sebletitje (10287) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2011
Entering old rates. From the CCB Launch Party March 2009.
Brune foncée, col beige. Arôme houblonné fleuri et où les notes de baies de Goji restent en retrait. Le tout garde un palais malté caramel avec une pointe grillé. Profile houblonné amer et citronné en avant rappelant plus une APA.
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
32oz Growler. Aroma of Mister Clean. Very fruity scent with Pine Sol. Flavor of fresh wood. Essence of Florida salt air. Very off. Not common.... just different. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Growler. Poured a deep copper color with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma is strong piney, grassy hops with caramel or toffee malts, chocolate, and a light fruit ester I can’t identify, wolfberry I guess. Medium body and very smooth. The flavor is caramel malt and grassy hops with light cocoa notes and some tart berry coming through towards the finish, flavor is near a Barley Wine. Finishes with lasting bitterness. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Name: Emperor Shennong’s Brown Ale
Date: December 29, 2009
Appearance: clear brown, scant head, drippy lace
Aroma: big woody pine aroma, nice chocolate, caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, complex wood character, fresh pine, earthy bitterness, long bitter finish
Overall: unique wood character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
What the hell is that smell? Cedar? Rosemary? It was barrel aged but whatever else was in the barrel I haven’t a clue.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Draft @ OTH, CCB launch party. Pours a dark brown, small tan head. Grapefruit on the nose first, then caramel malts, fruits, tons of citrus hops and a little sweetness. Grapefruit again leads off the flavor, almost tart, quite malty, brown sugar, plums dries out with a strong bitterness in the finish. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
On draft at Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL) Cigar City Launch Party. Pours a creamy dark fudge brown with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of floral hops, fresh berries, hints of carmel, honey, pine, citrus and fresh flowers. Flavor is sweet and malty with similar notes of fresh flowers, ripe berries, caramel, malt, floral hops, hints of toffee and some slight spice. Generally light to medium body with a muted hoppy finish. juiceisloose (1528) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 On draft at OTH for the CCB launch party. Pours a dark copper color with a small, foamy tan head that slowly settles to a thin film. Nice rings of lacing are left behind on the glass. The aroma is very juicy with orange and grapefruit hops to go with a big dose of red berries. Toffee and caramel come through as well to form the malt base. The flavor follows with the orange and grapefruit hops adding their signature juicyness and bitterness, but are balanced nicely by the sweet caramel and toffee malts. The berries add a real fruity element that is slightly tart and blends perfectly with the other elements. Medium-full bodied and really smooth and easy to drink. It seems like a nice blend between a barleywine and ipa. Really well crafted and great tasting beer. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2009
On tap at the OTH launch party pouring deep copper with rusty edges and tan head. If I think about it the aroma is split between the syrup sticky sweetness and thick application of pine and grassy hops from the barleywine and the fresh hop crispness of the IPA to go along with a faint fruity berryness in the background. The taste is similar with thick sweet malts that have caged up copious amounts of late addition pine and grassy hops from the barleywine to start to go along with a cedar twang. By midway it lightens up with a cornucopia of hop additions, with tangelo, pine and a bit of resin notes just leading the way and smooth modestly sweet malts from the IPA in tow. As the finish approaches the infusion from the berries begins to be noticed with a mild berry sensation, earthiness and a sense of tobacco mixing with lingering caramel, molasses and pine hops. Interesting stuff. It may benefit with a little more age that may allow it to blend a bit more. Maybe a couple of months. I like it now though. hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2009
Draft... Cigar City Brewing "Launch Party"... Dark and murky – burnt orange when held up to the sun – with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fruity, chocolaty, tobacco nose with a side note of caramel. Full-bodied and a touch syrupy with laid back carbonation. Very sweet; too sweet for me. Goji berries, cocoa nibs and molasses-infused pouch tobacco. Lengthy finish – sweet, then surprisingly bitter and dry.