dchmela (3084) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Recently found tasting note from a while back. Pours a fairly dense reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is earthy caramel malt and peat mixture that came off as "new tennis balls". Taste is big smoky malt with dark fruit notes and caramel. Really interesting. Oakes (18828) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Extra thanks to Retorp and tpd! Dark brown. Smokey nose with toffee, deep dark malts and some dark fruits. Sweet palate but rich smokey, roasty, meaty notes. Very complex. A delicious, sipping dessert beer. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Joey. Blood brown with scant tan head. Gorgeous smoke. smooth, low carbonation easy palate. Sublime smoke is really impressive and smooth. Just delightful. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottle opened post-DLD at crizay’s house
cgarvieuk (25987) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
Thanks to Mike/Brad for sharing my first experience with Cigar City. They’ve gotten a lot of buzz around the site and if this is any indication it is worthwhile. If you have spare bottles send them my way and they’ll be gone soon enough.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black body and light sheen of lacing lend presence to a solid beer. Liquid smoke, cigar butts, and ash give the bulk of the smokiness which in sum smells much like warm bacon. More meaty than smoky it makes me want to seek out more of the style.
Flavor / Palate - Smoke fills the mouth like inhaling a cloud of firewood. Light chocolate notes gave more depth before a malty finish that marks a satisfying experience. Fluid and solid this does not taste like 11% at all.
Growler at DLD 09 ... thanks to Daknole for this ... Deep black ... little smokey roast malt nose ... loads of roast malts quite smokey and the smokeyness builds
TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Another cigar city beer dakine brought to DLD poured a dark murky brown with brown head aromas abound of smoke from a smoker taste is sweet and smokey but still very drinkable pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
22oz bottle shared by dakine at dlday 09. thanks for the share man.... poured a dark murky and muddles caramel brown with a thin light brown head.... lovely aroma of smoke, peat, and tobacco. very assertive and thick aroma that is quite unique in its own right....can’t say much different about the flavors: smokey, sweet dark malt with a nice viscosity that completely coats the mouth. excellent creamy mouthfeel. well done. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2009
A very special thanks to Daknole for sharing bottle 16 / 29, Batch 1 at DLD ’09. Pours an opaque and thick muddy brown colored brew with an average sized tan head with some nice retention and film lacing. Aroma of smoked toasted dark malt, some chocolate, vanilla, a hint of tobacco and brown sugar. Taste is very full bodied, flavors of sweet chocolate, smoked and toasted dark malt, some vanilla, and brown sugar, Finish is syrupy, creamy with a distinct smoked dark malt with chocolate and molasses aftertaste. Very nice! daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 Thanks so much to Joey for sending me a bottle to share at DLD. Pours a really hazy brown color wtih a good tan head. Aroma is full of smoke, syrup, brown sugar, caramle, toffee, pipe tobacco and roast. Flavor is unreal. The best smoked beer I have EVER had. Period. End of story! Smoke, tobacco, booze, caramel, roast malt, vanilla, and damn just plain goodness. Call me a homer, but this beer kicks ASS! Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
Thanks to Dakine for bringing this to DLD! Poured deep, murky brown with a fine cap of beige head. The aroma was toasty, smoky, and roasty with tobacco, brown sugar, and caramel blanketed by huge doses of ashy smoke.. powerful and enticing! The flavor was rich with sticky molasses, caramel, and treacle sweetness laced with ash and cedary smoke.. tangy bourbon-ish sourness hit the hit finish along with another dose of smoke. Heavy-bodied, again with a lot of smoke and barrel impression.. well-balance despite its heft.