Illuminating The Path | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Illuminating the Path is a collaboration with Ecliptic Brewing out of Portland, Oregon. The concept behind this beer was to connect Oregon and Florida, which brought several raw materials to mind. John Harris of Ecliptic and myself decided to use rose hips and marionberries, indigenous to Oregon, plus hibiscus and acai berries from Florida. The recipe for the beer was designed with these ingredients in mind, and then aged in pinot noir barrels from Oregon. The result is dark, with big fruity notes, balanced by vinous wine-like notes. We wanted to balance the concept of beer and wine and believe we have done that successfully.

Added by GatorLCA on 10-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
277
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
53
For Trade:
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3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Bottled 10/24/13.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, funk, red wine, and slight cheese flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but has some off flavors that aren't all that pleasant.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

heck of an interesting beer right here. pouring a purple tinted brown color with a lot of cloudiness and a short tan head. I smell a lot here, especially the pinot noir barrels it was aged in. I also smell blueberries, although they aren't present, that's the fruit I get, although I am admittedly not particularly familiar with the berries in this beer. I taste a lot of chocolate in the finish, a very interesting combination with the tart fruit. its quite acidic and tannic, likely from the influence of the wine barrel, but it compliments the sweetness. darker than expected malt bill with some toasty roasty notes, but still light enough to let the fruit shine. honestly this one was a little odd for me. no doubting the quality, but the mix of flavors was just foreign and strange to me, and reduced its drinkability as a result. smooth feel though despite the acid, and an enjoyable brew overall, but not one I am in a hurry to drink again.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Large shared bottle.

Flavor: somewhat pronounced wine barrel aging effects hint at brandy or liquor. Sweet with a tart and fruity aftertaste.

Feel: Near syrupy full body

O: Complex and highly distinctive. This spiced, wine-barrel aged, lightly sour, imperial stout is likely to have both advocates and critics.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Sharp acidic sourness along with some rotten flavors

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Illuminating The Path from Cigar City Brewing
4.11 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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