Blueberry Muffin Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.48/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Reviewed from notes. Had on tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a medium brown in color, some haziness. There is a good amount of visible carbonation, leading to a cream-colored head.
S: Amazing. Blueberry, cinnamon, and somewhat grainy or bready. This is exactly what one would expect from a beer with this name.
T: Taste follows the nose, with maybe a bit less sweetness than I expected. Biscuity malt flavor (or maybe muffin malts?), and the cinnamon and spice flavors really come through well. The blueberry flavor, while present up front, does not seem overly artificial.
M: Decent mouthfeel, although thinner than I expected. The cinnamon hangs after the swallow, but it's a nice aftertaste.
O: I think this was really good, and is easily my favorite blueberry beer I've ever had. The blueberry flavor wasn't too sweet or cloying, which is a wonderful improvement over most others I've had. I don't think I would drink it every day, but given the right mood (or for brunch) it really excels.
Serving type: on-tap
06-21-2012 03:29:10 | More by macrosmatic
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Big props to The Florida Guv of Fine Beer, J Loomis, for graciously extending a growler of this to Philadelphia. Cracked open at the end of another 40 hours of work hell completed.
This Loomis guy obviously was the curve buster when it comes to packaging. After about 10 mins or so, I released the vessel from its dry dock of bubble wrap, tape, and giant condoms streched around the growler to protect it from the elements.
A - Pretty standard for brown ales with a cola tinted hue with a small head that dials back to a ring around the glass. Some always wonder about carb and the impact of growlers filled at the brewery. When I opened this one after sitting what a week from being filled, it popped with a devilish sound so this growler was still in tip top shape. I have found this to generally be the case with CCB growlers anyway, they do growler filling well so I feel the appearance was not compromised by the time it spent in the glass and the beer is finely presented.
S - Very nice profile. As you would expect the second glass served at a warmer temp was a bit more blueberry forward but the beer showcases blueberry aromoa and some biscuity characteristics as well. A slight touch of nutmeg or (I hate to use the word) muffin spice is also there as well.
T - Spot on for what they wanted I believe. I think it really does taste like a blueberry muffin in that the blueberry is there, the bread or biscuit is there, and some pie or muffin spices are there as well. I like when Cigar City does this stuff as I have always been a fan of their Oatmeal Raisin Cookie beer as well.
M - It is a brown ale so it is slightly quaffable, not very thick, and I would say a tad on the thinner side which should be expected. Not bad in any way, but you know, it is a brown ale.
O - Very enjoyable. A growler split was about right for this beer. Enjoyable and it woudl make a nice breakfast treatin the fall for football tailgates.
Bravo to another fine CCB beer and a more than polite golf clap to JLoomis for the hook-up. Thanks much my friend for sharing.
Serving type: growler
05-03-2013 23:48:54 | More by Beerisheaven
Blueberry Muffin Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.