Cinnabilly - Short's Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. Yeeehaw! Cinnamon doppelbock - why the hell not? Sounds like a great idea. Funky brown and rusted, old copper color, probably a bit lighter than many doppelbocks, but it fits the "cinnamon" aspect nicely. It's almost completely opaque from the haze, and is topped with a beige head that pauses briefly before receding to a minimal collar.
A nice display of spices come through on the nose; lightly sweet, caramel malts, heavy cinnamon spice, doughy and sticky sweet bread. The cinnamon aspect evolves with time and opens up quite a large profile of aromas, despite being just one spice. Cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, sweet cinnamon candy, cinnamon potpourri, and even a mild hint of cinnamon sticky buns. If you don't like cinnamon, you're gonna hate this shit.
Just when you were thinking it wouldn't be possible, the taste comes through with even more unabashed cinnamon goodness than the aroma. Cinnamon spice, up front and in your face, like taking the cinnamon challenge - one spoonful and try not to violently gasp for air. In all seriousness, though, the flavor, somehow, never reaches ungodly, annoying, hot, or undrinkable levels of cinnamon, despite the ominous presence it does indeed have.
Mild caramels from the malt and some more doughy bread flavors make their way in, but this beer is liquid cinnamon, start to finish. Spicy but not hot, with just enough underlying sweetness to lift it above and beyond. The body is a bit thinner than you'd expect from a doppelbock, but it does the job just fine; medium carbonation with a slick, smooth mouth feel.
Pretty interesting and definitely cinnamon heavy - this beer won't be for everybody. Even with the intense cinnamon aspect, I never felt that the beer was too out of control or undrinkable, and it was actually quite tasty when all was said and done. I'd have like some more of the doppelbock aspects to show up, but it still turned out to be a relatively enjoyable beer.
Serving type: on-tap
08-12-2013 17:20:42 | More by tectactoe
Cinnabilly from Short's Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.