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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash - Cigar City Brewing

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 22.56%
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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1/5  rDev -69.5%

ESCO138, May 26, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
1.48/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A black lager aged on black ash- the tree wood, not ash as in from a fire place. Supposedly this still gives it a smoky taste, but I can't say I get much of that. What I do get- and this is quite off-putting- is a very strong aroma of blue cheese and an only slightly less strong note of the same in the taste. This component pretty much dominates everything else for me, and although it might count as interesting to some- not only am I not sure if it's intended or an infection, but regardless it's pretty nasty. If it is intended, then all I can say is that black ash will not catch on as the wood of choice for aging.

Georgiabeer, Feb 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39%

hopkrid, Jul 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39%

GatorLCA, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%

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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Big_Dave, Aug 07, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

huntermop, May 24, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

ThreeFishes, Jan 29, 2014
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2.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

22 ounce bomber - Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Black pour with a foamy, wispy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Burnt, blackened roasted malts, smoky oozing tar, heavy ash wood. Piercing and jarring, the aroma is a bit distressing.

Taste: Blackened, chary roast and burnt toast -- woof! -- heavily smoky, heavily burnt, just all kinds of earthy. Peppery. Tangy. Absolutely rippling with creosote. Fire-roasted blackberry. It's coarse. This beer will have you flailing and hollering like a hysterical orangutan.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sleek, slick mouthfeel.

Overall: The twenty-two ounces contained within the bomber were an absolute fight to get through. Where's unclemattie when I need him?

ChainGangGuy, Jan 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

just_in, Jul 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

sendsilk, Apr 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

bcuz7, Dec 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

jme015, Apr 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

khargro2, Mar 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Dicers, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of macrosmatic
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

macrosmatic, Jul 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

jbrownfsu, Feb 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

thatoneguymike, Mar 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Nordbier, May 24, 2014
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2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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.

mverity, Jan 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

sunofneurot, Mar 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

dvmin98, Feb 02, 2014
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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.