El Murciélago
Cigar City Brewing

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Cream Ale
Ranked #111
Ranked #36,103
3.71 | pDev: 14.82%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
El MurciélagoEl Murciélago
Notes: Double Cream Ale with cumin and lime peel added aged in tequila barrels.
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 175 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KensWorld from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz pour from brewery. Smells and tastes like nothing else I've ever experienced. This beer is so complex I can't describe. Very sweet and syrupy with cumin coming through. The tequila presence is the perfect Addition to it's complexity 4.50

Nov 11, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at CBC 2015. I liked it pretty much. The different flavors worked out really nice and the beer was balanced and easy to drink. I don't know why this beer has such bad reviews.

May 07, 2015
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

2.44/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Smell and taste are awful. The concept of blending cumin, lime and tequila seems like a good idea, however the results are not good, resulting in a drain pour.

Mar 21, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Feb 23, 2015
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jwjon1 from Pennsylvania

1.12/5  rDev -69.8%
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!

Feb 23, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Feb 11, 2015
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gatorlove from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Feb 08, 2015
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Wnbeshilas from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Jan 28, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Jan 26, 2015
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Ilovelampandbeer from New York

2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
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

Jan 22, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Jan 16, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Dec 29, 2014
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Jun 24, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a nice foamy white head... decent enough lacing.

Nose is chock full of cumin... agave/tequila are lesser players... a bit of lime zest puts the whole thing together with a pretty heavy hand of pale malt.

Pretty sweet from front to back... the cumin again comes in right up front and lingers through the finish... agave/tequila are there but not really that heavy... limes are there as an afterthought.

Light carbonation accentuated a heavier body... No real booziness, but not really that drinkable IMO.

all 3.5's

Apr 13, 2014
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KickInTheChalice from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tasting glass.

My pour is a dark amber color, hazy with a bring orange edges. A small off-white cap forms initially and gradually fades.

The aroma is definitely unique. Not much of the cream ale comes into my nose, but lime, tequila, oak, and most prominently cumin all rise into my nose.

The flavor reminds me a little bit of an Indian curry dish with the strong cumin presence. Agave, tequila, and a ton of lime also come through. The light malts from the cream ale form a launching pad for the adjuncts to shine through but do not really contribute much noticeable flavor themselves.

This has a medium body, with a slightly creamy medium carbonation. It starts with a juicy bit of lime and dries out with the tequila and barrel. It has a bit of a prickly, spicy character to it.

I enjoyed my decent sized sample, but I think everyone else that tried it was not a big fan.

Jun 21, 2013
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Rogorama from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried on tap at DLD. A very unique beer. This was the first tequila aged beer I've had. The aroma is interesting, and the pour is a murky yellow with a bit of a white head. The cumin and the lime peels really provide an extra something that makes this beer stand out. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on one.

Feb 09, 2013
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with beige head two fingers high

Aroma is malty lots of lime and cumin light wood and tequila notes more agave then tequila really. Some boozy notes underneath it all.

Taste is big malty notes lots of lime and cumin mixed with some light woody notes. Boozy mixed with light tequila hints round out the finish. Kind of unusual but that's why I picked it up in Tampa this pass spring. Not my favorite brew but love Cigar City's desire to try anything.

Mouthfeel is big medium with about average carbonation.

Overall its different which is why I picked it up, wouldn't drink it everyday but defiantly worth a try just to check it out.

Oct 31, 2012
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Gobzilla from California

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a murky orange in color with slight yellow highlights and a finger of white head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very different elements going on here such a cumin spice, hints of lime, sweet agave, tequila with woody notes and plenty of malty sweetness.

T: lots of curry style cumin flavor going on upfront on the taste alongside lime accents, agave tequila character with a touch of booze, and earthy woody notes.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a spice, citrusy lime, agave tequila, sweet and sticky finish.

O. Very unique beer that was pretty good considering all the wacky ingredients that going on.

Aug 10, 2012
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womencantsail from California

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a cloudy orange color with a tall eggshell head. Smells mostly like lime, very mild spices, and very little, almost no tequila. A moderate malt aroma and sweetness. Tastes primarily like cumin. There’s a nice bit of lime and wood. A hint of tequila on the finish, maybe a touch of vanilla as well.

Aug 07, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy amber color with a half finger of creamy off white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: The wooden quality from the barrel is dominating the smell. Reminds me a little bit of pencil shavings. I'm getting some of the cumin along with a malt sweetness. Just a hint of tequila.

Taste: The wooden quality is there, but not quite as strong as in the smell, and it doesn't remind me of pencil shavings. I'm am getting some tequila and cumin. The finish is kind of boozy and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very interesting beer. I was surprised how prevalent the barrel was without the tequila being too strong. I think I would have another one.

Aug 01, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NoSignsOfPain for sharing this one at her birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Bottled in 2/2012.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of limes, lime zest, salt, wood, and some slight tequila aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a pretty astringent bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is and an interesting concept for sure.

Jul 01, 2012
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden amber with slight orange edges and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is pretty intense. It smells more like a spicy margarita than a beer. Lots of earthy spice along with sweet citrus and a strong tequila presence. Not picking up a lot of barrel/oak but a very prominent tequila character. There's also some subtle caramel malt and bready yeast.

Flavor is similar to aroma but tastes more like a beer than it smells. There's still a margarita feel with hints of lime, salt, spice and a heavy tequila presence but the malt and yeast notes are more prevalent. Also, there's a bit more of a barrel presence with dry oak and subtle vanilla. Slightly bready with caramel malt but the salt, citrus, cumin and tequila overpower the other flavors. I've only had one other tequila BA beer before(Zapata Bot) which I really enjoyed but this one is a bit heavy handed for my liking. An interesting experiment that I'm glad to have tried but I wouldn't order it again.

Jun 23, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during the 2nd Annual Redneck Racin’ & Tastin’ while tailgating at the dirt track race! Big thanks goes out to BRoss242 for this one! Served from bottle into a NoDa snifter. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised sweet malt, pepper, lime, wood, sweet alcohol, and cumin. The flavor was of sweet malt, cumin, sweet alcohol, pepper, and lime. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Holy cumin Batman! I am a big fan of cumin when it comes to cooking and this brew carries this aspect over into liquid form! All of the other aromas and flavors going on here definitely make a statement and mix really well with the cumin aspect which was definitely the star of the show. This brew actually made me quite hungry. Too bad I didn’t give in like the others at the dirt track and eat a bologna sandwich. You guys make me sad… Oh yeah, the brew…. Try this thing!

Jun 12, 2012
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jsanford from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring. Rich aromas of buttery grain, tequila, caramel, and coconut. Really nice. Florida-inspired flavors carry through to the taste, lots of coconut, tequila, sweet malt, caramel, and lime peel. Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Somehow this beer evokes Florida perfectly, I get sunscreen, sand, palm trees, and coconuts. Really unique and interesting.

Apr 22, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the fine moose3285 for this bottle, nestled among many of its Cigar City friends. I had an unexplained urge for this beer tonight, so sought it out & stuck it in the fridge. Big 750ML bottle split with my wife.

First, Cigar City, I'm old. The 5 point font on the bottle? I can't read it without the reading glasses that I don't need. So I don't get to read the cool story. Pour is slightly opaque cream soda orange, short-lived jolt of carbonation. Sorta smells like orange cream soda too, surprisingly bare, but the lime & tequila are the only things that show up. I expected a bomb of some sort.

El Murcielago should be pasted up on lime billboards across the country./././././yips! Lima lime cracks the palate with a mace. Tequila forms a hot, belly-warming background. Base beer flairs up with soft sweet malts, oak is lip-smacking dry, lick of spices that I presume is the cumin, orange, bittering that might be hops. Alcohol burn finishes up. Creamy & creamier, Prince. I find myself wishing this came in a 3000ML bottle.

Damn. This is a unique beer & even better, it's damn good. Never had anything quite like it, & my half of the bottle is vanishing faster than the plot of a chick flick. Excellent beer from an excellent brewery, thanks again Mike.

Apr 22, 2012
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 175 ratings