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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Cellar Cuvee project is inspired by the art of blending. Multiple beers are married together after aging in oak barrels within our cellar. Cellar Cuvee 1 was the original, released in May of 2009. This was before we were bottling and this blend was draft-only. Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition and Wood Ya Honey came together, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for both our staff and customers. It felt very fitting to finally release this beer in a bottle format to complete the series. Bourbon soaked honeycomb drizzled with dark chocolate and molasses. Pair with candied bacon, Cantonese spare ribs, and carrot cake. Raise a glass and celebrate 10 years of adventure and exploration!

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4.1
phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Like everyone else, I wondered what the ’secret’ release would be at the 10th Anniversary extravaganza. I couldn’t believe this was it - the only Cellar Cuvee that wasn’t bottled, the only one I’d never tried before. I got my full bottle allotment and a couple draft pours at the Production Facility. It pours a deep, opaque cocoa brown with a small tan head that settles into a ring and lightly laces the glass. The Dark App base made it hard to distinguish from the Spirit Beast and Cognac Dark App, especially in appearance, but also in more subtle ways. But it became more apparent after the Cognac warmed that this was CC1, with rich notes of vanilla, mild roast, cocoa, honey, brown sugar, oak, pralines, and molasses. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel that finishes sticky. Really nice and satisfying. I liked it better than the other two new releases, by a hair.

4.1
wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Cap Reads CC1
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours dark brown with a brick tint and no head, but a thin bubbly collar. The nose is date, chocolate covered raisin, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, maple, brown sugar, and plenty of bourbon. The flavor is a bit light with cola, chocolate covered raisin, vanilla, maple, and brown sugar, but it is very dry despite all of these sweet descriptors. The body is full with light carbonation and a long molasses, cola, and chocolate covered raisin finish.

3.4
FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Sampled from a growler this beer poured a black color with a minimal tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was raisin, rum, vinegar and a touch of coffee. The flavor was tart and bitter rum, raisin, wild yeasts, almost vinegar and a bit boozy. Turns dry, herbal and a bit astringent on the long tart rum and raisin finish. Medium body and a bit oily. Interesting.

3.9
alexsdad06 (10818) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Draft samples at Jackie O’s. Pours brown with no head at all. The aroma has bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, some cherry notes and a splash of honey sweetness. The flavor is quite interesting in that you get something from both parts. Bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits and honey sweetness with a splash of vanilla. Soft carbonation. I enjoyed this blend and hope to see it again.

3.5
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
2nd July 2010
Cheers George! Semi opaque very dark brown beer. Short lived brown head. Light palate, moderate carbonation. Woody chocolate and whisky nose. Dark cocoa like chocolate, sourish whisky and unsweet wood. Nicely joined up. The sour whisky is almost fruity. Finishes with a neutral palate and mild warmth. Decent.

3.5
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 oz. sampler at JO’s 6th Anniversary. I made damn good review notes, but then I lost them. Bear with me on this. 3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark brown color. Came without a head. 4.0 S: Interestingly this still has a fairly big bourbon component. Leathery, oaky woodiness, and earthy. The Dark App dominates the nose, offering a soft roastiness, milk chocolate, and hints of coffeee. The wheatwine adds a neutral wheaty sweetness. 4.0 T: Even more interesting, the wheatwine takes control in the taste. Lots of wheat flavor with peppery spiciness, and boatloads of light fruits. The Dark App offers the same flavors as in the nose, but just less of them. The bourbon component is much subdued, but still adds an earthiness to the complexity. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth and reasonably creamy. 4.0 D: A very interesting blend. I’d say there’s not way it was a 50/50 blend though. The color is too light for that, especially given that the wheatwine is dark amber to start. Anyway, I really liked how the stout dominated the nose, while the wheatwine controlled the taste. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-04-2011 22:42:07

3.8
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
This poured a medium brown color with basically no head. Aroma was of dark roast, lots of sweet chocolate,a nd some dark fruits. Flavor was mainly dark fruits covered in chocolate, not much roast on the flavor as the aroma. AA bit oxidized but still nice.

4.1
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
draft... Brad luckily found the last keg of this, top 2 beer of the night, had multiple samples, outstanding, great undertones of bourbon with coconut and rich chocolate, great blend that I hope is done again in the future

3.3
JStax (7181) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Appearance is dark copper, like that of an old penny with a beige head. Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, spruce, and a bit of raisin. Taste follows the nose with bourbon in the forefront and the remaining flavors playing a secondary role. All in all, this one is pretty tasty if you love bourbon.

3.3
deyholla (12307) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle shared by Brad and Art, thanks! Poured a hazy dark amber red with a brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of sweet grains, some raisins, milk chocolate and light fruits. Flavor was similar with sweet grains and raisins with some chocolate and bourbon in the finish. Needed a little something to balance the sweetness.


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