markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Draft at launch party. Pours brown-orange with an off-white head. Nose is malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, some citrus, and hints of wood/ oak. This is the most excited I have ever been over an amber. Flavor is vanilla, caramel, malt, mellow hops, and a gourd flavor that reminded me of pumpkin, but was not sweet enough for pumpkin pie. Limited sweetness and lots of flavor. Finish lingers with wood, vanilla, and earthy hops. Enjoyable amber. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Tap OTH launch party. Poured like dark apple juice with a thin white head. Very sugary nose with hops and slightly peppery. Flavor is balanced between some fruity bitter hop tones and and a sweet maltiness. Tasted almost like a Barley Wine. Light to medium body, very drinkable. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2009
ON tap at OTH CCB launch party. Murky amber, thin white head. Sweet malt nose. Caramel. Bready, slightly woody. Earthy flavor. Some hop presence and bitter tea notes. Overall, nice beer. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
First rating of this beer. Draft at the CCB launch party at Oldsmar Taphouse. Pours a dark, hazy, burnt auburn color. A foamy, light tan head crowns the surface, leaving decent lace. The nose is dry and hoppy, with a big, peppery cedar presence showing atop a caramel and biscuit malt base. Floral and citrus hop varietals lend significant, aromatic bitterness. Flavors follow suit, toasted biscuit malt laying the baseline, while zesty citrus hops and spicy cedar add bitterness and depth. The finish is long and cedar laden. Medium bodied, semi-dry, and peppery, the mouthfeel could use a bit more substance, but that might detract from the sessionable nature of this fine brew. Damn nice amber ale....honestly, it’s about as good as an amber I’ve ever had. MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A: Pours a slightly cloudy amber hue. Nice foamy head with ok retention. Some spotty lace noted.
S: The nose is all about the hops and the cedar. Lots of grapefruit with bold earthy woody fresh cut cedar.
T: Same as aroma. Solid amber used as a base here. Nicely hopped with citrus notes. The cedar pushes through in the middle and overpowers. The finish if full of earthy woody cedar with brings out a touch of pepper like spice as well.
M: On the thinner side of medium. Good carbonation.
D: Not bad. Not CCB’s best beer by far, but tasty and unique nonetheless.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Had on tap at Oldsmar Tap House at the CCB Launch Party. I have to say that this beer smelled absolutely delightful. I think it smelled like a box of milk duds. Or a sugar daddy. Very sweet caramel smell. The flavor was not real sweet at all. Very drinkable with a hoppy citrus effect, with a bit of black pepper on the finish. Definitely drinkable. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
On draft at Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL) Cigar City Launch Party. Pours a hazy dark brown to black with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, honey, wood, hints of spice and fresh ripe fruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, fresh fruit, molasses, maple syrup, some hints of dry roast. Generally medium with sweet malt finish. sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
I thought is beer was great. To some it may seems a little thin but I feel it makes up for that with great flavor. The cigar box cedar really shines through. Drinkable and Delicious DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2009
On tap at OldsmarTapHouse at the CCB launch party.This was a nice session beer.Poured a golden color with a small white head.Malts and hops with a small bite to it.Finished off slightly bitter. juiceisloose (1492) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
On draft at the Oldsmar Taphouse for the CCB launch party. Pours a dark amber color with a small, foamy tan head that leaves some lacing behind. The aroma shows citrus and floral hops on top of a sweet caramel malt base with some hints of cedar wood. The flavor follows with some sweet caramel, toasted biscuit, and citrus hops add bitterness. The cedar shows up adding some spicyness. As it warms the malts turn a bit syrupy with the sweetness. I didn’t get a whole lot of the cedar flavor in this. Medium bodied and touch syrupy on the mouthfeel with a long, dry and bitterfinish. Well crafted, but wasn’t my favorite beer of the day.