badnewsbeers (2317) - 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 (3255) - 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 (2830) - 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.
hombrepalo (1758) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4oz pour @ Cigar City Sample 8of12.Pours a nice amber color with a tan head. Aroma is cinnamon, oatmeal, biscuit, and raisin. It smells exactly like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Flavor is oatmeal, raisin, cinnamon and a bitter spicy finish.
Jesterdeal (1659) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of chocolate and raisins. Pours dark with little to no head. Tastes sweet like an oatmeal raisin cookie. It finishes a little bitter of dark roast hops. Thinner feeling than it looks. Very clean finish. Overall a tasty brew.
jrob21 (2358) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from growler. The flavors do come together in a surprising nod to an oatmeal raisin cookie. I think the sweetness and raisin are a little high for me to really get into a long session with this beer. Brown sugar and molasses work throughout as well. The pour is a somewhat muddy brown with a ruby tint to it. Ambitious beer that falls a little short for me.
Chipalsa (1306) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Canít thank OmegaX enough for this one. The pinnacle of brown ales. Poured a rich brown, with the color of maple syrup. Smelled rich of raisins, vanilla, chocolate and brown sugar. Altogether smelled like raisinettes poured into a vanilla cappuccino. The taste was heavy of hops and RAISINS!! Hints of caramel and rich milk chocolate provided the most appealing backbone for a beer. The finish was spicy like cinnamon, and had a rather bitter finish. Iíd have to say that the smell alone was intoxicating, and easily the best beer I have ever smelled in my entire life.
OmegaX (1157) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2011 Insane. I didnít think they could pull this one off so well. The aromas I got from this beer were full of molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, lots of raisin, and a solid malty sweetness. Intoxicating through the scent alone. The body was nice and dark with a light brown head and some thin lacing. The flavor was hypnotic and pleasing with loads of brown sugar, molasses, raisin, and chocolate flavor. Best brown ale Iíve ever had and close to one of the best beers Iíve ever had - period! Great stuff and canít wait to get more.
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Dunedin. The beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of sweet spices and dark fruit. Kind of like an oatmeal raisin cookie actually. Medium body with flavors of raisins, sweet caramel malt and cinnamon. The finish is sweet bready malt and cinnamon, again reminiscent of the namesake. Well-executed beer overall.