Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt - Swamp Head Brewery
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2.7/5 rDev -28.9%
Thanks again to moose3285...wanted to try this as soon as possible after the Church on a Hill to get a good comparison. Big 750 ML bottle split with my wife.
Cigar City brew poured into my Cigar City snifters & placed on my hand-made Cigar City coasters...nah, I don't have my Cigar City thong on tonight, though. Shows a churned-up orange with an active head. Nose is strong caramel, chock-full of sweet malt, touch of oddness that must be pecans.
Roosevelt was a fine president & this beer doesn't live up to that legacy. There's a funk to this that disagrees with my palate...not violently, but with murder in thought. The pecans are sharp, bitter, pungent, & borderline unpleasant. They drown out the sweet malts & caramel, both of which show only as background props. The pecans stick around, too. Bitter root.
Church on a Hill was an amazing beer, this is almost the opposite; hugely disappointing & difficult to get down a half-bomber. The bitterness is tough to get past. Not even middling.
05-05-2012 02:51:08 | More by maximum12
2.93/5 rDev -22.9%
750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Bottled 11/21/2011. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Murky brown. Creamy head. Sticky looking with excellent retention.
Smell - Diacetyl, nuts, and booze. Ton of caramel malt. Citrusy hops in the back.
Taste - Buttery as hell. Extremely nutty on top of the caramel. Astringent and bitter in the finish. Citrus hop blends throughout.
Mouthfeel - Not really that boozy, but slow drinking nonetheless. The diacetyl is unpleasant, but it's otherwise ok to drink.
Overall - Disappointing. More disappointing than Church on a Hill. Pecans are intense and even an interesting addition, but the diacetyl ruins the beer.
12-25-2012 20:52:41 | More by Alieniloquium
3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.
Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a biting earthy woodiness on the finish. This creates a pretty harsh bitterness that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer solely because the drinkability is not too good due to the woody bitterness.
05-14-2012 04:55:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
750 ml bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Bottled November 2011.
A: Pours a semi-clear amber color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace.
S: Boozy with some dark fruit notes. Sweet biscuit malt body. There's not a lot to the nose as the alcohol notes take over.
T: Very sweet caramel with figgy dark fruit notes. A little peanut brittle with some sweet bready malts.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish.
O: This was ok. Very sweet and boozy even after a year in the bottle. Pretty one dimensional.
03-06-2013 01:58:05 | More by Treebs
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
A: Poured a orangish brown color with ok carbonation leavng a small dirty white cap, bubbles and minimal lacing
S: Pine needles, orange peel, toffee and caramel with a slight booze sting
T: Caramel upfront with toffee, hops provide some pine and citrus notes but the flavor was not as robust as I would have liked. It was lacking something in flavor. Residual sugars and hints of dark fruits.
M: Crisp, rather dry, big body but not much weight on the beer for it to be 13%
O: Not bad, not great and was glad I sought this out.
05-10-2012 16:55:05 | More by barleywinefiend
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
Smells like a classic English barleywine--brown sugar, raisins, caramel. All sweetness and very lite hops in the nose. Nice, but very typical for the style.
Taste is completely different. Some of the same brown sugar and raisin flavors, but also a big hop presence that I didn't smell at all: hops are tropical fruit, pineapple and mangos and peaches, slightly bitter in a fruity way. Pretty unique, and I like it. Not noticing the pecans really: I get a faint nuttiness when I look for it but that might be my imagination.
Overall a solid beer, fairly original flavor for a barleywine and an odd disconnect between the nose and the taste.
01-27-2013 23:36:34 | More by AlexFields
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
Pours a hazy amber with a big thick beige head that leaves really nice lacing.
Aroma is really hoppy, even for an American BW, with lots juicy citrus and pine resin up front. The sweet sugary malts are there with some caramelized pecans and hint of toffee.
Taste starts with some abrasive hoppiness and has a bit of nutty malts and light sugar in the background. The finish is really bitter with hops dominating alongside a ton of booze,
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and comes across very bitter and sharp on the palate.
This is a seriously hopped BW that is all about the hops and the alcohol, which is not hidden all that well. A decent beer, but not one of CCB's best.
04-14-2012 03:23:13 | More by gford217
3.56/5 rDev -6.3%
Nov 2011 750 ml bottle date poured Mar 2013. Pours a very deep dark red with a nutty and creamy looking light kahki head. Aroma is huge caramel malt, nuts, honey, pine. Smells very rich. Dry nut flavor up front that fades into sweet malt. Slight bitterness with lingering candy apple flavors. Fades into a nutty aftertaste. Hops were probably present when this was fresh, but are pretty subdued now. Sweet balanced with bitter rather well. Not a bad barleywine. A nice tick, too. But tough finishing more than 12 oz.
04-13-2013 03:11:31 | More by BMMillsy
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
Bottle dated NOV 11. Poured in to CBS Snifter.
A - Murky medium brown. Completely opaque. One finger of light brown head that quickly reduced to a thin layer.
S -Big sweetness up front full of dark caramel and toffee aromas. Not getting pecans at all. Some earthy/floral hop aromas are present int he background.
T - Very sweet. Full of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Big alcohol present at first that settles down after a few sips but remains warming. Pecans are not present at all.
M - Medium body wtih a really good chew. light carbonation.
06-13-2012 01:55:30 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
A smaller white head forms above a reddish brown, hazy body. No lacing is left after the head falls.
S Big alcohol scent along with raisin, prune and nutti-ness. Some sweeter malt too but the hops are hiding on me.
T sweet malts, earthy hops and some darker fruits round out the taste. Not as hoppy as i had hoped but a good beer to sip on
M syruppy feel and somewhat heavy. Feels like a big barleywine
O a little let down with this barleywine. I was expecting big time hoppy barleywine. Although it wasnt a bad beer by any stretch it wasnt how i hoped.
04-29-2012 02:55:25 | More by Gushue3
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
Bottle thanks to Paul.
A - Pours a muddy brown color, off-white head, thin collar.
S - Brown sugar, caramel, malts, hops, pine. As expected, a big dose of hops and malty/burnt sugary sweetness. Booze is there, but not as big as 13%.
T - Here's where the booze hits...big and up front. Burnt sugars, caramel, bitter hops, pine, light dark fruit. Way more booze then the nose, which makes this one a bit hard to get down in big quantities. Finish is boozy sweetness with some bitter hops.
M - Full, rich and boozy, good carbonation, syrupy finish.
O - A decent American Barleywine, but nothing I would go after to drink in the future. It could use some cellar time to smooth out, and perhaps things will come together for this one in due time. Right now, too much booze for me.
04-25-2012 14:58:35 | More by Sean9689
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a slightly-hazed light caramel color with a nice off-white good and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some pecans and brown sugar plus a light bit of caramel. The flavor is pretty similar but with a bit of alcohol heat, coming out more as it warms up. Medium body with good carbonation and a dryness to the finish. Pretty good.
03-18-2012 22:50:34 | More by Thorpe429
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Bottled November 2011.
A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a solid 1-inch off-white head which fades slowly to a cap and the rim leaving clumps of lace behind.
N: Sweet malts, woody, caramel, orange citrus, honey, floral, toffee.
T: Pronounced alcohol heat and orange citrus rush up front followed by nutty pecans, earthy wood, sticky caramel syrup, sweet malty finish.
M: Full bodied and moderate carbonation. In-your-face ABV. Cloying sweetness.
O: Interesting, especially the pecan nutty quality. Nice subtle hops.
07-14-2012 23:11:03 | More by wethorseblanket
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Sipping on this one while riding the couch...I party. Thanks to Reed415 for the legwork to grab this one from the Brewery.
A---Reddish copper, not much head or retention to speak of.
S---Can really smell the hops and alcohol for sure. Nutty pecan also can be detected, pretty good.
T---Boozy. This guy has a lot of burn to it, the combo of booze and hops makes this one pretty strong, lots of bite.
M---Good silky mouthfeel...
O---This beer needs time. I got bored and cracked it open, but if you have a bottle, I recommend giving it some aging.
04-08-2012 19:08:58 | More by garbercury
Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt from Swamp Head Brewery
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