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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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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 20.6%
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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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-06-2014 18:18:47 | More by closisinthehouse
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Schwantz

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-05-2014 19:07:30 | More by Schwantz
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johnyb

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Florida

3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (bomber) picked up from the brewery right when released. Pours essentially black with a big creamy brown head, just looks like a creamy imperial stout. No question that there is wood in this beer. Big smokey ash wood aroma sort of like I am standing in the lumber section if Home Depot. Some light sweetness, chocolate, and roasted malt behind this but it is dominated by the wood. Good grief. Flavor is big woody ash, used cigarette butts, light roast and chocolate, and more ash. You really have to be in the mindset for this one. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and goes down easy enough. I don't think this is bad despite tasting like a burnt cigarette with some extra sweetness. I guess they hit what they were going for. Weird but not terrible. Wouldn't go for it again but I am really curious about the base beer. Seems silky smooth and chocolatey and seems like it would be quite a neat brew on its own with the addition of ash wood.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:24:50 | More by BMMillsy
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -10.4%

02-02-2014 14:52:48 | More by dvmin98
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Tone2467

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

02-01-2014 18:57:10 | More by Tone2467
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djtomain

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-31-2014 01:01:38 | More by djtomain
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ThreeFishes

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

01-29-2014 01:57:50 | More by ThreeFishes
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Vec2267

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

01-29-2014 01:14:16 | More by JISurfer
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DrChadly

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

01-28-2014 02:50:38 | More by DrChadly
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-26-2014 02:52:16 | More by Agentveba
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

01-25-2014 02:38:36 | More by mendvicdog
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Bartos

Florida

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass

A- Deep black in color with a tan foamy head. Little lacing

S- Overwhelming smell of wood. The strongest aroma of wood I've ever experience in a beverage. More so than any other wood or barrel aged beer. There is a slight smokiness or burnt smell to the wood. Very intriguing smell, slightly like the peat and wood smell of a scotch.

T- Sweet and roasted malts are quickly over taken by the sharp taste of of the black ash wood that the beer was aged on. The smoky taste is different than in any other beer I've tasted yet you still recognized it as a smoky taste. The wood does overwhelm everything else. Reminds me of the strong wood taste of some scotches. Only hits one note, but does it very well

M- Thin for such a dark beer, yet standard for a lager. The right amount of carbonation. Wish it was stickier, sweeter, or thicker to better standard up to the taste.

O- An intriguing beer. Well crafted and very unique. At times the wood taste overpowers but it has a definite appeal. The more I drink it the more I enjoy it. Ultimately, I rated it based on the fact it completely lives up to it's name.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 20:28:58 | More by Bartos
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-21-2014 16:17:01 | More by sendbeer
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-20-2014 23:05:47 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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mattreitz49

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

01-20-2014 04:15:41 | More by mattreitz49
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RaggaD

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-18-2014 19:27:34 | More by RaggaD
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-16-2014 20:06:56 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer pours a thick, oily, jet black with a dense, foamy, light tan head that keeps a low profile and has great retention. You can smell this brew from a good distance while you pour, with rich vanilla and coconut tones forward, an underlying charred wood backbone, woody highlights, licorice notes, and a tangy sweet blend throughout. Very unique nose. Flavors are roast and slightly smoky forward, with a solid bitterness behind it. Bitter and resinous hops characteristics deep in the backbone, with tropical fruit characteristics dancing around throughout, slightly under the radar. There is a pretty heavy smoked character that builds towards the end of the palate, along with some richly sweet notes of chocolate and tropical fruit. The bitterness that hits the back of the palate has hops and coffee characteristics. Light and effervescent at its core despite the robust and heavy lean to it. The aftertaste is coconut crème, bitter mocha coffee, and charred wood. The finish, despite being so heavy and rich throughout, is fairly clean, with only a subtle linger of sweet and bitter roast. I can easily say this is one of the most unique beers I have ever had, and it's pretty damn tasty!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 01:51:08 | More by GarthDanielson
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cyrushire

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 00:17:02 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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babaracas

Florida

4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, near opaque in the glass, with thick light brown head of creamy consistency... settles slowly leaving rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: roasty coffee, wood smoke, chocolate note, toasted brown bread, berry. Taste: currant, pretty hoppy but not terribly distinct... vaguely piney, spicy, fruity. Licorice, woody; chocolate and toasted bread. The smoke + wood is nice and pretty laid back. Medium bodied with a super creamy feel. Not sure how I would categorize this, but it's quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:09:13 | More by babaracas
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Zach136

Georgia

3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

22oz bottle "canned at" CCB in Tampa. Poured in CCB Snifter.

A - Pitch black, minimal head/lacing
S - Nose is pretty great - burnt peanut butter, vanilla and caramel with a hint of coffee
T - Punishing at first. Literally like drinking an ashtray at a cigar bar. Serious undrinkable- but I was given the good advice to power through and let the palate adjust. The cigar ash developed into more of a burnt coffee roast and hint of pencil shavings and vanilla popped up. Still not super desirable but drinkable.
M - crisp clean lager finish. Which is good because I didn't need to feel like I just smoked a cigarette for the rest of the night.
O - appreciate the effort and creativity - still glad I got to try it and wouldnt take back spending whatever I did on this bomber. But drain poured most of it and wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:29:32 | More by Zach136
Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.