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

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BA SCORE
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157 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 330
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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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-16-2013 01:42:39 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -10.5%

11-13-2013 05:45:29 | More by Rhettroactive
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daryk77

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-05-2013 03:30:54 | More by daryk77
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TheSamKuehn

Florida

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%

Cracked as my #1000 checkin on untappd (same username). Bottled July 2012. Lets see what 16 months has done. Big thanks to cheapbeerbuzz for this one. Pretty high on my to drink list.

Appearance: Great creamy mocha head that lasts. Really nice color for a barley wine.

Smell: Yummy, yummy cognac. Sweetness from the base beer.

Taste: Cognac was solid. Thought it was balanced with the sweetness of the barleywine. Even though I opened this at the 16 month mark there was a fair amount of sweetness, more than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Very, very good.

Overall: Extremely please to have opened this one. Not sure how further aging would've done. A fabulous cognac barreled aged barleywine.

11-04-2013 04:56:21 | More by TheSamKuehn
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

11-02-2013 05:27:46 | More by lonewolfcry
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geuze_gone_wild

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

10-29-2013 05:22:41 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-27-2013 05:28:05 | More by monitorpop
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

10-27-2013 02:16:39 | More by zestar
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FeelinSurley

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-27-2013 01:00:26 | More by FeelinSurley
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NathanFink

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

10-26-2013 18:30:33 | More by NathanFink
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-24-2013 05:51:26 | More by largadeer
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.5%

10-21-2013 11:51:53 | More by rowingbrewer
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

10-16-2013 04:44:22 | More by jegross2
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

09-28-2013 14:08:19 | More by Brabander
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

09-27-2013 21:46:18 | More by meatyard
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

09-12-2013 17:50:43 | More by CityofBals
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ajs4bd

Missouri

5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-31-2013 21:51:58 | More by ajs4bd
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael. What a pleasant surprise.

The beer is dark brown with a thin, tan head. The aroma offers oak, toffee, booze, caramels, and lovely cognac. There's just something about a well executed cognac barrel-aged beer. This one hits the mark. Everything is well balanced and integrated. Cognac character sits atop the flavor profile, yet doesn't dominate. Simply outstanding feel on the palate. A delightful beer to sip and savor. Fantastic.

08-24-2013 04:55:39 | More by Huhzubendah
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.44/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to Michael (yourefragile) for sharing this beer!

The beer pours a pretty dark brown with an almost purple like color, inky color in the middle. Ring of tan head, no lacing.

The smell is nice, the cognac comes throw well with the toffee like malts of the base Barleywine, a touch of alcohol gives some nice sweet dimension to it as well. Plenty of fresh barley malt comes through well giving the smell a nice body. Maybe a touch of smashed fruit when you really get into the aroma. It's a nice smell but not quite as complex as I would have expected.

The taste has a bit more depth and again highlights the cognac barrel nicely with a hefty malt bill and butterscotch. Caramel, fig and beautifully smoothed out booze. Chewy sweet and savory flavors abound in this beer, it has a nice balance for the abv but still has some burn to it for sure and a bit of acrid acidity too. The feel though is thicker than most beers in the style and drinks easily with nice carbonation.

Overall a great beer, nice stuff.

08-24-2013 01:35:19 | More by Dreadnaught33
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

08-24-2013 01:31:33 | More by yourefragile
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slynke

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-16-2013 00:57:49 | More by slynke
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VinsanityDiesel

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

08-06-2013 23:11:35 | More by VinsanityDiesel
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sustyhops

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

07-30-2013 23:22:45 | More by sustyhops
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DaTimBennett

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

07-26-2013 03:05:09 | More by DaTimBennett
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badboy7113

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

07-24-2013 01:14:41 | More by badboy7113
Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.