Cigar City Batch #69 Double Cream Ale - Whiskey Barrel


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Aged in a Palm Ridge Reserve barrel

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3.5
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.

3.2
chibuck (3513) - 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.

3.5
FlacoAlto (4176) - 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 isnít 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 ďsuperĒ cream ale. The base beer is perhaps a bit simplistic, but there is enough of it here to work.

3.6
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Growler shared by.. I forget who..at the Hunaphuís 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.

3.5
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

3.1
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2011
swing top shared by Adam! batch 69, double cream ale, haha finally got it and now iím sick. didnít 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.

3.5
TheAlum (7164) - 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. Itís all barrel essentially

3.6
hopscotch (11044) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
GrowlerÖ 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 Ė 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 donít enjoy an awful lot. Kudos to TheCheeseMan for picking this up while in Tampa!

3.8
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2011
Hazy brown pour. The head forms late and disappears quickly. Considering itís a few days after the growler fill, itís 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 isnít 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 Iíve had. Iím impressed with it overall.


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