Sugar Plum Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

Sugar Plum Brown AleSugar Plum Brown Ale
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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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Ratings: 281 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Coffee District, Delray Beach, FL

Hazy chestnut brown pour with reddish-purple hues, topped with a small but dense cap of foamy white head that receded to a thick ringlet and left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty and nutty, full of ripe fruit and light spice. Taste of fresh fruitcake, candied plums and apricots, sweet bready malts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Lots of sweet elements, yet overall the beer was not cloying or sickeningly sweet; there was a good balance. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, but fuller--and much tastier--than your average brown ale. Liked this one a lot, and picked up a bottle to take home.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Bung
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. Cloudy brown pour, thin layer, really just a ring of white on top.

Aroma, smells like a snicker doodle cookie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, light brown sugar. A Christmas ale for sure.

Taste, luckily not as sweet as the aroma. Still pretty much like a liquid ginger snap or snicker doodle. Faintest caramel malt background. It's just a tad watery without a stronger base for all the spices.

Just gets somewhere between light and medium body. Gentle carbonation, more would not really do anything though. Drinks easy, you just have to get by the spice.

Not bad, I just feel the same meh for most Christmas ales.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BobZ
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with little to no head leaves only a thing ring. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Spice (cinnamon) and a fruity sourness stands out.

Taste: The fruit flavor comes through with much less sour in the taste that was present in the nose. The spice again reminds me of cinnamon and does leave a warming effect. The malts are not really noticeable but for the style the beer is pleasant enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium body (to style) and clean on the palate.

Overall: Interesting beer (thanks for the extra Mike) and I’m always happy to try a CCB offering. I’m generally a fan of fruit or sourness but I did enjoy tasting this unique take on a Christmas themed brown ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thin head dissipates rapidly on a clear deep amber/marroon body.

S: brown sugar, toasted malts, almost has a wet sock hop not with makes this one smell like moldy clothing though.

T: brown sugar, caramel malts, toasted malts up front finishing with toasted coconut, dark fruit and spices

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Very easy to drink, full of flavor. fairly complex, definitly better than your average brown ale.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasty and spicy, very smooth drinker with herbal tea, Ginger, Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Brown head on brown body. Cookie. Filling, soothing after more bitter beers.
Ginger and spice in aroma. A cigar puff in the finish Xmasy brown ale, obtained through a mail order.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Sugar Plum Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 33.5% out of 100 with 281 ratings
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