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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: 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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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

GuttaMane138, Feb 17, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

jbrownfsu, Feb 17, 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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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Extol, Feb 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

100200300, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Axnjxn, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

StevanTheVegan, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

FLBeerGuy, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

closisinthehouse, Feb 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Schwantz, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

BMMillsy, Feb 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

dvmin98, Feb 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +44.8%

Tone2467, Feb 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

djtomain, Jan 31, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

ThreeFishes, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Vec2267
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Vec2267, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

JISurfer, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

DrChadly, Jan 28, 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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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Agentveba, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

mendvicdog, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Bartos
4/5  rDev +22%
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.

Bartos, Jan 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22%

sendbeer, Jan 21, 2014
Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.