5 Beers For 5 Years - The Brewing Team - American Barley Wine-Style Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mattvandyk on 03-14-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip

Pours a very hazy, almost murky dark orange color. Small layer of off white colored head. Average looking lace and head retention.

Earthy wood, lots of sweet caramel, sugary, a hint of like a pellet hop.

Sweet sugary caramel, woody, slightly earthy malts. Defiantly some hop bitterness, but not huge hop flavors. A bit of some citrus and a little of that dank pellet hop flavor.

Fairly thick mouthfeel with a lighter carbonation.

As far as barley wines go, this is just a bit too average. I expected more from cigar city.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden amber to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a rather nice pace. The lacing was sticky. The smell had a really nice sweet toffee, light caramel, light vanilla, light plum and just a tad of tobacco to want to balance it towards the English side. However, some light bittersweet citrus hops beg to differ. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined wonderfully in a sweet way. Tobacco does come back to buff up the flavoring. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipping quality to it. The carbonation seemed to have balanced itself out with a little graceful age as the ABV also feels slightly hidden. Overall, I believe I had this at the absolute best time. This was an absolutely spectacular Barleywine I would have again.

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3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter. Bottle dated 2/5/2014.

A: Pours a cloudy butterscotch brown with a small one finger light tan head. Some minimal lacing. Much larger head with better retention on second pour.

S: A nice mix of caramel, butterscotch, and piney hops. A hint of citrus fruits.

T: Punch of bitter hops combined with sweet malts. Honey, caramel, apricots, and biscuits.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Finish is fairly sweet with linger bitterness.

O: Classic American barleywine. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Not my all time favorite of the group, but very solid brew.

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5 Beers For 5 Years - The Brewing Team - American Barley Wine-Style Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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