Hornswoggled | Cigar City Brewing

BA SCORE
87
very good
115 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional Irish-style Red Ale aged on whole Madagascar vanilla beans, white oak and citrus peel. Hornswoggled will confound, confuse and confabulate you.

Added by PorterLambic on 12-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Engine 15.
Surprised to see that the Hornswoggled is a red ale; it came without a description and was very bold for style and certainly seemed to be a hazelnut brown.

Clear dark brown with a semi-durable head; excellent clarity.

Very mild aroma but moderately strong flavor. Dominated by hazelnut.
Mildly bittersweet, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: adequate carbonation but overly thin body.

 414 characters

Photo of Rifugium
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: on nitro at Cigar City, Tampa, FL

Burnt orange color, deep but translucent, with a small, dense, beige head that lasted well and left some streaks of lacing on the glass. Sweet aroma, caramel, toffee, vanilla, light indistinct fruit. Really liked this one a lot. Taste reflected the nose, pretty sweet, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, a good dose of vanilla, which lent a flavor and smoothness reminiscent of a big, bourbon-aged beer, only without any trace of bourbon. Light notes of citrus zest and leafy hops, but the beer was mostly dominated by malt/vanilla sweetness. Medium body, smooth, creamy, tantalizing. Not for everyone perhaps, but definitely left me wanting more.

 689 characters

Photo of smithj4
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Huge creamy nitro head. Beautiful lacing and nice thick wisps.

Smell - Very malty. Caramel and some deep roasted malts. Almost some coffee.

Taste - Super nutty. Caramel. Minimal hoppiness. Again with a strong roasted character.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, as expected. Medium bodied. Slight bitterness in the back.

Overall - Kinda meh. Drinkable, but I doubt I'd want a lot of this.

 456 characters

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JohnParadee
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Dactrius
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours light amber brown. Super creamycream colored head from the nitro tap. Smells like vanilla beans on top of vanilla ice cream. Straight up cream vanilla with some alcohol bite and a little watered down. Low carbonation, medium light mouthfeel. A strange sweet fonish that does not commingle well with the vanilla.

 317 characters

Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On nitro at the brewery--dark, burnt red with a large, creamy, clingy khaki head.

The nitro has this smelling metallic and not much else.

Taste is old oak, caramel, and nuts, without much citrus to comment on.

Thin and dry.

 226 characters

Photo of Jason_cs
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brewed on oak with vanilla.

Arrives a deep reddish-brown with a creamy, light tan, well retained head perched atop.
Smell is a well blended mix of malt, vanilla and oak with some light fruit in the back.
Taste is sweet, malt, vanilla and oak exceedingly well balanced.
Body is thinner than expected, just medium with a light effervescence to go with it. Smooth and very drinkable, even sessionable.

 399 characters

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hornswoggled from Cigar City Brewing
3.9 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe