SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2011
barely translucent reddish mahogany with a thick tan head; sticky and creamy full body with medium-high carbonation.77ships (11025) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2013
aroma: resinous leafy piney hops, caramel chocolate roasty malt.
taste: sweet sticky leafy resinous hops, caramel roasty malt. very intense but fairly well balanced. alcohol is well hidden.
if hops grew on trees, and you could tap those trees to get hop tree sap, and boil it down to a sweet syrup, this is how i imagine it would taste.
Courtesy of Sebletitje. 75 cl. bottle sampled. Murky woody darker brown, not too much beige head. Sweet thick caramel malts, pine, thick toffee, bitter hops, bitter light woody with leaves, bit gooey,… Bitter leaves, pine, bitter caramel and toffee goo taste, almost liquorish, bitter three bark, combined with almost molasses sweet, thick malts, lightly earthly,… Thick, near syrupy. Nice combination of thick malt goo and heavy bitter hops. glennmastrange (2914) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted and caramel for the malt, pine for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast, with grape, raisin, fig, wood, boozy-alcohol and faint spice in the background. Head is small, frothy turning creamy, light tan with a touch of red, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear mahogany. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet with a long bitter end. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. Perfect balance in this American Strong Ale, and it’s tasty all the through. An awesome beer. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2011
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet roasty medium/dark malt, resin. Taste is sweet roasty medium/dark malt-cocoa, resin/citrus hops with slight bite. Slight syrupy mouth feel. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
On draft at Cigar City. Pours a dark red-orange with a white head. It smells of sweet malt, a ton of hops, caramel, toffee, bitter citrus, pine, and some sweet fruit. Flavor is similar with some apparent booziness. I get pine, citrus, big malt in caramel and toffee, and some pine. Medium to full-bodied and very enjoyable.
adam42381 (627) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2011 Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled May 5, 2011 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a deep red-caramel color with beautiful ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger creamy khaki-colored head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Looks delicious.
Smell: Sweet caramel, pineapple and candied fruits and a touch of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet caramel malt up front followed by dried dark fruits in the middle then ending with smoky malt, and just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is smoky with bitterness lingering in the background. Very malty beer with just the right amount of hops blended in to make it well-balanced.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, thick and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. Goes down easily, but you’re probably better off sharing a bottle with a friend.
Overall: Very good beer overall. Not on the same level as Tocobaga when it comes to red ales from CCB, but it’s still very good. Call me a homer, but I like pretty much everything Cigar City puts out. This is no exception. I’d recommend giving this one a try. Leighton (22298) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle shared at Craft Beer Co., London. Pours dark, ruby-brown with an off-white head. Some dark malt, dark sugars, caramel in the aroma. Damn sweet flavor, lots of toffee, dark fruits, fruit jam. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warm finish, tons of sugar, jammy fruits, raspberry, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and toasty, sweet malts. Very good, big-time beer. dmac (6451) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2011
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498, thanks Jason. Poured a murky chocolate brown body with a large foamy light beige head. Aroma is very much like a barley wine, toffee, caramel, barrel aged molasses, vanilla extract, slight alcohol. Fuller carbonation with softer carbonation, a lingering aftertaste with a touch of bitterness and slight alcohol warming. Flavor of caramel, toffee, vanilla extract, alcohol, wax, rotting fruit, sweet. This is one good ass beer, Viva La CCB!!!