Sea Bass - Oak Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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4.11 w/ 10 ratings

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by glid02 on 04-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks has to go out to steve to send this one up to me last week, a small growler was all i needed to be able to try this one. served into a pint glass.

pours out a light murky brown color with a minimal head and small lacing down the sides of the glass. first smell is caramel, bourbon, hints of fresh meadow like floral notes and touches of belgian yeast that all but fade half way through. dominant notes of sugary caramel then come powering through and pretty much close the show. smooth and subtle finish is semi dry and leaves me looking for another sip of the smooth and sweet elixar.

overall another super solid beer from ccb. what more could you want.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to BRoss242 who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from growler into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep ruby red brown with a minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and subtle spices. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was quite good. We were lucky enough to do a tasting of this back-to-back with the Red Wine Barrel Aged version. This one wasn't quite as good as the Red Wine version but still pretty tasty. The saison spices had definitely mellowed out sitting on the oak for sure. Definitely worth trying for sure and really glad I got the opportunity to!

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Photo of aepb1
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Hunahpu release from notes on 3-13-11

A- Dark brown body with a creamy brown head

S- Sour and some oaky earthiness. Boozey

T- some tart fruits up front, lots of sweet malts in the middle. Oak from the middle to the end

M- Full-bodied, creamy and smooth

D- Mouthfeel is awesome and it's VERY easy to drink

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3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I brought home two growlers from the 2011 Hunahpu release.

Pours a nice mahogany color with a dark tan, small head. Not great retention, it drops to a thick film and holds there.
Smell is sour, malty, vinous, herbal with a strong fresh wood note.
Taste is malty with the same fresh oak note. A dark fruit presence with just a whisper of hops.
Rich, smooth, full-bodied with very light effervescence. Nicely balanced throughout. The frsh oak notes are strong and somewhat off-putting. Not quite as good as the regular Sea Bass but a fine brew nonetheless.

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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Paul - thanks! This version of Sea Bass is aged only on oak.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber-brown color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium malts with moderate amounts of tart medium fruits - dark cherries with hints of pears. Also present are mild amounts of funk and trace amounts of oak.

Tastes good, the oak is more robust than in the aroma. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mildly tart dark cherry flavors and funk. Midway through the sip faint hints of earthy oak flavors work their way into things. Very slight vinegar makes an appearance near the end of the sip before quickly fading out into a mildly tart ending.

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

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall the tartness was toned down substantially from the standard version of Sea Bass however I wish the oak had more of a presence. Still, a nice beer that's worth a shot.

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Sea Bass - Oak Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 80% out of 100 with 10 ratings
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