Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cigar City Brewing

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89
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 81
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-09-2012)
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Shared bottle pours clear red-amber with a modest head.

Unusual aroma with a suggestion of rum and brandy. Soft fruits, light malts, and alcohol esters dominate the flavor. ABV partially hidden but not so in the aroma.

Medium body with rather low carbonation.

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3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared at NWI Tasting Group Meetup - December

A - Looks a lot like Leon except a lighter brown. Very hazy with a small layer of foam on the top. Reminds me of apple cider

S - Not too much of a nose that I picked up. Slight vanilla, caramel and bready malt

T - Caramel and vanilla up front along with bready malt. Finish has a slight astringency to it that is a bit abrasive

MF - Medium body with a light stickiness. Light astringent and alcoholic presence that leaves a tingle on the tongue

O - A solid barleywine but it is nowhere as near as good as the variants (Leon and Cognac Church).

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750 mL bottle poured into a CBS snifter. No bottle date, which is weird for a current CCB beer.

Appearance - Mahogany with a nice khaki head. Two fingers in the CBS snifter is not bad. Decent retention, too. No lacing, but that's not surprising at 13%.

Smell - Nutty, malty, and extremely fruity. Dark fruits and some estery fruits as well. Almost like they used a Belgian yeast. General booziness about it, but not 13% boozy.

Taste - Sweet, toffee, caramel malt. Quickly goes to a grainy bitterness and a dry astringent finish. Again, it's got esters that are not to style. Almost acidic tasting, too. Strange and not what I expect.

Mouthfeel - Extremely dry for 13%, although it doesn't taste like 13%. To its credit, it tastes closer to 10%. The astringent finish verges on unpleasant.

Overall - It's decent. Maybe a little better than decent. I don't think I can say it's well-made, due to the off-flavors, but for a 13% ABV barleywine, it's still pretty good. I guess I'm basically forgiving some flaws due to its size.

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one awhile back! Thanks brother! Shared during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a dark red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I had only really heard about this one and then it showed up at my doorstep. A really solid example of the style as far as flavor and aroma goes. Nice dark fruit notes with a nice touch of sweet alcohol to blend in nicely. A really well done brew that I would love to try a barrel aged version of. I suggest you get on this when you can.

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Thanks to Gord for this bottle. Could not find a bottle date on this one.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Dark copper colour; almost completely opaque. A thin layer of light brown head formed and quickly reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Very sweet with dark caramel, brown sugar, raisins and toffee aromas.

T - Caramel, brown sugar, toffee and raisins. Very sweet overall with a big warming alcohol presence that nicely cuts through the sweetness.

M -Medium to full body. Somewhat sludgy and sticky. Light carbonation.

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Picked up a bottle on a Cigar City tour. Very tasty barleywine with big, bold flavors. 22 oz bomber. Also had on tap on the tour.
Very sticky, but not sweet like some other barleywines. Bit of an alcohol punch, but not overpowering.
Peeled Church-on-a-Hill label off and found original Churchill label.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: Just a bit sweet with lots of dark fruit and some caramel malt. I'm getting some hops and then some warm alcohol with each sniff.

Taste: This is not a very sweet beer. I would have expected more given the abv. I am getting some caramel from the malt along with some citrus peel hops. There is an alcohol burn in the finish, but I would still call this one smooth.

Mouthfeel: The body is just a bit syrupy with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a tad dry.

Overall: I could have used just a little more sweetness to counter the bitterness. Overall this is still a nice barleywine and I would have another.

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Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours a reddish brown to dark brown in color. The beer has a thin light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweetness in the aroma with toffee and caramel (burnt sugar) present from the malts. Some lighter smells of dark fruits and a light nuttiness.

T: The flavor is more well balanced than a lot of barleywines as it is not as sweet as expected. There is some sweetness from the dark fruits and toffee/caramel but there is some light bitterness and nuttiness (almost almond-like).

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy. Some light alcohol heat in the finish.

O: One of the less sweet barleywines that I have had recently and an enjoyable one. This beer is big, with some alcohol presence, so you really want it more as a sipper. I enjoyed this one.

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Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.