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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Max Lagers of Atlanta GA.

(Beer added by: FATC1TY on 12-21-2013)
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +13%

02-08-2014 02:14:21 | More by FLBeerGuy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-12-2014 21:50:11 | More by tbryan5
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mverity

Florida

2.81/5  rDev -15.4%

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of kantrauch. Opaque black in appearance. Some tan head that comes back with each swirl. Aroma is really woody, really smokey. I am now very certain what black ash smells and tastes like. This is sooo unenjoyable. Entirely too much wood and smoke. Taste like burnt malt. Good body and mouthfeel, but I can't get into this beer.

01-02-2014 04:49:50 | More by mverity
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johnyb

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-05-2014 13:36:50 | More by johnyb
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cjgator3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

01-04-2014 02:38:04 | More by cjgator3
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-09-2014 00:58:58 | More by qcbrewer
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-13-2014 23:53:56 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

01-04-2014 01:55:20 | More by Keith_R
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sunofneurot

New York

3/5  rDev -9.6%

03-17-2014 01:45:06 | More by sunofneurot
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cyrushire

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-13-2014 03:56:42 | More by cyrushire
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-02-2014 14:52:48 | More by dvmin98
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NRo

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-29-2014 17:56:32 | More by NRo
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Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

07-14-2014 05:24:52 | More by just_in
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Florida

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-04-2014 00:45:18 | More by mobrockman
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Vec2267

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +6.9%

A - black with a minimal tan froth with medium bubbles that persists nicely, good lacing

S - mostly wood, some chocolate, subtle smoke

T - wood first, followed closely by smokey char, some chocolate and pine are quickly overwhelmed, bitterness from the aging and the char dominate but this beer is not overwhelmed with smoke, it is a major component, but the wood serves as the balance

M - quite rich

O - this was a marginal purchase, not a fan of the style, that I was able to finish AND enjoy this is testament once again to the skill and bravado of the brewery, the aging did a lot to counterbalance the smokiness, this beer has more nuance than the few other examples of this style I've tried

01-29-2014 01:38:44 | More by Vec2267
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-14-2014 21:07:50 | More by 100200300
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +26.8%

Appearance: this is very dark and opaque. Highly carbonated. Aside from the thick foamy head, the sides are all bubbled up like a coke pour.
Smell: "buttery" smoke. Unique and enticing. Nothing else stands out. I likes this.
Taste: much like the nose with a slight bitterness in the finish. Very nice Nd interesting.
Overall: kind of a one trick pony but it has that trick perfected. Kudos.

01-07-2014 00:17:02 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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12-24-2013 17:27:55 | More by DerrickW
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.41/5  rDev +2.7%

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 12/12/13. Served in my favorite Christmas present- a custom etched Phish snifter (my wife is awesome!).

Pours black with a finger and a half of pale tan head. Wispy, thin retention but plenty of lace.

Interesting aromas of earthy wood, piney hops, some sort of pepper and a something slightly akin to band aid. A little weird but not offputting.

A unique flavor profile for sure. Burnt wood and that strange band aid taste (peat?) are strong up front. Also something similar to cedar. Sharply bitter piney hops, charred malt, dark chocolate, szechuan peppercorns, mild smoke, faint blackberry and vaguely caramel. So many things going on here but I'm not sure that it's all entirely complementary. Still pleasant enough in it's own right.

Body is slick and medium thin with ample carbonation. Peat, char and earthy, piney hop finish.

Unlike anything else I've tasted. Many things are similar to a standard American black ale but the woodsy and earthy notes are totally new to me. This is a unique experience. My advice would be to throw away any expectations and just enjoy the fact that this gives a completely new experience.

12-26-2013 00:51:48 | More by ThickNStout
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Georgia

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Georgia

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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.