SNACK ATTACK! - Cigar City Brewing
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District of Columbia
3/5 rDev -27.9%
Description: "Our collaboration with Bluejacket and Funky Buddha. Here’s what to expect when drinking: peanut butter cups, milk duds, black licorice, chocolate-covered peanuts and salted caramel."
On tap at Churchkey in DC. Kegs showed up late for the event, crowds were unruly, pours were exceptionally foamy (obviously), quite the auspicious "debut" for Bluejacket.
Pours a clear, oily dark brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a thin film with nice lace. Nose and flavor are what you would expect (with varying degrees of success) from the ingredient list, marketing and description of this beer. Obviously this is a Shorts-ian gimmick and if you love a sweet and salty flavor profile (leaning more on the salty) you might enjoy this. I have never wanted to put a movie theater concession stand in a blender, so the flaws were difficult to overlook.
The nose was more balanced than the flavor and had a sweeter, more chocolately presence. The flavor unfortunately was quickly over whelmed by salt, salt, peanut shells and more salt with the milky chocolate and caramel flavors getting lost in the mess. The balance and complexity of the nose represented the ingredient list well, but picking out distinct notes in the flavor was a chore. Remarkably the 10% ABV is well hidden but the medium thin body is still relatively cloying.
Hopefully revisiting a settled keg of this in the future will result in a better opinion but probably not by much. If you want a super salty peanut butter cup, you should start seeking this out; otherwise...
06-08-2012 00:54:39 | More by yourefragile
3.03/5 rDev -27.2%
On tap at Churchkey. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is mostly head. Small tan bubbles. Moderate to high retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation. Looks OK.
Aroma is peanuts, sugar, caramel, sweet, odd late aroma, like dirty vegetables or something.
Can you spell reinheitsgebot? The hardest shape to draw is a circle. This is your first beer? Peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, licorice, kitchen sink? I'm surprised there weren't tea leaves in here. It is a muddled salty sweet peanut mess of a beer. I hope you barrel age this. Cause then it will be really sought after. Will not have again.
06-08-2012 01:24:37 | More by drabmuh
3.05/5 rDev -26.7%
Collaboration between Bluejacket, Cigar City, and Funky Buddha. On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.
Pours a fairly-dark brown with a tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down the glass. Thin collar throughout.
The nose starts off with what is a really nice chocolate character. Just a bit of sweetness paired with some dark chocolate notes plus a bit of roast. After that, the peanuts come through, though their character lends more of a peanut-shell character than something like peanut butter.
The flavor takes the same progression as the nose, with the initial chocolate taste being quite nice when paired with the underlying malt, though quickly the peanuts and especially the salt take over, ruining the initial flavors. The salt really just doesn't work in a beer of this nature.
Body is medium with good carbonation and a nice creaminess, though most of the positives of the beer are washed away with salt.
Overall, I think this could have been a really good beer. My comment after half a glass was that this would have been a really good chocolate porter. The addition of peanuts might have gone either way, though probably would have been for the worse, and then the salt took it off the cliff.
06-08-2012 11:42:52 | More by Thorpe429
3.34/5 rDev -19.7%
First had: on tap at Hawthornes, Philly, PA
Dark brown-black pour with a foamy tan head that receded to a thick collar, leaving some lacing on the glass. "Peanut butter cups, milk duds, black licorice, chocolate-covered peanuts and salted caramel." Well, that's a way to get your expectations up. Unfortunately, it wasn't like that at all. In the nose, dark malts and burnt peanuts, and that was it. Taste was about the same, burnt peanuts taking the foreground, notes of dark roasty malts, and a hint of anise and black tea. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, absolutely no doubting that this was a porter and not a stout, body was about medium, with a little bit of warmth from the alcohol coming through. Overall decent, but more so an ambitious attempt that ultimately fell short.
02-27-2013 23:42:30 | More by Rifugium
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.
A: Dark dark brown to black in color. This is opaque, with a thin tan head. No visible carbonation bubbles in the beer.
S: Chocolate up front, then some peanuts, but seems a bit muted.
T: Chocolate, salted boiled peanuts, salty caramel, cacao, peanut butter. Some alcohol presence but not overdone given the ABV. Sticky sweet finish.
M: Thickish, smooth heavy mouthfeel.
O: So...yeah. I guess you can't complain if a beer is exactly what was advertised. Overall, not an unpleasant beer. And a very interesting one - it pushes the limits of what you think the flavor profile of beer can include. But, one (or maybe a half) of this beer was enough limit-pushing for me. I'm very glad I had the opportunity to try it, but I wouldn't be purchasing a six-pack if this were a regular release.
06-09-2012 04:14:20 | More by macrosmatic
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
On tap at Churchkey the other night. It appeared black in color with a thin, frothy head to it. It left a good amount of lacing on the glass as I drank it as well.
The aroma pretty much smells exactly like a bunch of sweet and salty snacks all mixed together. Peanuts, chocolate, salty pretzels are all things that come to mind. It's definitely an interesting aroma.
In the taste, the chocolate comes out a little more at first. The finish is very salty, almost like a pretzel. I get some peanut flavors to it as well. Really cool flavors, I really enjoyed the salty aspect of it. It pretty much tasted exactly like a bunch of salty, chocolaty, sweet snacks.
The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and moderately creamy. Carbonation leans towards the lower end. Overall it was a very cool beer. It was pretty spot on with the snack theme as well. I found the saltiness especially interesting and unique. The chocolate was also pretty good in it. I give it a lot of credit for being unique, interesting and tasting pretty much like snacks, but overall the flavors were just OK. A sample was good, the novelty of it was diminishing towards the end of that sample.
06-18-2012 16:37:13 | More by billab914
SNACK ATTACK! from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.