gtreid (3) - Estero, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2009 does not count
Another one that holds a special place for me, helped botle this one 2 weeks ago. 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Deep, rich, caramel, brown color. The pour produces one full finger of tan head that leaves some spotty lace.
A: Very hoppy, I think Iím getting simcoe. Also very prominent are the roasty and chocolate malts. This is a very complex nose.
T: This is definately a hop forward beer. The hops really shiine at first, then give way to the plethera of malts. Everything from chocolate to nutty, and coffee to caramel. Extrodinarily complex for this style.
M: Good amount of carbonation, and thick feel for this medium to full body beer.
D and overall impression: Drinkability is above average, but not as good as some of the other CCB offerings. The complexity of it really does a number on the palate. Overall, this is one tasty beer. I donít know if it is quite an IPA, donít know if itís quite a brown. Just a happy mix of the two. Get it, drink it, enjoy it. Skal.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle from Knightly in Orlando,This poured a dark brown with a nice thick tan head,taste was roasted malts and woody caramel with a smooth finish,as it warmed the alcohol became more present and so did the rye and smoke flavors with some chocolate,overall a very enjoyable product from the guys in Tampa.CHEERS!!!!!! gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2009 Re-rate. 750 Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a huge frothy tan head. Nose is citrus hops, tangerine, bitter lemon peels, rich roast malt, spicy rye, oatmeal, loads of floral hops. Flavor is a spicy, hoppy, oaty, concoction with a HUGE mouthfeel. Nice hop bitterness in the backend. Very unique beer. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
Draft @ OTH, CCB launch party. This is my jam. Canít wait for bottles of this. Pours a dark brown, tan head, fuzzy with some lacing. Resiny pine hops, a touch smokey, lots of spicy rye backed up with caramel, chocolate malt complexity. Smooth, creamy lush in the mouth, a nice hop bitterness in the finish. All the elements work together so well, a beguiling complexity. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
On draft @ Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a ruddy brown color with a thick, tight off-white head. Nice sharp piney hop aroma with dark roasted malt notes that are well balanced with the hops. The palate has the creaminess that makes me loves rye beers. The taste starts with a resinous kick but backs away for a grainy tobacco-like flavor. This one stood out at the launch party.
juiceisloose (1473) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
On draft at OTH for the launch party. Pours a dark brown color with a thick, foamy tan head that shows good retention leaving a sheet of lacing in its wake. The aroma shows nice citrus and earthy hops, to go with cocoa, and toasted caramel malt base. Hints of oatmeal and rye finish things out. The cocoa and toasted caramel come through in the flavor but are quickly balanced by the bitter citrus and earthy hops. The rye lends a crisp grain flavor and the oatmeal really smooths things out. Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel from the oatmeal and a long bitter sweet finish. Definitely one of the better india brown ales I have tried. BeerFanDan17 (1107) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Wow! Very tasty and almost smokey brown ale. Flavors were rich and somewhat sweet. Very unique and interesting brew. Dark brown and a bit thick. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Draft. Poured a dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma was smokey hops and cocoa. Flavor is pretty complex, lots of bitterness from the hops with a roasted malt background. Chewy with hints of spice, smoke and vanilla. Full bodied. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On tap at OldsmarTapHouse for the CCB launch party.I really enjoyed this beer. A nice brown pour with a smoky nose.Flavor was slightly hopped with a nice smokiness added.A nice full bodied beer that just rocked BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Had on tap at Oldsmar Tap House at the CCB Launch Party. Dark brown pour, foamy tan head. Aroma was smoked wood. Flavor was smoked meat and roasted nuts. A bit too bitter for me to truly enjoy.