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Sugar Plum Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cigar City Brewing's official celebration of Christmas. A rich-bodied brown ale forms the stage for holiday flavors which dance a festive ballet highlighted by pirouetting leaps of Christmas inspired spices. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, rose hips and chamomile compliment the subtle chocolate and light coffee notes of the malt and the addition of roasted carob and chicory complete the performance. Brewed once a year to celebrate the Christmas season. Pair with fresh cracked nuts, fruit cake and share with friends and family. Merry Christmas from the CCB family!

22 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 01-03-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasty and spicy, very smooth drinker with herbal tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Brown head on brown body. Cookie. Filling, soothing after more bitter beers.
Ginger and spice in aroma. A cigar puff in the finish Xmasy brown ale, obtained through a mail order.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 03:45:53 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

09-15-2012 21:54:43 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-19-2011 15:31:17 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

06-15-2014 16:11:39 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-29-2012 18:19:52 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-07-2014 20:18:59 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head dissipates rapidly on a clear deep amber/marroon body.

S: brown sugar, toasted malts, almost has a wet sock hop not with makes this one smell like moldy clothing though.

T: brown sugar, caramel malts, toasted malts up front finishing with toasted coconut, dark fruit and spices

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Very easy to drink, full of flavor. fairly complex, definitly better than your average brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:50:49 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-15-2013 22:44:03 | More by nickfl
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Coffee District, Delray Beach, FL

Hazy chestnut brown pour with reddish-purple hues, topped with a small but dense cap of foamy white head that receded to a thick ringlet and left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty and nutty, full of ripe fruit and light spice. Taste of fresh fruitcake, candied plums and apricots, sweet bready malts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Lots of sweet elements, yet overall the beer was not cloying or sickeningly sweet; there was a good balance. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, but fuller--and much tastier--than your average brown ale. Liked this one a lot, and picked up a bottle to take home.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 01:32:28 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown color with a layer of of white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some dark fruit and Christmas spice notes.

Taste: This beer isn't overly sweet at all. There is a Christmas spice note, but it is overshadowed a bit by an herbal bitterness in the finish of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a particularly good beer by any means. The bitter herbal notes in the finish didn't go very well with the other flavors. I wouldn't have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:44:26 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -42.4%

02-28-2012 21:21:29 | More by Rochefort10nh
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

02-07-2013 07:48:54 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's nearly opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Intensely spicy aroma with tons of ginger, pepper, cinnamon and others that overpower the light roasted dark malt character. Way too much wintry spice that simply overpowers everything else in the nose.

Medium bodied with a blast of harsh, peppery spices that overwhelm the palate and overtake all of the other flavors. Tons of ginger, cinnamon, pepper and other spices kill the dark fruit and toasted malt notes that are hard to pick up. This beer is a mess with just too much going on at once. I'm glad that I split it with a bunch of friends because I had trouble finishing a few ounces.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 22:47:51 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-10-2012 03:27:30 | More by imperialking
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

01-16-2013 23:20:13 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -13.5%

01-23-2013 02:46:40 | More by rab53
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-27-2012 15:55:53 | More by sendbeer
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 12 oz. bottle served in a goblet.
Pours a dark and hazy brown with a small tan head that soon reduces to a durable ring.

The interesting, unusual and distinctive aroma is spicy and sweet. Hard to pick individual spices out of this complex mix, but cardamon and cinnamon seem clear. Solid roasted malt base with notes of figs and other dark fruits.

T: Holiday spices start to finish, but not to the degree suggested by the aroma, thankfully. Roasted malts are still evident, and lend some chocolate and faint coffee to the finish and aftertaste. Hints of ginger, caramel, toffee, chamomile, plum, dried plum, figs.

M: Medium in body, with good carbonation.
O: A rich and tasty holiday brown ale with a distinctive pallet of spices. Has great complexity and flavor dynamics. A bit sweet and approaches over-spiced, but then this is a winter holiday ale. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 23:48:46 | More by chinchill
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

01-11-2013 01:37:54 | More by Rhettroactive
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared with Nick at Craft Ale House. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Deep medium-dark brown and burgundy colored body with a fluffy sort of fizzy off-white head. A few vigorous swirls brings it back but the retention is lacking, and there's really no lacing at all. Nothing out of the ordinary, mediocre appearance even to style.

S: Decent amounts of spices initially - cinnamon, ginger, spicy clove and touches of dark fruits. Plum and raisin coupled with a sugary sweetness towards the back end. Not really overdone and definitely a pretty good smelling beer. Well spiced without losing the Brown Ale base of the beer.

T: Front of the tongue brings the toasted barley, caramel and faint dark malts. The spiciness comes in towards the middle with a plethora of different flavors. There's more cinnamon, ginger, honey, and a distinct peppery note lasting into the back end of the palate. Finishes crisp with just a hint of clove into the linger.

M: Very carbonated, perhaps too much for what I expected. This would work better with less bubbles, allowing the spices and other flavors to coat well instead of wash away quickly.

As soon as I heard about this beer being brewed and bottled, I had to try it and I'm not disappointed. It really is one of the better spiced Brown Ales although I haven't come across an abundance of them. Nice offering, certainly one worth trying when priced right.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 13:37:18 | More by ShanePB
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown colored beer with some touches of red on the edges. Tan head that left some spots behind.

S - Dark fruit, cinnamon, caramel malts. There is some plum in there that gives it a slightly acidic note. It's pretty spiced which is fine, just not really my thing.

T - A little bit mild with some caramel and plum notes. Spice consists of nutmeg and cinnamon. Some moderate sweetness, not as malty as you would have expected.

M - Lighter beer than expected, pretty dry finish. Needs more body.

O - Not a bad beer for the style, but it's just a style of beer that I haven't found to put out something great yet. Worth trying, particularly if you like beers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 04:21:49 | More by AgentZero
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chippo33

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-28-2013 21:34:14 | More by chippo33
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-18-2013 23:02:47 | More by iL0VEbeer
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-22-2012 21:20:33 | More by bsuedekum
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cjgator3

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head with great lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is malty with chocolate and filled with holiday spices. Smells great!

T- The taste starts out dry and malty with some sweetness lingering in along with spices and some hops in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Sugar Plum is a solid holiday ale that I really enjoyed. 

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:37:54 | More by cjgator3
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Sugar Plum Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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