Illuminating The Path - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My second bottle from the El Cat club & the first (Forgotten Island) set the bar insanely high. 750ML bottle split with my wife.
Pour is generous with the carbonation, dark brown with reddish-tinged edges. Smell is teeming with fruit, fruit, & more fruit. I have no idea what most of the alleged fruit on the label are, but that must be what I'm smelling. Surprisingly, no sharpness from the wine barrels. Super sweet.
Illuminating the Path should be called Disguising the Barrel. The wine that vacated the nose has all nine feet in the taste: more wine-like than some wines. Sharpness of the Pinot Noir (my favorite varietal, when I take a rare glass of wine) plays off the sweetness of the base beer & the fruitness. Coming & going are chocolate, vanilla, thoughts of Heidi Klum naked, reams of tannic dryness. Almost as dry as it is fruity, as the barrels suck the moisture from my gums. I'm assuming this is around 5% ABV, because that's how fast it's disappearing.
First few sips left me shruggish, but this grew on me fast as expectations shifted. Lovely barrel, lovely fruits, drinkable as all get out...damn, now I'm really wondering, who was complaining about these El Cat beers? Unique, but better, it's flat-out excellent.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2014 02:39:08 | More by maximum12
4.24/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a bit hazy brown-orange, with very light layer of foam.
Smell is fruity with spice notes.
Taste is very complex with cherry-apple-cinnamon at first followed by nice rich oak from the wine barrels.
MouthFeel is nice, body is thick for the style (whatever that is exactly)
Overall an enjoyable and complex beer. Was a bit vexing at first, but grew on me over time. The 2nd glass was definitely the best as my palate was warmed to the complex fruit/spice/oak flavors. I can see this aging well.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 02:28:28 | More by deschutes_fan
Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.