BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at Oldsmar Tap House at the CCB Launch Party. I have to say that this beer smelled absolutely delightful. I think it smelled like a box of milk duds. Or a sugar daddy. Very sweet caramel smell. The flavor was not real sweet at all. Very drinkable with a hoppy citrus effect, with a bit of black pepper on the finish. Definitely drinkable.
MeadMe (1594) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber hue. Nice foamy head with ok retention. Some spotty lace noted.
S: The nose is all about the hops and the cedar. Lots of grapefruit with bold earthy woody fresh cut cedar.
T: Same as aroma. Solid amber used as a base here. Nicely hopped with citrus notes. The cedar pushes through in the middle and overpowers. The finish if full of earthy woody cedar with brings out a touch of pepper like spice as well.
M: On the thinner side of medium. Good carbonation.
D: Not bad. Not CCB’s best beer by far, but tasty and unique nonetheless.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at launch party. Pours brown-orange with an off-white head. Nose is malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, some citrus, and hints of wood/ oak. This is the most excited I have ever been over an amber. Flavor is vanilla, caramel, malt, mellow hops, and a gourd flavor that reminded me of pumpkin, but was not sweet enough for pumpkin pie. Limited sweetness and lots of flavor. Finish lingers with wood, vanilla, and earthy hops. Enjoyable amber.
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
CCB launch party. This was not as impressive as Bolita. Good flavor up front but fell off quickly and had no real body on the finish. Good just not amazing.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought is beer was great. To some it may seems a little thin but I feel it makes up for that with great flavor. The cigar box cedar really shines through. Drinkable and Delicious
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at the Oldsmar Tap House for the Cigar City Kickoff. I was not a big fan of this one. Body was thin and the beer, prior to cedar aging, is a very basic and light amber ale. There is really no problem in that, though. My problem is I just don’t think this beer benefits from the cedar aging process. With the Cedar Aged stout, you have a strong and complex beer that can battle, and benefit from, the strong flavor due to cedar aging. With this one, it seems the cedar aging takes over. The beer is a shell of its former self, and all that is left is a strong tobacco and cedar flavor. By no means is this a bad beer, and it really demonstrates what the cedar aging process can do to a beer. I just think I like a stronger backbone of a beer being cedar aged than a lighter and thinner beer such as this. I’m sure a lot of people will really like this beer, but I think the tobacco flavors were just a little too strong for me.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First rating of this beer. Draft at the CCB launch party at Oldsmar Taphouse. Pours a dark, hazy, burnt auburn color. A foamy, light tan head crowns the surface, leaving decent lace. The nose is dry and hoppy, with a big, peppery cedar presence showing atop a caramel and biscuit malt base. Floral and citrus hop varietals lend significant, aromatic bitterness. Flavors follow suit, toasted biscuit malt laying the baseline, while zesty citrus hops and spicy cedar add bitterness and depth. The finish is long and cedar laden. Medium bodied, semi-dry, and peppery, the mouthfeel could use a bit more substance, but that might detract from the sessionable nature of this fine brew. Damn nice amber ale....honestly, it’s about as good as an amber I’ve ever had.