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Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 329
Gots: 28 | 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: djmichaelk on 07-09-2012)
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dbc5

Ohio

4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into Dogfish Head snifter.

A: A muddy brown with a surprising 1 finger, tan head (surprising due to the abv). Head sticks around for a few moments before receding into a nice ring around the edge of the glass. Getting some lacing, which is nice surprise for a beer of this size. I find this brew very aesthetically pleasing, although I'm sure others would note that it is darker than is typical for the style.

S: Pungent; I could smell this one immediately upon cracking the cap. Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, and cognac. I can tell this is going to be fairly sweet but also incredibly complex. Extremely appetizing aroma.

T: This is everything I was hoping the beer would be based on the nose. Being completely honest, I put this on par with King Henry and don't know that I can choose one over the other. So much going on in every sip. It's as if someone rolled dark fruits in brown sugar, then dunked them in cognac. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and marshmallow cream are also present. There is a lingering cognac and brown sugar flavor on the finish.

M: It is a big Cigar City beer, so you know the mouthfeel will be dense and viscous. This one is big, chewy, and sticky. Low carbonation. The mouthfeel showcases the beer perfectly.

O: This beer is King Henry's equal in my opinion. I actually have this one rated slightly higher due to the better head and presence of lacing, something I didn't get with the King. This beer is absolutely phenomenal and easily ranks among the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 01:55:32 | More by dbc5
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This has been a big want of mine for a while, cracked at the CCB share night, thanks again to rudzud.

Light fizzy head, no retention, super dark murky molasses color.

Nose dark malts brown sugar, toffee, caramel, etc, little brandy soaked raisin and fig, candy, etc, with light cognac fruity booze, little dark brown malt,

Taste is very sweet, candy malt, caramel, toffee and lots of toffee, into big cognac barrel, sweet fruity candy cognac, into mild brandy raisin and fruit, fig, arc, great cognac fruity booz. Fair hot booze, sift aged malt too, nice raisin and fig paste really come through, with a candied fruit too. Finish is sweet and sticky, more booze, cognac, candied fruits, etc.

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A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly cloudy brown with a thin halo, very nice.

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T - Taste is super sweet, sticky, cognac, malts, caramel, sweet brown sugar. Incredibly sweet, cloyingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy lowly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, albeit really sweet. The cognac is really restrained.

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Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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