Wandering Pelican Black Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by silverking:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A- really dark, clear deep garnet. Thick, rich, creamy khaki head. The head retention is nice enough, it thins out a bit but never fully fades. Beautifully defined rings of lacing.

S- citrus, grapefruit, orange zest. Bright floral notes surrounded by darker notes of chocolate and a wonderful dank character. As it warms up a bit, there is an ever present alcohol note.

T- though it isn't the first thing I notice, it is the most notable, alcohol. It kicks in right at the end. Anyway, it starts with a lovely roasted coffee and very dark chocolate. Eventually an astringent bitterness grips the palate (though it's not overbearing) and shows a bright grapefruit character. Then, the alcohol, which eventually marries into more roasted goodness.

M- medium bodied. It feels dead in the mouth. Lackluster carbonation, nothing really spectacular.

O- great. That alcohol though... Mouth feel was lacking as well.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light-medium body with light carbonation. Lovely dark but clear mahogany body with a decent tan head.

Very lightly sweet upfront. Good balance. More dark roasted grain flavor than expected.

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Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Culinary Cafe. Served in a goblet.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Thick collar. Nice lacing.

Smell - Lots of grassy hops. Nutty malts. Bitter chocolate malts.

Taste - Nutty malts. Light chocolate malt. Aggressively grassy and grapefruity. Very bitter. Lingering hop oils and astringency.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very bitter.

Overall - Tasted good up front but got a little harsh in the back.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Carob & roastyness

T: Roastyness, a little dark fruit & charred grain, some pineyness up front. Carob & roastyness as this warms. Some dark chocolate & even a little mint, before pineyness & charred grain dominates as this warms. Finishes piney, a little grapefruitty, & with charred grain & with a little woody

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, alright balance

Drinks fairly easy, not completely to my liking, but not a bad take on the style

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Photo of MrWilliams
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Haven't had many black ales previous to this so still don't know exactly to expect.
Poured from a can into DFH IPA glass.

A) 4.0 Dark brown with with red outline when held to the light. Poured fairly roughly and received a dark tan head about 4 fingers high including about a fingers worth rising above the glass, thick enough that it retained its shape without sliding down the outside of the glass. Very little lacing to speak of but the head stayed, slowly diminishing but never entirely dissipating. ( Note very nearly same results on the second glass with a softer pour)

S) 3.5 Mostly coffee and slightly burnt toast with hints of floral and dark fruit.

T) 4.5 As the smell indicated coffee and burnt toast were on the forefront. This was followed by blackberries figs and wood with just a touch of smoke. Low bitterness comes into play here, mild and not detracting from the flavors at all like some pale ales that I have tried. The finish is dry and bread like without being as toasted as the initial flavor.

M) 3.75 On the thinner side of middling, more what I would expect from a pale ale than a porter, but just thick enough that its presence is noticeable on the tongue. Would have a velvety feel other than its carbonation which is just a bit more than what I prefer when I look at a dark beer, even after the near colossus of a head that I first received.

O) 4.25 Overall I really enjoyed this despite the fact that I've had a stuffy nose for the last 3 months. Whenever I read a book where a superb "dark home brewed beer" is mentioned this is damn near exactly what I think of . Cigar City and Great Lakes did a terrific job with this, thank goodness for damn wandering birds.

Authors Note: My first review don't judge me too harshly.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Wandering Pelican Black Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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