5 Beers For 5 Years - The Brewing Team - American Barley Wine-Style Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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5 Beers For 5 Years - The Brewing Team - American Barley Wine-Style Ale
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mattvandyk on 03-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip

Pours a very hazy, almost murky dark orange color. Small layer of off white colored head. Average looking lace and head retention.

Earthy wood, lots of sweet caramel, sugary, a hint of like a pellet hop.

Sweet sugary caramel, woody, slightly earthy malts. Defiantly some hop bitterness, but not huge hop flavors. A bit of some citrus and a little of that dank pellet hop flavor.

Fairly thick mouthfeel with a lighter carbonation.

As far as barley wines go, this is just a bit too average. I expected more from cigar city.

Photo of richj1970
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Bottle dated 2/5/2014.

A: Pours a cloudy butterscotch brown with a small one finger light tan head. Some minimal lacing. Much larger head with better retention on second pour.

S: A nice mix of caramel, butterscotch, and piney hops. A hint of citrus fruits.

T: Punch of bitter hops combined with sweet malts. Honey, caramel, apricots, and biscuits.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Finish is fairly sweet with linger bitterness.

O: Classic American barleywine. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Not my all time favorite of the group, but very solid brew.

Photo of One1Asterisk
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured in to a snifter.

Opens with a heavy hop-forward flavor and gives way to a beautiful malty background. The color of this ale is an amazing reddish-golden hue. This beer was very tasty, and while the hops were quite present in the front, they mellow out nicely. I rather hope I run in to this beer again!

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Hazy caramel-amber color. Forms a thin white head with poor retention atop a low level of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel and toasted malts, mild booze character, and some juniper resin hop bitterness - an almost sticky, oily alpha-bitter aroma.

T: Malty, bready toasted toffee, light caramel sweetness, pine resin and mild citrus rind hops. Malt and ethanol sweetness with orange peel and resinous bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body for style, average carbonation sensation. Low alcohol character for style - although this example of the style does seem to lean more towards a malty DIPA.

O: Not my favorite. It's definitely something to avoid if you're looking for a true barleywine example. I know the line between American Barleywine and American DIPA is thin, but I really feel this falls on the wrong side of the equation. Still, not an unpleasant beer to drink.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My brother in-law picked up two bottles of this for me when he was in Florida. I don't get a lot of Cigar City Beer up in Wisconsin so I was excited to try it. I made sure to drink one bottle right away and stash the other one away for some aging.

This beer is definitely sweet but in my opinion, not overly so like some of the reviews on here suggest. I thought it had a fair amount of complexity with fruit, sugars and a subtle hop flavor melding together quite well.

I will say I have had better barleywines but this one was very solid.

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the third of the series; two more to go after this. Still looking for the one with that 'wow' factor I've come to expect so regularly from CCB. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour looks like puréed oak veneer with minimal carbonation. Smell is right up there with a fine glass of city air: really not much coming off the surface, even after it begins to warm up. Malts? Slight sweetness? I've rarely had less aromatic particulate get snared in my nose hairs.

5 Beers for 5 Years Barleywine Style Ale is laced with fruit & sugar. The contact jitters from the high fructose corn syrup makes it hard to type. Sweet on sweet with another cup of sugar poured into the bottle. Heavy dose of alcohol with the heat, more like a palate-numbing, blow-to-the-head booziness. Fruit salad in the middle - nothing jumps out, more like mixed fruit yogurt. Finish in gentle pine whispers. 11 ounces? OK.

Boozy with heat, sweet without balance, fruity without focus, & not terribly drinkable. A very average beer with plenty of flaws.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber from Tipples poured to a tulip glass. Pours hazy orange copper with a two finger off white head. Some sweet caramel malts and a surprising amount of grassy vegetal hops, some bit of lemon and orange peel. Flavor is a big hoppy brew, sort of like a super malty DIPA that has been sitting a while, lots of orange peel, caramel, lots of raw hops, more big malts. A really nice medley of flavors. Big sweet resinous body with medium carbonation. Really green and grassy and I suspect this will move toward sweet and caramelly as it ages. Neat changeup.

Photo of DucksFan16
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very hoppy, much more than appropriate for the style, even though I enjoyed this.

Photo of barfootbandit
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into a sniffer. Perhaps the best Barleywine I have had the pleasure of drinking. Aromas of honey, butterscotch, and toffee with a dark caramel color. Very malty and high in ABV at 10%. Very malt forward but with a clean finish. Tastes of honey, caramel even a tad chocolaty. The high ABV definitely helped the overall taste and this was a very hearty beer. The execution of this Barleywine was superb in my opinion, absolutely incredible beer.

5 Beers For 5 Years - The Brewing Team - American Barley Wine-Style Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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