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Swamp Head / Cigar City Bourbon Barrel Aged Roosevelt - Swamp Head Brewery

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Swamp Head / Cigar City Bourbon Barrel Aged Roosevelt
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 40
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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:
Aged in 20 year Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: madnismo on 05-19-2013)
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afksports

New York

5/5  rDev +19.3%

05-28-2013 19:05:24 | More by afksports
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ehammond1


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, MrVonZipper!

Very dark amber bordering on brown. Some light sediment throughout. Thin khaki-colored head. Leaves the glass oily and spotted.

Rich and sweet aroma with a decidedly nutty character as well. Mild barrel. The sweet caramel and toffee layers play nicely with the earthy pecan. The barrel is definitely present adding some vanilla and oak notes, but it's not an overpowering presence.

As with the aroma, the caramel sweetness combines very nicely with the earthy, nutty pecan flavors. This tastes a lot like a sweet beer version of a delicious pecan pie. As with the aroma, bourbon and barrel are present, but mild, yet decidedly complementary.

Near full in body. Somewhat oily and coating. Sweet pecan pie finish.

Very tasty and exceptionally glad I got a chance to try it. Was a unique take on a barrel-aged barleywine and one I really enjoyed.

05-27-2013 15:52:12 | More by ehammond1
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

06-13-2013 05:07:34 | More by johnyb
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.76/5  rDev -10.3%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Fleeting khaki head. Just a few stray wisps.

Smell - Nice bourbon and oak. Vanilla. Great barrel character. Tons of caramel comes through in the back.

Taste - Great barrel flavor up front. Vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Quickly drops off to a bucket of caramel and an astringent flavor more reminiscent of the base beer. None of the diacetyl comes through from the base. Hops still in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Dry in the finish. Not too boozy. Astringent.

Overall - Great up front. Drops off in the back. Great barrel but it can only do so much to redeem a bad beer.

05-21-2013 01:41:04 | More by Alieniloquium
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Florida

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%

This barley wine became amazing in the barrel. The bitter pecan earthy taste was balanced out with a bourbony vanilla flavor from the pappy van winkle barrels. No alcohol heat is present. The smell is similar to the regular but just has that extra sweetness on the nose. The mouth feel is like liquid silk, so smooth.

05-23-2013 02:52:54 | More by Lasering
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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madnismo

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4.61/5  rDev +10%

A: Amber to yellow in color with no head.
S: Loads of sweet pecan, Lush fruits and hops with a nice boozy Bourbon kick.
T: Sweet pecan, apricot, honey and hop resin flavors with a nice malty presence. The Barleywine has held up well against the barrels. Still loads of flavors from the non BA Roosevelt, but the Pappy Van Winkle gives it a nice boozy kick with a heat that coats the mouth. The BA Roosevelt had little to no carbonation (which I like in Barleywines)

Overall its a really good Barrel Aged Barleywine from Swamp Head. I would love to try this again in a few months when the hops die down and the barrel comes out more. I just think its odd or amazing how well the flavors held up considering it was age for a year.

3/8/14
hops have died down, a little sweeter, so much better now.

05-19-2013 23:32:03 | More by madnismo
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91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.