Three Floyds Caligulan Imperial Cream Ale

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Slightly stronger than normal American Cream ale

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
limalimamoli (52) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Aroma: Faint malt notes. A sweet, corn-like aroma. Hop aroma low . Faint esters present Appearance: Golden medium head with high carbonation. super clear Flavor: medium hop bitterness. moderate maltiness and sweetness, malt prevails in the taste. A low to moderate corny flavor from corn adjuncts and some DMS. Mouthfeel: light and crisp, although body can reach medium. Higher gravity slight alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2006
This didnt do it for me. The amber body with weak white head released aromas of hops, clover honey, yeast, Illini sweet, and fresh cream. Creamy in the mouth but the aromas didnt translate into flavor. It was a bit too bitter for a cream ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
On tap at the brewpub 12/16/2005: Pours a transparent golden bronze with a nicely-lacing white head. Sweet, mild cream corn aroma has a good malty presence. Starts with some sweet pale maltiness and some peppery hops. Well-balanced and very drinkable, an interesting and well-done brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2006
tap at brewpub-pours lightly cloudy orange with a soapy white head with good lacing all around the english pint glass. light citrus, faint vanilla cream, with a light funky yeast twang. french vanilla here. flavors are sweet cream, toasted grains, light hops (piney/earthy) with a husky malty finish. alcohol is detected but not overpowering. nice balance with an earthy hop finish to balance out all the cream sweetness. Nice work FFF!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2006
2005 growler shared with OldGrowth on 1/1/2006. Acquired in a great trade with the generous RoofTopRogue.
Head recedes to nothing over a matter of about two or three minutes, though initially it pours large and beige colored. Shining, burnished brass/straw body is clear. No lacing, yet there is a light film left on the glass. Initial aroma smells strongly of coconut shavings, malibu rum, very light isopropyl-like alcohols, and something more that I cant put my finger on. I come to the conclusion of "fancy bath soaps" and OldGrowth immediately suggests, "French milled soap". Yes! Thats it. An undeniable likeness to french milled bar soap. And, surprisingly (to me anyways) not in a bad way at all. The coconut eventually fades and the yeast that seems to be producing it becomes more clear as the beer warms, though it is still lightly sourish and fruity-dry. Alcohol notes in the nose never strengthen, and probably recede as the beer warms, making it of little concern overall. The flavor begins with coconut to the max, very yeasty and a dry, bitter, leafy hoppiness. Citric, dry, light pine. As it warms, it takes on a very round and fruity flavor, soft, with very dry pale maltiness, though hardly even honeyish in nature. Very much like dried out white bread dough, though the light touches of caramel add the needed sweetness. When cold, it has an almost creamy, lemon-vanilla cake icing appeal, that seems to fade as it warms. Low carbonation, but not thin or watery at all. The bubbles are small and minimally expansive, engaging, moderately, the palate. But it proves to be a very slippery texture overall, gliding down seemlessly, with only a bite on the end from the yeast, mixed with a light kick of alcohol. Actually very well-to-style, if you extrapolate what a double cream ale would be. Its enjoyable to find a beer that actually benefits from drinking at colder temperatures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3425) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Growler, provided by ClarkVV. Ill start by saying Im not usually a cream ale drinker. Good nose, Spicy. Coconut (like Malibu), cinnamon, minor tangerine and french milled soap. Cooper oarnage color, nice head that faded quickly, no lacing. Spiced flavors, like aroma. The coconut and tangerine really stand out to me. Medium body, lite creamy mothfeel, sweet finish. Had a flavor I associate with some of 3Floyds brews. Its intersting, but not something Id have alot of, even if we did drink half the growler. Thanks Clark for this rare treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 new style to me and was smooth and very drinkable. creamy and tasty with spicy overtones. could not figure out what it was all i know is if this is what a cream ale taste like they did a good job another fine beer by the guys i been going to the brewery for four years and have seen the progress of beers and they amaze me each time with the effort they go to try anything and have it come out in a FFF way always good and not normal again keep up the good work CHEERS

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Imperial pint served at the brewpub. Yellow/orange in color, with a sticky white head. Not much of an aroma. Maybe some adjuct character, but the flavor is full of sweet apricot and peaches. Maybe a vanilla milkshake. Very nice. Very full body. I enjoyed the hell out of the beer. Eat your heart out Little Kings!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Deep yellow with orange highlights. Peaches and bread on the nose and mouth. Finishes slightly sweet with mild hops and some alcohol. Fairly thick on the palate. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (6050) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized long lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was slightly hazy and orange brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of malty hoppy mild . Its mouth feel is initially tingly rich thick with a lingering tingly sweet palate and a mild caramel malty aftertaste. Its flavor contained malty hoppy doughy notes and was very tasty with a sweetness to this cream ale. All-in-all very nice brew.

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