Imperial Coolcumber
Wicked Weed Brewing

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #41
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,801
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 11.53%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
62
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Wicked Weed Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date bottled: 05.17.17

Pours a hazy cloudy amber orange with loads of floating sediment and a creamy frothy white foam head that settles to a ringed cap with decent retention. Smells interesting right now and maybe not as good as when it was fresh I can imagine, not bad nevertheless, fresh herbs pop out first with basil, then some fruity spicy juniper berries, spruce, some cucumber, green melon notes, gin barrel, hint of lemony citrus, peppery spice, mild caramelized malt, and floral earthy herbal pine. Tastes a bit better I think with more emphasis on the cucumbers, big fresh cucumber flavor, fruity melon, some fresh basil, juniper berries hinting at grape, spruce-like botanicals, gin barrel, lemony citrus, peppery spice, a touch of vanilla, toffee, mild toasty caramelized malt, with some floral earthy herbal pine notes. Feels medium lighter bodied, creamy with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a real complex and interesting brew.

Aug 30, 2020
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jxh107 from South Carolina

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

Pretty light for a barrel aged beer. Nice aroma, nice flavor, but a little underwhelming. With all the flavor potential advertised, I expected more of a wow factor. A nice beer, just might not be worth the price.

Mar 21, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is pretty whack, but its downright innovative, i just take issue sometimes with when a beer is more ambitious in idea than it is good from an execution standpoint, and thats exactly what we have here. this should be more clear than it pours from the tap, it should be lighter in body, drier, and way more carbonated, not that its flat, but this should really pop, and it feels heavy to me. that said, the flavors here are awesome. its more basil than cucumber to me in both aroma and flavor, and beyond that, it seems like a thai or even purple bail to me, not a straight broad leafed green italian basil, there are floral and spicy aspects to it, really almost has an asian flare, not italian, from the basil, at least to me. cucumber is fleshy and dry, an essence not an additive it seems like, and the juniper and gin elements are also seemingly subservient to the basil, but still quite apparent. a clean almost menthol inhale to it, but more graininess and weight than these flavors seem to want in my opinion. i love how fresh the botanicals taste, and how different this is overall, but the refinement is seriously lacking, especially for these guys, and especially for the price. the idea is great but the quality of the beer should be higher overall. cool basil aspect though, my favorite part of this...

Nov 22, 2017
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden body with a stray, loose, brief white head.

Smell: Wafts of basil perfume, cucumber peels, juniper with a sweetish, scant toffee-esque note to it and odd hint of tea dosed with milk.

Taste: Upfront sugared toffee, blonde caramel quality with a splash of near-forgotten cooking sherry. Then, it's a curious melange of basil, tannic sweet tea, cucumber, juniper and liquour. Each item haphazardly pouncing on the next until finishing with a spicy, hot booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: They took the original Coolcumber and bumped 'er up, not making it twice as refreshing and delightful, but, instead, made it kinda harsh and hot. Comes across as heavy-handed and clumsy.

Nov 19, 2017
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The particular version I had was aged in Gin barrels. You do taste a hint of the gin, but overall you do taste a bunch of cucumber. As much as I want to like these barrel aged beers, they always seem to have a bit of a "funky" flavor to me. It kind of reminds me of that funk you get with some farmhouse ales or saisons. It's kind of off putting when mixed with cucumber and gin. It would be better if the flavors were a bit more "clean".

Sep 23, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 5/17/17

A- pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention and leaves a ring around the edge

S- aroma is muted overall, there are some juniper undertones that is reminiscent of a Christmas ale. Hints of cucumber and gin barrel

T- gin barrel is more prominent in the flavor, highlighted by juniper berry and some herbal basil notes, also a bit of ginger flavor. Mid-palate brings out undertones of cucumber, the finish gives more juniper and herbal notes

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a thick slightly creamy finish

O- was a bit let down by this one, I thought that the gin would mesh better with the base beer. I actually prefer the base over this

Sep 06, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours Slightly cloudy deep golden color with nice white cap that lasts longer than I expected. Strings of lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - The cucumber stands out along with a hint of the gin. The basil works very well and compliments the aroma adding a nice herbed touch.

Taste - Wow the taste is huge, tons of cucumber and gin up front, the basil comes in toward the end and may carry just a touch too long. The barrel flavor adds some complexity and is also more toward the end.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated probably light side of medium the basil gives it a heavier presence in the mouth. A touch of heat from the gin on the finish.

Overall - I think this is a really well done beer gin/rum would not work well with a lot of beers but all the flavors work well. Only complaint is the basil carries a little too long in the taste.

Jul 02, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer that's as cool as a cucumber heats up with an imperial status and the power to boot, and with greater body and a boost of spice. Coolcumber's big brother certainly pick up where the standard-strength ale leaves off.

Bright gold and with a modest haze, Imperial Coolcumber's light and fluffy froth expels the same vivid cucumber, mint and juniper notes as the original, but its added honey notes and pronounced gin-like spruciness begins to steal the show.

Its rich fruit flavors carry the mellow character of honeydew with a light drizzle of honey. Its floral upstart soon turns herbal and grassy with the strong taste of caprese and greek salad conjure a Mediterranean fare. Seemingly parsley and cilantro carry a hoppy tone into a closing spicy taste of gin-and-tonic.

Medium-full and leaving a trail of honey and lightly toasted grain in its wake, the beer trends semi-dry with all of the bright and wonderful flavors of the garden well represented. Then the bitter, spicy and floral taste of wintergreen come out as the juniper flavors and alcohol close the session simply and succinct. But it turns out that the amplified flavors and strength that turns this ale into an imperialized one detracts slightly from the original's superb drinkability and herbal simplicity.

Jun 23, 2016
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khargro2 from Tennessee

1.94/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Interesting concept. I'm sure that they nailed it, but it would be a drain pour for me. Smells like cucumber, tastes like cucumber water.

Jun 25, 2015
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Falcone from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lovely shade of orange in the glass. Smallish head. Hazy appearance. Garnished with a cucumber slice of course.
Aroma is interesting to say the least. Green "gin like" flavors along with cucumber and a whiff of alcohol.
Taste is a bit of a muddle for me. I detected quite a bit of alcohol heat that I felt detracted from the other flavors. There is some cucumber flavor but it is not prominent. The gin barrel aging makes its presence known but I don't really care for the flavor it creates in combination with the base beer. Honestly difficult to drink for me.

I could imagine that some people will enjoy this as it is no doubt a well made product (like everything from Wicked Weed really) but I personally did not. To me it lacks the refreshing quality that the standard Coolcumber had and the flavors just aren't in harmony. Worth a try though.

Jun 03, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a light orange color. A small white head that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind. Hazy and half way between clear and opaque.

Smell: does a great job at capturing a cucumber smell. Very subtle. But does remind me of cucumbers. Lots of herbs and gin spicing in the back. Juniper is present. But everything else is very subtle and blends well.

Taste: opens up with wood, juniper and other gin-esque flavors. A slight bite of alcohol. Ends with a juicy bite of a cucumber.

Mouthfeel: almost light and refreshing but strong and astringent at the same time. Leaves behind a herby, alcohol taste

Overall: amazing beer. Perfectly captures a cucumber and gives of the strength and character of gin. And everything blends perfectly together. A great tasty, strong and unique brew.

Jun 27, 2014
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy layer with decent lacing.

S: sweet cucumbers and watermelon dominate here with a bit of fir-like gin aroma.

T: cucumber and watermelon here as well with candy sugar, a bit of clove, and a light yeast bitterness. A warming gin flavor brings up the finish with a slight alcohol presence.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is fairly drinkable for its abv, though just avoids being watery.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. The gin, cucumber, and watermelon work together nicely, creating a unique and tasty beer.

Jun 24, 2014
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bcp5296d from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at WW 05/2014

Appearance: Dark Blonde, more clear than cloudy. Minimal head

Smell: A little barnyard but mostly GIN and cucumber

Taste: GIN is heavy but blends nicely with the style and cucumber notes. The hops, basil and gin make this beer better than the original. I would have never expected these ingredients to mix come together as well as they did. Unique, original, fantastic.

Mouthfeel: It was getting late and my palette was not in the best shape but crisp and dry for the most part

Overall: WW goes where no brewry has gone before....again... and knocks it outa the park. Please bottle this.

Jun 18, 2014
Imperial Coolcumber from Wicked Weed Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 62 ratings