Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Technically, I have had Cigar City beers before, but that was at GABF and I was three sheets to the wind. So, lets call this the first time I have had Cigar City. In a word, impressive. Possibly the thickest pour I have ever seen. Creamy, dark, rich beer. Tan, almost brown head. Flavor is Coffee, bitter hops, chocolate and dark fruits. Long, smooth finish. Excellent.
railcat1 (676) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits,This poured a dark black with a nice small tan head,flavors of chocolate and expresso with a nice smooth finish alcohol is well hidden, another fine beer from Cigar City....CHEERS!
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another Amazing brew from CCB..This is one of the best examples of a IRS you can drink. If you see this on the shelf buy it!!
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, this stuff is AMAZING, may be the best I have tried so far. Grabbed a bottle while in Orlando, wish I would have gotten more. Jet black pour, tan head. Smell of molasses, smoke, tinge of the booze. No booze in the fantastic taste however. Malts, nuts and molasses with a hint of hop BALANCE. Goodness its good! I envy you guys in Tampa and Florida where this can be found!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a dark brown color with a large dark tan head that lasted to the end. Light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark esters. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, dark esters, and licorice. Medium to full body. Finish is smooth with no unpleasant lingering aftertaste. An excellent beer. Thanks Jason.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011
Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: December 11, 2009
Source: Tasting, ORF
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: big roasted and dark chocolate aroma, touch of vanilla and licorice sweetness
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted bitterness, big hop character, long bitter finish, light alcohol
Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: July 23, 2010
big roasted aroma, lots of dark chocolate,
Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: November 14, 2010
Score: 3.7 to 3.9
Appearance: black, fine brown head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, lots of dark fruits, light roasted, touch of dark chocolate, sweet licorice
Body: thick creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, sweet dark caramel and licorice, touch of fruityness, long bitter dark chocolate finish
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by dakine -- thanks, neighbor! Pours black with a reddish brown head. Smells surprisingly rich with hops and bakers cocoa. Tastes of each with further notes of dark cocoa, molasses, and coffee roast. The hops really make this beer shine. Well done.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a a two finger frothy dark mocha/coffee colored head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Splotches of spotty lacing are left behind.
Roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of espresso/coffee bean, sweet milk and dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, honey as well as some subtle earthy hops. Not overly roasty with a good balance of sweet chocolate. The aroma is amazing and very complex.
Chewy viscous mouthfeel with a very prominent roasty character and tons of sweet silky chocolate maltiness. Lots of deep roasted cofee/espresso bean flavor up front and dry earthy hops with some pine character. This is countered by a silky dark and milky chocolate presence mid palate and a lot of rosted malt, molasses and burnt toast flavor. More roasty espresso and coffe bean presence in the finish. I thought that this beer would be a bit sweeter but it is very dry, bitter and roasty and the hop profile is much more dominant than I would have liked. This beer is a bit rough when fresh but I feel the flavor will improve greatly with age. ABV is very well masked. Itís hard to believe itís 11%.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml as a gift by the always generous BOLTZ755 Ė you da man J! Pours black hole black with a 3 finger reddish brown head that left slick lacing. The nose is floral hops, dark fruits, milk chocolate and alcohol. The taste is burnt malt, ashy cocoa, citrus, dark fruits and coffee. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Another great beer by CCB Ė really enjoyed this one. Thanks again Jason for the bottle!
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is basically identical to the Humidor Series version, except that this is slightly sweeter and of course thereís no cedar here.