Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) | Cigar City Brewing

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Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gtreid on 04-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of nerdrocker101
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a pleasant surprise.

Pours a lightly, hazy golden orange with a finger of fizzy white head.

This beer smells like I just opened the door to a walk in humidor. Magnificent aromas of warm cedar and some spicy undertones.

Tart, fruity and spicy. The nose is somewhat misleading, but the taste does not disappoint.

Somewhat dry and very bubbly. Excellent beer. I couldn't be happier with my first fruit.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly tart green apples with good amounts of grass and juniper notes. Also present are moderate amounts of spicy cedar and lighter amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the cedar isn't nearly as noticeable in the flavor profile. Medium sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by grassy and slightly medicinal flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors dry out a bit and somewhat tart green apple and pear flavors join into things. Near the end of the sip the flavors dry out even further with hints of woody and herbal notes that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very interesting gruit moreso in the flavor department than anything else due to the high complexity. A good beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle was split between myself and 2 cousins. The pour was caramel/honey with a fizzy, slight white head. Lots of cedar on the nose, grass and some honey? The first sip was dominated by cedar, then it got sour. Once it warmed up it had a pleasant tartness with the cedar rounding out the flavor along with grass and honey. The body was light and it was an easy sipper. It tasted way different than other gruits I have had, I would love to try one not cedar aged to compare.

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Photo of jsanford
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a thin creamy ring of white foam.

S - Grapes (muscat and concord) dominate with some honey, spices, citrus and pepper in there. Definitely a mixed bag, like most Gruits.

T - Wow this is more sour then I would have expected. Tart grapes, honey, rosemary and a definite woodiness. Again, weird but good.

M - Slick and a bit oily with a fairly crisp level of carbonation and a dry finish. Slightly astringent.

D - I was perfectly happy splitting the 750ml bottle with 5 friends, I doubt I could have got through it by myself.

What do you say about this? It's a very unusual style of beer, presented in a very unusual way. However, I love when breweries push the envelope and CCB certainly did that. Very unique beer, pleased to have tried it!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange with minimal white head...almost non-existent. Not much lace results. Aroma is very sweet tropical fruits along with a strong cedar presence. As the beer warms, miscellaneous, unascertained "gruit herbs" make their way into the picture. Very well balanced. The taste is a little bit more off, as the herbs and cedar take over too much and it ends up tasting a bit like a holiday beer. Mouthfeel is of a medium body with low carbonation. Good drinkability. Unique, but not one of my favorites from CCB. Either way, it shows what cedar can really do, as this was one of the better--if not more interesting--gruits that I've come across.

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Photo of mothman
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2010 - 2

Poured into ccb snifter.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Color is a hazy golden orange.

Aroma: Reminds me of pine sol or some cleaning liquid. Odd musky flavors. Orange peel. Then I get flavors of a sauna. Huge cedar flavor. I like the cedar.

Taste: Spices and cedar with some fruit flavors. I actually am enjoying it. I do get that pine sol flavor again, but it is subtle. I get oranges and lemons. Big cedar. Unique.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, crisp. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a sticky odd aftertaste. Very dry.

Overall, a unique beer. Some good flavors. I like the cedar. Somewhat drinkable. I bit too much carbonation. It was cool to try this one.

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Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to tpd975 for the hookup! He's the real pimp.

Pours a clear amber/orange, maybe just a light touch of haze, thin white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace chunks stick.

Smell is weird, pretty funky, lots of pepper spiciness, woody, cedar spice, honey, biscuity, some fruity sourness, kind of a mixed bag, some strange yet appealing aromas.

Taste is similar, very peppery up front, some sour fruit and a bit of funkiness, quite spicy, some spruce/cedar woodiness, weird funky finish that goes slightly watery, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit on the sweet side but thats to be expected. A bit of an anomaly, pretty neat, and not bad for a gruit. Overall worth a try. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, label on the neck reads "Batch #2010-Gruit-02". Picked up for $9 at Abe's after thankfully passing on it for $23 at Capones.

Pours a light, clear bright amber color with light, two finger thick white head that has long lasting retention and streaks of foamy lacing. After sitting here for a while smelling this beer, I'm still going to have trouble describing it. Starts off slightly pungent and cedar wood chip-y. Slowly it becomes more fruity and sweet, with a light white wine quality. Mouthfeel is delicate and soft with light carbonation and short, clean finish with some mildly honey and fruit sweetness. Flavor is an intriguing mix of green tea, peppercorns, nectarines, plums, moss, and other medicinal and herbal flavors. There is a pervasive pungent note throughout and particularly in the finish my mouth feels like I'm either about to or just did throw up. I realize that doesn't sound appealing, but overall I enjoyed this and would happily try this again.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 into My Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.
Thanks go out to Mr. Guzman for the interesting extra.

A- dark opaque orange with a small white bubbly head that recedes to nothing except some lacing on the edges of the glass.

S- great smell coming out of This one. Almost like white wine and the cedar mingles in the finish to create a great smell

T- sour fruit tastes that have a slight vinegar like taste. The back half of the tastes is comprised of the woody tastes thanks to the cedar aging. Interesting but not my favorite.

M- this brew has a carbonated mouthfeel that is light and bubbly. Almost reminds me of champagne in this regard.

Overall Im glad I tried the style but the earthy herbiness was too much like a Hippy boutique at the mall

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Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tpd975 hooked us up with this one as a bonus in a recent trade. thanks greg!

750ml bottle labeled 2010-GRUIT-02 on the neck. sampled aug 10/2010.

pours hazy orangey amber with a thin white head. the head drops fast and leaves just a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is wacky. pepper and spice. a bit fruity. woody. whole wheat bread.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. bit of pepper. orange. white bread. bit of cracker. woody. light herbal character. bit of alcohol. hint of smoke. fruity.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. an interesting brew. i don't think this is going to become my favourite style, but it was an interesting change of pace and i liked it.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brought by grub I believe - thanks man!

Pours a medium hue orange with some thin lacing, quite light on the carbonation.

The nose is intense and unique. A strong peppercorn which perhaps morphs slightly into a fresh cedar sharpness, a bit musty, a hint of malty sweetness, socks and herbs. At first the pungency of this threw me off but it grew on me, love the spicy cedar aspect and it was bold - I like me bold.

Unfortunately the brew didn't deliver on bold. Light tartness, herbs, light caramel malt with a slightly fruitiness, cedar/spruce, thin tropical fruits, perhaps guava, a light spiciness. Really just not much there, leaves a drinkable beer but nothing too special. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly coudy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. Little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of... I don't know. It was indescribable. Earthy and somewhat spicy. But it was just odd. Not bad but unusual.

T - It tasted of caramel and spices. Lots of peat, moss and grassy flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer.

D - Flavors are hard to describe, but it was so unique that it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of boss302
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar Ciyy Gruit

A Gold to amber in color, clear, very litle head, in fact it was gone within the first minute with no hints of its short lived existence.

S I'm not sure what I smell. No hop aroma (as expected), some piney aroma, smells old.

T This is a good tasting beer and better than the aroma would suggest. Some medicinal flavor, but not so much to overwhelm. A little sharp in the finish. Interesting taste and made a good sipping beer.

M Medium body, sufficient carbonation to add some bitterness.

D Good beer, but the lack of a head takes away a significant aspect of beer flavor by not delivering the beers aroma. Perhaps something in the gruit killed the head, regardless of the cause, it is still worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/5/10.

Another fine treat from Cigar City made available during Philly Beer Week at Capones.

Served in a small snifter approximately 6oz pour. This brew appears a hazed orangish color with a lacing of white that sits atop the brew. This thin lacing atop the liquid also coats the glassware with faint spotty patches. The aroma of this brew is quite herbal with a crazy perplexing mixture citrus/fruity scents coupled with a smell I can only best describe as incense. It is like incense in that it is woodsy and earthy but without the smokey quality. Very interesting.

The taste of the brew is herbal and spicey with a bit of a tart dryness that flirts with indications of being sour...but it's not. Make sense? Nah it doesn't for me either. There is a lingering flavor left in the mouth a bit like orange rind. Medium to light feel with this brew and a moderate level of carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this brew but I don't have a good basis for comparison. All I can say is that it was different and I likes it enough that I got a bottle to try again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a delicately hazed, orangesque body with a small, white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.

Smell: There's always a delightful diversity to gruit aromas and it's a fun challenge to attempt to pick out the various herbs, roots, spices, zests, additives, etc. From basil to peppercorns to eye of newt. This one has a salty savory quality about it, with a touch of light tartness and suggestions of dried herbs, peppercorns, dew-moist wood shavings, and pickled root vegetables.

Taste: Bready maltiness with a slight cookie-ish sweetness is cut by a surge of lemon juice and pinch of Fleur de Sel. Addling tastes of rubbed sage, pickled ginger, and medium-grade miso. A few palate jabbing phenols scrap the tongue. Flourish of spicy cedar character akin to finely-ground white pepper. Modest tartness and funkiness. A bit more spiciness and cedar for the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, it is a gruit, alright, and a fitting one at that. They're definitely not for everybody. Even I only care for one on an odd occasion to mix things up, though I usually end up being thankful to not be living or drinking in medieval times. This one might pair well with something featuring a hearty, herbaceous tomato sauce.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's during the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a thin layer of head.

Smell: This is where this beer starts to shine. Spicy and peppery some hops, but a very strong cedar aroma, it's like sniffing a humidor. Very nice nose.

Taste: Peppery citrus, pineapple. Tastes like cedar, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Decent sipper of a beer. This was probably one of my top 3 new beers I got to try during PBW. I wish I could get some more of this, as was very interesting and very very tasty.

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Photo of maximum12
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to moose3285, who just sent me a box bursting with 100% Cigar City goodness. I believe that for his generosity I would never have gotten to try half the CC stuff I've had the pleasure to consume, this being another example...since I wasn't even aware it existed. Thanks Mike!

Poured out of that trademark lovely Cigar City bottle into twin New Holland glasses, this gruit looks like a sunburn just starting to peel & turn to tan. Smell...well, it's not appealing. Wood, weak tea, undercurrent of Halls cough drops. Not a good advertisement.

Gedanken Gruit is one off-the-beaten-path...well, obviously, it's within a virtually ignored sub-section of beerdom. The first impression is of strong pine needles (not hoppy pine, but the actual needles) impregnated with a sting of cedar, all resting languidedly on a gentle bed of spices, making it taste like a liquid National Forest. Less forward are tidbits of honey, reused grain, & the echo of the medicinal quality noted in the nose. Mouthfeel is very strange, with little carbonation & the feel of sleeping the night in a damp tent in your mouth. The cedar & pine lend a serious dry quotient to the beer, which leaves me reaching for it often to rewet my taste buds, which almost feel like they are shriveling & dying as the moisture is sucked from my oral cavity.

What do I think of this? What do I think of the Cirque de Soliel? The first time around, it's so weird, I enjoy it, but spend much of my time with furrowed brow trying to figure it out. This is a pretty good beer, & I'm enjoying it, but it's out there, man. Totally.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as well, decanted from a 750 ml bottle

Pours a noisy semi-hazed amber/caramel color with a finger of fast falling cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Tons of cedar, pepper & cereal once warm

T: Follows the nose, along with breadyness, grapefruit & a kiss of honey & some wet cereal aspects that I associate with this style. As this warms apple peel & cedar dominate, peppery notes contribute as well along with just a bit of honey dryness, Finishes semi- juicy with much apple, some dryness & peppery spicyness, deducting .5 for the OTT cedar treatment dragging this way off atyle

MF: Light bodied, near zero carbonation

This drank easy, but the cedar just over powers this & mutes the style IMO. It worked for their IPA, but falls short here. Got better as it warmed all the way up. Tasted better on draft IMO..

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Photo of weeare138
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a hazy, light gold with an orange hue and a tiny white head that quickly fades into a tiny fizzled out collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is strange...cedar planks, pepper, lemongrass, earthy, with a touch of juniper.
Taste is of the aromas with an oddball flavor that I'm not really sure I enjoy. It's not bad - I just don't care for it.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation but the spicing keeps it from being one of the top-notch CCB beers.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Batch 2 brewed in 2010.

The beer pours orange with a white head. The aroma is strong cedar and spices with some grass and pepper. The cedar really stands out. The flavor is heavy on the cedar with some honey, orange and spice notes mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of levifunk
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 split at tasting.

a - orange, murky.

s- smells like fish, wood, salt. funky as shit.

t - citrus rind. wood. actually quite appealing.

m - light body, good carbonation.

o - not a bad beer. definitely unique and far from mass appeal, but I could have drank a 750 by myself.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on 6/5/10 for the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

A - Hazy cantaloupe-colored body with a slim off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and misty veil but deposited lots of sticky, decorative lacing around the glass.

S - Bold aromatic nose with equal parts pepper, fresh herbs and cedar wood, although the cedar attributes probably nudge out the competition. Quite pungent overall.

T - Intense herbal character with plenty of spicy notes, although a slight but noticeable tartness emerges in the middle and lasts through the backend. The pepper and cedar characteristics work together quite nicely, resulting in a dry, spicy finish with ample bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a slight sour, tart quality. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - I find this to be an unusual style; nevertheless, it is a very tasty and flavorful style to say the least. The cedar aging especially works well in this instance.

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Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (labeled Batch #2010-GRUIT-02) received in trade courtesy of blitzstyle. Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a yeasty hazed, dirty light amber color with one finger of loose fizzy head the recedes in an explosion of fizzy bubbles til it reaches the surface leaving only a thin fizzy white collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Big, fruity and spicy aromas. I'm getting a lot of oranges in here, kinda in a Sunny Delight sorta way, apricots, chai tea like spices. Very interesting.

T - Taste follows the aroma but has a bit more complexity added in to round things out. Very fruity - especially peaches and apricots with light tangerine and orange added in. Light graininess, cereal like and a bit earthy. The spices used in lieu of hops don't really add a bitterness to the flavor but do balance out the sweetness here and add some nice herbal qualities. I almost get the impression of this being fermented fruit juice with spices added. I get some yeasty flavors a way almost reminding me of a yeasty champagne - giving some of the earthiness and a light dry bitterness that comes and goes and seems to be overpowered by the fruity flavors. Not really getting much from the cedar in this at all.

M - Medium bodied with a persistent and highly active carbonation. Gives a very prickly and tingly feeling on the tongue. Fruity with an overall dryness.

D - Interesting and very unique beer. Not something you are going to find every day. Flavorful, spicy, fruity. Excellent for a warm summer day. Only the second gruit I've ever had. The previous was an extremely thick, viscous and chunky beer which I was able to power thru, but wasn't on my "must have again" list. This is a much tamer, dare I say, geared for the mainstream, version of a gruit - which I have to say I am really enjoying. Glad to try this one, and would be happy to get another chance with this one.

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Photo of organicbrewer
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


A-murkey orange. quick disapearing head.

S-perfumy cedar. slightly medicinal.

T-wet grain. Low cedar flavor. Almost a dirty flavor from the spices. Reminds me of a mediocer bottle of Saison PIpex.

M-Fairly dry. No alcohol heat. medium carbonation.

D-what a wierd beer, but I guess I should have known that. This beer doesn't come together for me. It seems kind of clunky. Not bad, just not my bag I guess.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery

a - pours a bright golden amber color with a thick white one-finger head, good retention and lacing, pretty hazy

s - big cedar and juniper berry aromas on the nose, lighter notes of citrus (even without hops) and light alcohol, as other reviewers have noted, the gin similarities are there

t - like the nose, the cedar and juniper berry flavors take center stage, black pepper and hints of apricot also appear on the palate, alcohol is fairly muted, I like the fact that the cedar is not as overpowering on this as it is in the Humidor IPA

m - medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, active in the mouth, nicely balanced finish

d - the flavor is interesting and unique (my first Gruit in at least a few years) as well as balanced

Good to see a great brewery tackle this ancient style. Well done beer and well worth seeking out.

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Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
3.7 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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