Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR. Hazy dark brown. Wonderful aroma of sharp chocolate and cedar sweetness. Fantastic aroma. Lots of bitter chocolate on the taste with a great sweet flavor following it up. Tingles on the palate. Well done! Wish I had gotten a bigger sample... durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Let’s say that my recollection of this beer is about as hazy as JCB’s, so good thing I took notes. The blend is surprisingly good, and not quite as barrel-dominated as the other CC beers. Vanilla and bourbon were more mild and manageable. Some definite oak and tannin notes, as well as bitter chocolate and slight coffee. Yum. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Thanks to D for waking me up to try this beauty (and thanks to Sam for sharing)! Disclaimer: my recollection is, shall we say, as muddled as my notes. While I wasn’t super crazy about the other BA Cigar City beers we tried, this one worked nicely, with a super attractive (and fairly subtle) blend of the malt varieties, a delicious mouthfeel, and a nice finish of cappuccino deliciousness. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle number 396/450 via a trade with dchmela. Pours with a deep brown body with a tan head. Aroma of wood, chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, dark fruits, toffee and cocoa powder. Taste is big, boozy and woody with smoke notes, bourbon, a rich vinous quality, cola and a very light vegital note (which I also sometimes get from 110k+OT #2). Thick and viscous mouthfeel. medium carbonation. Very good beer. Aroma is awesome, as is the flavor, although the flavor doesn’t seem as melded together as the aroma. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle 212/450. Thanks fogdog. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark fruit, and chocolate. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, hops, oak, and coffee. Medium body and a fairly long finish. An amazing mix/combo beer. I guess if the beer you are mixing are all high quality beers to start with, it should be easy to understand that this is a winner too.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Thanks to Sam for sharing this one! Bottle # 422. Easily one of the best beers of the recent crew tasting. Oily black pour with a thin beige head. Vanilla, bourbon, and nutty aroma. Creamy mouth-feel. Espresso, oaky tannins, bourbon, and dark fruits. So good I just had to wake JCB and force a sip on him! mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
12oz. bottle, #261/450, with another big thanks to dchmela for the hookup! Pours a nice dark brown/black with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma is lovely, with milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, espresso, and some ripe dark fruits. Flavor is only hints at the bourbon, which is nice, while allowing more vanillia, oak, espresso, chocolate and dark fruits to come out nicely. Nice and smooth on the palate, and a great balance on the barrel aging. Thanks again Dave! emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a dark brown that allows some light and a one finger tan head. The nose has a very nice barrel character, lots of smooth vanilla and creamy milk chocolate, very nice tannic oak presence. Flavor shows a great vanilla character, woody, tannic and oaky, smooth and chocolaty. Very full smooth tannic palate. Very tasty. hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, tan head. Good retention. The aroma is bourbon-forward (the more, the better) with tons of dark chocolate, tobacco, oak, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor leads off with lots of sourmash and an odd bit of raw beef accompanied by unsweetened dark chocolate and a touch of caramel sweetness. Substantial bitterness and moderate acidity finish things off nicely. World class beer! matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Dark Brown/Black body and a thick khaki head. The aroma brags of oaky Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, dates, molasses, and raisons all meld together into one complex bundle of rapture. A slight hint of oxidation, but adds a deep complexity to the brew. The palate is thick in body but soft and velvety… I know women like that too. Truly remarkable beer… I bet this would cellar well but crest at roughly 2-3 years.