Or - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by TCHopCraver:
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Second (duh) of an Either-Or back-to-back on 2-18-11. Thanks again, zoso and Goalie.
Or pours dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head. Around the edges, the color is reddish and see-through. The lacing is pretty nicely dotty and sticky. This aspect of the beer doesn't differ from Either all that much.
I smell way more citrus hops showing through than I did in Either. I'm not sure if this is because of relative freshness of the two beers or just the difference between the two recipes. The cedar is quite prominent and it is also a very malty sweet aroma, like Either. However, I think the balance between malt sweetness and hops is much better in Or than in Either. I really like this smell.
The taste also brings a heavy influence of the cedar barrels. Or is not as syrupy and crazy-sweet as Either is. I taste some roastiness, some sweet fruits, and lots of cedar in my mouth. To quote Larry David, "Do you respect wood?" I happen to, so I appreciate the woodiness of Or. The sweet fruity taste in the middle leads to a not overly bitter hop and wood finish.
The mouthfeel carries a very good balance between thick, sweet malt and a bitter bite from the hops. I think this is a better feel than Either. Overall, it is medium bodied, has good carbonation, and the finish does a fairly nice job of drying the sweetness off of my palate.
After drinking samples of Either and Or, I am left with a very woody, dry residue in my mouth. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing; I just couldn't drink very much of either of these two beers. I did like this one slightly better than Either based on more of a hop balance, and would pick Or if I had to make a choice.
Serving type: bottle
02-26-2011 19:23:43 | More by TCHopCraver
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4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle poured into a Night Shift wine glass.
A~ extremely black, with a small brown head and no lacing.
S~ dark malts flood the nose up front, followed by a little burnt coffee and some nice wood. ending with some sweet citrus.
T~ follows the nose so far but wow this has a lot more to offer! roasty dark malts up front which are quickly taken away by an amazing honey sweetness, followed by a bit of burnt coffee, all leading into a crazy bitter citrus hop explosion! meanwhile everything is coated in cedar, which Cigar City seems to be soo good at! (White Oak, Humidor IPA, etc...) and not a hint of booze!
M~ super smooth and refreshing! i'm gonna blame that on the pilsner malt in this version. really nice carbonation and more stout like than most stouts haha!
O~ this little series is fantastic! i definitely got lucky with the bottles that i received, they must have been aged probably because the hop presence is still in your face which is really surprising considering how old these are. i really love the HF influence here, this is very similar to Jim without the crazy honey (which definitely adds a lot) but just remember i'm a little biased cause i love black IPA's/hoppy black ales. oh! and yup its a HF colab. haha!
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2014 04:15:57 | More by Skrip
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Notes from June 2012; tasted side by side with CCB either.
A - Similar to Either, this pours pitch black with very little head.
S - Quite a bit of cedar, roasted malts, and a slight sweetness, though less than Either.
T - Roasted malt, cedar and milk chocolate. A little drier and more pronounced and drier than Either, though I found it to be less enjoyable.
M - Mouthfeel is rather full with some citrus bitterness and a very dry cedar finish. More boozy than Either.
O - I liked Either better, but this was still a pretty tasty beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2013 14:26:36 | More by warnerry
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