hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on cask at rattle n hum. poured a nice hazy orange. the cask really brought out the aromas and flavors in this one. Sweet and very smooth for the alcohol level
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
80th rating of CCB. Yellowish pour. Cereal, corn, unripe stone fruit both in the aroma and flavor.
douglas88 (8318) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Swingtop thanks to David. Pours a clear caramel color with a large white head. The aroma is sweet corn, alcohol, caramel, sugars. The flavor is a hot beast; grainy, sweet sugars, caramel, fruity, dry, a lot of sugarcane-like sweetness, very warm. Decent, a bit rough around the edges, something of a strong E-European lager slides in at the finish.
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Booze. Apples. Corn? Some vanilla. A dust of cinnamon. A boatload of booze. At least Genny doesn’t make me feel like a hardened alcoholic.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: hazy oranges with a touch of amber here and there. White head fades fast, lingering as a broken collar while a film in the middle resembles a spill. Solid haze all around gives it an almost ethereal appearance.
Nose: spice, heat, vanilla, meringue, powdered sugar. Def can tell the heat from his higher ABV which magically rides the border between too much and too little. White table crackers and melba in the back. Crunchy cooked and cooled sweetness. Vanilla cream resembles the vanilla cream filling found in vanilla cream cookies. Dry spice abounds, complimenting the heat and the crunch. Apple skins and cinnamon.
Palate: sweet and sticky up front, then smooth, then grows dry and lovely. Creaminess leads to spice to dry to chest glowing warmth. Apple skins and caramel melt into aged rums and fine brandy, mulled if you please. Sticky lips; caramel and vanilla cream. Melba, bread crust, white table crackers underneath. Cinnamon sticks. Vanilla in the breath with a puff of powdered sugar. Quaffable.
Final Thoughts: a standard cream ale is hard enough to find as it is, so a double cream ale is a rare beast. Leave it to Cigar City though to take a classic misunderstood beer, amp it up, and make it taste so darn good. Simple and complex at the same time, soothing and appetizing. A winner all around.
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An orange amber ale with a thin white head. In aroma, nice grainy malt with burned caramel. In mouth, a nice sweet oily malt with caramel notes, light British hops, medium bodied. On tap at brewery, Jan 5 2011.
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled at brewvival. Semiclear golden pour with ring of white head. Notes of faint farmhouse, butter and corn. Big corny ale. Really not that great actually.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at RnH Pours a hazed copper peach with a thin head. aroma is cream of wheat, doughy light caramel malts, toast, then some earthy spicy saaz hops, lactose sweet and honey sweet. Flavor is more earthy saaz, grass, cream of wheat, toast, slight solvent, honey sweetness an lactose milky creaminess. Not bad.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Redlight Redlight and later at CCB. Poured a hazy, very pretty orange with no head at all at Redlight Redlight but producing a thin, but lasting off-white one at CCB. Aroma has some light acetone and lots of impending spicy alcohol: a quick whiff of distillate and hard liquor. Taste is boozy all the way, almost 100% dominated by spicy alcohol with no balancing bitterness or sweetness. Maybe some honey comes into play. In my notes I have "more like an ASA than cream ale." I’m glad some others agree.
SanfordBrewer (1478) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice body and balance. Like a german ipa. Don’t get much adjunct flavor. Citrusy hops.