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Cigar City Oak-Aged Christmas in Ningxia Old Ale

Cigar City Oak-Aged Christmas in Ningxia Old Ale
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Nose of orange peel ginger toffee with some herbal spicy notes as well as corriander. Pours auburn with a whispy foam ring and islands. Flavors of orangey citrus, christmas cookies orange peel fruity candied fruit notes ginger vanila. Low carbonation. Lingering sweet spiciness. Interesting smooth beer with bitterness that picks up as it finishes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Thanks to the tampa crew for sharing this! Brown pour with a thin beige head. Aroma is lightly oxidized, alcoholic, and cinnamon sticks. Flavor is in your face ginger spice, alcoholic, raisin and fig. Warm finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Thanks bvc! ginger and cinnamon aroma, sharp with spice and quiet in the glass. intensely sweet, piercing and distracting. stays with me. hard to look past. spiced over the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
32oz growler via ibrew2or3...I want to aid Dave, like a good friend. I have heard that Tampa has THE best titty bars in the nation...fucking Tampa! Wow, the nose is agressive with different from pretty much unique from anything else I have ever had. Sweet orange, ginger, thai basil, nutmeg, cinamon...awesome. Wow!...really sweet and spicy like a candied fruit and Ginger. Fucking awesome really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7580) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
medicine bottle. pours a crystal clear dark brown with no real head, lace, or legs. caramel, basement, and toffee on the nose. creamy, sticky medium body. caramel, basement, and toffee on the mid palate. big cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Big thanks to IBrew2or3 for bringing this growler. Pours amber-brown with an off-white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, sugar, berry, some hops, and some coriander. Everything integrates pretty well in the flavor : caramel, vanilla, slight booze, spice, coriander, toffee, oak, berry, and some hops. Berry and oak almost nullify the hops. Balanced and medium bodied overall. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Growler pours clear mahogany with ruby red hues and thin tan head. The aroma is sweet with plums, sugar coated raisins, spicy oak and sweet plums. The taste is smooth as silk and nearly velvety with notes of black licorice, spice, spicy oak, plums, brown sugar and cinnamon dredged apples wedges, molasses, floral hops, spicy hops and some solid roastiness in the background for good measure. Man! Lots going on here. But it comes across with flavor harmony. Excellent variant. I hope I can try the non-oak aged one day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2010
A: Pours a nice amber hue with a small head. It does manage bit of lace though. S: Wonderful aromas. Loads of fresh oak. There is a big candy sweetness as well. T: Tasty for sure. Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar. Mild dark fruit, and sweet apple. The wood is big and the sugary sweetness seems to blend perfectly with it. Very mild herbal hoppy notes, with a bit of booze in the finish. Really Really Nice Treatement. M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, smooth, sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Growler courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy caramel with reddish highlights and off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, candy sugar, vanilla, oak, toffee, spice, booze, light notes of chocolate. Flavor is also very sweet and malty with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, smoke, sweet caramel, toffee, molasses. Medium body with a sweet and malty, almost boozy finish. One of the WW treatments so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Pours amber with little head. Nose is intense wood, spice, alcohol, sweet candy, raosty malt, hints of sherry and other liquors, cinnamon, slight oxidation, caramel and cocoa. Flavor is rich sweet fruits, fresh cut wood, spices, cinnamon, brown sugars, plum, apples, hints of sweet cherries, sherry, cocoa, roasted grains and warming alcohol. This is definitely a top beer made by CCB. Awesome!

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