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. 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. daknole (11050) - 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 JW77 (22) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Growler. Pours dark reddish brown, not so much lacing and a small head. Smells of a mix of fruits, and some American hops. Flavor is that wonderful mix of the old ale with the taste of melon and kiwi hitting all over the place, and a small dose of hops. I love what the dragon fruit did for the beer this is a must have on my list for sure. MeadMe (1680) - 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.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Pint at brewery. Dark brown with brown head. Sweet with some hops. Nice caramel, toffee notes with a fruity flavor. Nice roasty flavors with some spice. Good brew. 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. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Gowler courtesy of Degarth. Poured a deep redish brown with a thin off white head. Nose is fruity with notes of caramel, toffee, spice, booze and brown sugar. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is sweet with a unrecognizable fruit flavor Dragon Fruit I guess, note of caramel, mild cherry, and toffee. Finishes with sweet malt. GT (10001) - 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. jcwattsrugger (12517) - 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.