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Leon - Cigar City Brewing

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 505
Gots: 63 | FT: 6
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: macrosmatic on 09-16-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, and brandy. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 22:32:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to starrdogg for opening this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter. The nose carries a pretty strong aroma of apple brandy with some nice sweetness coming from that. Malty sweetness with faint fruit and caramel comes behind that. Flavor is a bit too barrel heavy, but still quite nice. A bit of booze, but not too much for a 13.5% beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:36:15 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky dark caramel color with a inch of foam; leggy, with a smattering of dots

Smell: Toffee apple; dried fruit (fig and date); mulled spices, earthy hop

Taste: Caramel and butterscotch, up front, with the dried fruit and spices arriving in the middle; some earthy hops, after the swallow, but the finish is dominated by the toffee apple character; rather boozy, too

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; loads of warmth

Overall: A powerful barleywine with an interesting twist; the high abv and the sweetness makes it difficult to consume in much quantity - took me two hours to finish off a snifter

Thanks, voxomkid, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:17:06 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

03-25-2013 22:05:45 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.1%

01-20-2013 14:17:59 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-13-2013 20:22:26 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

12-03-2012 06:37:56 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

09-29-2012 18:29:27 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks, David.

Pours a cloudy dark amber capped by a thin head that quickly recedes to a collar. Apple brandy isn't terribly overt on the nose compared to AB Hunahpu's. Other reviews mention it being front and center, so perhaps there's bottle variation. More dominant is dark fruit, burnt sugar and oak. There's plenty of boozy barrel, but it's not distinctly apple brandy. The palate is similar, with big caramel and burnt sugar flavors, boozy barrel, oak and dark fruit. It feels a tad thin to me, especially compared to the Hunahpu's variations we drank next to this. A solid beer, but nothing terribly special.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 21:11:30 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-08-2013 18:52:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar and specks of lace. Dark brown body that's fairly opaque.

S - Massive apple brandy aroma - almost Jolly Rancher-esque in its green apple intensity. Plenty of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits and breads. Really excellent, with enough oak and spice to prevent things from getting cloying.

T - The taste is similar, with a great combination of apple brandy, oak, milled grains, honey-soaked dark breads, caramel, and brown sugar. Surprisingly well-hidden alcohol for a 13% barrel-aged barleywine.

M - Full bodied, chewy and viscous texture, lower carbonation, and surprisingly little warmth for the listed 13%. Mild oak dryness and grain, but otherwise fairly sticky.

D - Awesome stuff and might be even better than the cognac version. I'd love to get my hands on another bottle of this so that I could enjoy it at a more leisurely pace. Cigar City is on quite the hot streak these days. I think abandoning their sour program has really allowed them to concentrate on what they do best.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 14:20:04 | More by MasterSki
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another cracked at the CCB bottle share night, thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy head, dark murky brown color.

Nose fruity candy, lots of candy brandy, caramel, toffee, little nutty, candy syrup,

Taste semi sweet candy, toffee, caramel, candy syrup, little brandy, barrel notes, fruity, little booze, etc. Nice beer.

Mouth med to fuller bod syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:50:16 | More by jlindros
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

02-02-2014 11:07:58 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 02/09/12 notes. Traded for this last month, shared with a few friends. Poured into a wine glass.

a - Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brandy, caramel malts, oak, toffee, green apples, dark fruits, raisins, toasted malts, and some whiskey almost. Brandy is sweet and strong up front, but really nice. As it warms more comes out, like some vanilla. Awesome nose.

t - Tastes of brandy, caramel malts, vanilla, oak, toffee, cream, raisins, figs, dark fruity malts, apples, some burnt and toasted malts, some molasses and sugar. Again, quite sweet, and more vanilla. I liked the nose a little better, but this is still a great taste.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation.. Body is smooth, thick, and creamy; really nice. Brandy is certainly there but didn't feel like a 13% ABV.

o - Overall I had had a fresh 2012 bottle of MoaS the night before, and while I preferred MoaS to this (to be fair, MoaS is one of my favorite BA barleywines), this was really great and just a step below it. I think the nose is amazing on this beer and it definitely got better as it warmed up. A little hotter and a little sweeter than MoaS, I would love to have this one again and think aging it a few months would probably lead to it being even better. One of the better Cigar City beers I've had...definitely seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 20:02:11 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. We had this as a part of the blind BA Barleywine tasting.

This one pours with more of a red hue than most barleywines. The smell is sweet and a bit fruity. There is a good balance between bitter and sweet in the flavor. This one had more balance than most of the other barleywines we had. I'm getting some caramel and dark fruit along with heat from the barrel. The alcohol builds towards the finish. I'm going to sit on my bottle and see how time treats this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 14:10:45 | More by oline73
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying a big thank you to Sean for sending this my way!

This is the best brandy-barrel treated beer I've tasted yet!

Pours with a moderate amount of carbonation which produces a thin white head. A ruddy maroon color somewhat reminiscent of cloudy apple cider.

Strong booze on the nose, but oh what booze! Brandy!! Apple, pear, toffee, golden raisin, spice (cinnamon, clove and allspice). Slight touch of cocoa. Wow what a nose!

Taste strongly follows scent as a hot (alcohol) spiciness (pie spices again) floods the olfactory nerves. Sugary goodness hits mid-palate before being swept away by the lingering alcohol in the end. Did I mention that this was a little hot;)?

Mouthfeel is awesome! Oily with a nice burn of brandy. Perfect carbonation for a beer of this style.

This beer will only improve in the bottle over the next 10 years. I need another to squirrel away in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:42:23 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

12-23-2013 17:32:46 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-07-2013 07:59:08 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

10-25-2012 19:42:59 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

01-17-2013 04:13:57 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy cola color with good carbonation for a BA English Bwinw which traditionally is on the lower end of carbonation. There is a nice tannish cap, good dose of bubbles and moderate lacing and head retention

S: Big sweet brandy nose, did I mention sweet and Brandy? A nice dark fruit presence is introduced with a whiff of figs but I can really smeel the sugary sweetness on the beer. Loads of toffee, caramel and lighter whiffs of vanilla, light barrel funk and booze come across the nose

T: Immedite big brandy presence, sweet, caramel and toffee really provide a pronounced sugary sweetness, a good amount of caramelized sugar, some heat and then some darkerf ruits peak in midway backed by more toffee, caramel, toffee and a Earthy, woody, funy barrel influence. The finshing taste has a lingering undertone of bitterness and more sugar but that brandy is in your face.

M: Big bodied, well carbonated, sordove silky and the texture/feel is sweet and smooth. This beer is really sweet and the brandy really camps out on the palate providing a sticky mouthfeel

O: Very good. I was waiting to open this beer for the celebration of my first son. Worth the wait. Church on a Hill, Roosevelt and now this one. Cigar City is cranking out solid barleywnes. My only complaint about this beer was the bigger brandy note which seemed to distract me from the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 14:35:32 | More by barleywinefiend
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go to BA sendsilk for hooking me up with this. Poured from a 750ml into a matching CCB snifter. The brew appears a dark mahogany to brown with a yellowish stained khaki head about a finger strong that fades back to a creamy layering across the top supported by rising bubbles of carbonation. The fading cap leaves strings and spots of lace sticking to the glass. It is interesting how creepy and slow the bubbles move through solution and collect at the surface. When held to the light, this brew shows some lighter brown and almost orange to yellowish hints around the edges that are quite clouded.

The aroma is burnt sugar like caramel and molasses with a solid amount of raw woody inclusion. The brandy is present with an accenting fruity alcohol component that integrates well with the maltiness of this brew. There is some vanilla character here smelling almost like toasted marshmallows with a candy sweetness that mingles with the raw woodiness in an enjoyable yet different way. It is a good smelling brew, it just doesn't "wow" me like some of the other barrel aged goodies coming from CCB do.

The taste is sweet with a fruity inclusion of brandy that melds into burnt sugary flavors of caramel and toffee. Some of the barrel flavors come forward here with a hint of vanilla and some herbal hops are present with the solvent alcohol to bring things back into perspective. There is a flavor mid-palate almost like apple skins but it finishes with an ester and fresh fruited taste. As it warms up, the alcohol brings out more of the herbal hops and a bit of tannic dryness of raw oak that imparts almost a flavoring reminiscent of strong tea but coupled with something along the lines of molasses.

This is a full bodied brew. It is thick and sticky with a moderate level of carbonation. The alcohol is not hiding here despite plenty of residual sweetness and malt character. CCB has been knocking barrel aged beers out of the park (this is nothing new) but most recently I gotta give the nod to the cognac versions over this brandy. Still a mighty fine brew, if you have the chance you should get your hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:40:32 | More by stakem
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

12-16-2012 17:22:33 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

11-09-2013 00:45:22 | More by mothman
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -10.1%

12-05-2012 08:53:40 | More by drewone
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