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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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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 21.15%
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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ESCO138

California

1/5  rDev -69.8%

05-26-2014 17:23:56 | More by ESCO138
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

1.48/5  rDev -55.3%

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.

02-17-2014 01:12:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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hopkrid

Florida

2/5  rDev -39.6%

07-06-2014 02:05:39 | More by hopkrid
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suckaj

Florida

2/5  rDev -39.6%

08-03-2014 17:57:01 | More by suckaj
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Nick_isthatstillcool

Florida

2/5  rDev -39.6%

07-06-2014 06:06:50 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
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GatorLCA

Florida

2/5  rDev -39.6%

07-02-2014 21:54:34 | More by GatorLCA
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

08-23-2014 22:55:18 | More by Alieniloquium
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Big_Dave

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -32%

08-07-2014 06:35:16 | More by Big_Dave
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huntermop

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -32%

05-24-2014 05:33:09 | More by huntermop
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ThreeFishes

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -32%

01-29-2014 01:57:50 | More by ThreeFishes
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.45/5  rDev -26%

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?

01-26-2014 23:14:49 | More by ChainGangGuy
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just_in

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

04-07-2014 01:33:50 | More by sendsilk
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bcuz7

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

12-24-2013 18:26:05 | More by bcuz7
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jme015

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

04-09-2014 13:11:32 | More by jme015
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khargro2

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

03-11-2014 02:33:31 | More by khargro2
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macrosmatic

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

07-13-2014 21:15:16 | More by macrosmatic
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jbrownfsu

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-17-2014 09:29:51 | More by jbrownfsu
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

03-05-2014 02:00:46 | More by thatoneguymike
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Nordbier

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

05-24-2014 08:22:50 | More by Nordbier
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mverity

Florida

2.81/5  rDev -15.1%

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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sunofneurot

New York

3/5  rDev -9.4%

03-17-2014 01:45:06 | More by sunofneurot
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.4%

02-02-2014 14:52:48 | More by dvmin98
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100200300

Georgia

3/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Florida

3/5  rDev -9.4%

02-18-2014 03:31:52 | More by AndrewScottPentland
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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.