The Dark Woods (2015)
Cigar City Brewing

The Dark Woods (2015)The Dark Woods (2015)
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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Old Ale
3.9 | pDev: 9.23%
Sep 18, 2018
Sep 01, 2015
Very Good
The Dark Woods (2015)The Dark Woods (2015)
Notes: Old Ale brewed with molasses and aged on wood.
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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheGent from New Jersey

The aroma is subtle and semi-sweet. Notes of dark dried fruit like dates and raisins, some caramel, hazelnuts/chocolate spread (yes, I mean Nutella) and offset dry oak aroma. A touch ashy.

This beer has some upfront malt sweetness, but overall is relatively dry and slightly bitter. It’s quite nutty as well.

Very low carbonation and creamy smooth mouthfeel.

I’ve never had this beer fresh so I don’t know how it’s changed over time, but I can tell you that I am enjoying it with three years

Sep 18, 2018
3.59 by Hop_God from California on Sep 02, 2018
3.81 by cd34 from Illinois on Jul 19, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by eppie82 from Illinois

Bottle into snifter. Deep brown, amber color. Caramel, molasses, sweeter tasting with some mild oakiness. Very barleywine like.

Aug 22, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

I have been hanging onto some bottles for too long, and this was part of my effort to reduce the older bottles. Given the rating on this beer, my expectations were lowered going in.

A: Light Toffee color, almost no head on gentle pour.

N: Candied fruits, figs, vanilla.

T: Figs, Vanilla, Caramel, Scotch. As this beer warmed, it tasted more like an English Barleywine than an Old Ale; but
English Barley wines and Old Ales might be kinfolk.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Although I have not had a lot of Cigar City beers, this might be one of the best I have had.

May 16, 2017
3.98 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana on May 09, 2017
4.05 by CurtisD from Canada (NB) on Apr 05, 2017
3.85 by nickfl from Florida on Mar 10, 2017
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Mar 10, 2017
Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Stevedore from Oregon

650ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a murky medium brown body with a slight toffee hue, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, not a ton of lacing. Smell is of butterscotch, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, light oak. Malty, but not in a terrible way. Flavour is more butterscotch but with a bit of an astringent bitter oak to balance things out, brown sugar, toffee, grainy malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, bitter oak on the finish. Malty as intended, solid but nothing to write home about.

Feb 10, 2017
3.77 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jan 18, 2017
4.23 by bcsbeer from Florida on Dec 10, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

This bottle was a gift from MHorridge during a visit to Tampa this past spring. Was a great visit and Im thinking this beer is a continuation of the good times.
Pouring the cellar temp 22 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. The beer pours a rich, clear mahogany color that reveals bright ruby highlights when held to a light. Several lazy streams of carbonation rise to the surface, but only a minimal fizzy head of .5 cm foams up and fades soon after the pour. The aroma is all malt with brown sugar, some toffee and a bit of fruit, which I think is figs. I like the nose, there is also a bit of a boozy note as a warning that this beer packs a little punch.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with average to thick body and quite a sticky finish, coating my palate after each swallow. Carbonation is very small but a little tingly on my tongue. Very drinkable beer for the size.
Flavor is as the nose advertised with a lot of malt complexity, brown sugar and figs here again. But now I also get a little molasses and some mild smoke notes. I also get black peppery alcohol bite, but not really any warming notes on the swallow. Well hidden booziness in this bottle!
I really like this style and love this example. Lots of malt and some sweetness, well hidden booze, and soothing physical characteristics.
VERY glad to have tried this one and very appreciative of the gift from MHorridge. I would love to have more of these just to enjoy the beer again.

Sep 05, 2016
3.75 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Aug 13, 2016
3.86 by BeerOps from Illinois on Aug 04, 2016
Photo of Marius
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Marius from Netherlands

On tap at CBC 2016, day 2. Dried fruit, caramel and dried fruit (figs, cherries, prunes). Bourbon too, smooth and enjoyable.

Aug 02, 2016
4.21 by cuvtcuv from Florida on Jul 22, 2016
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3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Myotus from Texas

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle (bottled on 29Oct15) into a pint glass. Consumed on 17Jun16.
LOOK: A fingers worth of dark khaki foam is formed after pouring. The foam head dissipates into a khaki line within thirty seconds. Mahogany in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Riding bubbles are not visible, but rather a large amount of small yeast particles floating throughout the glass. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of molasses, leather, tree nuts, plums, and figs combine with subtle bitter hop, sweet chocolate, earthy yeast, and oak aromas along with hints of smokiness to orchestrate a mildly sweet aroma that is well balanced.
TASTE: Mild molasses, fig, plum, and bitter hop flavors instantly bring a balanced flavor profile. Balance is lost as mild tree nut and leather flavors flow in next, but bitter hop flavors grow much stronger. Mild flavors of chocolate and oak along with subtle smokey flavors attempt to sedate the bitterness, but fail to do so. A subtle earthy yeast flavor and whispers of booziness finish off the brew as all previous flavors now maintain, including the bitter hops.
FEEL: Full-bodied with subtle quantities of carbonation. This goes down smooth and creamy while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. The beer finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness Due to the high bitterness. A mild and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it travels down the throat.
NOTE: Some people love the bitterness. That's personally not for me. I felt like every other characteristic of the flavor profile was well executed.

Jun 17, 2016
4.16 by sendbeer from Georgia on Jun 12, 2016
4 by WiggyKGB from Illinois on Jun 11, 2016
4.2 by dcmchew from Romania on Jun 01, 2016
3.89 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 01, 2016
3.43 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on May 31, 2016
3.6 by shehateme from Massachusetts on May 31, 2016
3.28 by 1424IpA from California on May 25, 2016
3.4 by Coorsy from Massachusetts on May 22, 2016
3.85 by Ciocanelu from Romania on May 19, 2016
3.52 by tim007007 from Illinois on May 07, 2016
3.63 by Chris-1911 from Illinois on May 07, 2016
4.25 by giediprime41 from Florida on May 03, 2016
4 by krome from Illinois on Apr 24, 2016
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Apr 24, 2016
3.9 by FaradayUncaged from Michigan on Apr 16, 2016
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3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a Cigar City tulip glass. Bottled October 29th 2015.

Murky burnt orange body color, almost red in a way, mixing with a faint very light espresso tan head that while short, is quite creamy looking as well. Settles to a bit of a bubbled puck and fine collar.

Really nice complex and varied aroma. Hints of soft honey, a bit of sweet caramel. Sticky and taffy like in it's flavor off the nose, but also very fruity in an almost juiced orange and plum kind of sensation. Hints of dark spices and clove, but far sweeter than hot, and more of a nutmeg sense. Lots going on in here.

Palate takes a bit of a dive. Very wet bodied mouthfeel, and little malt depth for such an aged brew. Fruity orange citrus and a watery caramel like flavor in the mid palate. Lots of bitter pith like qualities in the finish, that really linger and take a hit. There's almost a sense of burnt char to this that really lingers as well, that mixes with the bitterness strongly.

As well rested as this beer actually is it tastes like an extremely young/green American barleywine. Drinkable, but doesn't come across as a superior product.

Apr 16, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

Shared bomber bottle.
Seems like an interesting mix of styles. Both malty and somewhat hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with somewhat lively carbonation.

Apr 04, 2016
Photo of Sabtos
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dark reddish orange with a big tan head.

Prune and caramel on the nose, with some booze fumes.

Scotchy scotch scotch. A bit too much for me. Oak and molasses as well.

Apr 02, 2016
4 by Jason_cs from Florida on Mar 30, 2016
3.88 by kjkinsey from Texas on Mar 29, 2016
3.75 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Mar 29, 2016
2.25 by atrocity from Virginia on Mar 28, 2016
The Dark Woods (2015) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 106 ratings