Cigar City / Terrapin Southern Slice - Cigar City Brewing

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 18
Gots: 38 | FT: 8
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GatorLCA on 12-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Collaboration with Terrapin Brewing. Doppelbock brewed with 900lbs of Vanilla Beans and Pecans.
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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep, dark red
Sweet syrupy aroma with caramel, brown sugar and light spicing.

More sweet than bitter, Not much pecan or even nutty flavor.
Full smooth body with lively carbonation that is, perhaps, a little too high.

O: a bit to sweet and syrupy, with insufficient input from the pecans, which seem to new missing in action.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Medium khaki head. Settles to a thin collar. Then nothing.

Smell - Lots of vanilla. Nutty. Chocolatey. Brown sugar. Boozy.

Taste - Buckets of vanilla. Very sweet. Brown sugar. Caramel. Sweetness dies down into a nuttier flavor. Drops off in the back end. Boozy nutty finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Big and boozy.

Overall - Tasty. A little bit of a mess, but tasty.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle (from notes, 4/17/14)

A: Dark brown with a slight amber hue.

S: Vanilla and pecans. It smelled sweet and like pecan pie.

T: Lingering sweetness. Lots of vanilla. Quite sweet. It tasted like liquid pie, albeit I very rarely eat pecan pie since it is too sweet for me.

M: Smooth with only slight carbonation.

O: Good stuff but it is probably too sweet for most.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 15.99. Bottled 12/3/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a deep, opaque dark ruby with about a half finger sandy hued head. The bubbles fade to a thin ring that leaves small clumps of lace.

Smells of toffee, vanilla, pecan and caramel. Nice.

Tastes amazing- like freakin pecan pie. Candied pecan, vanilla, toffee, caramel, faint chocolate, a little dark fruit and a nip of booze. A great blend of pecan, vanilla, the base dopplebock and occasional hints of buttered crust. Outstanding.

Smooth, medium full feel with subtle carbonation. Caramel and toffee with pecans and vanilla linger in the finish.

I'm quite happy that this collaboration between two of my favorite breweries really delivered. This was a well executed idea with some great choices all around from the unique base beer to the complementary special adjuncts. I'm glad I got to try this.

Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending me this bottle. Reviewed from last night's notes.

A- Deep brown pour from the 750ml to five glasses for a good old tasting. An off-white head rises to half a finger with a creamy, foamy texture. A ring remains leaving sheets at the top and seldom spots below.

S- Pecan pie, a saturation of toasty pecan, nutty notes. Plenty of base beer behind that with notes of toasted nutty malts, grains, deep blackstrap molasses, brown sugar and spicy raisin dark fruits. Reminds me of a jam of sorts.

T- The sweetness takes over here with the raisin and dark fruit contingent of the flavor taking precedence. The toasty, nutty pecans are also big. Molasses, brown sugar and biscuit grains.

MF- Thick and oily syrupy texture with a very slight creaminess. Carbonation is on the lower end. Slight alcohol warming in the finish.

Lots of sweet dark fruits and lots of toasty pecans combine to form a dessert in a glass. I am glad I split it a few ways but I still have enjoyed it.

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a vase, the beer is a very dark, almost black, caramel-amber coloring, deep and rich, with no head. Aromas of molasses, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg spice, rich nut sweetness, brown sugar, and woody highlights. Very rich, very layered, and very rich (yes, again). Flavors are very rich and sweet forward, with a blast of molasses and nut first to the tongue. Vanilla highlights, creamy and smooth amidst the darkness, followed by booze highlights and woody characteristics. This one is rich and layered, but maintaining a smooth, slick feel throughout. The aftertaste is more of the pecan nut sweetness, with cinnamon and sugary linger, as well. The finish is slick, smooth, and slightly cloying.

Photo of cvm4
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cola color with a khaki colored head that is less than one finger head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S - Sweet pecans, vanilla bean, dark fruits, malty and molasses.

T - It's really like drinking a pecan pie to me. Pecans, molasses, bready and vanilla bean.

M - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Finishes wet.

O - It's a bit sweet, definite pecan and vanilla bean. To some it may be a bit gimmicky, but it's spot on in terms of mimicking a pecan pie.

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma has tons of vanilla, and then some pecan nuttiness.

The flavor follows with toffee, deep caramel sweetness, vanilla, then a pecan boldness that holds throughout. There’s a hint of this doppelbock/lager yeast note, but without knowing it was a lager, I may not be able to pick that out.

A delicious beer that is sweet of vanilla and toffee, with a backing of nuttiness. A great holiday brew.

Photo of kojevergas
2.51/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Low C-

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The clanging of the heads among the South's most premiere brewers yields a dessert beer that perfectly captures the essence of what it means to be Sourthern- pecan pie!

As the beer pour its chestnut brown hue, glimmers of garnet and mauve seep through its darker and richer tones. As a delicate froth of ivory amounts on top, the beer's foam character endures half the session before collapsing back into the beer, leaving spotty lace along the glass.

Sultry aromas are somewhat of maple and molasses to capture the scent of true praline and buttery graham cracker crust. Its toasted pecan scent pulls from the malt complex and provides an earthen richness to its scent. Straight forward in its portrayal, the beer's nose isn't overly complex, but rather straight forward malty-sweet and savory.

As the lavish malty sweetness wraps around the tongue, the taste of praline is achieved in all its creamy, maple, brown sugar and vanilla roundness. The bready side of malt comes forth with notions of the graham cracker crust, toasted bread, light coffee, light chocolate, but a full-out nutty taste. Its a sultry and divine flavor that makes the taste buds forget about ale as it draws the palate into the realm of dessert.

Full bodied, there's little balance to the sweetness, nor is there much lightness or counter in the way of bold carbonation or alcohol. Instead the weight of the beer sits and saturates the mouth with its creamy sweetness. Its near-cloying texture is much more suitable for pie than it is ale.

Its a very charming ale and it seems that the Dopplebock base is the perfect underpinning for the piling on of all things pecan pie. Its delicate fruit and rum notes support the sweet nuttiness with more than just sugar.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours fairly clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Minimal lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, pecan nuttiness, vanilla, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and pecan/vanilla notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, vanilla, pecan nuttiness, light plum, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, vanilla, pecan nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and vanilla/pecan flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome flavored doppelbock style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and pecan/vanilla flavor additions; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zach136
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml in a CCB Snifter

A - Dark Ruby little head and lacing

S - Vanilla bean, caramel, pecan and brown sugar. Oh boy this gunna be gud.

T - It's pecan pie. They nailed it. Syrupy, nutty thick chewy goodness with just a kiss of booze.

M - Light and crisp like a Dopplebock should be.

O - Amazing. Everything and more you'd expect from the name/label/amazing brewers.

Photo of GameFreac
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally on tap at CCB. Wasn't even going to try this since we got it in GA but glad I did.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a khaki head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Smells absolutely phenomenal. Pecans, vanilla, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, whipped cream, very sweet. Syrupy.

Taste - Taste starts off with pecans and goes into some vanilla, followed by a slight bitterness and ends with a sugary sweetness. Mirrors the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Only complaint is that there's a very slight boozy/astrigent taste on the aftertaste but it's barely there.

Overall: One of the most interesting, unique, and best CCB beers I've had.

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a chestnut brown with an unimpressive head; not much lacing is left behind, either

Smell: Captures the pecan pie tones nicely, with brown sugar, nuts, molasses and a hint of dark fruit

Taste: Brown sugar, molasses and dark fruit tones dominate the front end, with the nuts and crust elements trying to add complexity; the finish is sweet, just like pecan pie

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat syrupy, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I enjoy a nice pecan pie in moderation, as the Caro syrup sweetness tends to get to me after a while; this beer is not different and is just a bit too sweet for me to enjoy more than a glassful

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 12/4/13.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, brown sugar, caramel, and pecan flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with aromas and flavors that are fairly spot on with a slice of pecan pie.

Photo of rudzud
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, I think, to moose3285 for hitting me with this brew, since it is his God-given task to provide me with all of the Cigar City that i can drink. And he's doing a damn fine job. 750ML of weird split with my wife.

The pour is darker than I expected, ruddy red, minor carbonation, opaque. Adjuncts pump up the nose: big vanilla, minor nuts (pecans, I suppose), caramel, & breadiness that I'm going to attribute to pie crust. Plus some unidentifiable stuff that's most likely a combo of unlikely flavors & nose-candy.

Southern Slice: slick marketing, or does this really taste a bit like pie? I believe it does. The pecans are up front but not aggressive - thank goodness - & there's nice hanky-panky going on between the nuts & a sweet caramel. Vanilla arrives mid-palate & accents the caramel, & grows as the beer warms, but still isn't as strong as it is in the nose. Jason Bourne must have done in the lager yeast, 'cause it's vanished, overwhelmed. This is a heavy dessert beer that could be served as an, a, uh, what the hell's that word? Apertif? Digestif? Whatever. The Food Network ain't my thing. Though eating is. I wonder how that works.

The pecans on the label alarmed my girlish palate, but they were used to good effect. I don't need to drink this every day or, well, any day, ever again, but it's interesting. 'Good' seems like to dull a descriptor, but there it is. Good beer.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have had this one for awhile. Just getting around to cracking it open

L - Cherry and brown, with no clarity, no head and no lacing

S - Whoaaa....straight up sugar! Brown sugar, dried fruit, molasses and nuts

T - Sweet as hell! Brown sugar, molasses, licorice, with a nice finish of pecans. Aftertaste totally of pecan pie. Tasty

F - Light bodied and heavily carbonated.

O - Definitely a dessert sipper beer. Very tasty in moderation. Its sweet...warning! But they nail the pecan pie. No false advertising here!

Photo of Brew_Bro
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't really get any pecan in this. It's a tasty beer but nothing I'd seek out not that it matters as it was a once off collab. Tasted like a low ABV stout. I wish they would have made a stout instead as I enjoy those from both breweries. Maybe next time.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at mekong. into a snifter

pour is a dark caramel color with a nice head. smell is sweet and exactly like pecan pie. taste is absolutely on point with caramel, toffee, and a load of sweetness that results in a perfect pecan pie aroma. chewy feel...medium bodied with good carbonation.

overall cigar city nailed it with this one. exactly like pecan pie!

Photo of GallowsThief
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Coca-cola brown out of the bottle with a finger of off white head that quickly receded to a think cap. Spotty lacing.

S – Slightly sweet smell with definite maple syrup in the nose. Vanilla.

T – Definitely an aggressive sweetness in it. It does come across with maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar and toffee flavors. There is a light amount of nuttiness to it that balances some of the sweetness, I wish it had some more. Picking up some nice maltiness. It is pretty close to pecan pie.

M – Lightly carbonated and smooth all around. Leaves a lingering sweetness on the palate but does have a nice booziness in it as well.

O – Good brew here if you like sweeter beer. If you do not this will not be for you. I would love to see it with a bit less syrupy flavor and more roast. All over though this is a very good beer.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Uanof
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on 12/03/2013 served in a stein.

Semitranslucid dark brown with red hues, i barely got a glance of it's tan head as it went away as quickly as it was poured.Huge malt and caramel profile, a bit too much, actually those 900lbs are starting to sound more like a heartattack. On the palate it's ight to medium bodied, crisp and sticky at the same time. Again, huge sweet notes probably from the vanilla, but to an extent where it's overdone. It just doesn't seem right, it doesn't feel balanced. Pecans or any nutty characteristic are hardly noticeable. Althought it was intended to be this way, this beer is hugely overdone to the point where instead of tasting like pecan pie the experience was closer to having a sweet malt juice. I consider myself to be a fan of doppelbocks given the fact that they are clean easy drinking beers, but this example went far from the simple beauty of the style.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am a little trepidatious going into this after reading some of the mixed reviews. Lets see what we have here.

Pours from the large format bottle into a large snifter. Emerges very dark, a not quite opaque dark chocolate color with milk chocolate highlights. Topped with a flimsy, toffee colored head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is really sweet. All I am smelling is caramel malts, dark fruits, alcohol, and toffee. I guess this smells like a doppelbock, since they are typically malt forward, but I don't get much pecans or pie or any other pastry aromas.

Super sweet flavor that is really malty and syrupy. Alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is okay, kind of chewy but finishes dry, which is an odd combo.

Definitely not my slice of pie. Sweet and boozy. I took a chance on this one and I fear I may not finish the bottle :( Not a fan of this one.

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Cigar City / Terrapin Southern Slice from Cigar City Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.