Saturday, December 2, 2017

Cigar City Good Gourd (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


DOB: 8/22/17

2015 BJCP Category: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer (base style: N/A)

AROMA: Nose is complex with intense fall seasonal spices. Nutmeg, ginger and clove are most prominent, but other spices are present and create for a lovely melange. There is a presence of base malt, but there is nothing especially distinctive about it (not that it needs to be for this style). No hops (none needed). Wonderful-smelling beer that exemplifies these specs. 12/12

APPEARANCE: Deep copper/mahogany hue (22-27 SRM). Chill haze fades to a clear body. Large, tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Five spices are mentioned on the label and all five definitely come through at some point in this palette. First half has a dry spicy/tingly sensation with ginger, allspice and cinnamon most prominent. At the apex it transitions to a much sweeter, richer flavor with a lovely vanilla and clove combination. The alcohol enhances and complements the palette, especially on the second half. There is no declared base style, but none is needed. The malt is strong enough to build a sturdy backbone and offer sweetness. Fermentation is complete so as not to be sugar water, nor is it bone dry. The spices provide all bitterness, but a subtle hop character is there to fill in any missing gaps. Overall, a well-balanced, innovative, and delectable palette. 20/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium-low carbonation. Texture is smooth with a brief aftertaste of spices and malt, but nothing cloying or sticky. The 8.8% ABV can be tasted and felt, but this is a gentle giant for sure. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An absolute World Class beer that proves you don't need a base style to be a great specialty style. 10/10

TOTAL SCORE: 50/50

NOTE: See my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/12/cigar-city-good-gourd.html