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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tpd975 on 02-04-2010

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 41
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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a brownish-copper color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy malt with light amounts of toastiness. Also present are leafy hops and mild amounts of indistinct fruit aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy malt flaovrs kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of earthy and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip small amounts of fruit flavors come into play, green apple and pear mostly, before fading out before a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have a few more.

Overall I have to say this is one of the better beers I've ever had that had the word "cream" in it. A far cry from CCB's finest but worth a shot nonetheless.

Photo of rmolledo
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice Reddish Copper color with a foamy white head that retains till the end. Excellent Lacing, Beautiful.

S: Fruit, Hops, Citrus, Adjuncts, and slight malt aroma.

F: The Citrus hits you hard at first sip. Apricots. Fruity Pebbles. Slight Adjunct Flavor, but that is to be expected with a Cream Ale. Tastes alot like a IIPA but without the lingering bitterness. A little too sweet for my taste. Minimal Malt Flavor.

MF: Smooth Finish, Creamy. No Alcohol burn which is impressive for the 9.5% ABV.

D: Can't tell that it is 9.5% which could be dangerous when having at a bar right after Hunupu's Imperial Stout... This is a great beer for a beginner when it comes to Huge craft beers. This is alot like an Imperial IPA but more drinkable IMO. I won't have this beer again because it doesn't interest me, but I do recommend to try it once and decide for yourself.

Photo of cjgator3
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark orangish amber color. Aroma is sweet malt, tropical fruits, orange and citrus. The taste like the aroma is fruity and malty up front with a very nice citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, this is not your daddy's cream ale. Once again, another solid beer from Cigar City.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Kevin for se/nding this one my way. It had been a while since I had some new CCB stuff, so this was more then a welcome surprise for me. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/19/2010.

Very nice pour, light golden in color with a decent amount of haze to it. Ample carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass to form a three inch head of pure white foam that hung on for a good while before settling back down to earth. Light lacing coating the sides really gave a very full and very well rounded look to it I have to admit. Light pears and apples are the first thing I notice as I take a smell. Hints of hops, grapes skin perhaps and a light dose of grain, but all very light and well blended, a bit of an enigma for me so far I have to admit. It starts to warm and I take a sip. Really nice body, well carbonated, light and nice, easy nature to it. Starts off with light fruit, ripe apples and pears, touches of almost fig like notes, a definite hot alcohol bite here though, something is big about this for sure. Creamy and smooth it washes across the palate offering touches of light vanilla maybe? Something sweet and dessert like is mixing in with the light fruit notes. Very well rounded and quite strong.

Overall I am not really sure what to make of this one other then the fact it is quite good. I would have no issue at all having a couple of these, and would love to get a chance to try some of the other treatments they did on it.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's during the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Had a hoppy, piney and some what creamy nose.

Taste: Very good citrus (especially pineapple) taste mixed with cream and slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Cigar City, although I felt dirty asking the waitress for a "69". Very tasty and made me even more excited to seek out more beers from Cigar City.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Moderate, white head on a golden body. Oily, resiny, sticky lacing slides down the glass. Aroma is a touch boozy, nice hop aroma and a bit of malt sweetness, maybe a touch of banana? Feel is only a touch creamy, maybe a touch thinner than expected. Taste includes a bit of the malt sweetness and obviously a ton of hops. ABV is hidden much more than expected considering the nose. No other flavors really stand out but a very solid and tasty and very strong ale.

Photo of shand
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is what it says on the label for sure. Double the cream, double the booze, double the smooth. The aroma is definitely too hot and sweet. The taste is still primarily sweet malts, but the excellent creaminess from the mouthfeel really smooths out the beer's rough edges. It's really a what you see on the label is what you get situation. This is, for better or for worse, a double cream ale. Pick up a Naragansett Cream Ale if you haven't had a cream ale in a while, and imagine it doubled. You'll get more flavor, more sweetness, and more booze.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a one finger white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity

Taste is sweet and fruity with a nice dry hop finish

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy

This is a very drinkable strong ale, though not a session beer with the high ABV, which is very well hidden. Would have rated it higher in drinkability if not for the high ABV.

Overall a very good strong ale.

Photo of rfgetz
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color. Scent is of piney and citrus hops with a decent sweet, fresh grained malt background. Taste is very similar to an IPA, hop forward with a decent malt backbone. Body is smooth and creamy, like a nitro or hand pumped beer. Looks, tastes and feels like a nitro IPA.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from way back - 12/21/10.

Pours a very light golden yellow with a creamy white head. The head recedes to a splotchy foam which is absorbed by the glass to form a nice lacing.

A lovely fruit aroma greets my nose showing a lot of banana with some pine and clove. The yeast presence is very prominent.

Much like the smell, the taste brings about banana, clove, and dusty yeast. The yeast blends with a bit of heat creating a bitter character in the end.

Very creamy and full on the tongue with a light drying in the end.

It is hard to believe this is 10%. Not bad, a solid cream ale.

Photo of Danny1217
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a small head. Lacing is decent enough.
Smell is very subdued. A little bit of a bready yeast aroma, and light fruits. Very hard to smell though. Disappointing in comparison to the rich aromas of most CCB beers. Taste is like the smell, but a little stronger. The light fruits and yeast are there. The high alcohol is mostly very well hidden, but gives a nice warmth at the end. Pretty nice. Very smooth feel. Low carbonation and medium body.

Not my favorite offering from Cigar City, but damn good still.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Cigar City's tasting room. Served in a snifter glass.

A - Pours a rich apricot-amber with a thinnish-medium creamy white head.

S - Brew has a light candy sweet aroma, with hints of apples. Hops are blended in there but not overpowering. As other fine, upstanding tasters have noticed, it's got some bready malt in there flexing its muscles.

T - More appley than the scent. Little bit of hops, citrus, comes through. Sweet and malty flavor to boot. Alcohol is a little warm here too.

M - If a beer can be velvety and oily at the same time, this one is.

I enjoyed it and put it up there with some of the better cream ales from the UK.

Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness, honey, and a bit of grass comes through to the nose.

Taste: grainy malt profile with some honey, pears, grass, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and there is a bit of earthy tones that arrive late.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Smooth throughout and a bit creamy late. Aftertaste is long on the malt sweetness.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer at 9.0% ABV. Not a bad brew but one glass was enough.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at CCB

A - It is a really bright colored golden-brass hue, slightly hazy, with a smallish head that recedes into floating patches of lace.

S -The smell is an unusual combination of cedar-y hop, solvent alcohol, cereal grain, and a vague mineral aroma.

T - It is a strong beer, heavily flavored with mostly mild elements, but so richly brewed that it is on the gnarly side of robust. It has a strong suggestion of cedar over a rich and bitter pale malt base, an astringent herbal hop, and a yeasty suggestion of pears and green apples. The alcohol is fairly prominent, and it is reminiscent of a Euro strong lager. And it perhaps even owes a debt to good ol' malt liquor, except that this would literally be the Rolls-Royce of malt liquor, were it to be. The finish is long and hot, but manages to maintain a smoothness regardless.

M - Very crisp on the good side, a tad hot on the not-so.

D - I can drink the hell out of this stuff; it is very crisp and quite an interesting brew.

Photo of tchaos
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a CCB snifter at the tasting room on a growler-fill mission.

A -- very clear, gold/copper color with minimal head

S -- Sweet/bready malt, followed by apples and citrus hops

T -- Consistent with many CCB items, the smell gives a very good indicator of the taste. Sweet malt, citrus with a hint of bitterness; long, lingering sweet finish

M -- moderate carbonation; very smooth, very soft and creamy...wonderful

D -- Very drinkable, even with the high ABV. Overall sweetness helps keep down the amount I would have in one sitting. Would have been nice to get a growler to share, but definitely worth getting if you are in the area.

Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, hops, and sweet malt.

T: Lots of hops here, along with some citrus, sweet malt, and perhaps a little vanilla. Very vibrant tangy.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered on tap at the porch in key west. Aarived in a pint a deep foggy orange with no head or lacing. Smelled of candy and apples and citric aromas. Flavor matches the nose but the heat is there. Kind of tastes like a shot of rum or brandy was poured in it. Mouth had a bit of a tingle and a sour aftertaste. It's available in tap, but this will be the only one I order. Too heavy on the heat for me.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The CCB growler pipeline continues thanks to fogdog. Kevin you are the man.

Poured into my duvel tulip.

A: amber orange, one finger of off white head, decent lace ring

S: loads of citrus hops heavy on the tangerine, as it warms it almost has a barley wine thing going on

T: pretty much where the nose led me, clean citrus hops, light malt backing, crisp and refreshing

M: carbon copy of all CCB beers, creamy medium body with average carbonation

D: overall a solid beer, strong ales don't really excite me, but this one has potential

Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Kinda interesting to see this out again. I had the original batch on draft 2+ years and this time from a 750ml care of Leon. Thanks for the share man. Into a snifter, the brew appears a clear orange with a solid creamy finger of yellowish stained head. The cap fades leaving webby lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is filled with a scent similar to orange marmalade with a bit of caramel sweetness. A fine touchvof alcohol and herbal hops balances things out. As it warns up, a slight touch of minerals evolves.

The taste is hoppy with fruity rind and zest like mandrins. Some caramel maltiness, lightly toasty with almost a lingering corney sweetness. The aftertaste has minor mineral elements just like the nose suggested.

This is a medium bodied brew with a full level of carbonation but maintains a nice smoothness throughout. It lasts with a bit of a cling inside the mouth after the swallow. For nearly 10% it is integrated well.

Photo of beergod1
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden orange with a white head and creamy lacing. vanilla and citrus dominate the nose. this is backed up by a slight though noticeable grassy hop element. the flavor is a little sweet with a decent bitter finish. Almost a hint of corn/grainy taste, but smooth and very drinkable. Excellent mouthfeel. creamy, one might even say velvety. A decent though very laid back beer.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Clear light amber in color with a one and one-half finger white head. Good amount of visible carbonation, but the lacing doesn't stick to the glass well.

S: Sweet, toffee, malty, no hops that I get.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet with creamy biscuity malt, and bits of yeasty and fruity aspects. There is a definite boozy character here as well.

M: Has a pretty creamy texture, and has some alcohol heat, especially at the end.

O: This really didn't do it for me. Not offensive but I don't want another.

Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a golden/orange with a one finger white head that has good retention and left sticky lace all the way down.

S-Citrus hops dominate with notes of bready malt. The nose is not terribly complex, but very prominent and pleasant.

T-Follows the nose with the citrus hops and also a slight tropical fruit taste to go along the a slightly sweet maltiness.

M-Medium body, a bit slick and oily.

D-Goes down easily and another is certainly doable.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Kickbacks on draft

appearance: bready malts, subtle trpical

smell: sweet bready malts and some hop presence

taste: more on the malty side, may have been hoppy, unsure of freshness. nice flavor

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: nice, beer. not the best CC, but a solid offering.

Photo of Avagadro
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: this pint is amber-gold with a frothy white head, and considerable haze. It is also visually viscous. The bubbles, while enthusiastic at first, are weighed down by the massive thickness of this brew.

S: definitely some high alcohols here. Bubblegum, rose, and tropical fruit are prevalent.

T: the most obvious flaw in this brew is its lack of attenuation. It is much too sweet, with little bitterness to balance it out. Also, the fermentation byproducts are out of control.

M: thick, sticky, unappetizing.

D: I admire the innovation, but this definitely needs some adjuncts to thin it out, and a cleaner fermentation. I can't really recommend this to anyone.

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on draft at Capone's.

Pours a hazy golden amber/orange color with yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadicchunks of lacing left behind.

Subtle citrus and piney hop aroma wth some zesty spice, lactic cream and crisp light fruit. There's also a touch of alcohol sweetness in the nose.

Medium bodied with a nice balanced of dry and sweet citrus hops, zesty spice, malt backbone and alcohol warmth. Very hop forward with subtle dry pine bitterness but mostly sweet and citrusy. Nice caramel malt backbone with hnts of toffee provides decent balanced. Slightly dry finish with strong alcohol warmth.

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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.