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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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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 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 oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at capones. God bless philly beer week.

A- slightly hazy copper orange in color with a cm or two of white head.

S- floral and spicy with some sweet caramel notes.

T- floral again with spice like clove and cardimon. Semi sweet with some honey wheat bread and light brown sugar.

M- medium body and carb with a dry finish.

D- the abv is unseen and I'm having a hard time believing its 9.5. Very tough stuff to get my head around. I like it but I can't really dissect it too well. Good stuff none the less.

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 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 MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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 PorterLambic
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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 Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Bartos
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 LambicKing
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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 djtomain
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly translucent, copper hue with a one finger white head (decent retention).

Aroma: bready malts, toffee, and touch of fruitiness...fairly mild in the nose.

Taste: Notes of honey, caramel, light fruitiness, floral hops and a lingering herbal bitterness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: creamy (just like you hope for in a cream ale) and slick with a slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall: exactly what they called it, an imperial cream ale. Simple and straightforward with the abv being pretty well hidden.

Other than that, not much else to say. I would have preferred it to have a lighter body/mouthfeel and drier more effervescent carbonation.

Photo of AltBock
3.13/5  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. 

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of IpeeA
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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