Klimaet (2574) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 16, 2017 danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on tap at Stone’s 16th Anniversary Celebration. The tap list has it as "Apple Brandy Barrels" but I am not seeing that in the database so I am putting my rating here for now. The appearance is a rich inky black with a rich brown head. The aromas are full of chocolate and apple brandy with a healthy dose of malt aromas. The flavors are warm gooey dark chocolate, rich flavorful brandy with some apple tones, heavy roasted malts that give off a touch of coffee with some cinnamon and spice. The finish is rich with a maple oak profile. Very thick mouth where the heat is way present but not distracting. Just a wonderful beer and a real treat to make it to CA for a festival!
Bottle split on day 2 of Coconut/Cinnamon Death 2017. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. Aromas of caramel, apples, cinnamon, vanilla, malt and extremely oxidized fruity cardboard notes that sadly overpowers most of the underlying notes. Also a bit of tobacco as it warms. Taste has fruity chili, tobacco, cinnamon, less oxidization but still a hole fuckin lot. Dark chocolate and some berry-like notes. Sad this has gone so bad but oh well. Desverger (11423) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 15, 2017
Bottle sample (massive thanks to Tad & co 14/04/2017) - black pour with small tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty with notes of chocolate, caramel, treacle, some chili spice, apple brandy wooden accents coming in, rather old and restrained now, but sure would of been immense in its heyday. GlasgowTAD (1778) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 14, 2017
Bottle thanks to Anton. Pours opaque black with a modest brown head which quickly recedes. Aroma is oxidised cardboard, theres a hit of cinnamon and chilli coming through. Taste is cocoa bitter, hit of chilli, some tart apple notes, little cinnamon spice. This is oxidised by now but theres some discernible features. Tastes better than it smells but past its best. Bottle 70/89 ctipping (2047) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
32 oz. screw-top growler graciously shared by Dave. Originally reviewed 6/29/2012.
Pours an incredibly flat inky black. Glass-staining, as always. Viscous, but no head. Bummer. Growler, maybe?
Nose is brandy, booze, and, well, standard Hunahpu aromas. Chilies and chocolate. And more booze. The brandy aroma is a little on the sickly sweet side, though. Really detracts, I think.
Tastes awfully sweet at the start. Brandy comes through, but it isn’t an imposing flavor, except for the sweetness. Chocolate and chilies are still pretty potent in this treatment. Thick and sweet and syrupy, though. Every bit of sugar is amplified by the brandy.
Thick and boozy. Still has the wonderful viscosity of Hunahpu, though, but it tastes every bit of 11.5% and then some. The sugar doesn’t help.
Not an impressive treatment. It’s still a fascinating combination of flavors, but not something that improves upon the original beer. zappbranagan (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
One of the best beers I have had the pleasure of drinking. Just amazing. Great barrel character. CCB should do more stouts with Apple Brandy. Possibly Vanilla as well.
kirarockrocks (10) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Sweet brandy alcohol heat that adds amazing complexity. Subtle oak and vanilla blending in with the vinous dark fruit notes. Chewy viscous body with lots of silky chocolate maltiness that is balanced out by the vinous apple brandy barrel notes. Slightly earthy oak that is very vinous with hints of dark fruit and vanilla balancing out the chilli and roasted malt perfectly. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
As good as it gets for barrel-aging synergizing with the base flavors. Rich spiciness and heat from the barrel, chocolatey and fudgy, that signature CCB stout mouthfeel, jesus christ this beer is amazing. I of course gave away one bottle and traded the other. Oh well. slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Man, this is my 3rd version of this stout and they have all been soooo delicious. Harmonious blend of apple brandy, chocolate, dark fruit, very very subtle peppers. Super smooth dessert beer!"
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by Fux at the CMLSG14 tasting. The Apple Brandy distinguishes through a rather harsch brandy aroma, added with green spicy notes. tom10101 (6081) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). # 2 / 84. Huge thanks for sharing this huge whale Fux! Cigar City black with a small ring of brown head and almost no lacing. Aroma is surprisingly well balance with dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, light fruity notes, coffee, light green peppers and hints of chili peppers. Taste is slightly sweet with dark chocolate, brandy, vanilla, light coffee, raisins, very light oxidation notes and a light but lingering nice warming finish from the chili peppers. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Light spiciness in the finish. I’m not sure I would be able to recognize the Apple Brandy in a blind tasting, but the complexity and the balance of this beer are impressive. And it’s actually quite easy to drink.