Ozymandias | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed as CBC's 23rd anniversary beer.

Added by axeman9182 on 05-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 42
Photo of Pahn
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at CBC.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown / black. Decent amount of tan lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and bourbon. Lactic sourness. Dark fruity undertones. Cookie dough. Floral booziness that sets everything else off.

Frequently sniffed to write down some notes, then went back to it just because the aromas were so appealing. Could breathe this in all day.

Taste: Chocolate and strong American oak flavors up front, moderate sourness through the middle, then a long fruity and oaky aftertaste. Alcohol warmth felt in the chest, but no solvent flavor (15% ABV??).

Huge flavors, caramel, vanilla oak, mild dark fruit, more chocolate than most sour brown ales. Unbelievably good.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Neither dry nor heavy or sticky. Not particularly creamy, but pleasant.

Overall: Another perfect sour ale from CBC. This one has huge malt and barrel flavors, yet they're so clean; it's not like a thick, overwhelming barrage of pastry flavors, but rather it's clean, clear flavors that happen to be bold and decadent instead of subtle. Marriage of these flavors is perfect.

Beers like this are why I think CBC is the best brewery in America.

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Photo of Tschnab
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very dark brown with no head and no lace, tons of alcohol legs.

S- sour cherries and dark chocolate, raisins and sherry vinegar, dark roast and raspberry.

T- the dark roasty and chocolate flavors work incredibly well with the sour cherry and vinegar aspects of the beer. The combination is rather original and stunningly executed.

O- a beer like this makes it wonder if CBC is one of the two or three best breweries I've had the pleasure of trying.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a very dark early pitch black with a large, creamy two finger head that fades super slowly. Very nice start.

S - Aromas of dark, dark malts, light roast/coffee, caramel/toffee, light creamyness, dark bakers chocolate, and sour fruits.

T - Taste is just as good as the nose, super rich and creamy, sour fruit (cherry?) jumps to the four front intermingling nicely with dark bakers chocolate, oats, nibs, sour tart fruit. Wheres the ABV?

M - Mouthfeel is just awesome for the style. Rich, silky smooth yet with a flash of carbonation, hardly any of that 15%.

O - Overall a solid, solid beer. Really dig the dark fruits, sourness, and chocolate.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at CBC
Served into a ~8 oz glass

A: Deep dark jet black body with a thin mocha colored head that settled a bit quickly into a thin ring. Minor lacing here and there, but some noticeable legs on the walls.

S: Huge red wine barrel, cherry sour notes, sweet bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and some dark fruits. Just a touch of alcohol detectable on the end.

T: A wash of sour black cherry coats the mouth, followed by all of the barrel character. Dry red wine and sweet full bourbon flavors, along with their wood counterparts are mid-palate. Roast, bitter chocolate and some sweeter red fruits are on the back end. The sour character cuts the alcohol notes nicely, wonderfully complex.

M: Smooth, edging just below a viscous full-bodied beer but close. A bit of a dryness you'd get from some wine tannins in the linger, but the carbonation does a nice job of breaking everything up.

Wow. At 15% ABV, a soured dark ale aged in red wine and bourbon barrels, this was awesome. I had fully expected the alcohol to take hold of everything but it couldn't be further from the truth. Very impressed. I ordered multiples.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a small teardrop glass at CBC.

Ozymandias pours stout-like, black and with some light mocha foam capping the beer. The nose is all kinds of intriguing, with notes of dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and a touch of smoke all shining through. The flavor has some tart berry to it, the red wine barrel aging apparent. Currants are also present, along with caramelized brown sugar and bourbon, the latter fairly subtle. Everything melds together beautifully to form a pretty unique beer. The body, while full, is surprisingly not syrupy given the ABV. The beer ia essentially flat though, and could use just a little more carbonation.Ozymandias is another fantastic brew from CBC, worthy of being their anniversary beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at armsby abbey

Big creamy darker color foamy head fades slowly lots of lacing pitch black color.

Nose super dark malts, little roast and coffee, lots of smooth chocolate creamy like, bakers choc, caramel, a light sour fruit like twang, little oatmeal bready, little lactose.

Taste starts rich and creamy. Right away a sour berry fruit like taste comes out with a nice tartness. Then more thick creamy malts, lactose, lots of chocolate rich bakers and cocoa nibs even. Little roasted malt, caramel, chewy oatmeal. Finish is more of the sour malts, light tart fruit, sticky malts and chocolate, no real booze.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, decent carb, barely any booze.

Overall quite intersting, lots of choc and tons of dark malts, and that really interesting sour malt tart fruit.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: comes in a small 6-8 oz glass due to high alcohol. Black in color with no head.

Smell: alcohol leaps from the glass, along with some oak and big malt and fruit sweetness.

Taste: huge flavor profile here as red wine, oak, licorice, prunes, and some softer chocolate tones are up front, but a mild sourness arrives late. Alcohol is very prevelent here, and is a bit overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout with some dryness and alcohol burn late.

Overall: this is a big beer that will last you a long time. Slow sipping and bold, this is not for pairing with any food - the sourness adds a nice touch.

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Ozymandias from Cambridge Brewing Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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