Be afraid. Be very afraid.
So, I’m a fan of Cigar City. I’m a fan of Tampa. I’m a fan of porters. But I can’t recall anything in Tampa looking close to dark and woodsy. So, with a little confusion and a lot of excitement (and a little Sondheim stuck in my head, oddly enough), I ordered a bit of Cigar City’s The Dark Woods (Imperial Porter, 8.8% ABV).
This thing’s almost black. Look at it; light cannot escape this beer. And when you smell it, the aroma is big, very roasty and heavy.
And it should be. The Dark Woods has a big alcohol content and giant roasted malts that were accented with HBC 291 and Pacifica hops. The entire thing is then aged on a mixture of Sugar Maple, American Oak, and French Oak. All of this ensures an aggressive roasted character to the beer. It has a heavy coffee note to it, one that really comes through thanks to the dark malts. It’s not an overly hoppy beer, but it definitely packs one heck of a punch.
Maybe you should be afraid of the Dark Woods. Especially if you’re more of a lighter beer drinker.
I just don’t know where those big, scary woods are in Tampa…
Drink Florida Craft,