jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Draft at rattle n hum during the cigar city event. Had this brown shortly after tasting the oatmeal raisin and although it doesn’t really compare fairly to that it’s still a solid beer. Probably my second favorite brown ale. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Draught from brewery and a growler to go. As I often mention I’m a sucker for a brown but this was really PERFECT. A little murkier but with similar in look to the regular Maduro. Aroma is all cigar with similar notes to the regular of roasted almonds and coffee all burnt up with dirt/earthy, but now with a lot more fruit presence for me (orange), and some more candy caramel and molasses presence. All sticky, even smells sticky. Flavor gets way more spicy but otherwise very similar. Lots of that cedar wood on everything....I LOVE IT! One of the best smelling beers I’ve ever had! gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Cask at FBGF. This was my first try of any CCB beer. Nose was tobacco, heavy cedar, sweet toasted malt and nuts. Flavor is heavy cedar and malt. Some chocolate lingering as well. Mouthfeel was smooth as hell, lightly carbed and it all ends with a dry cedar flavor. Made me want a cigar. I went back about a dozen times to that cask. Awesome. MeadMe (1672) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A: Poured a nice fudgy brown hue with a rather small head which is fine for a cask brew. Somewhat cloudy as this one had been moved to a beer fest the day of tasting. Nice bubbles produced with a swirl. No lace.
S: Nice malt backbone with hints of brown sugar and toffee standing out. A bit of roast can be detected before the cedar comes in. Nice woody earthy cedar.
T: Very similar to aroma. Wonderful toasted malt backed by sweet caramel and brown sugar. The cedar then plows through. It comes off somewhat spicy almost rye like. Slightly woody with a bit of earth. I really like what cedar ageing does to beer.
M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Nice carbonation from the cask.
D: Damn drinkable. I pounded this one and the regular Maduro all day long at the Ybor beer fest.
How can you kick up a solid brown ale? I say put it on Cedar!
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2009
750 thanks to the Cheese Man. Pours a dark reddish brown. The nose has a lot of tobacco and cedar up front with oatmeal and nut in the back. It is very dry with a lot of rich tobacco in the flavor. A very nice twist to the Maduro, which is always quite good.
Papsoe (25060) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2011
Handbottle 33 cl. Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pours a clear dark amber with a frothy and lacing beige head. Amazing spicy cedar aroma. Medium body, sweet caramel and a little spice but the spicy, peppery cedar is pretty much all over - love it! Ends dryish with a subdued bitterness. Great. 150311 horto008 (187) - Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2011
12oz bottle. absolutely love it. smokey with a raisen, toffee, and chocolate finish. slightly thin but the flavors are still intense. very balanced with just enough bitterness to cut through the underlying sweetness. despite doubting the beer/cigar pairing in the marketing, i can absolutely see how a good maduro and this beer would be awesome together. very very good stuff. glad to have it in 12oz until such time my fair state allows the 24oz’ers. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Growler from CCB. Pours a dark brown color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of sandalwood, caramel, spice, light roast, pepper, ripe dark fruit, some hints of tobacco and chocolate. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, pepper, light roast, toasted malt, light molasses and brown sugar. Generally medium body with a spicy finish. Interesting brown ale for sure, but I still like the Humidor IPA better than the others in this series. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Growler from CCB. Pours caramel brown with white head. Nose is woody Maduro- tobacco, malt, wood- cedar, rose/ sandalwood, and malty sweetness. Flavor is malt goodness with tobacco, wood, spice, and malty, tobacco finish. Enjoyable from start to finish. CCB are masters of wood, and they love to share it! Tmoney99 (14766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Draft sample at Cigar City. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, nuts and woody cedar resin aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy cedar resin sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout brew.