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Forgotten Island - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 44
Gots: 102 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Forgotten Island is aged in Appleton rum barrels, originating from Jamaica. This distillery makes the oldest barrel-aged rum in the world. The barrel lends notes of vanilla, molasses, orange peel, cocoa, brown sugar, nutmeg, hazelnut, apricot and peach. This plethora of flavors and aromas from the rum barrels intermingles with banana, clove, cinnamon, fig, plum and brown sugar aromatics and flavors from the quadrupel, creating a crescendo of elegance in a long flavorful finale.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ghscott, Sep 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Tone2467, Sep 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

CJS, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

cbhowell, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light, a vigorous pour barely produces a small off white heads that quickly disappears. Aroma of dark sugars and lots of dark fruits, mild alcohol in the nose as is expected but never seems to overwhelm. The flavor is huge fructose sweetness. I get lots of brown and white sugars with dark fruits like cherry, blueberry, and plum offset with a slight woodiness and a hint of vanilla. The first sip found me tracing the liquid as the alcohol burned its way down my throat and into my stomach. After a few sips either my body got numb or that felling subsided. Thick body with a sweet syrupy mouthfeel, and a very light level of carbonation. Interesting brew for sure, a bit sipper but quite flavorful. I'm glad I have one to lay down.

johnnnniee, Aug 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

jokermanboy, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

CajunMary13, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

MatthewPlus, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

beernads, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

madnismo, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Bejam813bucs, Aug 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

RayUF07, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of velcrogrip
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tough to do a review and compare to the best quads.. having never had Westy 12, so take this with a grain of salt. I have had Roche 10 and Abt 12, and this was better suited to my personal palette. Quads are not usually my favorite... maybe westy will change that.
Forgotten Island definitely opened my eyes to how good these can be.

First thing I noticed was the smell. My nose tingled... maybe it was delight? maybe it was the 15% abv? maybe both. Just a great smelling beer. Color was very dark, similar to what I remember from Roche 10... maybe a tad darker.

Mild to moderate sweetness seems to really accentuate the traditional quad profile. Mild oak comes through as well... nothing is overpowering. Just a well put together beer, regardless of style.

It didn't taste like a 15% abv... it was nice and pleasant all around. I felt it after though. Maybe I should have had a smaller pour. my 33 cl St Bernadus goblet might have been a bit much for that one.... ahh who am I kidding. It was worth it!

All in all... really liking this beer! My favorite Quad.... so far. Here's looking at you Westy!

velcrogrip, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

rightcoast7, Aug 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

maddicts, Aug 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Lare453, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Small khaki head. Gone quickly.

Smell - Lots of rum. Vanilla and oak come through. Dark fruits. Booze and brown sugar.

Taste - Huge rum characteristic. Fruity. Very sweet. Brown sugar and caramel. Finishes with a rum barrel alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, boozy, very sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Well this is huge and boozy, but tasty. Bruery-esque. The barrel is nice, but I bet this quad wouldn't taste anywhere as good without the barrel.

Alieniloquium, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Armando_Perez, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of mobius387
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

bottle date 7/15/13

appearance: cant tell if its black or dark brown, thin to little head, almost no bubbles, very opaque

aroma: huge molasses and boozy nose, followed by the dark rum barrel treatment. unfortunately the booziness is a bit overpowering

palate: uhh, this beer is 15% and it feels like 7. maybe half of it is lost in the nose, but its incredible how big of a change the booze presence makes. big body, not very acidic, not hoppy, goes down smooth like a quad

taste: molasses, nutmeg, sugar and grapes is what i get out of this. they list apricot and peach, but i cant pick it out. the rum barrels gave it a nice dark sweetness to it.

overall: this is the first beer in the inaugural year for the catador club. ive definitely never had a beer like this by CCB, and its very enjoyable. i think right now theres too much going on with it to make it one of their best beers they've brewed. considering its 15% abv its still amazingly drinkable, has a complex flavor profile and theres a ton going on, but its like it can't find its identity right now. still, its a very nice brew and im really enjoying it. thanks CCB!

mobius387, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Nicolay3535, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Lasering, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bellino13, Aug 08, 2013
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Forgotten Island from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.