Cigar City Christmas in Ningxia Old Ale

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Old Ale aged on Coriander and Wolfberries

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3.7
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2011
Entering old-rates, Dec 2009. Couleur acajou, col moka épais. Arôme est malté avec une léger profile de baies et autres épices. En bouche, un mixe entre les baies de Goji et un aspect malté caramel, chocolaté bien présent. Sur la fin, je note une pointe de coriandre qui vient un peu égayer le tout. Goji reste présent donnant à la bière ce côté fruits sauvages.

3.4
rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap at CCB Christmas Day. Pours deep brown with a bubbly tan head. Sweet molasses, berries, vanilla and burnt sugar on the nose. Flavor was almost overbearingly sweet and boozish. Not CCB at their best.

2.7
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
thanks riversideak! little spruce nose, sweet dark honey. dark oranged amber, pale tan head. big earthy sweetness, complex and hard to gather. more spruce, little ginger, mostly sweet, cannot finish.

3.1
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Growler. Thanks dave! Pours a murky dark brown with mahogany edges. Enormously phenolic nose of hot tupperware. Sticky medium body with subdued carb. Sugary ginger mid palate, with scrapy ginger crystal sensations near the end. Cloying dr pepper syrup finish.

3.9
douglas88 (9632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2011
CC growler thanks to Dave. Dated 12.22.10. Quite awhile in the growler, but the flavor and body are not affected at all. Pours a deep ruby hue, almost black or purple, a medium cream colored head. The nose is sweet berries and dark fruits, some ripeness. The flavor is a mix of super sweet caramel and toasted malts and loads of berries and fruit. I’m beginning to notice a house flavor in CC, it’s sweet fruitiness and some dust. Very good, warm but not hot. A odd beast, Old Ale and lots more.

4
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2011
On draft at CCB. Pours cloudy caramel color with a medium tan head. Aroma is sweeeet dark fruits, brown sugar, slightly boozy. Flavor is very sweet...dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, citrus, scotch, toffee. Mouthfeel is full, quite sticky, nice heat. Probably too sweet for most people but i thoroughly enjoyed it.

3.5
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Had this on tap at Cigar City. sweet caramel aroma with a nice brown body. Taste is a bit too sweet with molasses. Palate was full bodied with a bit of stickness. Overall too sweet and not my favorite cigar city brew.

3.5
redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2011 growler. Molasses and raisins on the nose with hints of spice. Pours a dark amber almost brown with a thin tan head. Molasses and caramel flavors up front with an exotic spicy fruitiness. I’m not sure what wolfberries taste like? Reminds me a mulled wine, rich and warming. Pretty good stuff.

3.1
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Tap at CCB. Pours a deep, hazy brown to near black with a thin but dense tan head with sheen rockiness and good layered lace. Aroma is mostly muted but eventually some vinegar and sweet raisins come through. Taste is big on the spicy alcohol and lots of cloying sweetness: light tartness and big balancing hops keep this from becoming just straight simple syrup with rum. A relatively viscous mouthfeel and massive sweet money and syrup qualities lends this towards a mead with the vinegar in the nose and balancing neutral hops reminds me of an English old ale. A chalky, carboardy palate distracts and is out of place given the other qualities.

4.2
Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Growler (2010 batch/treatment) pours up murky mahogany and mocha head. The aroma is assertive with slick rich sweet malts, berry infused molasses, caramel candy and then mixing with boysenberries, coriander spice and some fig / Wolfberries berry earthiness. The taste enters smooth, slippery, thick and rich effortlessly pushing up notes of thick rich malts, boysenberries, prunes and molasses with a hint of chocolate. By midway a sliver of earthiness and then caramel candy join in and head toward the finish with the addition of a modest amount of smooth coriander spice. The finish leaves caramel candy, molasses, muted pine hop flavor and earthy fig like berry notes (making no sense whatsoever). Make no mistake, this is a very sweet rich and also (did I mention it was) sweet(?) brew.


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