Gourds Of Thunder | Cigar City Brewing

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Gourds Of ThunderGourds Of Thunder

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jokermanboy on 09-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at Proof Happy Hour. Odd brew. Super dark brown/black with no noticable head. Aroma was heavily spiced like a pumpkin, but also had some cocoa and vanilla. Taste was very malty and had some resiny hoppiness to it as well. Lots of that vanilla/choc from the aroma, still tons of spice, a bit of the squash/gourd/pumpkin but mostly the malt/spice. Mouthfeel was pretty viscous and medium to light carbonation. Mildly enjoyable, but I think it might benefit from a year in the bottle.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

really good. good mouthfeel dark appearance
chocolate notes everywhere. I really liked it. definitely worth picking up a few. I'm curious to see how this ages the cigar city brewing brewpub never disappoints. I really can't wait to have it again...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cigar City Brewing "Gourds Of Thunder"
on tap at the brewpub, 23 December 2014
$6 / pint; listed at 6.7% abv

Appearance: Brown-black body beneath a dark tan head of creamy froth. Very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Dark skinned fruit, spice, dark malt, burnt sugar, almost floral-herbal as well.

Flavor: Spicy. Smoky. Burnt sugar. Slightly vegetal. Dark chocolate. Nutmeg is clear... allspice as well. FRESH... perhaps a bit too spicy. Develops an anise like component. Finishes with dark malt and spice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a slightly restrained carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: The vegetal note is not a positive, and it was a bit spicy by the end of the glass; perhaps some more aging would have rounded it a bit. At least it's somewhat unique, especially as a winter/holiday offering.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Black. Inky black, but doesn't look viscous. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - How odd. Chocolate and some licorice. There's a strange, slight vegetable aroma, too.

Taste - Much more chocolatey. Spicier in the back. Licorice is still strong. Still a funny flavor in the back. We decided it's the flavor of a well ripened compost heap.

Mouthfeel - Slick, but not a heavy body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - What a strange beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good black coloring and when I say black it's dark, flat and black. The texture was nice but the head had little to mount on an died quickly.

All kinds of aromas are in the nose such as pumpkin, chocolate, spice, nutmeg and tobacco. The tobacco is a touch stronger than the other scents.

The flavor is dry with a smokey tobacco, coffee char, a fruity center and dry chocolate at the end. The tobacco in the taste is smokier than the aroma but it is a tinge strong. The gourd flavoring came as the beer warmed.

The feel is dry, light and moderately carbonated but easy enough to drink.

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3.56 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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