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Either - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 24
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CampusCrew on 11-12-2010)
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Reviews by ktrillionaire:
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[From backlog]

On-tap at the brewery during the release. For the record: between Either and Or, I choose Or.

A - The brew pours with the look of a black IPA, replete with evident effervescence and a billowing off-white head; much lace is deposited.

S - The nose strikes me as slightly sweet and malty initially, but this is quickly overtaken by roasted tones ranging from coffee to burnt toast. There is also a strongly bitter grassy-wildflower hop from start-to-finish and some honey-floral notes as warms up.

T - Themes introduced by the nose are continued on the palate, especially a burnt molasses maltiness with an additional note of anise-licorice. There is a bitter evergreen-spruce nuance that seems to be smoothed out by floral-honey on finish.

M - The feel is quite thick, especially for a black IPA/CDA. Feels like a Barleywine.

D - This is definitely less drinkable than its brethren 'Or', owing to its Barleywine-like nature and its heavier roast character. Still quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 21:04:20 | More by ktrillionaire
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A~ pitch black, tiny tan head, and a little bit of lacing.

S~ tons of dark roasted malts followed by citrusy, earthy hops. theres also a little caramel and molasses lingering.

T~ i'm so surprised that theres still a decent hop presence for how old this is! other than the roasted malts and hops, theres a lot of honey sweetness and a little bit of burnt coffee as well.

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A- Pours a dark brown, almost black with fairly little head and spotty lacing.

S- Licorice, slight dark chocolate, some cedar, hops pretty faded. Average aroma strength, decently pleasant.

T- Licorice, honey, light dark chocolate, some honey, hints of cedar, roasted malt on the finish along with some booze. Flavorful but a bit too boozy, hops have definitely faded.

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O- This was a decent black ale for having been released ~3 years ago. The hops have without a doubt pretty much faded completely but the other flavors are still there. In my opinion it was a little bit too boozy and definitely does not need to be over 11%. I would have loved to have tried this fresh as I think the hops would have hid the booze a little bit more.

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A Pours black with almost no head, just a thin cap.

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Was so stoked to find this behind the shelf at a local convenience store! Didn't think I'd ever get to try this. Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a black color that's entirely opaque with a dark tan 1/2 inch head that lingers a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly surface foam. Spotty lacing.

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Either from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.