American Strong Rye Ale "Dos Cone Es" | Cismontane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cismontane Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GRG1313 on 06-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by Brenden:
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer #1 8/9/13

A big, fluffy, well-sustained orange-tinted head finds its place on top of a big, thick-looking bronze beer. Retention is nothing to scoff at, and it clings well in patching well down the sides of the glass
A big bite of both piney hops and spicy, earthy rye greet the nose. Sweetness from malts puts some balance to the big hoppiness in here, even as some floral and leafy sort of notes come out. I might guess there was a pretty high ABV to this beer, but everything works together to balance out the harder edges of each element (bitter, sweet, and ethanolic) exceptionally well.
Again, piney hops and big rye notes take the stage, but there's lots of bread and caramel too, though hoppiness is allowed to take center stage. A delicious creamy, buttery sweetness comes out of the middle in the flavor as well. After trying four pretty good beers from Cismontane, they kind of blew me away with this one. A fantastic effort.
It continues in the feel. The body is big and fairly thick, a little crisp but mostly smooth and creamy, keeping the weight in check pretty well.

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Photo of pat61
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: hazy dark amber, 1” off white foam cap, lacy. Smell: Grainy, spicy nose. Taste: the flavor starts with malt and then rich hops roll in with rye spice. The rye spice flavors really make this beer. Slight vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel: Satiating - has the rye fullness of body, slight slickness and zaftig in a very pleasant way. The carbonation is medium. Drink it for the wonderful expression of rye.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to look perfect in a glass. You could put it on the cover of a magazine. Lovely slightly hazy deep orange with a picture perfect white thick head with decent retention.

Nose is medium assertive orange chocolate. There are more undertones of light malted milk than any other character. There is initially a hint of stink but it blows off. The carmel malted milk tones are dominant.

Mouthfeel is very rich, thick, luscious and creamy. Well balanced with light carbonation and an "expensive" feel. Almost a "melted milkshake" quality which leades to a complex flavor profile.

Flavors are big rich orange marmalade and malt balls and layers of sweet to bitter lemon jam. There is a big sweet front palate that gives way to malt and malt ball tones.

Finish is big and so alcoholic that it could ruin the entire presentation. I've chosen to forgive it, a bit, and concentrate on the big and bold pine bitter finish. But, there is no denying that the alcohol is so prevalent in this beer that it dominates the finish. The sweet finish is the alcohol and there is an extensive and dominant simple alcohol flavor and burn before you get the final hit of pine.

This is a good experience and a good beer. However, won't be easy to drink a lot of it for several reasons - big dominant aggressive flavors; high sweet factor; high alcohol in abv and in taste and finish. Damn near a sipper. In fact, I'd probably sip it or use it with big sweet desserts.

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Photo of Kevlee722
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleHunter805
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tapowers
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Mrose78
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good but overly strong in my opinion.

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Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of LBDriver
4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer reminds me of having a mouthful of graham crackers and washing it down with a 20 year bourbon.

App: dark mahogany, ruby red edges, white head remains throughout, laces thick, some sediment made it into the glass but keeping it cold would have settled it out i think

Smell: caramel, cedar, oak, pine, flat mexi-coke, some date, whiskey, deep pine hoppiness, little to no yeast character, alcohol surprisingly subdued- hidden

Tatse: graham cracker, soft bourbon linger, bitter pine, caramel, malt sweetness, rye easily identified, some booze heat, oak concludes the array of sweet, pine and bourbon, warming

Mouthfeel: thick and satisfying, rough up front (from oak?) smooth and coating in the end

Overall: fantastic study in doubling or tripling a standard IPA, fantastic example of American Barelywine, very unique, reminiscent of a more balanced and nuanced Double Bastard or an oaked and ramped up Bigfoot. The best of its kind in Orange County for sure. World Class

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jwswigs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of sohearn
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste like a barley wine. On tap in keg that was reported to be 2 years old.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This stuff smells like rocket fuel and peppermint. Alcohol fumes are the main first impression. Is it possible this was not meant to be used internally? Color is a hazy burnt-orange amber with a fine-grained off-white head in the Zunft Kölsch glass.

"Holy crap!" is the appropriate comment on the first sip. It's hot and sweet, as well as spicy. The rye does emerge as a grainy undertone. What is this insistent flavor of wintergreen or apple brandy? Candy aftertaste with something I have not thought of for years-- exhaling a menthol cigarette. Enormous fruit flavor, but more like malt syrup with boiled fruit cake.

From the capped 500 ml bottle purchased at Texas Liquors in Carlsbad. I don't think the year in the bottle has helped this any.

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the source itself in a small goblet. On to the beer:

This beer is toasted orange in color with a tiny hue of yellow. Although the head forms small, its retention is more than decent. The aroma is unique, offering a clean and crisp pine note, and smaller aromas of pineapple and passionfruit. Call it the three P's.

This is very, very sweet beer. While reasonably hoppy, this ale takes on flavors like caramel shots with clean pine, woodsy, vanilla, and oak notes. A little boozy, though at 11.5% ABV it's forgivable. It's a full bodied beer and feeling syrupy.

Fun beer from Cismontane, and quite good as it stands.

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Photo of bwarren82
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Jmick28
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pkalix
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

holy crap! 11 1/2% ? ? ? ? I had no idea....
ruby orange pour with little to no head. looks nice sitting in the tulip glass. almost daring me to start sipping...
I get super sweet malt-y sniffs; a lot like those british beers I so fondly remember. sweet toffee, caramel malts reminiscent of the commercial germans too! here goes.... so much for a slow afternoon of nursing my aches and pains with the pain killers... was doing the 5%ers for awhile with a Pliny mixed in....
taste is thick. and rich. definitely a sipper. sweet, molasses, honey, bitter caramel. but i'm slurping.... except for the surprise of the 11+% I was happily enjoying my day... it's a very nice tasting brew though. I am surprised at the drinkability. what i'm really curious about is that there are ONLY four reviews and those are from Michigan and Ohio? i'd like to officially rename this brew to DOS CHONES.... for the abv, it's a great accomplishment.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of fellowrs
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Justinnitsuj
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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American Strong Rye Ale "Dos Cone Es" from Cismontane Brewing Company
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