GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Draft at Redlight. The first thing I notice about this is the thickness due to the oatmeal. This isn’t a normal brown ale. Pours a thick chocolate brown with a khaki colored head. Aroma is roasted malts, nuts and a little smoke. Flavor is a roast bomb in your mouth, with a good char, a little vanilla and some espresso. There is just enough sweetness to balance things out without taking away from the roast, which is the focus. This is not a style I normally go after, but I could session this delicious brown ale all night. ...ReRate: I had to add a couple points to this rate because I have been drinking this non-stop for a couple days since my first taste. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Draft at Redlight. Amazing beer. Especially when one considered what it is. It reminded me a bit of the Uber Goober from Shorts. Nose is caramel, nut and a whiff of smoke. Nice lacework from a frothy creamy head. Flavors of toasted malt, tons of caramel, a little hazelnut and chocolate. Huge mind boggling peanut/toasted nuts aftertaste. Amazing amazing session beer. I think this is gonna be my go to once the bottles hit the market. So great. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009 Draft at Redlight Redlight. First commercially sold keg of Cigar City Beer ever! Pours a very lightly hazy dark chestnut brown color with a small, dense head of cream colored foam. Small spots and broken, skinny arches of lacing mark the glass. The nose is rich and easy going, notes of chocolate and caramel being brought together nicely by smooth oats, with a bit of toasted marshmallow and hazelnut adding malty complexity. Flavors are rich and roasty, well balanced between the caramelized brown sugar, chocolate, and smooth, vanilla laden, toasted oats. Medium bodied, with perfectly balanced carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Great brown ale. Right up there with Surly Bender, in my opinion. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Draft at redlight redlight. Clear dark brown, dense tan head. Toasty, nutty, fresh grains, light roast, brown sugar. Medium body, smooth and creamy with a dry roasted finish. Great mouthfeel. Easy drinking brown ale with great malt complexity. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2009
draft @ redlight redlight. Chocolate and caramel on the nose, toasted nuts. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Very very smooth mouthfeel. Very caramelly with chocolate notes, with toasted oatmeal and nuts. Excellent session brown ale!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
had 2 versions of this, one from a keg and the other from the bottle. i thought that the draft version had a bunch more going for it overall..... pours a dark cloudy caramel brown with a light brown head... nose of oats, somewhat grainy, and caramel malts... flavors of semi-sweet caramel malt and nuttiness, light to medium body with a really smooth and fluffy feel to it. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2009
On cask at Stougies and Stouts at the Dunedin brewery. It pours rutty – cherry – sort of brown with copper edges and tan head. The aroma is a sweet mix of caramel, nuttiness and lightly roasted malts. The aroma is a little on the light side making it difficult to discern. The taste begins sweet with malts and then some chocolate before caramel malts run right through the middle. By midway I get a solid nutty note joining the fun and aiding the experience toward closure. Into the finish and after taste roasty malt astringency dries it out to become nearly even with the load of malt and caramel malt sweetness creating a pleasing finish. Tettonka (3) - Bluffton, South Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2009 does not count
Had this poured for me at the brewery while still in the fermentor. Was an awesome experience especially to have it taste so wonderful even at 68 degrees. Its natural carbonation tickles the nose with a slight biscuity aroma. Color was that of a dark candy orange. Palate was very malty with I will be damned a peanut aftertaste. Cant wait to try it when its ready to be served. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2009
On tap at Dunedin Breweries Stogies and Stouts. This was the cask conditioned version.Nose was sweet like fruit and poured with virtually no head.The flavor was plentiful.Nothing overpowering.The blend of sweetness with the chocolate, maltiness and nuttiness was just right.Finished off slightly bitter.Pretty solid brew. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Cask. Pours a hazy redish brown with a small light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma was sweet and slightly fruity with hints of caramel and chocolate. Taste is freaking amazing. At first it’s the same as aroma but then in mid palate you get a punch in the face of chocolate that fades into a nutty finish with oats. Medium thin mouthfeel with light carbonation and mild bitterness. A damn good session ale.