Beer Review: CIGAR CITY OR BLACK ALE

Beer Review: CIGAR CITY OR BLACK ALE

Cigar City’s High Gravity Black Ale, known as Cigar City Or Black Ale, boasts a robust combination of Ty Ty honey, generous hop quantities, and aging on toasted Spanish Cedar. As the second installment in a collaborative series involving Cigar City, Hill Farmstead, and Grassroots, this 11.2% ABV ale was sampled from a 12 oz. bottle and poured into a goblet by a beer enthusiast in Sebastian, AZ.

Appearance:

The ale presents itself with a dark brown hue, featuring a modest film of tight tan bubbles.

Aroma:

The scent profile is marked by grassy and herbal hops, accompanied by subtle notes of roast.

Taste:

Bitter roast notes dominate the flavor profile, harmonizing with the sweet malt undertones. The experience concludes with a spicy hop finish that pleasantly lingers.

Mouthfeel:

The beer unfolds as a full-bodied experience, enhanced by a prickly carbonation that adds an interesting texture to the palate.

Overall:

In assessing the overall experience, Cigar City’s Or Black Ale is undeniably tasty. However, it leans towards a drier and more robust roastiness compared to its predecessor, ‘Either.’ While preferences may vary, it’s worth noting that this variant elicited a slightly heightened enjoyment, showcasing a distinct character within the collaborative series.