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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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158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 331
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

TheSamKuehn, Nov 04, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 24, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dreadnaught33, Aug 24, 2013
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Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.