Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Courtesy of markwise. Pours deep amber with thin tan head. The aroma is a mix of orange hard candy, sweet dark fruitiness and modest notes of cedar. The taste is smooth and creamy becoming very sweet with sugary citrus hard candy, cherry hard candy and a slight note of earthiness. By midway I get a light note of cedar blending in to the rest of the flavor notes. Pretty fruity sweet overall. Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Dark cola with a slight off-white head and spotty lacing. Light cedar, bold and diverse array of herbal notes. Sweet but not too much, lightly bitter finish. Bold, beautiful, and enlightening! dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Growler courtesy Solan. Pours a deep reddish brown. Huge cedar, humidor wood aroma, very sharp, but good. Taste is spicy malty, toffee with lots of big citrus hops peaking its way through. Finishes with a grapefruit like bitterness that compliments the malt body. Excellent. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Growler, courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy, ruddy, dark chestnut brown color with a small but steady head of smooth, dark khaki colored foam. Wet, splotchy flares of lacing mark the glass. The nose definitely shows heavy influence from the cedar, showing its signature oily, peppery, woody notes atop a base of bronzed toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and dry cocoa. Hints of orange peel and pine work nicely with the cedar. Flavors are largely the same, with the toffee showing a bit of a burnt edge to the sweet, dark caramel and cocoa. Things delve deeper into a nutty, fruity realm, and everything is brought together by the zesty, peppery cedar and citrus hops. The palate is big, warming, and slightly sticky on the finish, sporting less than moderate carbonation along the way. Very good stuff. The cedar really changes things, though I feel that I like the base beer just as well. BernieLomax (19) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Very nice beer and perfect for winter drinking. Beer is an Amherst color with a minimal light brown head. Smell is very seasonal and inviting. Excellent balance between spices and fruit and is not at all over bearing in either category. Cigar City is one of the few breweries that can preform that tight rope act without going to far in one direction or the other. It has a great ABV and is a wonderful drink on a snowy day. Must have if you can find it. Still cant believe these Tampa guys can produce such amazing beers!
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Growler. Poured a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a thin egg shell color head and nice lacing. Nose is intense cedar, caramel, toffee, malt, and citrus. Smooth medium body. Flavor pretty sweet with solid cedar spiciness, some roast and booze come through as does some citrus and pine but flavor is really dominated by the cedar. Finished sweet and spicy. daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Brown. Beige head. Citrus hops, caramel, light cedar, light spice. Flavor is hoppy and lightly spicy. Cedar wood shows itself and blends well with the citrus and sweetness. MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2009
A: Pours a nice amberish brown hue with a nice creamy head. Okay retention with some lace.
S: Nice sweet malt aromas. Lots of toffee and caramel. Candied orange with notes of grapefruit. Light notes of wood show through.
T: Malty up front light sweetness. Nice citrus blast with subtle pine. The wood is pretty big. Adds a nice spicy note.
M: Medium in body, smooth, I like this one gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Pours a hazy ruby brown. Nose is BIG cedar spices, grapefruit, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruits, citrus hops. Flavor is very much cedar forward, booze, mild smoke and roast, grapefruit, toffee. hopscotch (11410) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Growler… This beer rocks!… Cloudy burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The nose provides lots of caramel and toffee flanking slighter - but no less fulfilling - notes of cracked black and white pepper and a rumor of coffee. Full-bodied with lazy carbonation. Sweet caramel and toffee deliciousness with some nice cedary notes thrown into the mix along with a whisper of acidity. There’s some really nice bitterness here, but the sweetness prevails, as it should. Lengthy, malty-sweet finish. Thanks to SoLan for sharing his growler of this world class beer!