TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
750 ml bottle courtesy of either Beerlando or fishingnet. 176/246. I love my CCB Boys! Pours a very dark deep brown, chocolatey with a touch of red, opaque murky, a bit of light with a moderate brownish lighter head. Nice. Aromas are a nice blend of caramel and toffee, biscuits and some light peaty malt coupled with some light Bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate, sweeter edge on the nose is, frankly, lovely, with the wet oak and peat coming through more noticeably, chocolate chip cookies and caramel toasty malts, this beer is well barrel aged it seems, as alcohol doesn’t seem there. Initial is a nice strong brew up front, cocoa, tobacco, caramel, toffee, vanilla, wet oak grows on the tounge, a light booziness is there, but not necessarily all spirit (Bourbon). Chocolate chip cookies, creamy toffee and nougat, a touch of roasty coffee and pretty strong tobacco. The tingling alcohol does grow, a warm rolling heat of the booze is pleasant, doesn’t take away from the lovely beer. I must say, the base wasn’t one of my favorite CCB beers.. But it certainly is a great candidate for barrel aging. Finish is sweet, bourbon and malts, smooth with a light lingering heat, faint bitterness. Tobacco, cocoa, coffee, toffee, and caramel stick to the palate, really coat. A winner. Glad I have another. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 Courtesy of northernbrewsTomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, light fruit, and wood. It pours a dark orangish-brown with a minimal beige film for a head. The flavor starts caramel, chocolate, and light fruit. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, wood, maple syrup, and light oxidation. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel.
Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a deep brown with orange and amber notes. Aroma of dark fruits, dark cherries, vanilla, oak, tobacco, earthy with a hint of smoke. Flavor of toasted malt, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, ligth cherry notes and earthy. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2010
( 750ml 2009 bottle marked # 158/246 thanks to ericandersnavy - Rating #600!) Pours very murky brown with nice oily tan head. Nose of wood, caramel, biscuit. Taste of sweet malt, caramel, lightly toasted grains. A thick delicious body finishes this one.
This is probably the best scotch ale I’ve had, and my favorite Cigar City beer so far. BuckeyeBoy (8500) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle 74 of 246. Pours out a nice black topped with a medium white head. Aroma is pitfruit, light wood, roast nutts. Taste is much more of the roasted nutts along witht he sweet pitfruit and a little oak. Thanks douglas for sharing this treat.
dchmela (3084) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
New Years eve brew! Dark reddish brown body. Huge bourbon, peat and toffee aroma. Taste has lots of peat, cherry, toffee and bourbon. Big body, this is a real sipper and a great after dinner brew. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 09/12/2009. Bottle 214/246. Somewhat cloudy dark brown body with a medium frothy light brown head. Sweet oak and smoky aroma with a bit of chocolate and roast. Sweet oak and chocolate flavor with a bit of roast. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Hazy brown, medium sized beige head. Aroma is roast caramel malt and oak. Smooth rich caramel flavor with a burnt finish. Sledutah (7841) - Utah, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Sample at the SLC tasting 12/11/09 (74/246) drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Appearance: Poured dark brown with red tint with a tan head
Aroma: Roasted malt, fruit and bourbon
Taste: Creamy mouthfeel, smokey, dark fruit and bourbon
A very good beer. Would taste great on a cold night.
750ml, bottle 18/246, pours murky dark red with small head. Nose has alc, dates, caramel. Flavors of caramel, dark fruit, oak, vanilla. A little muddled, thin-medium body.