Forgotten Island
Cigar City Brewing

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Quadrupel (Quad)
4.18 | pDev: 11.72%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Forgotten Island is aged in Appleton rum barrels, originating from Jamaica. This distillery makes the oldest barrel-aged rum in the world. The barrel lends notes of vanilla, molasses, orange peel, cocoa, brown sugar, nutmeg, hazelnut, apricot and peach. This plethora of flavors and aromas from the rum barrels intermingles with banana, clove, cinnamon, fig, plum and brown sugar aromatics and flavors from the quadrupel, creating a crescendo of elegance in a long flavorful finale.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed July 2016.

Pours a brown color, thin 1/4" beige colored head. Right away the aroma is more interesting to me than your usual quad. Instead of harsh dark fruit yeast notes, it gets all bouyed over with the rum barrel.

Taste also imparts the rum sweetness and depth to remedy my disdain for the hot, boozy, dark fruit bitterness that seem almost mandatory in a quad. Not it works. Right about now I'm wondering how it is you put two things together I'm generally not fond of, and the result is a product that works nicely. I mean, for being 15% abv, this drank like a champ in covering up that heat. There is this mixture of prune, brown sugar, rum, banana, clove and molasses that somehow works. I think the sweetness going on is the good kind.

This beer really did capture a tropical island vibe meets let's get day drunk even moreso. You did it you crazy sons of bitches, you made me like a quad. I don't give a shit if you think its an imperial rum & coke, there's some truth to that, but its still pretty good.

Jun 11, 2020
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brown with those tonez, bro. Demerara and raw cane sugar, light rum, lasting molasses on the tongue. Very sweet, but nice in a small amount. Someone mentioned Bruery, good comparison. Fun stuff. Cheers, handsome!

Nov 07, 2015
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monketeeth from Florida

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! This is an incredibly complex beer. Admittedly sweet, but what a dessert beer. Had it with piece of NY style cheesecake, you wanna talk about awesome!!!

Jun 27, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice sweet mollasses smell up front layered with blackberry, raisins, vanilla and alcohol. Starts off like it's going to be a sugar bomb but is tapered by the alcohol and oak. Super dry finish. Earthy. Pretty good.

Jun 17, 2015
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of El Cat club. Sat on it for about a year. Great aroma, great barrel flavor, but holy hell, this thing is waaaay too sweet. Probably should have cracked it sooner. Bummer

Mar 07, 2015
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ronricorossi from California

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank it on a Monday night during "The Bachelor", which was somehow just about right for this beer...

Yes, it's a hot, sweet mess. "Rum & Coke" is the right analogy, sticky sweet and rummy. But it's still a nice Cigar City effort. Not a home run, but enjoyable. A beer for the Cigar City "completist". You don't trade your rare sour to get this because it's a Top 100 beer; you trade for it because it's a Cigar City experiment, and you don't want to miss it.

Feb 03, 2015
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danwho from California

2.08/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Looked ok in the chalice. Smelled sweet, like candied figs, fruit cake.
Taste? Oh jeez, DDB was right, what a sugar Bomb. An overly sweet mess of a beer, maybe good fresh, but certainly not now.
Too bad, I really wanted this beer to be good. The description is so good, the product, not so much.

Dec 26, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.2.14
Bottled 07/15/13

A - Pours a dark brown with a red tint. A few large tan bubbles form and move to the edge.

S - Lots of run, some sweet dark fruits, figs.

T - Super sweet - run soaked raisins and toffee.

D - Low carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Smells nice, but super, super sweet.

May 12, 2014
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deschutes_fan from California

2.59/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

For some reason I had high hopes for this one.

Smells is strong rum, boozy.
Taste starts way too sweet and then the rum kicks in with some alcohol warmth on way down.
The mouthfeel is actually pretty good, but the rum and the sweetness are harsh and separated.
Sort of reminds me of a rum & coke cocktai, which I'm not really a fan of...

Overall, I hate this beer, partially because it borders on being good, but I cannot stand the sweetness. This taste like a stong rum & coke with added syrup. Toning down sweetness by 3x and the rum 2x would actually lead to a pretty good beer.

Couldn't finish the bottle between 2 people. I will say the flavors were really bright and vibrant, so I can see how some people might like this.

Apr 21, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this bottle has been out of the box for at least six hours, time for it to meet Thanks & a flame of eternal gratitude for my lovely proxy, moose3285. 750ML bottle split with my wife while watching Jake & Elwood. I hate Illinois Nazis.

Pour is surprisingly dark, because I always think of quads as not being dark. On the extreme spectrum of dark red with a slow, low jam of carbonation. The smell, oh holy diamonds, the smell is on a mission from God. Coconut, vanilla, rum, spices, pirate aftershave. Beautiful.

Forgotten Island blows my expectations into the stratosphere. Massive backlash of rum provides a tasty canvas for the brew, which is bass-akwards. Reams of vanilla, toffee, caramel, sea salt, molasses, browns sugar, spices, & other stuff I can't pick out vie for attention; more complex than Euler's formula. Mouthfeel is thick thick, the molasses & brown sugar carries over into a bruiser. Doesn't seem to be any alcohol. I'll ask my feet later, if I can locate them.

After all the teenage hand-wringing over "gee, we didn't get a triple barrel imperial sour stout" over the El Cat club, this beer kicks the fuck out Good god. Startlingly unique, with a fantastic use of rum barrels & what can only be a magnificent base beer, this is a beer worth savoring. Top-shelf.

Mar 29, 2014
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Brew_Bro from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a rum bomb. The smell is basically any mixed rum drink you can think of that you'd find at a beach resort.

The taste if basically a Jamaican vacation in my mouth. It's delicious if you like rum. I'm not huge into quads but this beer turned me onto BA quads and I will seek any out that I can get my hands on. This is a world class beer. I don't agree with the sentiment that it's a syrupy mess. This is a top quality BA beer. I wish I bought more when I had the chance.

Mar 21, 2014
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timc100 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plum colored with a light beige head - murky, completely opaque. Looks like a 15% beer - minimal head, big bubbles, alcohol legs and thin lacing. This is rum bomb - not getting much if any Belgian quad characteristics. Huge coconut, vanilla, rum booziness. Taste is incredibly sweet, cloying really. Tons of rum, though does not have the heat I would have expected.

It's a one-note beer with some excessive aging, really wish the quad could have come through. Really glad to have tried this and enjoyed the bottle regardless.

Feb 16, 2014
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dar482 from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a dark brown color.

The aroma is fantastic of rich sticky sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel, some sweet rum, and oak barrel character.

The flavor follows with almost too much sweetness of caramel and toffee, the moves onto spice notes, dates, dark raisins, dark brown sugar and the oak character in the end.

The sweetness really hides the alcohol and it was a surprise to find out that this was 15%.

Jan 13, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Another CCB brew from dboon. Cheers dude!

From a 750 into a snifter
Quad aged in rum barrels

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a small, looser, fizzy, tan head with lousy retention. Head fizzes away to a ring with a touch of wisp decorating the top. Transparent bistre brown body, mahogany perhaps, with no carbonation evident. Lousy head and looks pretty flat quickly.

SMELL: Big nose on this one. Alcohol, rum, wood, dark fruits and red wine. Vanilla and spicy alcohol as well, with a touch of milk chocolate. Very aromatic. Molasses with brown sugar, clove and pepper spices show up too, as well as a touch of nutmeg. This is very complex, but also very alcoholic.

TASTE: Rum, booze, oak and dark, sweet fruits up front. Lots of flavor and plenty of alcohol at the swallow as well. Oak, vanilla, rum, spicy alcohol, milk chocolate and sweet dark fruits are there, along with hints of nutmeg, molasses, cocoa and brown sugar. Very complex and enjoyable, but also a touch too boozy.

PALATE: Thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, goes down prickly again with a scratch at the swallow and finishes rather sticky. Lots of heat lingers. Prickly and quite light for the style.

OVERALL: This was really, really good. Wonderfully complex and well worth contemplating over an entire evening. The interplay between the base quad and the Jamaican rum barrels worked really well, making this a pleasure to drink. The feel was a little too light and prickly to really be supportive and the alcoholic qualities a touch too much perhaps, keeping this from being the other-worldly beer this wanted to be. Still, a real treat from CCB. Thanks again dboon!

Dec 28, 2013
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 7/15/13. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured a very dark brown; settled black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Caramel, toffee, raisins, oak, a hint of spice and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Extremely robust from the very first sip, so much so that it took a few minutes to break down the flavour profile. Big toffee, burnt sugar and raisin notes contribute a massive sweetness that is perfectly cut by a warming alcohol presence. Charred oak and spiced rum notes are present in the background to round out a fantastic flavour profile.

M - Full body, creamy and smooth. Light carbonation.

O - This was a fantastic beer but one that I wouldn't want to age as I could see it becoming cloyingly sweet once the alcohol presence smooths out.

Dec 08, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, fruit, rum, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and rum flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it borders on being cloyingly sweet in the taste.

Oct 28, 2013
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pjkelley82 from New York

4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a bottle share on 10/21/13

Was the best out of 15 or so brews... I love quads ans this was c my favorite all time...

A lot of the other people said boozy... yes.. its boozy.. but damn its perfect.. smell of sweey rum covered raisins and figs.. slight orange but the sweeter side of the orange.. all dark fruit with a nice boozy barell aged sweet smell... taste followed the nose and was exceptional... beyond exceptional... if your into sweeter malty boozy beers than this is your mecca.. overdone to the point its almost too perfect and you wish it would stop... nice smooth phenol finish with lingering notes of dark fruits and plenty of booze.. if you weren't into beers but into rum I'd say this is the gateway beer for you.. its a beautiful blend of sweet delisious rum with a nice barell aged quad in the mix. If you like quads then look for this one...

Oct 22, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally cracking the bottle with beastmaster. Coming into this a bit skeptical. Poured into a Hunahpu snifter. Pours a dark brownish purple with a small rim of brownish head. Some red coming through in the light. Aroma is big sweet plums, raisins, chocolate, brown sugar, leather, tobacco, rum booze, apples, peach, spice, molasses, vanilla. smells so freaking rich. Flavor is super sweet brown sugar and huge plums and peaches. Some coconut and wood. Big boozy rum that burns a bit going down. Lingering maple vanilla on the palate. Sweet stuff but surprising not cloying. Thick viscous mouthfeel but lightened by a decent amount of carbonation. This is much more drinkable than I had expected. As I get further into this it gets better and the sweet coconut and peach stand out with the rum barrel. The number of flavors and depth in this are pretty incredible. Pleasantly surprised on this one.

Oct 13, 2013
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gjoker321 from Florida

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Rum and oak up front with hints of the beach that develop into coconut and vanilla. Slight sugary sweetness on the finish that when combined with the coconut give a semblance of a pina colada. Obvious alcohol notes though not harsh or high. Not much belgian character to note. No hops. As warms leather, oaky notes become more apparent.

Appearance - Slight haze, dark brown with ruby highlights. 1/2 FB head which quickly fades. Head of large bubbles with dark tan apearance.

Flavor - Harshness of the obvious rum hits up front but never bites due to being washed away almost immediately by all the coconut, vanilla flavors that mingle with a heavy sweetness and leans toward the bitter with a strong warming alcohol flavor to finish. Wood character obvious in finish. On second taste this has some almost secondary belgian-like pepper flavors with a candy sweetness that almost balances.

Mouthfeel - Light upon the front of the tongue but drips into a swing at the finish leaving a distinct warmth. Medium - light on carbonation. No oily/slickness.

Overall - As I do not like quads in general but love well made rums I did not want to like this beer but I do. And I will go back tomorrow and buy my one bottle limit. It is a wonderful beverage that is extremely reminiscent of a bahammas cruise pina colada with a rum shooter. The belgian aspects of this beer though present are dominated by the tropical fruity and rum that I can only image are provided by the rum (coconut in a quad???).

Sep 15, 2013
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Netdigger2 from South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours Rochefort 10 brown with a finger of tan head.

Smells like currants, toffee, coconut, rum, and a little bit of yeasty bananas.

Taste is incredible. Rich and sweet with notes of the aforementioned accompanying scents, intertwined with hints of oak and dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is on the side of heavy with very viscous character that keeps the good carbonation from becoming spritzy.

Great beer, and a really nice surprise for my first El Catador Club bottle.

Sep 08, 2013
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Skrypt from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split the 750ml bottle with netdigger2. Won the pour by dominating him in bet while playing Risk.

This beer pours a thick, viscous dark brown with a thin, tan head. It smells of cloves, bananas, vanilla and currants. Was expecting more rum and wood, but it was very faint.

The rum barrels play a really nice supporting role in this brew, and the rum helps cut the sweetness of the currants and bananas.

I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting this to be a great beer. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself blown away by its uniqueness and perfect barrel integration. This is an incredibly smooth 15%.

Hats off to CCB for never failing to deliver.

Sep 08, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Not much of a head forms on the dark purple/brown liquid though at 15% I am not surprised; just doesn't have a particularly Belgian appearance

Smell: Brown sugar and dark fruit (dates, primarily, though some black cherry as well); the rum is quite distinct on the aroma)

Taste: Very malty, up front, with the brown sugar, dates and dark cherries paving the way for the spice cake elements to add complexity; by mid-palate, the rum arrives with a wallop, adding boozy sweetness

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Overall: Cigar City has done a nice job with the flavors and the barrel aging though the mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style

Sep 07, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light, a vigorous pour barely produces a small off white heads that quickly disappears. Aroma of dark sugars and lots of dark fruits, mild alcohol in the nose as is expected but never seems to overwhelm. The flavor is huge fructose sweetness. I get lots of brown and white sugars with dark fruits like cherry, blueberry, and plum offset with a slight woodiness and a hint of vanilla. The first sip found me tracing the liquid as the alcohol burned its way down my throat and into my stomach. After a few sips either my body got numb or that felling subsided. Thick body with a sweet syrupy mouthfeel, and a very light level of carbonation. Interesting brew for sure, a bit sipper but quite flavorful. I'm glad I have one to lay down.

Aug 25, 2013
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velcrogrip from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tough to do a review and compare to the best quads.. having never had Westy 12, so take this with a grain of salt. I have had Roche 10 and Abt 12, and this was better suited to my personal palette. Quads are not usually my favorite... maybe westy will change that.
Forgotten Island definitely opened my eyes to how good these can be.

First thing I noticed was the smell. My nose tingled... maybe it was delight? maybe it was the 15% abv? maybe both. Just a great smelling beer. Color was very dark, similar to what I remember from Roche 10... maybe a tad darker.

Mild to moderate sweetness seems to really accentuate the traditional quad profile. Mild oak comes through as well... nothing is overpowering. Just a well put together beer, regardless of style.

It didn't taste like a 15% abv... it was nice and pleasant all around. I felt it after though. Maybe I should have had a smaller pour. my 33 cl St Bernadus goblet might have been a bit much for that one.... ahh who am I kidding. It was worth it!

All in all... really liking this beer! My favorite Quad.... so far. Here's looking at you Westy!

Aug 16, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Small khaki head. Gone quickly.

Smell - Lots of rum. Vanilla and oak come through. Dark fruits. Booze and brown sugar.

Taste - Huge rum characteristic. Fruity. Very sweet. Brown sugar and caramel. Finishes with a rum barrel alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Heavy, boozy, very sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Well this is huge and boozy, but tasty. Bruery-esque. The barrel is nice, but I bet this quad wouldn't taste anywhere as good without the barrel.

Aug 11, 2013
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