Cigar City / Terrapin Southern Slice - Cigar City Brewing
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2.51/5 rDev -36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with somewhat appealing label art and Cigar City branded pry-off pressure cap acquired via a trade with Hopzilla (thanks again for reaching out, buddy!) and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've really loved what few beers I've had from both Terrapin and Cigar City, and this sounds amazing. Reviewed as a doppelbock; I found a video of an interview with the brewmaster of Cigar City in which he claims the base beer is a doppelbock, and the label calls it a "Lager with Vanilla Beans & Pecans Added."
Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Nice even consistency and soft complexion. Head retention is good for the high AV - about 4-5 minutes.
Body colour is a predictable solid opaque dark black; not quite a jet black, but certainly dark. Appears well carbonated. Clean; no yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.
Overall, it's looking pretty good for a doppelbock. I dig the head, and there's a unique sort of fizzy effect wherein the bubbles surface in the centre of the head, disturbing the khaki layer with the black body. I don't know if that's just a fluke effect or has something to do with this glassware, but I'm drawn to it. It's just a solid looking beer.
Sm: It's a unique aroma, but I'm not sure I really like it. It feels artificial and overly caramelized. Cream, off-putting vanillicin and vanilla bean, heavy doses of sugars, heavily caramelized pecan, pecan pie (but the pie notes aren't acetic, like in a sour), some kind of syrup, and dominant artificial pie filling. Maple, molasses, graham cracker. Burnt sugars. Very rich; this aroma lays it on thick. Praline and confectionery are very prominent.
It's a bit disgusting, actually. I find it to be extraordinarily off-putting.
No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable. I don't really even find much in terms of dark malts or traditional doppelbock notes.
T: The dark malt/chocolate malt/munich malt doppelbock base beer is overwhelmed by heavily artificial notes of praline, confectionery, graham cracker, toffee, heavily caramelized nuts (pecan, especially), maple syrup, molasses, and slight cream. Boy, this is a diabetic's nightmare. The overarching artificiality of the flavour profile spoils the beer for me. I'm rather put off. This is really disappointing. Too rich and sweet for a doppelbock. Malts should dominate, but instead we get all these fake notes mucking up the taste.
Below average depth and duration of flavour. High intensity of flavour (to its detriment).
Plenty of nuance and unique flavoring, but unfortunately the notes that make it stand out are also the notes that make it taste bad. It's not horribly complex, subtle, or intricate. I guess the build is cohesive, but by no means is this a gestalt brew.
I'm really not liking it.
Mf: Not as syrupy as it could be, but too thick and full-bodied for what it is. Smooth and wet. Creamy. Somewhat soft. Overcarbonated. This texture doesn't suit the flavour profile particularly well, but I'm not sure what mouthfeel could.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
Dr: A fundamental failure of a doppelbock, but even discounting the style it's purportedly brewed in, it's still a poor beer. I'm hugely disappointed given the breweries involved, and I definitely wouldn't order this again. I don't even know that it's a success at evoking pecan pie - or any Southern pie at all. It'll be a chore to finish this bottle alone, and I say that as someone who managed to finish a bomber of Creme Brulee without much complaint. I couldn't have anticipated it'd be this underwhelming. I will say it hides its ABV nicely, but this is definitely a meal in a glass. It's a sipper not because of the alcohol, but because of how filling the beer is.
Regardless of my feelings about the beer, I'm sincerely very grateful to Hopzilla for checking off one of my wants. Thanks!
In fairness, this does get better as it comes to temperature, but it's still subpar.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 04:47:37 | More by kojevergas
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
First CCB beer cracked at the big CCB bottle share night. Thanks to itsme_timd (Reddit) for sending me one of these.
Light fizzy head, light lacing, dark brown molasses color
Lots of pecan, very raisin like fruit and brown sugar and processes molasses, little bock like candy burnt sugar, hint of vanilla.
Taste is rich, lots of vanilla, toasted pecan, rich brown sugar, burnt caramelized sugars, toffee, nice sweet but creamy candy dark wheat, little biscuit. Finish is a bit bitter, little sticky syrupy finish, mild pecan and brown sugar lingering.
Mouth is med bod, little syrupy, lighter but decent carb, hint of booze.
Overall decent, interesting but not great.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 00:43:42 | More by jlindros
3.86/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Received in a trade.
A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice darker hue with a slight clearness with a thin light brown hue that fades to leave a slight ring.
S - Aromas of sweet sweet malts, faint pecans, smells pleasant, light crust.
T - Taste is light sweet pecan pie, gooey sweet filling, faint crust. There is some definitely booze notes, still tasty though.
M - Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, lowly carbonated.
O - Overall, a sticky beer, but tasted like pecan pie so solid.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 16:54:10 | More by rudzud
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A dark brown pour with copious amounts of head which dissipated quickly. Aroma felt a bit weak, more like spices and chocolate than pecans. Flavor was a brown sugar bomb. Tons of sugary sweetness with a nice nutty overtone. Medium body low carbonation.
I was expecting more from this. I think it was just too one sided with the brown sugar and was a little too sweet.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2014 12:02:46 | More by facundoCNB
Cigar City / Terrapin Southern Slice from Cigar City Brewing
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