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Sugar Plum Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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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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TKEbeerman

Florida

4/5  rDev +15.3%

04-10-2012 23:51:24 | More by TKEbeerman
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macrosmatic

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-10-2012 04:35:19 | More by macrosmatic
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jk3

New York

3/5  rDev -13.5%

04-01-2012 01:56:36 | More by jk3
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emaciated

California

3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-31-2012 04:27:27 | More by emaciated
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a CCB snifter

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Looks ok. A little dark for a brown ale

S- smell is of cinnamon, and other very sweet flavors. Again....a little out of place for what I'm necessarily expecting

T- slight roast coming along with some sweet brown sugar. Not bad

M- medium bodied

O- different. Interesting. Not a huge fan overall, but it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:56:49 | More by bigfnjoe
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

03-26-2012 01:19:06 | More by brez8791
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dstc

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was planning on aging this bottle for next year to see if it would mellow out a bit. Noticed the other day it was starting to leak at the cap. Chilled it and opened it tonight, plenty of carbonation, a bit of a gusher.

Murky brown color with an enormous tan head. Head is very slow to fall. Thick, clinging lace.

Nose has plenty of spice especially from the cardamom and ginger. Interesting aroma.

Taste is all spice , booze and bitterness. Bit of a mess to be honest.

Medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation and a slight bite on the tongue.

I love Cigar City and the beer they brew but this one just misses. Too wrongly spiced and oddly bitter. Was looking forward to it but not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:40:37 | More by dstc
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tfidler

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-17-2012 02:11:39 | More by tfidler
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mgobrew10

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.5%

03-04-2012 01:08:48 | More by mgobrew10
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Heatwave33

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

Color: Deep murky amber with a khaki head.

Smell: Roasted malts, cinnamon and chocolate up front. Followed by coffee and spice.

Taste: Same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Mid-low carbonation, lightly coarse with a medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: A secent winter ale. My buddy and his girlfriend enjoyed it. Medium bodied with a decent balance. Don't know if I'll pick this up again. But definitely worth trying. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:20:10 | More by Heatwave33
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-01-2012 00:48:41 | More by Yabev15
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -42.4%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

02-28-2012 12:37:56 | More by scubahood
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SFC21

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-25-2012 22:51:26 | More by SFC21
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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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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a murky copper toned brown with a finger and a half light tan head. Ok retention.

S- subtle toasty bready malts malt aromas blend with light chicory and spicy ginger. The Christmas spices give a perfume like woody characteristic. Very floral and tea like on the finish with some mineral tones and subtle leafy hops.

T- toasty bready malt with a touch of fruitiness hits the palate at first. I assume plum seeing as that is the beers namesake. Floral tea like bitterness blends in the middle with a touch of light roasted coffee. Noble hop flavor with mineral characteristics also come out. Very dry finish with a dry fruitiness and soft Christmas spice.

MF- slick oily mouthfeel with a light medium body and average carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:14:40 | More by Viciousknishs
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery color with almost no head.

Smells strongly of the typical Christmas spices and a little malty.

Taste includes some vegetables, pickle skins, some hops, and at the finish there is a thing that reminds me of peanuts.

Mouthfeel is watery and leaves a slightly clingy film like tannin.

Pretty similar to the 2011 Anchor Our Special Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:04:35 | More by Doppelbockulus
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dolfan54fl

Florida

4/5  rDev +15.3%

02-17-2012 16:11:08 | More by dolfan54fl
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

2.5/5  rDev -28%

02-15-2012 17:28:59 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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beergod1

Ohio

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

Poured a mostly brown amber with an average sized tan head. The nose is mild, notes of cinnamon and ginger with some more subtle dark fruit under tones. Smooth mouth feel with a medium body and some carbonation. Flavor is spicy with loads more cinnamon and ginger notes some lesser chocolate notes are present as is the mellow nutty malt back bone. Some dryness on the finish with an aftertaste I can't put my finger on. But a Great holiday brew. I like the Warmer Winter A little better, but this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 18:57:03 | More by beergod1
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

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

Thanks wscaffe!
A: a purplish brown that's reminiscent of a barleywine with a white head that leaves a beautiful lace along the sides of the glass
S: ginger, cinnamon rolls, spices, and bready malt
T: intense and complex yet very tasty! Spices and sweet that finishes with plums.
M: somewhat light bodied with moderate amount of carbonation
O: very tasty brew that I want to revisit and try one aged!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 05:26:13 | More by DrewShal9
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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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bierguru

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark woody purple/brown with a 1 finger light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet winter spices with ginger dominating. Cinnamon and nutmeg also come through nicely. Faint fruitiness that lingers on the backend

Taste: Spices dominate up front followed by typical malty brown ale flavors , a touch of hops and a bit of fruitiness at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter like the skin of a plum.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Was not expecting much from the negative reviews i was getting from friends, but i enjoyed it very much

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:28:13 | More by bierguru
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adam42381

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/9/11.

Poured on draft into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark woody brown with a 1 finger creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet winter spices with ginger dominating. Cinnamon and nutmeg also come through nicely.

Taste: Spices dominate up front followed by typical malty brown ale flavors in the middle before ending with freshly chewed grass, a touch of hops and a bit of fruitiness at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could easily have a few of these over the course of an evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Another fine offering from Cigar City. Definitely worth trying if you find it on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 16:03:21 | More by adam42381
Sugar Plum Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.