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Leon's Grandson's It's My Birthday Barley Wine-style Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Leon's Grandson's It's My Birthday Barley Wine-style AleLeon's Grandson's It's My Birthday Barley Wine-style Ale

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very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.79% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bartos on 01-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 14
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Feel: medium body; good carbonation; a bit hot.
Plenty of dark soaked fruits in the nose.
O: decent, but poorly hidden alcohol. Would probably benefit from aging.

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This is a heavy-looking barleywine, a dark brown with a deep thickness through the body and even held to the light does any actually get in to show a violet-brown hue. The head is very thick and tight despite its short stature, with lots of resolve to retain almost its full form for the whole of the session. Lacing deposited is a thick ring with broken sheeting followed by patching.
The smell is surprisingly muted; even after more has come out of it with warming, there's not as much as I would expect. What I do get is bready malts, toffee, caramel, earth and leaf with a slight earthiness.
The taste delivers more, as the malt sets down a strong foundation with breads, sweetness of toffee and caramel balancing a big leafy and raw green sapling resin bitterness. A little more sweetness of something like brown sugar evens out an otherwise dry finish with lots of lingering pith.
This full-bodied, thick beer is semi-dry and easier on the palate than it would seem, avoiding too much heaviness and offering a good bite of crispness as a creamy smoothness rolls over the tongue, each on the finish in equal measure.

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Honestly, if I didn't know this was a barley wine, I would have sworn it was a stout. The taste was of roasted malts and I swear there was some chocolate tones there. Couldn't taste the ABV at all. Very solid. Glad I got to try it.

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Leon's Grandson's It's My Birthday Barley Wine-style Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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