BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Cool, bronze wax dipped 12oz bottle courtesy of boomer0813. Poured an imposing, deep, ruby highlit, dark brown body with a soapy off-white head that was very leggy/sticky. Aromas were vinous, black cherries, some alcohol, roasty, cocoa and caramel. Flavors of dark berries, dark chocolate, roasty, alcohol in the finish and vinous again. Medium mouthfeel with softt carbonation. Another nice American strong by CCB. Thanks Amanda!! blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
bottle, thanks to boomer0813, dark amber brown pour with a whiskey , woody cherry aroma, flavor of vanilla, malty whiskey, cashew butter and caramel Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Big thanks to Amanda for sharing this bottle. 12 ounce bottle with copper-colored wax.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a brown head. This is an excellent looking beer, as I have come to expect from Cigar City.
The aroma is chocolate, alcohol, caramel and some brown sugar and molasses notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee with some alcohol. I also get some oaked notes, as well as a little bit of vanilla from the barrel aging.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
12 oz. bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick tan head. Light wavy lacing. Aroma is wonderful. Full of oak, spice, esters, and chocolate. Flavor is molasses, chocolate, dark esters, and oak. Wow! The chocolate and dark esters linger in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t diminish the beer at all. Full body. A fantastic beer. Big thanks to my CCB hook up, Jason. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
Thank you so much Dstructo...Thick inky black with brown head. Silken appearance. Aroma is complex, combining fruit and chocolate. Figs, vanilla bean, 65% dark chocolate, and coffee liqueur in the finish. Feels more carbonated than it looks and has a good deal of unexpected acidity. Is pretty light on the tongue. Quince paste, prune, finishing with the slightly unpleasant astringency of persimmon and acidic espresso. Interesting.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle thanks to JW77. Dark brown in color with a large frothy tan/light brown head. Aroma of wood, burnt malt, some booze, and fruitiness round it out. Flavor is sweet with chocolate, vanilla, raisins, and slight cherry tartness that lead to an alcohol warmth in the finish. Somewhat medicinal, too, in the finish. Smooth and creamy mouth feel to this. Good times. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Trade bottle from Dosbeerigos. Dark brown pour. Aroma was roasty, coconut, funky, mildly sour. Taste was oak, coffee, mild sourness, and toasted coconut. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy Ryan - thank you! Black and heavy looking in the glass with a cafe tinged brown head. Smells great. Some type of barrel influence (bourbon?), oak, rye, and peat. Aroma is very tight in its architecture. Hmmm . . . flavors are not so tight with the rye porter up front , boozie barrel influence, barleywine-esque notes of raisin/date, and an extremely sweet tinge through the finish (reminds me of the Big Sound). Unique, enjoyable, but too many big, sugary flavors that don’t properly integrate. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Cigar City rate #100. Bottle, fourth installment of the Capricho series. Poured near black with a tiny tan head. Nose has a decent amount of roast with big notes of dark chocolate and bourbon, lighter notes of raisin, vanilla and some oak. Medium to full body with a creamy mouth feel and soft carbonation. Flavor is a moderately sweet mélange of dark chocolate, burnt malt, dark fruit, toffee, wood, light tobacco, and booze with mild tartness in the back. Finishes roasted with light warming alcohol. Thank you CCB for 100 world class beers, I can’t wait to see what the future holds! changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle from the brewery. A dark brown pour that appears all black once in the glass. A nice frothy foam settles on top that produces thin sheets of lacing after each sip. The aroma shows sweet caramel, bourbon, raisin, vanilla, damp wood. Smells very good. The flavors are a bit on the sweet side but still well done. Raisins, molasses, plum, chocolate, toffee, bourbon, there’s really a lot going on here but it works well. The barrel-aging smooths this out with just enough alcohol to warm the body. There’s some light roasty and smoke notes but the sweeter flavors tend to dominate. That’s probably a lot from the Big Sound but perhaps to a lesser degree the Warmer Winter too. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. With just a touch more roast or something to counter the sweetness of the beer I think this one would be world class.