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El Murciélago - Cigar City Brewing

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-09-2012

Double Cream Ale with cumin and lime peel added aged in tequila barrels.
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Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lunarbrew
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stevedore
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served out of a crowler into a teku glass 2/22/2015.

A- Medium-dark amber body, clear with a one finger white head, not much retention time, a bit of lacing.

S- Smells like a cumin bomb; in a way it reminds me of diaphoretic old men that haven't showered in months; I see that in the hospital a lot. It's not a very appealing smell, honestly. I can't find any other way to describe it besides that, so I apologize in advance. Either way, it isn't good.

F- Cumin, a bit of cinnamon, and a good bit of tequila. Not much lime. A bit of sweet malt as well. Not particularly complex, but it is strange and quite different. Doesn't really strike a chord with me, unfortunately.

M- Medium-thin bodied. Good carbonation. A bit sticky, with a oaky sweet tequila finish.

O- The smell really kills this beer for me. Maybe it's better when it's fresh on tap. For the most part, an interesting concept that doesn't quite work out in reality.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwjon1
1.12/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Top runner for my Razzie of worst beer of the year, and 2015 just started! I don't see this one being overtaken. In fact, might take over my coveted Triple Bock spot for worst beer ever.

There's no PC way to describe it. You know that very distinct curry/body odor stank some of your favorite 7-11 owners rock? Liquefy that, throw more salt and cumin on top, and spike in bad tequila. Bam! El Murcielago!

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of holder45
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy cumin, boozy and sweet

Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light mahogany color with a thin head with short retention.
Nice aroma with notes of raisins, chocolate, molasses, plums, cherries and tequila.
Sweet flavor with notes of molasses, brown sugar, cherries, salt, vanilla, wood, lime and lots of tequila. Dry, sweet and alcoholic aftertaste.
Liquorish body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 12,2% abv is between its sweetness layers.
This is a relatively quite sweet beer, but they still manage to give quite a pleasant burst in flavors.

Photo of Danny1217
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weldchecker
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gatorlove
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one enough to pick up a $20 growler. very strong tequila and lime notes as well as what felt like a slight saltiness. It reminds me of my freshman days, in a good less puke filled way.

Photo of Dactrius
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RamboII
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of masterofsparks
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of smi69
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wnbeshilas
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cigar City in a snifter. A very unique beer. It has a nice full mf in my opinion. The tequila come out big time. This is a sipper and you really can only drink one or at least I can only drink one as the cumin and tequila are very strong and totally mess with your palette.

Photo of Deltoro
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beestin
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InspectorBob
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery. Going into this knowing I dislike tequila more than just about anything, but had to try it. Pours murky brown like a barleywine with a small khaki head. Aroma is a horrendous mix of tequila and vomit, and nothing else. Seriously, smells like I'm about to just drink a straight shot of Jose Quervo. Completely awful. After I build up the courage to take a sip--and let my gag reflex settle--the beer actually surprised me a bit. It drinks extremely smooth, with big vanilla notes from the barrel, light lime but barely noticeable, lots of tequila still, but not offputting as the nose, and some caramelly malts to back this up. Actually pretty thick bodied for a cream ale, and it's needed to hold up to the barrels. I couldn't ever drink more than an ounce of this, and don't ever want to drink it again. Though I can't say it tastes good, per se, I'm actually extremely impressed that CCB was able to meld these flavors in a way that works pretty well. If you're a tequila lover, sure you've gotta try this. If you hate tequila, you won't like it. But it's quite the experience.

Photo of suckaj
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I must have a heightened sensitivity to the cumin or lime, or both. Literally couldn't take another sip past the first...it's a shame because I was looking forward to this beer...it's ok CCB I still love you

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El Murciélago from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.