Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt - Swamp Head Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Bottled November 2011
A: ruddy brown color, poured with decent head
S: mild nose, sweeter with some spiciness noted, EtOH, deep burnt roasted malt, leathery
T: reminded me a bit of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, deep roasted malt up front with pronounced hop bitterness finish, could age for 5-10 years, well made
M: laquerish but expected for barley wine, hop bitterness cuts through malt
06-05-2013 02:54:41 | More by wisrarebeer
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
3.35/5 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
3.5/5 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
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
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-04-2012 11:31:35 | More by thagr81us
Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt from Swamp Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.