The Dark Woods 2016

Style: Double Wood-aged Strong Brown Ale

Availability: Special Releases

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The Dark Woods is a series of beers that marries dark, imposing beer styles with different woods from around the world to introduce new and unexpected flavors and aromas to Cigar City’s already-unique line-up of ales and lagers.

The third release in Cigar City’s Dark Woods series is a svelt Strong Brown Ale brewed with Golden Promise, a complex base malt from the United Kingdom, and five other special malt varieties for a depth of flavor not commonly found in the style.  The addition of experimental hops lends an added dimension of coconut, while an aging process involving African Padauk and Sugar Maple lends vanilla notes and balanced tannins.



  • ABV: 7.3%
  • OG: 18
  • IBU: 49
  • SRM: 34

Tasting Notes

Rich aromas of molasses, bread crust and toffee are complimented by more subtle notes of vanilla and coconut. A formidable maltiness hints at bitter chocolate and and black licorice while woodiness and tannins contributed by two different types of wood bring this silky-smooth Brown Ale into balance.

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