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El Murciélago - Cigar City Brewing

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BMMillsy
2.71/5  rDev -27%
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 -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
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

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tampa review dump goes on. Full notes to phone at time. Draft at CCB.

A- Brown sugar looking body with a slight haze. A small cream head with a foamy consistency. Tiny ring means no lace.

S- Massive tequila booze and then toasted cumin after that. A bit of citrus and medium caramel toasted malts.

T- Cumin takes first here with an intense spiced and earthy floral flavor. Lime peel is also bigger than the aroma with slight tart citrus. Tequila rounds it out with a boozy fruity agave flavor. Too much contrast.

MF- Body is medium towards the light side with the flavors and ABV here. Medium high carbonation with a slight creaminess. Finishes warm with tequila lingering.

This beer is rather insane. Cumin is more intense than most Indian dishes I have had. Huge tequila as well, messy.

Photo of SP1_FLA
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of halo3one
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Armando_Perez
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Droppinloaves
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of floridadrift
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

CUMIN, KETCHUP, TEQUILA

Better when it warmed down, easier to drink, taste gets used to drink, very unique.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brownish dark red color with off-white head. Barrel on the nose, some whiskey notes, with vanilla, caramel, and oak; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some sweetness and more barrel character. Very smooth.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LowbrowMedic
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Alpar
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mikeincharleston
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RayUF07
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of GatorLCA
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Pours a very hazy orangish to light brown, with a thin tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Tequila, wood dryness, sweet malts with some caramel character, sweet toffee and creaminess, yeasty, and some ethanol heat.

T: Creamy caramel sweetness, bready malts, tequila, vanilla, oak tannins, and some curry spices. The hang stays somewhat sweet with ethanol and mild residual spices as well.

M: Fairly heavy body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and the alcohol is noticeable but not terribly hot at this point again in the bottle.

O: After more than two years in the bottle, this turned out pretty nicely. A nice malty sweet beer, balanced by the mild spices and somewhat muted tequila (less than I remember when fresh). I didn't get any lime flavors out of the beer at this point. Overall, quite enjoyable.

Photo of hopkrid
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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El Murciélago from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.