Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2009
Thick black with tan head. Aroma is cedar but oak emerges too. Flavors focus on a mild dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Lovely integration of wood, chocolate, acidity, cherries, coffee, cocoa powder. Very complex and sophisticated. What a spectacular brewery... GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2009 Special thanks to Joey for the taste at the brewery. This rate has taken some serious deliberation because I only rated Barrel Aged Speedway Stout a 4.4. I would have to try the two side by side to get a more accurate rating as both are incredibly complex. The bouquet is loaded with aromas. Coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa, wood, and burbon are just a few I could name. The flavor is outrageous. All of the above flavors with a touch of smokiness and an unreal chocolate finish that lingers for what seemed like days. This is an elite brew that only a special few will get the honor to try. I am glad to be one of them. This is a special beer. hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2009 Draft... This beer rocks!... Pitch black with a mid-sized, ultra creamy, beige head. Terrific retention. The aroma is an intoxicating swirl of chocolate, vanilla, oak, coconut, bourbon and espresso. Full-bodied and mega silky with soft carbonation. Sweet chocolate and espresso flavors play alongside big time, earthy essences of vanilla, oak and cedar. Burnt and modestly bitter with just a touch of acidity. Nice roasty finish. Instant top ten beer for me! Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2009 #1500. Draft at the brewery, courtesy Joey and Wayne. Dark mahogany in color, the body is crowned with a dense, spongy, tan colored head with staying power. Sticky bands of lacing coat the glass very well. The aroma is rich and complex, dark and milk chocolate leading the charge, with ample caramel and hazelnut notes. Vanilla is smooth and well integrated, a trait imparted by restrained oak aging. Hints of coffee roastiness rise from within, with just a hint of earthy smoke coming through. Flavors follow suit, all of the aforementioned elements supremely integrated with the subtle oak. The nuttiness and the choco-caramel just go so well together, with the coffee roast and smokiness lending heaps of depth, and earthy hops lending balance. Medium-full and velvety on the tongue, the finish transitions from sweet to dry nicely. This is an astonishing beer, and one that I am privileged to have tried. Thanks again Joey and Wayne. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a dark brown to black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, dark chocolate, some ripe dark fruit, oak, vanilla. Flavor is malty and woody with notes of caramel, toffee, coffee, vanilla, some earthiness. Generally medium to full bodied with a pleasing roasted finish.
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Interesting beer. Thanks retorp for the share. Pours dark drown with an off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, smoke, vanilla, and malt. Flavor is wood, with some maple and vanilla, and a slight fruit presence. Complex beer. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2008
(12oz unlabeled bottle, thanks Retorp) Small brown head atop red-edged, dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, smoke, light fruit. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, some smoke, light burnt, fruit. Medium-full body, some syrup. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Pours almost black with a small tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of oak, roasted malt, vinous dark fruit notes, earthy tones, and a touch of smoke. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness with well hidden alcohol. Very good. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Big thanks to CCB crew for bringing this to the OTH 09/06/08. It pours very very dark with thin mocha head. The first initial draw brings up a fruity ester note mixing with solid fresh oakiness. Then behind those festering notes are chocolate, malt roastiness, mild smoke and a touch of earthiness. The smoke rises up and lingers for a while. There is a lot going on here. The taste is a rash of numerous bursting notes like rich dark chocolate, oak, smokiness, roasted malts and then some dryness. It seems to be a little tannin like and has a red wine fruity note too. It ends dry with tons of flavor spilling over into the after taste. This is the sort of brew I want to dig into and extract the full experience with a protracted encounter. Awesome stuff. Gillard (42) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Had this at the BA Throwdown at the OTH courtesy of Joe and Wayne sending a growler for us to sample Thanks guys.
Pours a very vinous and oily shade of dark brown almost black. Smells of caramel,cedar,roasted malts,coffee, and some heavy notes Smoke. Taste is a flavor overload so many flavors, but had balance for so much flavor. To make a beer with this much flavor, but be so balanced is a testament to what CCB is, and has to come. Palate was thick and lingering.
Overall another gem from CCB