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Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt - Swamp Head Brewery

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Cigar City / Swamp Head RooseveltCigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt

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85
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pecans.

(Beer added by: Holland on 02-09-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Bottled 11/2011.

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.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

djrn2, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

acurtis, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

nmann08, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ygtbsm94, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a murky amber color with a small khaki head. Sweet caramel and toffee, a nice nutty note, and some pine hops. Maybe just a little bitter on the palate. Fairly nutty, sweet toffee, bread, and caramel. A light creaminess, toasted malt, and citric hops an pine. Hint of booze on the palate.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a snifter, beer is brown, hazy, thin head, small bubbles, low retention, some carbonation, looks nice.

Aroma is sweet, malty, nutty, fine.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front end, the pecans are lost a little but you can pick up a faint woodiness that could be the nuts in the end, a fine barleywine, not quite as good as church on a hill but all the same quite good overall.

drabmuh, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

drewone, May 14, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

barleywinefiend, May 10, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer is amber / brown hued with a broken khaki colord head. The aroma offers caramels, toffee, booze, and a touch of hops. The flavor is decent, with some toasted brown sugar. Mild smoky notes blend pretty well with some light hop bitterness. Fairly light bodied with adequate carbonation. Interesting, but not great.

Huhzubendah, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ShanePB, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Alieniloquium, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated Nov2011
I smuggled this back from Florida in April and I've had it sitting on a shelf in the fridge screaming at me since then. Pours a curiously murky light brown or dark orange color with a decent tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Well it smells like a barleywine. Lots of dark sugars and dark fruits, some floral and earthy hops, a bit of sweet overripe melon, and a touch of alcohol. I can't smell any pecans, but I can taste em. The flavor is dark sugars up front with lots of fruits, cherries, raisins, and melons. There's a solid punch of ethanol and higher alcohols as well as an earthy and resinous hop flavor that lingers long after each sip. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Wow this is a big beer, I wish I had seen that before I opened this by myself. Nice big barleywine, the alcohol needs a little time to mellow imho, but very flavorful brew, I wish I had another to age.

johnnnniee, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bsuedekum, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one! Thanks brother! Shared during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, caramel hop, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. A nice example of the style without a doubt. All the right flavors were there, but the woodiness aspect added a little something that I don’t think was needed in my honest opinion. It was fairly easy to drink though which is hard to pull off sometimes with this style as it is known for punishing your face. Definitely worth the try if you get the chance.

thagr81us, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

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.

gford217, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

eawolff99, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of maximum12
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

maximum12, May 05, 2012
Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

7.0/10

AlexFields, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Holland
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: interesting orange and brown color. It's very cloudy, and poured cold so there's minimal head, but that comes later.

S: smell is full of hops at first - a lot of citrus and resin. Then I get caramel and more roasted malts and barleywine smells, but it's not that dark.

T: caramel and toffee notes along with the heavy citrus from the hops. Bitterness shines through along with the sweetness. No idea how much alcohol is in here, but it only became detectable during the last couple of sips.

M: crisp feeling with decent carbonation for such a heavily bodied beer.

O: glad I picked up a couple of bottles at the release. Drinks a lot like their 10-10-100 but with more roasted malt flavors. Probably worth it at $15 per bottle.

Holland, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

thegerm87, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sean9689, Apr 25, 2012
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Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt from Swamp Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.