Sea Bass - Cigar City Brewing
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3.15/5 rDev -13%
Lost Abbey tulip
A: Pours a murky reddish hued brown color. Tons of carbonation, over carbo. Four fingers off white slightly tan head. Tiny bubbles streaming up sides of glass. The cap had dark brown funky goop on it.
S: Smells like a full on sour beer, more than a Saison. As I have heard, this one has gotten funky over the years. Balsamic vinegar. Tart cherry. Tanic woodiness. Smells of Flanders red.
T: Tip of the tongue is that tart acidic sour tinge. Then in the middle of the palate you get this strange OFF funkiness. Like rancid woodiness. Infection maybe? Not pleasant. There is an almost cocoa like flavor in there. Finish is dry, but some of that funk lingers with you.
M: Medium bodied. Thank god carbonation sort of clears the palate.
10-23-2012 17:18:01 | More by inlimbo77
3.23/5 rDev -10.8%
My dad picked this up for me when he visited last November. I poured this one into my CCB snifter because I do not have a chalice.
Appearance: Holy moly a geyser. This one spewed all over my computer desk as I opened it then I let it drip down into the snifter. Once I got it under control and poured a little, it had a huge rocky head on top of a murky dark brown beer.
Smell: This one has a huge smell which is nice on a fall evening. I smell apple juice, maybe some nutmeg and other fall spices. The yeast is a dominant factor here, lending a significant load of character.
Taste: This one has a load of character. A very prickly acidity over a somewhat dark malt base. This beer is somewhat sour or tart, maybe a bit too much. A bit of roast char is noticeable after a few sips also. For 8 ABV, the alcohol is actually quite apparent.
Mouthfeel: This one is over carbed, maybe from letting it sit for almost a year. The body is middling and the flavors coat the mouth quite well.
Overall: Not a balanced beer, but really flavorful. I am glad to have had it before CCB quite brewing it. An experiment that did not quite hit it's mark.
09-18-2012 02:15:06 | More by kagent777
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.
Pours a dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some sour and tart fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly tart finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.
07-25-2012 00:52:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.
A: Dark reddish brown, with quite a bit of tan head. There is significant visible carbonation.
S: Sour, vinegar, funky tart, rotting strawberries, with a background sweet smell.
T: Tart, sour, sour pineapple, funky, acerbic. All with a dry finish that is a bit puckering.
M: More light bodied than it looked. Carbonation lends tingliness to the mouthfeel.
O: This is good, but I wish there were more overt fruit flavors here. I will say that this one REALLY improves as it warms up a little. So make sure you savor slowly and let it come up several degrees!
06-09-2012 18:01:31 | More by macrosmatic
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
A: I wish I could say I've had worse experiences (cough, White Birch Eorna Coele Ale). Starts growing like a tumor. Takes 15-20 mins to pour this foam monster. Once the shaving cream settles in the sink of my cup, it's dark brown and THE murkiest beer I've ever seen. No light penetration, even though the color is decidedly medium brown. Head is brick brown khaki.
S: Brett's in the house. Actually smells pretty good- funky tartness with a chunk of pie and oatmeal.
T: Well this is a delicious milkshake. It's so thick, must be littered with yeast. Progressively more and more tart but mild overall in effect. Tart flavor is most akin to plums, but this isn't quite where I wanna pin my finger.
M: Mouthful. Thick and creamy... Interesting. Tartness dries the palate slightly.
O: Glad I wasn't the one who bought this. It'd probably be a pretty decent beer without so much yeast in the bottle mucking it up.
04-21-2012 02:42:09 | More by CharlieMurphy
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/4/12
A: Deep, interior artery blood in color. The moment I begin pouring this, it foams up like none other. I mean a 4+ finger head and then some. Even though the head is massive, it doesn't leave any lacing or a collar.
S: Funky. I get the feeling this isn't intentional.
T: Yeah. This is infected. Not in a bad way though, as it's actually pretty tasty. It's a bit tart from the start, but it evens out on the mid, where some dark fruit hits. Toward the back, the funk fades ever so slightly to reveal a medium toasted malt.
M: Just explodes in the mouth like a bottle of good champagne. Massive Costco quantities of carbonation.
O: One of the best infected beers I've stumbled across. Seriously. If I were Joey Redner, I'd tell folks that this was intentional, as it drinks well and has plenty of redeeming qualities. Other then the feel, I'd give this a thumb up. But if you're still holding it, drink now. It's only gonna get worse.
04-05-2012 21:49:54 | More by Rhettroactive
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
poured from a 750ml bottle into my tulip glass
A-dark mahogany with a tan 4 finger head that stuck around for the whole glass.
S-lots of sour cherry smell. Smells tart like this style should hoping there is real lactobacillus in it. smells are positive.
T-dark cherry flavor with a tartness in the finish. very nice balance between the sweet and sour. Lacto was used in this one and it rates high on my list.
M-very light and crisp. very carbonated and bright.
Overall-I really enjoyed and will search out more.
03-06-2012 22:58:38 | More by danedelman
4.18/5 rDev +15.5%
An interesting beer. I know that some people have had infection issues with this one, but mine is basically fine, except for the fact that it's over carbonated. No off flavors or medicinal tastes, just some pleasant funk and sour. Foams terribly when poured- far too much time to settle the head, at least 10 minutes for the multiple pours required. A slightly murky brown with a fluffy head. Nicely sour on the nose, with some zingy fruitiness and a hint of darkness. The taste is even better, with a nice balance between a dark, almost roasty taste and some sour and light funk with a coffee and bitter chocolate and orange juice finish, and a nice creaminess. An unusual interplay of flavors, but don't get me wrong- the flavors are more spaced out rather than intermingled, so the seemingly competing flavors work nicely layered as they are. I enjoyed this a good bit, especially after it sat for an hour or so and lost much of the excess carbonation.
02-08-2012 04:02:26 | More by Georgiabeer
Sea Bass from Cigar City Brewing
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