jcwattsrugger (12427) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @tpd975s-1QT growler-pours a tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, pine hops. Taste is smooth sweet medium malt-caramel, pine hops. hopscotch (11159) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle… Cloudy orange/ruby ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The bouquet is a unique blend of American hops, caramel, candied apple and tropical fruit. Medium to full-bodied with prickly carbonation. The flavor is all about sweet toffee and tropical fruit. Sweet, lightly acidic, mildly bitter finish. Bottle courtesy of Degarth! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Wonderful reddish pour. Fruity and sweet aroma with toffee, fruit, light hops. This one is sweet and not so hoppy. Light tartness, caramel, Brien sugar and unique fruitiness. Very interesting sebletitje (10089) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2012
Entering old rates. Draft @ CCB
Garde une abse similaire au winter warmer ici avec cet ajout de pitaya qui est un fruit que je ne connaissant pas avant sauf de visu. Au final ce dernier ne contribue pas vraiment à un changement au niveau gustatif si ce n’est une possible douceur. Autrement, le tout reste un barley wine correct, entre malté, caramel et une pointe fruitée. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Growler from the brewery. Brought to a tasting. Very interesting- yummy. Sort of a barleywine kicked down a notch. Pours a clear deep ruby with a huge yellow head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, rambutan, lychee. Yum. Taste is spicy hops, caramel, toffee, loses the Southeast Asian notes. Thick, full bodied. Not as creamy on the palate as say Founders Old Curmudgeon. But still very good.
Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Pours deep amber with copper hues and thin tan head. The aroma is very sweet with dark fruitiness coming from berries, sweet currants, cherries, plums, prunes and a modest berry skin earthiness. The taste I sweet and smooth with all the notes noted in the nose. The dark fruitiness blends smoothly into modest citrus candy notes, berry notes and a modest background to earthiness. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Growler from the brewery that the crew shared at tpd975’s throwdown. Pours old ale brown with an off-white head. Nose is toffee, malt, brown sugar, an earthy berry-ness, and some heat. Flavor is very similar with some up front berry-ness making this one different than its other treatments. Finishes with berry flavor. Nice twist on a great beer. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Sample from the NoHo Bistro (Tampa, FL), CCB beer dinner. Pours a dark chocolate brown with reddish highlights and one finger tan, foamy head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of ripe fruit, chocolate, light spice, booze, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Flavor is very similar with notes of dark fruit, cherries, chocolate, toffee, caramel, molasses and brown sugar with a slight bit of hop presence. Medium body with a chocolaty, pleasantly boozy finish. Nice ale. MeadMe (1664) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2010 Served at NoHo Bistro Beer Dinner.
A: Pours a reddish hue with tones of pink showing through. Really looks nice in the glass. Nice tight creamy head and some light lace.
S: Nice sweet fruity aroma. Light caramel and toffee as well.
T: The standard brew has a big citric hop component. The fruit really killed the hops turning this into a totally different beer. Lots of sweet fruit. Apples and pears. Hints of light sweet cherry. Nice bold fruity and malty sweetness.
M: Medium, smooth, tasty.
D: Good gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - DEC 13, 2009
On draft Cigar City Beer Dinner @ NoHo Bistro. Pours a beautiful Pink/red deep ruby. Stunning color. Nose is booze, sweet fruit, cocoa, dark ripe fruits, toffee, caramel, citrus. Flavor is sweet ripe fruit, toasted malts, mild smoke, some cherry, toffee, caramel. Very very nice beer. Hops to see this again at the brewery some day.