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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale
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85
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 02-04-2010)
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2010 04:46:31 | More by mikesgroove
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2010 22:35:22 | More by Gavage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 16:48:05 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 18:05:21 | More by stakem
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 03:57:21 | More by glid02
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head rapidly dissipates on a half amber half golden body. scattered lacing.

S: fresh flowers, milk, caramel and grass.

T: the cream is not too sweet and near perfectly applied for what this is. also with honey and bready malts.

M: smooth, medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I was expecting an overly sweet and boozy beer but this one is smooth, well balanced and more complex than I would think.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:11:55 | More by kylehay2004
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2010 13:59:51 | More by avalon07
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nickfl

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:10:53 | More by nickfl
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tpd975

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery.

A: Pours a cloudy lighter shade of orange. Nice tall creamy white head. Excellent retention and crazy amount of lace.

S: Nice light fruits with hints of apple. Very bready with notes of fresh crushed grain and hints of grassy hops.

T: Nice light roasty malt for sure. Sort of grainy, almost picked up a bit of corn in there. Hints of grassy hops and lemon grass with a fairly boozy finish. Different, yet enjoyable.

M: Medium in body, very smooth, great carbonation, bit of boozy sting in the finish.

D: One pint would be enough.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 00:58:46 | More by tpd975
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 03:13:39 | More by maximum12
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on 6/7/10 for the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

A - Slightly hazy amber/orange tinted liquid with a fluffy dollop of white foam on top that transformed into a thin sheet of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is pretty timid, actually, although the citrus hops are well represented.

T - Balance of citrus and pine notes, resulting in a hop-dominated flavor, although there is a backing of sweet caramel malt. Finishes with a hint of pepper and fruity notes reminiscent of orange and spicy pear or other tree fruit.

M - Medium bodied with a creamy texture and subtle carbonation. Finishes dry and mildly spicy on the palate.

D - Fine IPA-esque ale with lots of fruity citrus flavor. It didn't blow me away, but I certainly wouldn't turn down more if offered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 13:41:55 | More by ffejherb
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cosmicevan

New York

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 03:57:17 | More by cosmicevan
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cjgator3

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 04:22:02 | More by cjgator3
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 23:08:36 | More by rfgetz
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 07:11:09 | More by ktrillionaire
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather attractive dark orange color with minimal head. The head drops to nothing in the very full shifter in seconds leaving a faint ring and no lace.
Smell is hops, citrus, apple, a light touch of cardboard plus a note of something I can't define. Pretty good balance.
Taste is less balanced with apple, malt and hops dominating.
A medium to full-bodied beer with medium effervescence at the front (almost sharp) that drops off fairly quickly. A nicer finish, more balanced, less harsh. Drinks like an IPA, looks like one as well. A detectable alcohol note though not 10% . A decent brew but in my estimation, the least of CCB's offerings of the 10 I've had so far.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 20:33:58 | More by PorterLambic
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 00:15:33 | More by CampusCrew
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AltBock

Ohio

3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
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. 

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 21:52:31 | More by AltBock
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the CCB Event at Capone's on 6.5.10 during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Pours tangerine with honey folds and a 1 finger while crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Orange, pine, and a hint of grapefruit over little to no sweet malt presence.

Taste: Same as nose with a strong orange note and an even stronger pine note over a sweet malt base.

Mouthfeel: Heavy side of light bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 00:28:09 | More by koopa
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shand

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:48:42 | More by shand
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Serving type: growler

10-09-2010 00:49:24 | More by beerwolf77
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babaracas

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap, a "double cream ale." 330cl pour in a Unibroue glass, hazy orange with creamy white head that's settled by the time it got to the table. Smell: fruity, orange citrus, grainy, a suggestion of alcohol. Taste mirrors the nose closely with hints of pine and apricot. Finishes like a cream ale should. Not fantastically enjoyable but succeeds at what it intends to be.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 04:23:06 | More by babaracas
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:09:25 | More by macrosmatic
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Patrick999

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 04:59:30 | More by Patrick999
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 02:24:44 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.