Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale
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85
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of maximum12
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

More thanks to moose3285, who is providing the carbonated entertainment for the evening once more...this one an extra I haven't tried yet from Cigar City. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Bottle makes interesting reading, & the pour looks just like a Creamsicle. Exactly. And once that image adheres to the edges of my mind, the damn thing smells all orange sugary, too. Sweet & fruity.

Batch 69 Double Cream Ale certainly succeeded during the creamy portion of the program; this is smooth as varnished silk. The taste, on the other hand, is all over the place. Very bready up front, just pulling back from rubbery Fat Tire territory, which is a strange meld with the orange, banana-like soakings that move in behind. Tangy yeast, with a middling citrus bite at the end, which is just bizarre. Warming does it no favors, either, as the tang becomes more pronounced & obnoxious. One & done, & could have been a 22 oz. bottle.

A rare Cigar City miss for me, this is just a smeared jumble of a beer. Not sure what they were aiming for, but for guys with such good aim, maybe they weren't either. Not good, not even mediocre, & the further I get in, the less appealing it is. Not going to finish my glass.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Avagadro
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
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 Patrick999
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Abraxas. Amber gold, decent head but no retention.

Hoppy, with the stereotypical cigar-box aroma you get from CCB.

Tasty, but holy shit, this burns going down. Hoppy, with a shit ton of alcohol. Big beer. Like a really alcoholic DIPA, with much of the typical CCB cedar taste. Harsh....if I find one knock against CCB, it's that many of their beers show some of this alcoholic harshness. Yet this one is the harshest I've had.

Burns too much going down....crazy, it almost feels like a sour, it's burning a hole in my stomach. It's in the feel where this really suffers.

Just too rough to drink a glass of. Cream ale my ass! Big CCB fan, but this is not my favorite. While I do appreciate Abraxas pulling in beers like this, it's tough to drink, IMO. Never felt a beer burn like that.

I'm not opposed to the idea of a Double Cream Ale, but this needs to be dialed down a little, IMO, and should be "creamier" in feel.

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3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml bottle with a simple peach colored label with the name of the beer in the middle and big 69 in the background. To the left is the Government warning and to the right is a description of the beer. On the front and to the right should be a bottled on date. My bottle was bottled on 30 July 2012 and drank on 18 Nov 2012.

When poured into a Cigar City snifter, 69 was an extremely clear amber orange color. No highlights. Just straight up amber orange. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and was solid white in color. It had OK retention that left behind a tiny string of rings along the edge. It was pretty much an average looking appearance.

The aroma of this beer is going to give me very little to write about. It was a grainy aroma with a spatter of hops and a solid fruity background. I can't even point out the kinds of fruit in the aroma. All the fruits mixed in with each other so it was hard to pin point certain fruits. It was simply fruity and grainy.

The taste was almost the same as the aroma. I detected more of a bitterness in the taste. I guess the hops decided to break through the grain wall. Besides the grain and the hops, there was a quick taste of juicy citrus fruits. I still couldn't taste what kind of fruits they were. Slightly above average taste. It was the hops that saved it from an average taste.

This was a medium bodied beer with a grainy aftertaste. This beer doesn't bother to hide it's 9.5% ABV. Overall, it's really nothing that special. It was simply a grainy fruity beer with a high proof. It can be missed. 

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of beergod1
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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 stakem
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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 nickfl
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and there is little lace on the glass.

S - Grainy malt and a touch of fruity peach with little else.

T - Thick, almost syrupy malt up front with a bit of red apple flavor in the middle. Some toffee and more apple in the finish with a lingering bready flavor.

M - A thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This one doesn't do much for me, perhaps the barrel aged version would be more interesting, but this is just this and flabby, despite the extra carbonation.

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.