Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash

Cigar City / Max Lagers Black Ash

Rated 3.550 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Cigar City Brewing

Tampa, FL, United States

Style:  Schwarzbier

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Back in early 2000, I was brewing commercially in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I attended Georgia Craft Brewers Guild meetings while I was there, which is where I met John Roberts of Max Lager's for the first time. He usually led the meetings and was always dabbling in one thing "beer" or another. During my stint in Georgia, John and I were always competitive. In retrospect, I realize how much I respect him and the quality of his beers. So I asked him if he wanted to design a beer together. It is contained inside the vessel that you are holding. Collaborating with John was effortless, as most of the time we were completing each other's ideas. We decided to make an American Black Lager. The beer is made with some unique grains and hops. We used Bohemian floor-malted dark malt, dark Munich and chocolate wheat to name a few. Mt. Rainier, Pacific Gem and Brewers Gold maintain the hop flavor of the beer, lending dark fruit and black licorice notes. As an added layer, we decided to age the beer on a nontraditional wood called black ash. The wood adds light smoky notes to the plethora of aromas and flavors. This beer is unique in that it features smoky characteristics despite the fact that we didn't use anything smoked in the brewing process. Prepare to venture to the dark side with this hoppy, mocha lager. - Wayne Wambles, Brewmaster, Cigar City Brewing

ID: 55513 Last updated 9 years ago Added to database 9 years ago

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Overall Rank2476
Overall Percentile95.4
Style Rank12 of 336
Style Percentile96.4
Lowest Score3.9
Highest Score4.3
Average Score4.100
Weighted Score3.550
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.3 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Near black pour, ample head and lacing. Initial aroma is of fresh cut/split white oak - exactly - with some cedar and red oak for good measure, then a hint of good smokiness lingers in the nose and palate, a hint of black licorice and molasses, more earthiness. I love this beer. Want more.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This was an interesting one to try. Aroma isn't that great....sour and smokey...thinking of ash reminded me of death. But, moving on...the beer is somewhat complex, is well textured, and taste pretty darn good. Has some bold flavors, but on the lighter side as far as drinkability. Could drink a lot of this if it wasn't so pricey. Glad I got to try though.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Comes out of the bottle a deep sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black with a thick and fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is seriously smoky - maybe a little too much so, though I love smoky beers. Flavor has a strong burnt malty overtone plus hints of roast quality coffee and roast malt, and a snip of licorice. Texture is thick, fizzy and smooth. OK, like drinking liquid ashes, but I like that! Hell!

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