Carolina Beer Co. Cottonwood High Gravity Frostbite

RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
From the breweries of Colorado and the Pacific Northwest comes the winter tradition of a hearty brown ale that finishes with a strong hoppy taste. Made with a blend of Crystal Malts, and balanced with Centennial and Columbus hops, the frostbite was aggressively brewed to warm the beer drinkers in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Brewed as part of our new "HIGH COTTON" line in 2006, the Frostbite will be allowed to show it’s true colors- brewed as a High Gravity beer under the new NC law- this fine ale tops out at about 9% ABV.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2004
This beer is bitter! A true hop lover's delight. Average off white head over amazing, deep, amber ale. Goes down like what prue hop tea might taste like. Grapefruit bite all the way!

chinchill (5395) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2015
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. (from notes). Pours near black with a decent head that has some legs and leaves bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma: as expected hops, an an IPA level, with some sweet and dark malts. Flavor: about equal mix of dark and very dark roasted grains and earthy/herbal hops. Medium bitterness. Both hops anddark roast linger on and on in the aftertaste. O: fairly easy drinking and tame black IPA, yet flavorful, as the malts and hops partly neutralize each other.

eRock_2013 (523) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Presented as a winter seasonal beer, this beer may serve that purpose well, but would seem to be unpleasant under other circumstances. Appearance was an appetizing dark amber, aroma was lighter with some roastiness and sweetness. My experience of the taste was not very enjoyable: alcohol content was not masked well, sweetness struck me as sticky and syrupy, hoppiness was present but indistinctive. Indistinctive in that their was a variety of competing flavors. Medium-bodied. I will say this was a complex and flavorful brew, although I personally did not care for it.

keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Nice aroma of roast malt and some pine. The flavor has the sweet malt with a bit of chocolate and the bit of pine. The finish is dry and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

geologyguy (1687) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Only had 2oz worth at world beer festival January 2013 Columbia,SC,, great smell!

Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
Bouteille 12oz, sous le nom de Carolina Beer Co Cottonwood Frostbit" et courtoisie de Hogtownharry ou Blankboy. De couleur ambrée-orange et voilée. Nez malté de caramel légèrement rôti, moyen de houblon herbeux aux notes citriques (pamplemousse) et résineuses ainsi qu’avec quelques épices piquantes au nez. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement fort-moyen et une texture légèrement huileuse aux notes crémeuses. Goût très légèrement épicé (traces de cannelle, de poivre et de pain d’épices) avec de faibles notes fruitées (agrumes) lors de l’entrée en bouche rapidement éclipsé par un goût malté de caramel faiblement rôti avec des traces de sirop d’érable boisé. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve une moyenne-légère amertume de houblon herbeux aux notes citriques et aux traces résineuses jusqu’en finale. Post-goût moyen-long et un peu sec, léger-moyen amer de houblon hebreux aux petites notes citriques et résineuses avec des notes de rôti.

KirkFrancis (2) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
Nice balance. Good malty flavor for a black IPA. Hops are not overpowering, but are also not that interesting. Now marketed under the Foothills name. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Black good head decent lacing. Smell pine and fruit. But not like grapefruit. More sweet. Nice IPA. Very nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy dark red with a medium sized fizzy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of plums, toasted malts, floral hops. The taste is plums, apples, anise, raisin, toasted malts. Bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. A little bit weird.

MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2011 June 4, 2011; 12 oz. bottle from a recent "beer of the month" subscription received as a gift. First experience with this brewery. Pour is dark amber; not much in the way of head or lacing. Aroma is sweet & rich. Pleasantly complex - a lot of caramel malt, spice, ripe citrus. Some hops (a wee too little) and very mild alcohol notes linger at the end. A pretty good ASA experience.

chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap into a pint glass...A medium caramel, a light tan head, poor retention and lacing...A very malty caramel with a hint of hops, not strong enough but decent...The taste is also very malty to start but then hops do start to present, especially on the finish. A bitter but alcoholic finish is slightly distracting. A malty but decent ipa.

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