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Forgotten Island - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 47
Gots: 94 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Rum and oak up front with hints of the beach that develop into coconut and vanilla. Slight sugary sweetness on the finish that when combined with the coconut give a semblance of a pina colada. Obvious alcohol notes though not harsh or high. Not much belgian character to note. No hops. As warms leather, oaky notes become more apparent.

Appearance - Slight haze, dark brown with ruby highlights. 1/2 FB head which quickly fades. Head of large bubbles with dark tan apearance.

Flavor - Harshness of the obvious rum hits up front but never bites due to being washed away almost immediately by all the coconut, vanilla flavors that mingle with a heavy sweetness and leans toward the bitter with a strong warming alcohol flavor to finish. Wood character obvious in finish. On second taste this has some almost secondary belgian-like pepper flavors with a candy sweetness that almost balances.

Mouthfeel - Light upon the front of the tongue but drips into a swing at the finish leaving a distinct warmth. Medium - light on carbonation. No oily/slickness.

Overall - As I do not like quads in general but love well made rums I did not want to like this beer but I do. And I will go back tomorrow and buy my one bottle limit. It is a wonderful beverage that is extremely reminiscent of a bahammas cruise pina colada with a rum shooter. The belgian aspects of this beer though present are dominated by the tropical fruity and rum that I can only image are provided by the rum (coconut in a quad???).

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4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours Rochefort 10 brown with a finger of tan head.

Smells like currants, toffee, coconut, rum, and a little bit of yeasty bananas.

Taste is incredible. Rich and sweet with notes of the aforementioned accompanying scents, intertwined with hints of oak and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is on the side of heavy with very viscous character that keeps the good carbonation from becoming spritzy.

Great beer, and a really nice surprise for my first El Catador Club bottle.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split the 750ml bottle with netdigger2. Won the pour by dominating him in bet while playing Risk.

This beer pours a thick, viscous dark brown with a thin, tan head. It smells of cloves, bananas, vanilla and currants. Was expecting more rum and wood, but it was very faint.

The rum barrels play a really nice supporting role in this brew, and the rum helps cut the sweetness of the currants and bananas.

I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting this to be a great beer. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself blown away by its uniqueness and perfect barrel integration. This is an incredibly smooth 15%.

Hats off to CCB for never failing to deliver.

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Not much of a head forms on the dark purple/brown liquid though at 15% I am not surprised; just doesn't have a particularly Belgian appearance

Smell: Brown sugar and dark fruit (dates, primarily, though some black cherry as well); the rum is quite distinct on the aroma)

Taste: Very malty, up front, with the brown sugar, dates and dark cherries paving the way for the spice cake elements to add complexity; by mid-palate, the rum arrives with a wallop, adding boozy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Cigar City has done a nice job with the flavors and the barrel aging though the mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style

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Forgotten Island from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.