Smokabaga - Cigar City Brewing
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4.35/5 rDev +15.1%
Has this on cask at the Blue Point Cask Festval.
A - Pours red with an off-white foam. Slight carbonation.
S - Smells of tabasco and fresh chillies. Would easily clear your sinus. The scent is potent, yet still enjoyable.
T - Smoky flavor that quicky goes to a chili burn. Spicy feel hits your mouth and feels like good cajun food.
M - Spicy burn, but is just smooth enough to be enjoyed.
O - Very impressed by this beer. Its actually a decent drinking beer that would go great with a sweet thai dish.
04-15-2012 22:35:11 | More by socon67
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
I had this on-tap at Churchkey in DC. Served in a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a red amber color with a layer of white head that leaves a ring around the pour.
Smell: Full of peppers with some smoke and malt sweetness. Not overly powerful.
Taste: Like the smell but stronger. I'm getting some sweetness but the dominant flavor is from the peppers. There is a burn that carries through the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a tingle of carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I'm always a sucker for pepper beers. I enjoyed this one, it had just the right amount of burn. I would have another.
06-13-2012 03:22:34 | More by oline73
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
Got this one out of a cask at proof in tallahassee as a glassware giveaway.
Poured a deep red with a nice big head on top. The head fell pretty slow. Smelled of some toasted malt and maybe a bit of hops and chile. Tasted like some smoked malt and a very small hint of chile's. A tad of hops thrown in there as well. Sort of a medium body, with some well balanced carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good beer. Havent had much for the style but this one was worth the try, and wouldn't mind having it again (actually tried to but they ran out).
02-16-2012 05:48:25 | More by Swim424
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
On Tap at Brewer's Pizza in Jax, FL. My favorite beer is Tocobaga so I am real excited to try this out.
A: A light murky brown color with an amber/orange hue. Creamy off-white head stays around for a while. Thin lace left on the rim. Very distinctive appearance.
S: Potent chile pepper smell off the bat, lightly smoked. Aroma is clean, subtle and inviting. Hints of caramel malts underneath, have to try hard to find them.
T: Taste of smoked malts up front like a rauchbier but a small fraction in comparison. At the back end the smoked presence quickly fades to let the caramel sweet malts shine. After the swallow a spicy sensation comes back on the palate for a pleasant lingering taste that is not over-bearing by any means.
M: The hops and chile peppers combine for a unique bitterness on the outside of the mouth. Light body and creamy presence balances out the potent spiciness.
O: Extremely impressed. I really enjoy this style. I would put this on the level of Terrapin Reunion 2011 (Chile Brown) just not as complex. Very drinkable and pairs well with some spicy gator stew:)
01-09-2012 01:38:29 | More by One2Remeber
4.78/5 rDev +26.5%
On-cask at Hoptomic. This is Tocobaga Red, aged on Ancho and Pasilla peppers.
A - It pours a murky tea-brown hue and is capped with a small off-white crown of soapy froth.
S - Wow, this is a ridiculous nose. The essence of smoke is strong, but the aroma also betrays that the smoke is culled entirely from the peppers. Underlying is a caramel maltiness, and spicy-savory herbal hop character. The capsaicin seems to have supplanted a lot of the more vibrant hop notes; it is a wonderful exhibition of chilies.
T - The flavor delivers on the promise of the nose, and then some. The malt provides a rich caramelized, toffee-ish and maple-like base for the exposition of some deep smoke and pepper flavor. There seems to be a bit of UK Ale yeasty fruit character, and the malt is taking on some nutty and chocolatey undertones; very well-integrated. The hops, again, seem to be supplanted in some aspects by the chilies, but that is the whole point of this brew; that which remains apparent from Tocobaga's base hop profile serves to add complementary complexity to the spicy-sweet interplay. This is the best pepper-centric beer I have had.
M - The brew has a creamy feel that adds complementary texture to the toffee-ish nature of the base.
O - Tocobaga, the base beer, is a delicious and superbly crafted beer, and this treatment tends to highlight some of its greatest strengths. Best Chile Beer ever.
06-21-2011 19:38:03 | More by ktrillionaire
4.24/5 rDev +12.2%
Growler fill from Growler Tuesday (6/25/13) enjoyed in a CCB Pint glass.
A - Pours a deep red or muted brown/copper (depending on your lighting) with apx .5-1 inch of a light beige head. Foam dissipated after ~2 minutes leaving nice rim of lacing on the glass edges.
S - Hint of hops and a deep smoke like you've been tending to a caja china all day.
T - Initial flavor is floral, juicy, balanced and refreshing like the regular Tocobaga. Aftertaste leaves the back of the tongue and throat with a spiced chili and rest of the mouth with a rich smoke without the carbon flavor. "Tastes just like a cigar!" squealed a female friend while tasting.
M - Light, watery, good carbonation thought the drinking period.
Final Thoughts - Really enjoyed this one. Had more flavor and not nearly as spicy as the Mango Habanero IPA that they offer while leaving a nice zing in the aftertaste. Didn't get to have this one at Hunahpu's Day but glad I got a growler of it to share. If you like a beautiful balance between smoke, spice, and floral notes where you can't taste the alcohol in it; then this is the one for you!
06-28-2013 23:50:40 | More by LowbrowMedic
2.55/5 rDev -32.5%
On tap at the brewery, served in a snifter. I talked to one of the brewers and apparently this batch was way too spicy, so they blended 1/3 of this with 2/3 regular Toco for the final result.
A - Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber, with a huge, billowy couple fingers of head that has some staying power. Plenty of lacing around the glass.
S - Hmmmm, I get some spiciness and bitter hops, like a chili beer, but then a band-aid aroma takes over and dominates. Very medicinal.
T - Up front is the spiciness of the chili, along with lots of smoke. Bitter, resinous, piney hops. Then the band-aid comes in. Then back to pine on the finish. Pretty much the whole way you get smoke in the background. Can't make my mind up if I like it or not, but I'm leaning toward no.
M - Somewhat aggressive carbonation, but it's pleasant. Medium-dry finish.
O - The medicinal aspect of the beer isn't too pleasing. I've come back to try it multiple times but it's just not working for me. I think I would like this a lot more without the smoke and just with the chili; I think the spice would pair nicely with the hoppy bitterness.
10-07-2011 19:42:04 | More by djmichaelk
Smokabaga from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.