Cigar City / Terrapin Southern Slice - Cigar City Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
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.
05-16-2014 02:14:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.01/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-25-2014 18:20:42 | More by BEERchitect
3.45/5 rDev -11.8%
Dark brown with clear amber highlights with a dark tan head. Lots of odd nutty notes with burnt sugar and buttered toast. Vanilla brown sugar and some toasty malt and a hint of smoke. Thick, heavy and moderately carbonated. Not bad, I see what they were going for and I like the idea but it doesn't quite come off the way I would like it too. The base beer just doesn't seem to be that good and as a result it makes the addition of vanilla and nuts taste artificial and leaves a fairly cloying experience.
02-09-2014 01:50:27 | More by nickfl
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
04-04-2014 00:43:42 | More by jlindros
2.51/5 rDev -35.8%
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.
04-11-2014 04:47:37 | More by kojevergas
4.23/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
03-03-2014 00:45:40 | More by superspak
3.74/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
02-14-2014 04:33:31 | More by chinchill
3.96/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-07-2014 01:40:25 | More by GarthDanielson
3.56/5 rDev -9%
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.
07-19-2014 23:15:46 | More by Alieniloquium
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
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!
01-18-2014 00:42:46 | More by Axnjxn
Cigar City / Terrapin Southern Slice from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.