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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: 102
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 24.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Bartos
4/5  rDev +23.1%
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
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +23.1%

sendbeer, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of mattreitz49
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

mattreitz49, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of RaggaD
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

RaggaD, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
4/5  rDev +23.1%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
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!

GarthDanielson, Jan 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

cyrushire, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of babaracas
4.09/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

babaracas, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Zach136
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Zach136, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

cjgator3, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Keith_R, Jan 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

jnardone235, Jan 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +53.8%

Weekiwachee, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

jucifer1818, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of mverity
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
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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4/5  rDev +23.1%

astroflounder, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +30.8%

DustinSWB, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of BeersAndBears
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BeersAndBears, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

MPSTARR, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of VinsanityDiesel
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

VinsanityDiesel, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 12/12/13. Served in my favorite Christmas present- a custom etched Phish snifter (my wife is awesome!).

Pours black with a finger and a half of pale tan head. Wispy, thin retention but plenty of lace.

Interesting aromas of earthy wood, piney hops, some sort of pepper and a something slightly akin to band aid. A little weird but not offputting.

A unique flavor profile for sure. Burnt wood and that strange band aid taste (peat?) are strong up front. Also something similar to cedar. Sharply bitter piney hops, charred malt, dark chocolate, szechuan peppercorns, mild smoke, faint blackberry and vaguely caramel. So many things going on here but I'm not sure that it's all entirely complementary. Still pleasant enough in it's own right.

Body is slick and medium thin with ample carbonation. Peat, char and earthy, piney hop finish.

Unlike anything else I've tasted. Many things are similar to a standard American black ale but the woodsy and earthy notes are totally new to me. This is a unique experience. My advice would be to throw away any expectations and just enjoy the fact that this gives a completely new experience.

ThickNStout, Dec 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

bcuz7, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +23.1%

DerrickW, Dec 24, 2013
Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
76 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.