MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a small mocha head. The retention is low but some spotty lace is noted. Once the head dies down it is matte black in color and very evil looking in the glass.
S: I still dream of the aroma of this one. Tons of fresh roasted malt with layers of chocolate, both bitter and sweet. Hints of coffee poke thru, and then bam.... the cedar. How come no one else had tought of that?
T: If this beer is lacking anywhere, the taste makes up for it ten fold. Roasted malt comes first. It was perfectly toasted and good. After that you are hit in the face with chocolate. The rich smooth chocolate quality of this beer is what cake and fudge makers dream of. The beers is so smooth and rich like nothing I have had before. Milk chocolate makes an appearence as does caramel and marshmellow. The cedar dances in the background but does not overpower. To call this beer expertly crafted is an understatement.
M: Full in body, very rich, as smooth as a babys ass. When it comes to mouthfeel this was the smoothest most enjoyable beer I have ever tasted.
D: So drinkable, it is my absolute favorite beer to date.
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On draft at OTH CCB party. Jet black. Choclate and tobacco nose. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Roasty, coffee, choclate, cigar and cedar taste. Very warming. Those flavors stay in the after taste as well. The Cedar aging is very unique. Fits this beer perfectly. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Amazing. thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Draft CCB launch party. This was a swift kick in the nuts. Big strong Imp Stout that has been put on cedar to add that extra punch. This is a slow sipper proceed with caution. bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Otown throwdown. Thanks to Joey. Pours BLACK. Thick as hell, so much that it was almost saddening to rinse my glass after trying this amazing beer. Smells of dark pepper, cedar, tobacco and pretty chocolate. Tastes of simlar things but add coffee with smokey and roasty grains to that. This is a world-class beer. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 32oz. growler, courtesy Retorp. Despite having lost some carbonation in the bottling process, this beer is still pretty as hell. Thick, oily, and menacing, the near pitch black pour is as viscous as they come, coating the glass in a slick brown layer. I even commented to Joey that his beer stained my glass, to which he replied sarcastically: "I’m sorry about that." That’s just the sort of attitude I like to see from the best brewery in the state.
PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
The nose displays that cigar box cedar wood prominently, its spiciness lending a completely unique aroma that I’ve never before encountered in a stout. Hitachino Nest Classic Ale sports a similarly woody, peppery profile, though that is an IPA base, and I understand that cigar box cedar isn’t the same strain of wood. Underlying the spicy wooded notes is a rich and chocolaty profile, massive notes of fudge, roasted caramel, fig, and other earthy, dark fruits. It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s bad ass.
Flavors are laid out very similarly. The concentrated dark cocoa intertwines with rich, roasted caramel sweetness and earthen dark fruit notes. Massive amounts of dark barley roast and hints of espresso lend ample bitterness, as does a notable green hop element. The cedar again offers its spicy, peppery, woody profile, creating a completely unique sensation within.
Downright thick, slick, and oily in the mouth, the palate simply could not be any better. Well balanced, incredibly drinkable, round, and dry roasted, it just feels incredible as it rolls across the tongue.
Overall, I found this to be a totally unique and excellently designed take on an outstanding base beer, which brings me to my next point. I honestly don’t know what I think about the cigar box cedar aging. It is unique, and certainly well executed, but is that a flavor that really enhances a stout? I’m on the fence, but it’s still a great beer.
FRO Throwdown: My first Cigar City beer, thanks Joey! And what a way to start. Deep dark brown, opaque. Essentially flat, not on purpose, but it didn’t really detract at all. Meaty? Like a good steak with worcestershire sauce, minerally/sea salt, burnt caramelized steak bits, black pepper, woody, roasty, peppery. Absolutely wild. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Bottle from the Otown throwdown. From the man himself, Joey I thank you so much. Pours a black color with very little head. Aroma is great. A-1, worsteshire, chocolate, pepper, cedar, tobacco, coffee...I could go on and on. Flavor is full of the cedar, chocolate, roated notes, some smoke elements...Damn what a beer. THANKS Joey!!!! darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Growler courtesy of Retorp. Pours a lifeless black, no carbonation (not intended, this came from a handbottled growler, sweet lookin growlers too). Huge spicy nose with tons and tons of chocolate roast. The cedar just really takes over the nose in a way that makes you wonder why the hell no one else is using this wood. The flavor is incredibly intense with a huge slick mouthfeel. Leaves big oil legs on the glass much like dark lord. Tobacco with spice, tons of chocolate and caramel, fine espresso. This thing has layers and layers of flavor. I can’t wait to try this on draft with proper carbonation. As it is this is amazing. The rating for this brewery have nothing to do with it being from Florida, there are alot of great breweries here some put out crap product some put out great product (The Corner Cafe is a good one) even Saint Somewhere makes great beers but this is a brewer on the level with the very best in the industry. I can’t wait to start trading these out so people see its not just hype. Cigar City is the real deal and this beer proves it. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Courtesy Retorp. Poured a nearly opaque black, some glints of mahogany around the edges. The aroma is mind boggling, cedar and roast dominate, with more subtle notes of tobacco, coffee and some dark fruits. The flavor is hugely roasty, with a slight smokiness coming through. Absolutely stellar. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Special thanks to Joey for bringing this growler to the Beerlando’s O-Town Throwdown. Joey told us the carbonation was a little low due to being in the grower, but I didn’t think it took anything away from the beer. The aroma is strong cigar-box cedar, like opening a wood box full of your favorite stogies. Accompanying the cedar is some smoke, vanilla bean and a little dark roasted espresso. As with the aroma, the flavor is strong on the cedar. After trying this brew, I want every brew to have a cedar-aged variety. It adds amazing depth and character to both the flavor and aroma. The flavors continue with a thick roast, a little smoke and both chocolate and vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, leaving your glass tinted with a dark chocolate film that requires a nice scrub to remove. This is another amazing beer from Joey and Wayne and an amazing new component of aging on cedar. Great innovation.
Yes, I’m a Cigar City homer. Not because they are local and I have met the guys behind the brewery, but because they are making damn good beer.
RE-RATE: After the Cigar City Kickoff party, I have to bump this up a little more. The lost carbonation in the first growler actually made a significant difference. The flavors are still strong, plentiful and complex. The cedar is still one of the greatest additions to a beer (stout) I’ve ever had. The beer is fabulous.