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Knights Of The Barleywine (Cognac Barrel Aged) - Swamp Head Brewery

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Knights Of The Barleywine (Cognac Barrel Aged)
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 1
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Deep in the Florida Swamps lies a setting that few would brave. Reeking of bubbling wort and lewd conversation, riddled with darkness and absurdity, this convention takes place just before the dawn of each new year.

We speak of the annual meeting of the Knights of the Barleywine, where legendary folk of all shapes come together to brew their yearly bounty, a high gravity beast of a barleywine. Here we give you a window into the experience of being knighted; a barrel aged barleywine that will challenge you with upfront flavors of malt sweetness and cognac, followed by a velvety soft mouthfeel and a smooth, warming finish.
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2013 Bottle ("Knighted in 2012"). Pours a murky brownish amber color with a one finger off white head that looks very creamy. The aroma: uh oh. This might be infected. It has a sour apple and cherry aroma like a very nice sour red/brown. For an English barleywine...not right. Flavor follows the smell closely. Sour apple flavor with some hefty booze in the background from the cognac barrels. Some other fruits and a hint of toffee. Mouthfeel is slick and pretty heavy, but with some spritzy carbonation to go along. This is so far off style I can’t even begin to describe my confusion. But it is actually decently tasty. I don’t know how to rate this. If they told me this was a sour brown, I’d give it a high 3 score. As a barleywine? In the 1’s. Spliting the difference for now. I think I’ll stop by Swamp Head tomorrow to see if they know about this issue or if this was the intended flavor.

Revisiting this after capping for a day and letting it hang out in the fridge. Less carbonation of course this time around. Still a bit of a sour aroma with some cognac and figs in there. Sweet with some figs and bready malt, liquor bite, sweet molasses. Still a bit of a lingering sour kick left in the palate. In any case, the flavor is lacking and falls a bit flat beside the bit of sourness. Not their best effort by any means, hopefully they work out the kinks next year. When I mentioned it at the brewery I was told, "Sometimes you get funky flavors because this is barrel aged. That's how it goes." Whatever. It's not terrible but it sounds like they know they put an infected beer in bottles.

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Knights Of The Barleywine (Cognac Barrel Aged) from Swamp Head Brewery
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