Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
3.56/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
02-05-2014 00:24:50 | More by BMMillsy
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
2.45/5 rDev -26.2%
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
4/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
01-24-2014 20:28:58 | More by Bartos
Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.