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Cigar City Batch #69 Double Cream Ale - Whiskey Barrel

Cigar City Batch #69 Double Cream Ale - Whiskey Barrel
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Aged in a Palm Ridge Reserve barrel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2011
on tap at hunahpu day. poured a copper color with a white head. aroma and flavor reminded me on an orange creamsickle mixed with some oak, whiskey, and extra vanilla. body was somewhat light with softer carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Growler thanks to Sean, served in a perfect pint glass... Pours a medium clear copper, a hint of orange... The aroma is super sweet, orange creamyness, with tons of coconut and whiskey. Interesting but just way too sweet for me... The taste takes the sweetness to extremes, this is small serve sipper, tons of whiskey and coconut again, generic wood and cream. If you like coconut its worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Sampled at Redlight Redlight courtesy of the Orlando ratebeer crew; January 2011
The beer has a red gold color to it and is topped by a pale colored head of froth. The aroma has a huge vanilla component to it and is somehow floral, but also has a creamed-corn like note to it somehow. There is a graininess to the nose and this definitely smells sweet with a honey like malt character. There is quite a bit of fruitiness to the nose as well.

The Whiskey influence is much bigger in the flavor than it was in the nose, though it isn’t overdone here. This has a creamy texture to it, but there is a nice, off-setting, fizzy carbonation that helps to keep this somewhat light on the palate. The combination of barrel influence and alcohol makes the finish a bit hot, spicy and it also has a touch of astringency to it. This is actually quite nicely done; the barrel mixes well with the base “super” cream ale. The base beer is perhaps a bit simplistic, but there is enough of it here to work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Growler shared by.. I forget who..at the Hunaphu’s release. Brown goldish color with a hazy center. Creamy, sweet aroma with slight hints of oak. Flavor is creamy and a little oaky as well. Light body but is well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Cigar city barrel aged batch 69. 1liter swingtop bottle. Thanks to Adam for sharing... Aroma is barrel forward with coconut, vanilla, and dark and dried fruit mostly contributed by the base beer... Flavor is entirely barrel forward with coconut for the majority, vanilla pulling seconds, and then a bourbon phenolic ending which enfuses a boozy influence. Base beer totally absent and very barrel forward. Body is medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation. I actually like the barrel notes with all the coconut and vanilla backing but this one right here is a one-trick pony. 7/4/8/3/13

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
swing top shared by Adam! batch 69, double cream ale, haha finally got it and now i’m sick. didn’t have the regular version but here i go. Pours hazed amber white head, aroma is loaded with coconut, cotton candy, apple, cognac. flavos loaded with a strong coconut rum quality, slight smoked peat thing too. drinkable but not really enjoyable and the barrel really consumes this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Big Flip Top shipped up by Greg. Thanks! Pours a rich luscious darker copper amber pour, nice haze, a small head dies to a film and laces small. A light wafty head. Aromas are rich on barrel notes, big toasty coconut and vanilla, wet oak and caramel, toffee, bready malts. Big barrel with warming booze. Initial is lighter bodied with huge toasted coconut, vanilla tannins, wet oak, warm booziness. Biscuits and toffee, warming breads and a touch of butterscotch. Touches of orange rind and marmalade. Finish is a touch bitter, lingering sticky malts and coconut, vanilla, whiskey and wet wood. Sticky sweetness, a bit thin. A major display of the barrel with coconut spirit, rum, whiskey, vanilla and wet oak. It’s all barrel essentially

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Growler… Hazy deep-golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The nose is fruity (plum) and oaken with mild notes of bourbon, vanilla and calvados. Full-bodied and incredibly smooth with light carbonation. The flavor is very tasty – bittersweet with the perfect measure of bourbon flavor and warmth. Lengthy bittersweet finish with a splash of bourbon as the finale. The barrel worked magic on a beer that I usually don’t enjoy an awful lot. Kudos to TheCheeseMan for picking this up while in Tampa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Hazy brown pour. The head forms late and disappears quickly. Considering it’s a few days after the growler fill, it’s not surprising. The smell is sweet up front perhaps a hint of apple, but I might be mistaken, which is followed by Bourbon. The Bourbon isn’t overpowering, which is a first for a Barrel Aged for me. Very sweet up front, might be a bit of vanilla. The Bourbon comes as a nice aftertaste, and sticks on the tongue. Slight tinge of carbonation on the tongue. Pretty light bodied overall. Way better than most Bourbon barrel aged beers I’ve had. I’m impressed with it overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours hazy orange. Nose is heavy bourbon, hints of grain, wood. Flavor is almost all bourbon, hints of citrus, bread, slight astringency. Boozy. Maybe a little thin. If you like bourbon forward beers, this one is for you.

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