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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash - Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FATC1TY on 12-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Collaboration with Max Lagers of Atlanta GA.
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 19
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2.22/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

worst beer that Ive ever had from CCB.

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber

Bottled: 12/12/13

Thanks to Mark for passing this one along! Black Ash produces a dandy of a pour. The body is chalkboard black, no highlights make it through. A bubbly, lively, eggshell finished mocha head sits atop the body two fingers in height. The staying power of the foam is strong, settling but painfully slow. Big chunky, clumpy lacing clings to the glass. A good looking beer to be sure.

I have to admit, I didn't expect much but the nose is both interesting and welcoming. This lager is roasty and sooty, bordering on acrid but never quite making it. Black coffee notes as well.The black ash really adds some interesting characteristics I can't say I've ever comes across in beer most notably a blue cheese funkiness that somehow seems to work. It's like a charred up Stilton burger. Sounds strange, I know, but I like it.

The roast is big and dense engulfing every other aspect. Highly roasted, nearly burnt black coffee comes through as well. The roast on this guy is up there, way up there, bordering on smokey even. The bleu cheese quality on the nose has softened on the palate adding just a whisper of Stilton on the backend. I'm still not fully sure where that comes from but it must be the wood. Good beer, a little challenging, but certainly unique.

The body is on the plus side of moderate with a plush creaminess. Carbonation is there but soft, allowing the weight of the body to do the work. The roast is enough that it leaves behind a decent bitterness that tends to grow with each drink. Though not dry at first it gets there eventually, even a little tannic at times.

Black Ash is an interesting beer, one I can't say is comparable to any other I've had in the past. The uniqueness is its strong suit. The roast is turned up to eleven, bringing notes of coffee and a solid bitterness. The wood is somewhat tannic and brings with it that oddly enjoyable bleu cheese note. I can't say I would buy this beer often, and it's better split amongst friends, but it is a fun beer to drink, a bit of a challenge. A thinker of sorts. Interesting.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchase 12/13 22 oz poured into a Snifter

A: A shade of darkness that absorbs all light bottle was very cold tried getting aggressive with the pour only ended up with a small head that was a mocha color it disappeared quickly just some tiny film around the edges with bubbles

S: Smells like liquid smoke and a little big of wood chips that have been soaked in water with maybe a little maple sweetness

T: Wow smoke, burnt wood like a campfire that someone has poured water on and surprisingly very little sweetness with a sour finish

M: You almost think it's thin but it becomes so dry that it kinda makes you feel like it's coating your tongue

O: Not a big fan very smoky though and a year old!?! Yikes what was this fresh, no real underlying beer taste just campfire I think it's interesting the lack of sweetness, the more of it you drink it's really not bad it was very cold when I started it's better warm

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2.2/5  rDev -32.3%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Big khaki head. Retains well. Thick collar.

Smell - Whoa. Weird. Gorgonzola cheese. Chocolate and licorice. Woody.

Taste - It tastes like gorgonzola cheese up front, too. Chocolate. Very woody. Bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda bitter. Well carbonated.

Overall - Well, the cheese is remarkably odd. Odd and gross.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Pours jet black and opaque, with a thin tan head and minimal visible carbonation.

S: Chocolate, burnt ash, smoke, charred wood, a bit acrid. But overall smells pretty good and complex.

T: Smoke, medicinal Band-aid, smoked dark chocolate, some spicy onion. It's really not good, and the flavors last for quite awhile in your mouth.

M: Medium body, low carbonation sensation, and alcohol presence moderate.

O: This is really not good. Smoked beers aren't my favorite, but this is over the top. The Band-Aid flavor was the main cause for me giving up on this one. Sadly, drain-pour.

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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
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