Cigar City / Evil Twin Columella | Cigar City Brewing

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3.73/5
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89 Ratings
Cigar City / Evil Twin ColumellaCigar City / Evil Twin Columella
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This ale was inspired by the origins of a Greek wine called Retsina, which was produced over 2,000 years ago. The Greeks used ancient vessels for storage and transport of the wine that were made of mostly ceramic called amphora. These vessels pre-dated the more common storage vessel of today, wooden barrels. Ceramic was susceptible to flaws and breakage, allowing more oxygen ingress into the wine. The Greeks found a solution to mending these vessels by using sap from the Aleppo Pine which we emulate by aging the beer on spruce wood. The resulting unique aromatic character became so popular with the Grecian people that they continued this method following the discovery and dominance of wood barrels.

Added by jhartley on 07-19-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
89
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Hazy amber body, heavy bubles throughout with a white (orange-tinted) head rising to about one finger's length.

Smell: Nice distinct scent, heavy alcohol feel which kinda has a dark fruit aroma.

Taste: Nice complex taste, you feel slight sweetness at the end with a hard barley feel. I will be honest, has a heavy grape feel almost like wine...honey notes with a woody bitterness...this brew is just all over the place. Very good.

Mouth: Syrup like finish, sticks but leaves very quickly.

Overall: I factor in a lot of things when I review a brew. Granted it's very limited availability I grade this one with a slight curve but then again there are a lot better barleywines out there. Good enough to grab but wouldnt hunt the word for it. Salud!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnyb
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

32 oz. crowler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear brown body. Medium white head head. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells very grapey. Sweet. Lots of caramel. Some piney hops.

Taste - Really sweet. Lots of caramel. Some pine hops up front and then a little bit of bitterness. Brown sugar sweetness turns into a grapey sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and extremely sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's all sugar. The grape just adds a different sugar.

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Photo of Gmann
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pretty darkish amber color with a short dense khaki head that settles into a puffy cap with a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sugary sweet with some toffee and caramel notes. There is some musty grape notes. Spot on English barley wine aromas.

The aroma is malty sweet with lots of toffee and caramel notes. The next wave is quite fruity. The grape comes through musty with light oaky notes. The grape flavor is quite enjoyable.

The beer is quite sweet. It balances on the syrupy edge but doesn't cross it. Actually has a decent finish considering how sweet the beer is. The abv is sneaky as it doesn't hit at first but you can feel the warming effects. Perhaps a touch of hops but not to the degree I would consider this an American barley wine.

A sipper for sure. Good dessert beer. Good English barley wine.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gator_Chomp
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: medium amber and clear, two fingers of head left lacy mess down the glass

S: caramel, toffee, moldy ripe fruit, earthy and dry hops, something like shellac/pine resin

T: sweetness offset by mild hop action and something chewy and herbal; toffees and sweet resin with an almost savory undercurrent; flavors of instant coffee and caramel

M: smooth and slick, medium-to-full bodied, nice chewiness, some lingering tack and stick

O: quite impressed - hoping that scores will go up as more people come across it - something like a cleaner, brighter Bigfoot - decent balance between sweetness and hops - very smooth and elegant. Pricey, but not something fans of the style should pass up - probably a win for most.

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Photo of campfirebrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving lots of wispy lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malts are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts and some hints of toffee, malty sweetness and alcohol. As the beer warms up, hints of spruce become noticeable.
M; It feels medium- to full-bodied and somewhat sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warmth in the finish from the alcohol.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but does a relatively good job at hiding most of its alcohol. The spruce-like flavors in the taste are rather unique and I’m assuming that these are a result of the wood aging process.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Boccu
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Little flat on flavor but still very good

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Photo of hopkrid
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Bomber releases a deep crimson brown brew into my snifter. A half finger crown builds with a frothy texture but poor retention. Bubbly millimeter ring drops spotty lacing onto the glass.

S- Classic Barleywine/Old Ale aged caramel sweets up front rounded out by notes of raisin, tart grape juice, spice, slight pine, a touch of cocoa and figs. Pine sap opens with warmth.

T- Almost a carbon copy of the aroma with the brightness of the fruity elements drowning out quite a bit to the malts and alcohol tones. Hops open up more here as well with the pine and earthiness shining through beyond the base of heavy caramel, raisin, dusty cocoa, toasted nuts and a hint of grape juice.

MF- For the style it hits with a medium body that gets cut into by the high alcohol. Slick and just a tad foamy frothy in texture. Ends borderline hot towards the end of the experience.

First sniffs and sips were a bit deceiving making it seem like a simple caramel bomb but time and sipping really opens it up with a crafty blend of sweets, pine and deeper malt complexity. Missing that spruce but its not needed as the brew delivers a punch of flavor and strength.

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Photo of masterofsparks
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of suckaj
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danny1217
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Cigar City / Evil Twin Columella from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 89 ratings