The Dark Woods (2014) | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 86
Reviews by Beerly-Departed:
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours dark, almost black, nice mouthful.

I'd call this beer Angry Chocolate, which, incidentally, would be a great stripper name.

Heavy chocolate taste, a little alcohol bite, a touch of bitterness on the aftertaste. Delicious. Served to me on tap in a snifter, it's seriously like drinking a dark chocolate bar with a little booziness.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

I had this on tap at CCB last week. Pours dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Not as thick as the CCB stouts. Has some nice orange citrus flavors and some really nice wood notes from the 3 different woods (white oak, french oak, and sugar maple) slightly sweet with a nice dark chocolate body. One of my favorite CCB beers. Hope they add this to their list of regulars.

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4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 32 oz. crowler into a Cycle Brewing snifter glass.

A: Very, very dark brown, and essentially opaque. Over a finger of light brown head sticks around for quite awhile.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate - but low aroma overall when it's cold.

T: Chocolate, dark cacao, and deep roasted malts. Some woody dry notes. Lighter flavors of coffee, creamy lactose-like sweetness (though this aspect fades as it warms during the drink), and a touch of tobacco (this increases as it warms). Some hop bitterness at the end as well. Sweet malts and roasted bitterness in the hang with more woody dryness.

M: Creamy and a thick heavy mouthfeel (but not overly so) – very nice. The alcohol presence is well-hidden, and carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: Quite a tasty porter, but the flavors just don't open up as much as I expected when it warms up. Still, it has plenty going for it as it is. plenty tasty.

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at CCB/RBWG-2015 event.
Poured with a huge frothy light brown head that took a very long time to settle. Actually, I finished the ale before it disappeared. This thick bodied ale has a rich aroma and a strong flavor. Coffee, bitter chocolate and some dark fruits appear upon tasting.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. crowler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black body. Big deep khaki head. Thick collar. Never fully settles.

Smell - Some hops. Lots of fudge and molasses. Dark chocolate and some woodiness.

Taste - Extremely woody. Has a hop flavor more prominent than the smell. Kinda fruity. Dark chocolate. Very woody. Oak. Some spicy woodiness too.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. CCB always makes a chewy stout/porter.

Overall - Well made. Possibly too woody, but that's what makes it interesting.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The House of Brews – Jensen Beach, Fl.
A – Basically black with about a half finger of creamy brown head. Settles a bit but leaves a nice cap.
S – Chocolate and more chocolate with a touch of malt.
T – Well like the nose this is a great punch of chocolatey goodness but not overly sweet which is a neat trick. Some very nice woody, oaky flavors and a touch of roastiness. Light alcohol rounds it off.
M – Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Slick feel. Leaves a bit of sweetness after each sip.
O – Delicious porter with a great chocolate palate. Tasty as hell. Amazingly easy drinker. More please.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

The Dark Woods (2014) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 86 ratings