MeadMe (1680) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Served at NoHo Bistro Cigar City Beer dinner.
A: Pours black as night, not a drop of light can penetrate this one. Wonderful tall evil cinnamon colored head nice retention and excellent lace.
S: Wonderful aromas on this beer. Lots of roast with strong chocolate notes. The cinnamon is there with subtle vanilla. Hints of earthy peppers seem to mix well with the oak and booze.
T: Wow this beer is stupid good. I can not begin to explain the depth on this beer. I thought Hunahpu’s was mind blowing, add barrel and WOW! As it crosses the tongue it is like liquid fudge in your mouth. Full, rich, fine chocolate. The spices then begin to dance in your mouth with the cinnamon leading the way. The oak and vanilla somehow push their way through the flavor explosion. Notes of very light booze and the spice of peppers finish this one off.
M: Very full in body, rich, smooth, a real beer experience.
D: I could sit back and sip this beer for the rest of my life. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - DEC 9, 2009
The last beer of the evening at the Cigar City Dinner @ NoHo Bistro. Pours pitch black with a deep brown thin but persistent head. We joked that this was so dark that it actual sucked light into it. When you swirl the glass, it stains an oily brown. The nose huge roasted molasses, loads of chocolate, delicate hints of hot chili spices, cinnamon, big vanilla, perfect amount of bourbon and strong vanillan from the wood. Flavor is flooring! TONS of chocolate and hints of spicy pepper perfectly melded with huge roast, warming alcohol, pure vanilla, boozey bourbon and dry wood. Hints of cinnamon, chocolate mousse, dark cherries and molasses. This beer is so thick and chewy. Oily and super full bodied to say the least. This beer finishes with hints of sweet cocoa, bitter roast, touches of heat and perfect amounts of vanilla ice cream. Insanely incredible! kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Sample from the NoHo Bistro (Tampa, FL) CCB Beer Dinner. So, how do you define ridiculous? I define it as this beer. Completely off the chain and unlike any other BA beer out there. Pours a jet black color with a nice one finger tan creamy head. Initial Aroma is chocolate and bourbon but subtler notes of light roast, cinnamon, more chocolate, vanilla, heat, bourbon, wood, some hints of faint smokiness emerge as you continue to smell. Flavor is a symphony of flavors dancing in my mouth. I could have remained there and sipped this beer for hours. Notes of chocolate, spice, bourbon, vanilla, wood, ripe dark fruit, light booze all swirled around in harmony. The more I drank, the more I noticed a slight heat at the back of my throat from the chilies. Super thick mouthfeel and a lightly boozy, chocolate, chili finish. What an incredible ale. This one is definitely deserving of a perfect score. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2009 Degarth, I love you. The aroma is redolent of coconut macaroons. Notes of vanilla, marzipan, allspice, the chilies, some coffee notes, touch of molasses. The appearance is a completely opaque back, deep mahogany head. Absolutely stunning. The flavor is as complex and rich as I could hope for. The vanilla leads the charge, with oak, chocolate, cinnamon, bruleed sugar, some sweet pie spices. Nice warming finish. Truly a world class beer, and quite possibly the finest beer I have had to date. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Nearly black pour with a brownish/red head. Aroma, holy fuck. Chocolate, cocunut, bourbon, oak, chiles, cinnamon, toffee, and more. Flavor..oak, bourbon, chili peppers, spices, chocolate, caramel. Chili heat is noticeable as it warms!! Amazing.
JW77 (22) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Pours black with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, bits of chilies, cinnamon, and of course wonderful bourbon. The flavor is incredible chocolate, bourbon and oak, some vanilla with that great hit of chilies on the back end. Amazing, just amazing I need this on tap at my house like everyday :) Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Amazing. Had this at the NoHo Bistro Beer/Dinner paring and completely blew my socks off. Pours a very nice obsidian black with a medium cappuccino colored head. The taste is out of this world, you get flavors of bourbon (not overpowering, but definitely present) bitter chocolate in the front, then hits you with cinnamon and chiles in the back . Chilies tend to linger just a bit after the drink, but it is such a welcome taste after the sweetness of the chocolate and warmness of the bourbon. This is hands down one of the best beers I’ve ever had and by far one of the most complex. BeerDeltaBravo (53) - Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Pours a breathtaking black with a thin head. Very light lacing. Well-balanced full-bodied scent, laced with a touch of lilac and bubblegum. Stunning barnyard palate, and I also get some toffee and marzipan. Elegant mouthfeel and hoppy finish. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Growler courtesy of Degarth. Pours a glass staining black with a small but lasting head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, coconut, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, tobacco, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is the same as aroma. Full oily mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and a nice amount of warming from the alcohol. Another amazing beer from Cigar City. hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention. Aroma-wise, the chocolate malt, black malt, bourbon, oak and subsequent vanilla and caramelized notes result in an aroma not unlike coconut macaroons (thanks for summing it all up, Cheez). Smells better than a freshly shaved and strawberry-douched vagina – I kid you not. Full-bodied and ultra velvety with subdued carbonation. The hearty, luxuriant flavor is a bittersweet mélange of vanilla, bourbon, mocha and cinnamon. Toward the end, I pick up chili flavor, but no heat. Wow. So complex, but so simple and decadent at the same time. Much like a sliver of a home baked pecan pie. The finish, much like the flavor, is hearty and rich with afterthoughts of vanilla and cinnamon and finally, at the wee end - heart-warming bitterness. Thanks to SoLan and Degarth for sharing this growler of world class beer! I wish this were bottled so more people could enjoy it.