Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews:
41
Ratings:
103
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 103
Photo of pixieskid
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
3.13/5  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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Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, into a CCB tasting glass.

A: Golden, straw, yellow color. The pour produced a finger of slightly off white head, that left some spotty lace.

A: Sweet citrus, grain, and sugar cane. Some citrus hops and light sugary grains.

T: Very sweet. Milky hoppy, maltiness. A little corn field with some orange grove mixed in. Honey and barley with a little pils, and some sweet honey. Finishes slick with a good alcohol burn.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Good feel for the style.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat limited due to the alcohol strength, but all in all not too bad. Overall, one that I would have again, but not something I would session. Skal.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of TCgoalie
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from way back - 12/21/10.

Pours a very light golden yellow with a creamy white head. The head recedes to a splotchy foam which is absorbed by the glass to form a nice lacing.

A lovely fruit aroma greets my nose showing a lot of banana with some pine and clove. The yeast presence is very prominent.

Much like the smell, the taste brings about banana, clove, and dusty yeast. The yeast blends with a bit of heat creating a bitter character in the end.

Very creamy and full on the tongue with a light drying in the end.

It is hard to believe this is 10%. Not bad, a solid cream ale.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of beergod1
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capone's during the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a thin layer of head.

Smell: Had a hoppy, piney and some what creamy nose.

Taste: Very good citrus (especially pineapple) taste mixed with cream and slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Another good beer from Cigar City, although I felt dirty asking the waitress for a "69". Very tasty and made me even more excited to seek out more beers from Cigar City.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Cigar City's tasting room. Served in a snifter glass.

A - Pours a rich apricot-amber with a thinnish-medium creamy white head.

S - Brew has a light candy sweet aroma, with hints of apples. Hops are blended in there but not overpowering. As other fine, upstanding tasters have noticed, it's got some bready malt in there flexing its muscles.

T - More appley than the scent. Little bit of hops, citrus, comes through. Sweet and malty flavor to boot. Alcohol is a little warm here too.

M - If a beer can be velvety and oily at the same time, this one is.

I enjoyed it and put it up there with some of the better cream ales from the UK.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks

A-Pours a golden/orange with a one finger white head that has good retention and left sticky lace all the way down.

S-Citrus hops dominate with notes of bready malt. The nose is not terribly complex, but very prominent and pleasant.

T-Follows the nose with the citrus hops and also a slight tropical fruit taste to go along the a slightly sweet maltiness.

M-Medium body, a bit slick and oily.

D-Goes down easily and another is certainly doable.

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Photo of tchaos
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a CCB snifter at the tasting room on a growler-fill mission.

A -- very clear, gold/copper color with minimal head

S -- Sweet/bready malt, followed by apples and citrus hops

T -- Consistent with many CCB items, the smell gives a very good indicator of the taste. Sweet malt, citrus with a hint of bitterness; long, lingering sweet finish

M -- moderate carbonation; very smooth, very soft and creamy...wonderful

D -- Very drinkable, even with the high ABV. Overall sweetness helps keep down the amount I would have in one sitting. Would have been nice to get a growler to share, but definitely worth getting if you are in the area.

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Photo of beersensei305
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes on Tap a CCB Tasting Room:

A: Nice light orange color with a fomay head, good lacing.
S: Citrus, hops, and some sweet malts.
T: Fairly sweet. Sweet malts, mild hops, Citrus- mostly orange, and a nice vanilla back.
M: Creamy medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Great beer. Very unique.

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Photo of rmolledo
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice Reddish Copper color with a foamy white head that retains till the end. Excellent Lacing, Beautiful.

S: Fruit, Hops, Citrus, Adjuncts, and slight malt aroma.

F: The Citrus hits you hard at first sip. Apricots. Fruity Pebbles. Slight Adjunct Flavor, but that is to be expected with a Cream Ale. Tastes alot like a IIPA but without the lingering bitterness. A little too sweet for my taste. Minimal Malt Flavor.

MF: Smooth Finish, Creamy. No Alcohol burn which is impressive for the 9.5% ABV.

D: Can't tell that it is 9.5% which could be dangerous when having at a bar right after Hunupu's Imperial Stout... This is a great beer for a beginner when it comes to Huge craft beers. This is alot like an Imperial IPA but more drinkable IMO. I won't have this beer again because it doesn't interest me, but I do recommend to try it once and decide for yourself.

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Photo of RossCain
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a pint glass:

A: Dark copper with a medium, off white head. Decent retention and webbing persisted through the course of the beer.

S: Gave off a first impression of apple coated in lemon juice which was followed up by the sweet aroma of bready malts.

T: Clean citrus up front mixed with a very subdued apple flavor followed by a very distinguished (not overpowering) caramel malt profile in the finish. An alcoholic twang resides in the the finish which makes itself known but does overpower the flavor of the beer itself (more warming than anything).

M: Thick and creamy with moderate carbonation (perfect amount in my opinion) making for a remarkably smooth and refreshing mouthfeel. Pretty much a standard offering for a rich CCB beer.

D: Dangerously drinkable. I wasn't aware of the 9.5% abv until I had finished the beer and looked up more about it after getting back from the bar. Smooth and easy drinking but more than tasty enough to drink back to back while enjoying a night at the bar with friends.

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Photo of Symptomu
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pale amberish and yeasty looking. Served 5.5oz due to limited availability. Had a minimal amount of dense creamy head.

Aroma was good. Somewhat vanilla and somewhat lemon meringue. Slight citrus hops.

Taste is quite good. Slightly sweet and citrus. Finish is the highlight being warm slightly smoky and peppery.

Mouthfeel is very good. The peppery finish adds to this as you sip.

Really very drinkable. Great balance of flavors. Really love the way the flavors linger on the tongue.

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Batch #69 - Double Cream Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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