Illuminating The Path - Cigar City Brewing

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Illuminating The Path
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90
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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 17
Gots: 67 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Illuminating the Path is a collaboration with Ecliptic Brewing out of Portland, Oregon. The concept behind this beer was to connect Oregon and Florida, which brought several raw materials to mind. John Harris of Ecliptic and myself decided to use rose hips and marionberries, indigenous to Oregon, plus hibiscus and acai berries from Florida. The recipe for the beer was designed with these ingredients in mind, and then aged in pinot noir barrels from Oregon. The result is dark, with big fruity notes, balanced by vinous wine-like notes. We wanted to balance the concept of beer and wine and believe we have done that successfully.

(Beer added by: GatorLCA on 10-31-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.4.14
Bottled on 10.24/2013

A - Pours a dark brown with a fine head that bubbles down slowly.

S - Spices, cherry, figs, tart.

T - WIne, oak, cherry, dark fruits.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Lots of wine and oak for such a dark heavy beer. Not sure how I really feel about this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark brown color with a purple tinge.

The flavor is quite intense and intriguing. There is chocolate, sweet toffee and caramel. Dark fruit of raisins and dried figs. It has a beautiful forward red wine barrel and oak.

One of the best red wine barrel beers I’ve had.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from El Catador
Pours a solid dark brown color with a huge fluffy tan head that for its size dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of brown sugar and molasses offset with a tart non descript berry as well as a bit of a vinous vibe with a hint of vanilla and oak. There is a touch of floral in there as well. At first I thought this might smell a bit lactic, but it seems more like tart berry aromas the more I sniff at it. The flavor is rich dark sugars and bits of chocolate with a huge tart fruity and vinous flavor to counter. Hints of vanilla a bit of oak and a touch of ethanol round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugary but tart mouthfeel. Interesting brew for sure. The floral component is extremely subtle and I wonder whether it needed to be there at all. Nice thick fruity brew.

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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Maple Bacon release. Served in a plastic cup.

Appearance - Deep brown. Khaki collar. Not much else.

Smell - Really complex aroma. Oak and vanilla most prominent. Acidic smelling dark fruits. Red wine. Brown sugar.

Taste - A little tart. Chocolate notes. Red wine. Lots of vanilla. Dark fruits. Intense flavors. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Slightly tart. Boozy. Tough to drink.

Overall - I'm really torn here. I have a different opinion with each sip. Sometimes it's fascinating, sometimes it's harsh.

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Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.