Candi-Man | Indigo Imp Brewery

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Indigo Imp Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by adamette on 06-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by jampics2:
Photo of jampics2
2.34/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ruddy brown with red highlights. This 12oz bottle from the sampler pack looks horrible in the glass. No head at all- looks like mud.

Smell is OK, nice amount of spices, namely cinnemon and orange. Some sweetness from the malt. Not bad.

Taste is horrible, something's not right here. I think it's the yeast gone wrong and the beer gone a touch sour. I get some tree bark, sour lemon, sweet candy, and cinnemon. But it's a mess, a spiced up sour/sweet mess. No raisin or caramel from the malt, no banana or bubblegum, nothing that makes this a dubbel to me.

Mouthfeel was OK but a tad on the syrupy side. Not bad, just average - a bit more carb would help this medium bodied beer shine, even though a dubbel shouldn't sparkle, it shouldn't be like syrup either.

Drinkability just isn't there when a beer tastes like this. I fear that the drain will be drinking the rest of the bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BB1313
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dipped in purple wax. No date. Poured into a standard pint glass. I'll first start off by saying this is not at all what I expect from a dubbel, but it's a beer. Nice color similar to iced tea, very hazy, decent head leaving bubbles that stick around, not too much lacing but it's present. LOTS of sediment floating around. Smells good, lots of candied sugars up front. First sip was very sweet, almost sour. Very tangy. But to me, it becomes more balanced as I get into it. I'm picking up lots of sweet fruits like apricots and peaches. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, finished warm and dry for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice, good amount of carbonation, light and smooth; medium-bodied. Drinkability is average, although I'm digging it, the sweetness can catch up to you. One's perfect.

Candi-Man is a hot mess, but I like it. Maybe a slap in the face to the style, but as a beer in general, it's alright. Definitely interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One doesn't typically think of a Belgian Dubbel as a summer quaffing beer, but this definitely fits the bill. The smell is yeasty and the flavor is slightly sweet with a subtle yeast sourness. The 7.2% ABV is very much hidden, and this basically tastes like a slightly stronger / more concentrated version of Imp's Blonde / Jester. This is a very refreshing beer that tasted great after a two mile bike ride.

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Photo of sitarist
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its an American Wild Ale!

Pours the brown, the color of the Cuyahoga river. The head is of white and falls right away with no lacing.

It has a funked up, sweet, overripe fruit smell. Not bad not great!

It taste like too much cinnamon and / or nutmeg. Anything good going on is overpowered by the spice.

The body is light with a mild fizzy carbonation.

Goes down easy, but has a long cloying aftertaste of cinnamon. They just missed the mark with this one.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a waxed 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Two fingers of lemon colored foam settled on top of the dark amber/ruby body. The head had decent retention time, fading down to a single finger, leaving a good amount of lace behind.

The nose has some bready malts and caramel characters up front. Maybe a little cinnamon or nutmeg (spicy - almost) in the background.

Hmm...the taste is pretty strange. You get a lot of the Belgian yeast and malt flavors expected from a Dubble, but the middle has a strange (candi!) sweet flavor, probably from the cinnamon/nutmeg aroma. Fermented fruits, caramel malts and bread round out the flavors.

Medium bodied, sticky with moderate carbonation sums up the mouth feel.

Man...I cannot tell if this is drinkable or not! It is strange and unusual, which makes it worth trying, but I am not so sure I would seek this out again...

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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a NB tulip glass a slighlty cloudy bright amber orange color with a 1/2 finger slightly tan head that recedes quickly. Raisin, clove, miminal spice, and slight booze are all found in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty sweet start with both a mix of some dark fruit along with some apple. Some booze notes as well, especially in the end. Ends kind of flat. Overall, not bad but not really extremely memorable as well. It has a semi sweet tart start that was slightly surprising. Really no lace left at all.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip. not much of a head. good looking crimson/brown color.

nose is somewhat sweet smelling, rummy. dark fruit, plum. faint caramel. bit of alcohol.

this really reminds me of rochefort 10 but toned down which really isn't a bad thing. raisny-plummy flavors going on. somewhat of a hot medicinal phenolic flavor. caramel sweetness, bit of rum. faint roastiness in the finish.

this beer could stand to use a bit more carbonation but it's good. not really a dubbel in my eyes but a nice beer nonetheless. worthing picking up if you're a fan of belgian dark ales.

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Photo of OB1
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of adamette
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from one of the 12 oz. bottles that I bought as a part of the "small batch sampler pack" at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio yesterday, the 12 pack box cost of $21.99. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet (in honor of the Belgian Dubbel style!). No observed "best by" date but this sampler pack was just released so I am sure that it is fine (mine is the first review of the beer anyhow!).

From the card provided in the sampler pack: 7.2% ABV Dark amber. Malt and sweetness add to the complex flavor which ends in a moderately dry finish. This Belgian-style double is brewed with traditional candi-sugar. From the label: Belgian-Style Double Ale: Bottle Conditioned Real Ale.

A Very brief light brown head which lasted 15 seconds over a pleasing but basic opaque amber body. I am not impressed with this beer when I consider the awesome look of most average Belgian Dubbels. 2.0

S A nice Belgian yeast and sweet, syrupy malt smell along with a hit of that Indigo Imp "sour" sense which I have found in many of their beers. I do not smell too much alcohol at all but at 7.2% I wouldn't think that I might. This does not smell as inviting and to style as most other Belgian Dubbels. 2.5

T I am happy to report that there is not near as much of the "flemish sour" taste as in some other Indigo Imp beers (such as Devil's Wit and Firebrand) but instead is a nice candi-sugar malt and Belgian yeast taste. Not nearly as dynamic and interesting as my favorite dubbels but a solid taste and a nice tribute to the style from a local brewer. I will say, too, that there is an earthy organic, leaf like taste that is interesting and not something that I typically taste in Belgian Dubbels. 3.0

M More thin than I would have liked. The best dubbels are syrupy thick and sweet. This is no more than moderate to the feel. I do not "feel" the slightly elevated 7.2% ABV. 2.5

D Fine and better than the other two beers in the sampler pack (Devil's Wit and Firebrand) since the Candi-sugar and Belgian yeast taste are truer to style and easier to drink than whatever is going on with the other two in the sampler pack. 3.5

Notes: As stated above, a solid tribute to a Belgian Dubbel from a local Cleveland Brewer but nothing more than that (a tribute). For my recommendations for Belgian Dubbels: internationally try the Westvletern 8 or Le Trappe Dubbel, domestically try North Coast Brother Thelonious.

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Candi-Man from Indigo Imp Brewery
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 10 ratings