Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. This is the newest of their beers to come our direction. The little story on the side suggests a few dishes you might pair this with, but also suggests drinking it with a premium cigar. Alcohol comes in at 5.5%.
Hazelnut aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel, lightly sweet. Very pleasant and I could sniff this all day! Creamy soft flavors to start. Nutty blended with lightly sweet chocolate blended with a touch of coffee bitterness. The bitter is just enough to offset the initial sweetness, not that asshole heartburn bitter so commonly found in brown ales. Subtle burnt malt flavors take over in the middle, and you will finish with some dry toasty flavors. Not overly complex and pretty much all of the flavors are muted; however, they are very nice flavors. Slightly flat and a little thin--I liked it despite those aspects. A really nice brown ale!
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