Milk chocolate, freshly ground espresso, and oatmeal raisin cookies find expression in the nose of this formidable beer, with vanilla and a touch of coconut lingering in the background. Rich and viscous on the palate, cocoa and baker’s chocolate flavors give way to blackstrap molasses, vanilla, and cinnamon while a soft, smoky heat builds with each sip. Aging in brandy barrels adds a light wood tannin quality and pear-like fruitiness.
Steeped in the unique culture and history of Tampa, Florida, Cigar City Brewing began handcrafting award-winning beer in 2009. Cigar City Brewing’s ales and lagers bring to mind the sun and citrus for which Florida is known, while taking cues from the cigar industry upon which Tampa was built. Behind all of Cigar City Brewing’s liquid is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people in a space where they are free to pursue their passion.