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Evander - Cigar City Brewing

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lare453 on 02-02-2013)
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Reviews by macrosmatic:
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3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color, but nearly clear when held to light. Forms a thin tan head, but quickly fades to foam; low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet brown malt, potpourri spices (ginger, nutmeg, allspice?), along with the tinny smell I get from a lot of browns (I don't know what this is, but I don't think it's "off"). This smells like a Christmas beer.

T: Sweet, roasty malt, with the seemingly standard Christmas spices. It isn't offensively heavily spiced, but there isn't a whole lot else going on here.

M: Body is on the thin side, low alcohol presence, and moderate carbonation.

O: This is fine, I think a reasonably good spiced brown ale. It's just not a style that I particularly enjoy.

macrosmatic, Feb 11, 2013
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750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Bottled 1/22/2013.

Appearance - Deep brown with red flecks. Decent khaki head. Wisps on the surface and a thick collar.

Smell - Dominated by spice. Cinnamon most predominant. Something a little more herbal to it as well though. I'm terrible at identifying these spices. Something like vanilla behind it.

Taste - A little more malt forward than the smell implies. Very spicy, but blended. Cinnamon and that herbal spice still dominates. Malty in the middle and heavily bitter from spices in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Even slightly heavier than medium. Well balanced malt and bitterness.

Overall - It's nice. Heavily spiced, as their specialty brown tend to be. Oatmeal Raisin is the apex of the series, but this holds its own. I wish they told you which spices they used.

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Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent Random Sunday Tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep red brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, gingerbeard, licorice, nutty, earth, oatmeal, cinnamon, and burnt plastic. The flavor was of sweet malt, gingerbread, spice, earth, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and toasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. If I am honest, I was kind of surprised when I picked up on the burnt plastic in the aroma on this one. At first it wasn't that noticeable, but then I swirled the glass and it drop kicked me in the face. Not sure where it came from but I am QUITE glad that it did not show up in the flavor at all. The flavor was a little more typical of the style but some nice spice and gingerbread notes that helped to keep it interesting. Worth your time trying this one if you get the opportunity.

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Evander pours out a great ruby-brown color with a finger of head. The aroma offers up some of the coffee and chocolate notes of the base Maduro, but with a big Christmas spice pile right on top of it. The taste has some of the classic Maduro flavors at first with some ginger on top, but the big spice hit that comes in for the finish is incredibly reminiscent of Sugar Plum. It's not quite identical in execution, but in honestly, the base beer is the same, and the spice treatment is very similar. The main difference would be more of the Maduro peeking through at the start, and a slightly more ginger-heavy spice mix with something that's adding just a hint of tartness on the finish. The mouthfeel is just about identical to Maduro - it's got a body on the light side of medium, with a very smooth feel. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this was another tasty spice treatment from Cigar City, but was it really about three times better (I paid 9.99 for my bottle, which IIRC was what I paid for a six of Sugar Plum this winter) than Sugar Plum? Not really.

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Evander from Cigar City Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.