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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

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: Holland on 02-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Pecans.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Treebs
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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

Photo of benjaminahudson
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of thegerm87
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of teddyarrowhead
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DCon
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of julian89
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at work, met a nice couple at Terrapin in Athens on a beer tour, told them I worked at Hop City, exchange beers from Cigar City since they were from Tampa. Win for the day. Thanks Chad and Mel.

Appearance: It poured a dark orange red color with a fair 1 inch cream head and medium retention and next to no lacing.

Smell: Piney with a slight citrus zest. A stronger toffee/caramel smell. Fairly boozy, a typical double bock/barley wine smell.

Taste: Caramel upfront, and hops provided some pine and citrus notes. Quite sweet with a syrupy backbone, typical of a barley wine. Could use a little aging.

Mouthfeel: A medium body syrupy beer, with fair carbonation. The booze gives a slight burn.

Overall: A pretty good barley-wine from Cigar City.

Photo of leodarko
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt from Swamp Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.