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Leon - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

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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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

03-26-2013 13:47:04 | More by alysmith4
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-26-2013 13:38:29 | More by Howlader
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1up

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +12.4%

03-26-2013 04:18:00 | More by 1up
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2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.1%

03-25-2013 23:18:19 | More by 2dogbrew
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siege06nd

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.1%

03-25-2013 22:37:50 | More by siege06nd
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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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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4/5  rDev -10.1%

03-25-2013 20:28:31 | More by Beerontwowheels
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spicelab

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -18.4%

750ml bottle with huge thanks to mulder1010. Shared at Feb 26 tasting.

Deep treacle with a modest saffron coloured head that retains well, falling eventually to a decent film and collar.

Out of the gates it's pungent ethanol and sharp apple brandy barrel notes, before stewed fruits, dried strawberries, bark, acetone and hints of diacetyl poke through. Good but significantly marred by booze.

Flavours show a bigger base beer presence. Decent notes of caramel eclairs, figs and muscatels, but not a lot else.

Suitably full and syrupy, with light prickly carbonation and some booze heat.

Good but not outstanding. Might benefit significantly from a year or two in solitary.

03-21-2013 05:26:13 | More by spicelab
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-20-2013 00:12:59 | More by CGMLS3
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KGMIbeer

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

03-18-2013 16:47:15 | More by KGMIbeer
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augustg

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-17-2013 02:15:49 | More by augustg
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VAbdoyan

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

03-16-2013 04:06:46 | More by VAbdoyan
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Hunahpu pour #2. Murky brown with kahki cream head. Aroma is awesome. Vanilla, sweet brown sugar, apple, biscuts. Flavor is like nothing i have had. Cotton candy, toffee, biscuts, and vanilla in the flavor, super duper sweet as it sounds. Medium heavy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A bit sweet and that sweet lingers for a good while. So glad I got a chance to try this one, and sharing 8 oz. with one other person was plenty. Pretty rich.

03-14-2013 14:38:58 | More by BMMillsy
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Finatic

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-10-2013 11:46:58 | More by Finatic
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djtomain

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-09-2013 14:01:10 | More by djtomain
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-09-2013 02:49:59 | More by bpfrush
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ScottO

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%

03-08-2013 04:31:09 | More by ScottO
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madnismo

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-03-2013 15:58:35 | More by madnismo
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wbischof

Florida

5/5  rDev +12.4%

03-02-2013 15:43:57 | More by wbischof
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lionssoccer13

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-26-2013 16:17:28 | More by lionssoccer13
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass, consumed right after King Henry. Notes from our barleywine tasting a few weeks ago.

A- Pours a reddish brown with a slight brownish mahogany head that recedes fairly quick leaving some soft spotty lacing and oily alcohol legs. Very similar in appearance to Cognac Church on a Hill.

S- Apples, a bit of brandy (not overpowering), some oak, raisins, figs, and underlying dark fruits, sweet malts. I actually liked this aroma better then King Henry, I felt like it was slightly less boozey.

T- Apple Brandy notes with underlying well-balanced flavors of toffee, dark fruits, oak, figs, raisins, finishes with more apple brandy. Fairly sweet, a little bit sugary, and very well balanced. The barrel adds a nice integration to the beer giving it a nice apple brandy flavor without dominating the beer too much or making it seem overly boozey.

M- Smooth (although not as smooth as KH), low carbonation but decent for style, very easy drinking, booze hidden amazingly well.

O- I wouldn't say this quite stacks up to KH, but overall in my opinion it's probably the second best barleywine I've had. It's not quite as smooth or complex as KH and KH beats it in almost every category except aroma. I felt like Leon hid the booze a little bit better in the nose. Overall I believe this is a world-class barleywine from CCB that is definitely worth checking out. Luckily I still have a bottle left, I hope to revisit this in the future.

02-25-2013 16:35:24 | More by jaasen64
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

02-24-2013 01:04:44 | More by LambicKing
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

02-23-2013 19:24:58 | More by Hanzo
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-19-2013 15:16:20 | More by ShanePB
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Mbrown44

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-17-2013 14:11:50 | More by Mbrown44
Leon from Cigar City Brewing
98 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.