Chocolate Chip Pancake | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by oline73 on 02-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 40
Photo of Sabtos
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown with a thin, light tan head.

Sweet chocolate chip and sticky maple syrup aromas.

Syrup! Chocolate chips! Butter even!

This tastes exactly as advertised, to the point that I'm a little scared to know how they did this!

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Photo of jegross2
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Chocolate Chip Pancake Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 95

Tap pour served in a Hunahpu's Day taster glass and enjoyed on 03/08/14.

Appearance: Pours a brown syrup color, with a thin layer of head. Light browning of the glass from swirling, minimal lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Smells exactly like the name promises. Chocolate chips, pancakes, light vanilla, and lots of syrup. Wow. Not super complex, but quite enticing and evocative of breakfast. 4.75/5

Taste: Tastes like chocolate malt pancakes slathered in syrup without the viscosity, oddly enough. Finishes with lots of the syrup. Has a nice light underlying bitterness that adds a good balance. Tasty! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, okay carbonation. A bit waterier than most beers of this flavor profile. Wish that it had a little more oomph. 3.25/5

Overall: A really nice smelling and tasting beer that lacks the mouthfeel it deserves. I guess it is a brown ale base, though, so maybe I should not be overly critical of that?

Cost: Unknown (all tap pours at Hunahpu's Day were included as part of the $50 ticket price).

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Medium colored brown. Clear. Moderate light tan colored head. Little lacing. Smell is wonderful: sweet, syrupy, light maple syrup, though its more like Aunt Jamima syrup than pure maple, but it works. However the taste is thin and bready. Maybe some caramel malt and little darker malt, but there is very little sweetness and no chocolate. Body is very thin, both for the style and the concept. Overall, an interesting, but not overly impressive beer.

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Photo of AltBock
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cigar City on Feb 12, 2013 for their Growler Tuesday event. I was able to get two 32oz. growlers of this unique brew. I had no other choice than to pour this beer into a Cigar City Snifter.

The color was almost as unique as the beer's name. Did it look like chocolate chip pancakes? Not quite. It appeared at first to pour a mahogany brown, but when light was put to the beer, it was more of a redwood color. The head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and light tan/dirty white in color. It was one of those black hole colors. It wasn't white and it wasn't tan either. The retention was a little too fast for my liking. This fast head of foam only managed to leave behind a ring or two. No spots or lace. Just the rings.

The strong aroma of maple syrup came pouring out of the bottle when I popped the topper. It caught me off guard. I thought I opened a bottle of maple syrup and not a growler of beer. When it was poured, the maple syrup calmed down, but it was still hiding in the corners of the aroma. The strong maple syrup gave way to chocolate malt, a hand full of chocolate chips, a dab of peanut butter, and a subtle whiff of pancake batter. Very unique.

The taste was just as unique as the smell. The taste wasn't as sweet as the aroma though. It was more on the dry side of things. The first taste that came to me was the chocolate malt. Waiting right behind the malt was the chocolate chips. After the chocolate ingredients had their little fun in the taste, in comes a subtle sweet whiff of vanilla, maple syrup, and even pancake batter. Certainly unique.

The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a nice dry semi sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste contained chocolate malt, chocolate chips, and a little maple syrup and vanilla. No pancake batter in the aftertaste. This aftertaste didn't linger on.

It sounds like a novelty beer that you would find at a pancake house than you would a Florida brewery. It is a novelty beer, but it really doesn't taste like one. This was actually a very good Brown Ale with pancake batter and maple added to it. If you want to try something truly unique, you better hope Cigar City makes more of this.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler into a tasting snifter.

I must say this beer was right up my alley. I enjoy brown ales and I'm a sucker for maple syrup. They really did a nice job blending the maple and grain to make this taste like pancakes. I didn't get much chocolate, but I'm not sure I missed it either. I'd have more if I ever get a chance.

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Chocolate Chip Pancake from Cigar City Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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