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Sugar Plum Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Sugar Plum Brown AleSugar Plum Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cigar City Brewing's official celebration of Christmas. A rich-bodied brown ale forms the stage for holiday flavors which dance a festive ballet highlighted by pirouetting leaps of Christmas inspired spices. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, rose hips and chamomile compliment the subtle chocolate and light coffee notes of the malt and the addition of roasted carob and chicory complete the performance. Brewed once a year to celebrate the Christmas season. Pair with fresh cracked nuts, fruit cake and share with friends and family. Merry Christmas from the CCB family!

22 IBU

Added by tpd975 on 01-03-2009

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

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1.98/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: looks like a nice brown ale - dark brown, lighter highlights, tan head of a good size.

S: smell is full of spice like cardamom - very difficult to smell anything else.

T: taste is also overpowered by the spices; same kind of thing. Very dry tasting.

M: medium carbonation, medium body, about right for a "brown" ale.

O: not a beer I'd drink again. $8 per 750ml bottle is such a waste when you can get far better beers for that. This was really disappointing since it was the first disagreeable beer I had from Cigar City.

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2.14/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that's nearly opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Intensely spicy aroma with tons of ginger, pepper, cinnamon and others that overpower the light roasted dark malt character. Way too much wintry spice that simply overpowers everything else in the nose.

Medium bodied with a blast of harsh, peppery spices that overwhelm the palate and overtake all of the other flavors. Tons of ginger, cinnamon, pepper and other spices kill the dark fruit and toasted malt notes that are hard to pick up. This beer is a mess with just too much going on at once. I'm glad that I split it with a bunch of friends because I had trouble finishing a few ounces.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had a bottle on New Year's Eve that I'd brought back from a trip to Florida earlier in December. I could not have been more disappointed in it -- it's utterly lacking in body, like a Bud Light hit up with all the spices in the world. More than anything, it just doesn't taste finished. It's possible that with another several months in bottle it would improve (if it was bottle conditioned, I can't remember) the way premature home brew does. But I wouldn't count on it.

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2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I'm not a huge fan of brown ales

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2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml into Chimay glass.

Pours with almost no head over dark orange to brown body. No lacing.

Nice seasonal aromas of roasted spices, light fruity sweetness, and herbal esters. Somewhat smokey, as many CC beers are.

Flavors are somewhat harsh and roasty. Coffee grinds, ginger, and old cigar. No discernable sweetness. Not expected, or pleasant. Aftertaste is like next-morning-cigar-breath. There is a film on my tongue that won't go away.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for a 6% brown ale. Above average carbonation, but pretty thin... was hoping for more depth and richness.

One of the few times I have not been impressed with Cigar City.

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Sugar Plum Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 281 ratings
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