Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash | Cigar City Brewing

111 Ratings

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Max Lagers of Atlanta GA.

Added by FATC1TY on 12-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +52.9%

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, nearly black with a large tan head that dissipates leaving good lacing, clear

S: toasty bread, chocolate, coffee, smoke, very stout like

T: quite smokey, lots of sweetness, odd for a lager in that the flavor profile is quite complex, dark sweet fruits, figs, raisins, tart cherries, bitter citrus hops, there's tons going on here

M: medium bodied, slightly sticky

O: very interesting and unique, elements of stout and rauchbier

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4.25/5  rDev +30%

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4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As black as it can be, not a chance of light to get through, with a one finger caramel head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Incredible predominant aroma of blue cheese and charred wood.
Interesting flavor of blue cheese, a bit of dark chocolate, spices, charred wood, smoke, finishes with charcoal, not quite peat, a bit of coffee, subdue citrusy and black currants.
Full body with low carbonation. Sticky feeling.
Great beer, very complex with unusual surprising notes. Recommendable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: this is very dark and opaque. Highly carbonated. Aside from the thick foamy head, the sides are all bubbled up like a coke pour.
Smell: "buttery" smoke. Unique and enticing. Nothing else stands out. I likes this.
Taste: much like the nose with a slight bitterness in the finish. Very nice Nd interesting.
Overall: kind of a one trick pony but it has that trick perfected. Kudos.

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4.11/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant tan head that stays around for entire glass. Pitch black body. Smells of wood, light smoke, and dark malt. Taste is dominated by dark malt followed by pleasant wood with a dry slightly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is slick and medium/heavy upfront and dry (aided by wood) on the back. Light hops and bonfire flavor linger afterwards. Probably the most heavily wood dominated beer I've tried slightly ahead of fresh Palo Santo. Very unique, but pleasant.

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4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, near opaque in the glass, with thick light brown head of creamy consistency... settles slowly leaving rings of thick lace down the glass. Smell: roasty coffee, wood smoke, chocolate note, toasted brown bread, berry. Taste: currant, pretty hoppy but not terribly distinct... vaguely piney, spicy, fruity. Licorice, woody; chocolate and toasted bread. The smoke + wood is nice and pretty laid back. Medium bodied with a super creamy feel. Not sure how I would categorize this, but it's quite delicious.

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4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a glass

A- Deep black in color with a tan foamy head. Little lacing

S- Overwhelming smell of wood. The strongest aroma of wood I've ever experience in a beverage. More so than any other wood or barrel aged beer. There is a slight smokiness or burnt smell to the wood. Very intriguing smell, slightly like the peat and wood smell of a scotch.

T- Sweet and roasted malts are quickly over taken by the sharp taste of of the black ash wood that the beer was aged on. The smoky taste is different than in any other beer I've tasted yet you still recognized it as a smoky taste. The wood does overwhelm everything else. Reminds me of the strong wood taste of some scotches. Only hits one note, but does it very well

M- Thin for such a dark beer, yet standard for a lager. The right amount of carbonation. Wish it was stickier, sweeter, or thicker to better standard up to the taste.

O- An intriguing beer. Well crafted and very unique. At times the wood taste overpowers but it has a definite appeal. The more I drink it the more I enjoy it. Ultimately, I rated it based on the fact it completely lives up to it's name.

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3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer pours a thick, oily, jet black with a dense, foamy, light tan head that keeps a low profile and has great retention. You can smell this brew from a good distance while you pour, with rich vanilla and coconut tones forward, an underlying charred wood backbone, woody highlights, licorice notes, and a tangy sweet blend throughout. Very unique nose. Flavors are roast and slightly smoky forward, with a solid bitterness behind it. Bitter and resinous hops characteristics deep in the backbone, with tropical fruit characteristics dancing around throughout, slightly under the radar. There is a pretty heavy smoked character that builds towards the end of the palate, along with some richly sweet notes of chocolate and tropical fruit. The bitterness that hits the back of the palate has hops and coffee characteristics. Light and effervescent at its core despite the robust and heavy lean to it. The aftertaste is coconut crème, bitter mocha coffee, and charred wood. The finish, despite being so heavy and rich throughout, is fairly clean, with only a subtle linger of sweet and bitter roast. I can easily say this is one of the most unique beers I have ever had, and it's pretty damn tasty!

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3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber

Bottled: 12/12/13

Thanks to Mark for passing this one along! Black Ash produces a dandy of a pour. The body is chalkboard black, no highlights make it through. A bubbly, lively, eggshell finished mocha head sits atop the body two fingers in height. The staying power of the foam is strong, settling but painfully slow. Big chunky, clumpy lacing clings to the glass. A good looking beer to be sure.

I have to admit, I didn't expect much but the nose is both interesting and welcoming. This lager is roasty and sooty, bordering on acrid but never quite making it. Black coffee notes as well.The black ash really adds some interesting characteristics I can't say I've ever comes across in beer most notably a blue cheese funkiness that somehow seems to work. It's like a charred up Stilton burger. Sounds strange, I know, but I like it.

The roast is big and dense engulfing every other aspect. Highly roasted, nearly burnt black coffee comes through as well. The roast on this guy is up there, way up there, bordering on smokey even. The bleu cheese quality on the nose has softened on the palate adding just a whisper of Stilton on the backend. I'm still not fully sure where that comes from but it must be the wood. Good beer, a little challenging, but certainly unique.

The body is on the plus side of moderate with a plush creaminess. Carbonation is there but soft, allowing the weight of the body to do the work. The roast is enough that it leaves behind a decent bitterness that tends to grow with each drink. Though not dry at first it gets there eventually, even a little tannic at times.

Black Ash is an interesting beer, one I can't say is comparable to any other I've had in the past. The uniqueness is its strong suit. The roast is turned up to eleven, bringing notes of coffee and a solid bitterness. The wood is somewhat tannic and brings with it that oddly enjoyable bleu cheese note. I can't say I would buy this beer often, and it's better split amongst friends, but it is a fun beer to drink, a bit of a challenge. A thinker of sorts. Interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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