled. I canít wait for the next time I get to try one of their beers.