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Leon - Cigar City Brewing

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301 Ratings
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 501
Gots: 63 | FT: 5
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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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

11-09-2013 00:45:22 | More by mothman
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-28-2013 23:24:34 | More by mdaschaf
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5/5  rDev +12.4%

05-05-2013 21:52:12 | More by sendbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-13-2013 21:40:01 | More by Zaphog
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4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

Bottle opened on 11.21.12

A - Pours a murky dark brown with a 1/4 inch foamy dark khaki head that quickly moves to a lunp on one side.

S - Dark fruit, figs, carmel, toffee, vanilla and subtle brandy.

T - Sweet fruit, toffee, butterscotch then some hoppy tart apples.

D - Lower carbonation with a medium body.

O - Very layered and complex. Sweet, then hoppy, then fruity. Love it.

11-28-2012 07:15:01 | More by HuskyinPDX
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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

05-05-2013 18:57:47 | More by drummermattie02
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-19-2013 15:16:20 | More by ShanePB
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3.88/5  rDev -12.8%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky ruby brown body. A few bubbles in the collar make up the head with a few surface wisps.

Smell - Apple sweetness. Brandy and vanilla. Caramel.

Taste - A little more dynamic. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Apple brandy is more subtle. Dry and astringent finish with apple sweetness lingering.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet, but still manages to dry out and leave oak in the back. Medium heavy body.

Overall - A dramatic improvement over Church on a Hill, but Cognac Church is still the revelation of the bunch.

06-15-2014 16:48:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

12-15-2012 16:53:07 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

05-22-2013 01:40:23 | More by jrallen34
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

04-10-2014 19:13:06 | More by iL0VEbeer
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3.5/5  rDev -21.3%

02-01-2013 19:41:16 | More by chippo33
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

10-28-2012 02:11:11 | More by AgentZero
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

01-18-2014 01:10:15 | More by claspada
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

11-21-2012 02:10:37 | More by bsuedekum
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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Dark brown colored body. Leaves an decent collar with a little cap. Minimal lacing.

Can smell the green apple aspect of the brandy barrel aging.

Alcoholic caramel, short and sweet. Brings the heat on the throat on the tail end.

Low but adequate carbonation. My favorite part besides the smell. Medium-thick mouthfeel.

A very good BA English barleywine but not deserving of the rating that it's getting right now. Now the new CCB Imperial Sweet Stout, that's a different story. Thanks egrace84!

11-09-2012 02:11:45 | More by Duff27
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4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

A: poured a pale brownish orange in color with a little yellow hue on top and had a little thin khaki cap that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very pleasent barleywine aroma which consisted of plenty of sweet caramel, a little brown sugar, hints of toffee, very appealing brandy character and a little dark fruit coming through.

T: the brandy barrel character was more apparent on the palate alongside caramelized apple notes, a little toffee, burnt sugar, good brown sugar accents and signs of dark fruit .

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slightly boozy, mildly dark fruity and sticky finish.

O: very complex aroma and flavor that had me fiending for another sip after I had finished my glass; very delicious

11-28-2012 00:27:13 | More by Gobzilla
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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours a deep chestnut brown color. Some minimal tan froth.

(S)- A nice richness overall. Ever so slight spice meets an excellent showing of the sweet brandy barrel.

(T)- I like the underlying sweetness from the brandy barrel in this. Some excellent leathery tobacco meets toffee and caramel. Quite nice.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a nice showing of the barrel and a great barleywine base overall. Not too sweet either.

(O)- Generally, I tend to shy away from brandy barrel aged beers due to the overwhelming sweetness most of them tend to have, but this fits the style really well and uses the brandy barrel to great results.

09-20-2013 18:44:28 | More by sweemzander
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4.99/5  rDev +12.1%

22oz into a riedel snifter.

A dark copper/brown with an off white head which dissipates quickly. It is remarkable. It has legs, a tiny amount of lacing.

S dark fruit, brandy, oak, roasted malt

T sweet, boozy, spicy, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, sweet apple brandy, this beer is complex.

M thick and mouth filling. Light carbonation, a little boozy but not overwhelming. Delicious.

O this beer rocks, another hit from ccb. I recommend getting a bottle if you can. One of my new favorites and in my top 10 of all time.

10-03-2012 05:58:25 | More by Lare453
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4.48/5  rDev +0.7%

750ml bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing.

A: Murky medium brown body; 1/2" superfine tan head. Ok retention. Solid.

S: Spicy, chocolatey, spiritous. Vanilla, brandy, caramel, and lightly leafy bitterness. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose, sweetly and wonderfully. Great balance of barrel and malt. Delicious.

M: Creamy medium-full body. Great.

O: Wonderful beer. Really complex, and impeccably balanced. I expected it to be much more of a sugar bomb than it was.


01-15-2013 00:41:10 | More by woosterbill
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4.38/5  rDev -1.6%

Received in a trade..

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice thin halo and left lacing.

S - Aromas of lats of candy, brandy, chocolate, very nice.

T - Taste is light brandy, good malts, caramel, toffee.

M - Mouthfeel is really smooth and creamy.

O - Overall this beer was mighty tasty, super smooth.

04-02-2014 22:24:30 | More by rudzud
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4.1/5  rDev -7.9%

Honor to Prince Moose3285 one more time for sending one more fine-looking CC beer up the long pipeline to Minnesota; so jazzed to open this one up. 750 ML bottle split with my lovely wife.

Pour is fairly quiet with minimal carbonic activity, turbid brown with a touch of red. The nose brings pleasantness - huge notes of brandy & vanilla, accompanied by caramel & general sweetness. Hearty-emoticon.

Leon. Tons of lovely caramel inundate the dike: there's enough caramel to feed starving masses. The brandy really accentuates the caramel, & adds another dimension of sweetness on top. As it warms, it opens up. In the primal wood there's also molasses, toffee, light fruits, & hopefully no halberds. The mix is exquisite. And easy to sip.

OK. Have to confess I'd rather have Church on a Hill, either version, than Leon - but this is still an excellent beer. Mike - you are a saint. Let St. Peter know you have an excellent reference if he asks.

02-02-2013 05:10:28 | More by maximum12
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.14/5  rDev -7%

Pours a dark manogany color, with a yellowish finger of foamy head. The aroma is somewhat fruity, with hints of alcohol, figs, oak, caramel, and dates.Theres somewhat of a sugary taste, plums, raisins, other dark fruits, mingling with a smooth woodsy note, touches of booze, and a fruity brandy note. It's full bodied, rich and creamy. Drinks quite well despite the ABV, which adds character, rather than making It daunting. Quite a nice drinking Barleywine.

06-09-2013 13:57:26 | More by EgadBananas
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

02-09-2013 01:54:04 | More by eawolff99
Leon from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.