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Hornswoggled - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 88
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 43.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PorterLambic on 12-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 88
Photo of Rifugium
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on nitro at Cigar City, Tampa, FL

Burnt orange color, deep but translucent, with a small, dense, beige head that lasted well and left some streaks of lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma, caramel, toffee, vanilla, light indistinct fruit. Really liked this one a lot. Taste reflected the nose, pretty sweet, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, a good dose of vanilla, which lent a flavor and smoothness reminiscent of a big, bourbon-aged beer, only without any trace of bourbon. Light notes of citrus zest and leafy hops, but the beer was mostly dominated by malt/vanilla sweetness. Medium body, smooth, creamy, tantalizing. Not for everyone perhaps, but definitely left me wanting more.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Engine 15.
Surprised to see that the Hornswoggled is a red ale; it came without a description and was very bold for style and certainly seemed to be a hazelnut brown.

Clear dark brown with a semi-durable head; excellent clarity.

Very mild aroma but moderately strong flavor. Dominated by hazelnut.
Mildly bittersweet, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: adequate carbonation but overly thin body.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Huge creamy nitro head. Beautiful lacing and nice thick wisps.

Smell - Very malty. Caramel and some deep roasted malts. Almost some coffee.

Taste - Super nutty. Caramel. Minimal hoppiness. Again with a strong roasted character.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, as expected. Medium bodied. Slight bitterness in the back.

Overall - Kinda meh. Drinkable, but I doubt I'd want a lot of this.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours light amber brown. Super creamycream colored head from the nitro tap. Smells like vanilla beans on top of vanilla ice cream. Straight up cream vanilla with some alcohol bite and a little watered down. Low carbonation, medium light mouthfeel. A strange sweet fonish that does not commingle well with the vanilla.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed on oak with vanilla.

Arrives a deep reddish-brown with a creamy, light tan, well retained head perched atop.
Smell is a well blended mix of malt, vanilla and oak with some light fruit in the back.
Taste is sweet, malt, vanilla and oak exceedingly well balanced.
Body is thinner than expected, just medium with a light effervescence to go with it. Smooth and very drinkable, even sessionable.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On nitro: a smattering of flavors with a milk shake consistency. Came out much darker then what I was expecting for a red ale base. Some hazelnut in the taste and nose.

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Photo of MPSTARR
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro tap, a very enjoyable take on a Irish Red Ale. The White Oak and Vanilla are a nice addition that complements the taste. Thanks go out to Cigar City and Playlinda Brewing for a great evening event.

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Photo of Zraly
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber with a tight head. Gentle aromas of oak and malt.

Medium bodied and carbonation is spot on.

The note of vanilla and wood harkens the flavor of bourbon without being a bourbon aged ale. Extremely good use of malts, gentle toast flavors enveloped by luscious vanilla that finishes off with a hint of citrus and earth. Sweet but not cloying. Reminds me a bit of Anderson Valley's line of ales.

Smooth and slightly on the creamy side, this is one delicious session ale.

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Photo of silverking
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap, and it was amazing. Tons if caramel malt in the aroma and flavor. Creamy, satisfying mouth feel. Do yourself a favor and try this one if you see it. It will pair very well with any pub food.

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Photo of jspooner
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is amateur compared to the rest of cigar city's lineup . Smells like a rich deep beer. The taste is full up front but empty on the back end. Taste like water with delightful caramel notes.

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Hornswoggled from Cigar City Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.