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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in cognac barrels with orange peel and cacao nibs.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 03-02-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
59
pDev:
19.6%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SadMachine
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of PhilHarmstead
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Photo of kidzord
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a J. Wakefield Brewing OG teku glass.

A: Murky dark brown, with a low level of visible carbonation and a thin tan head that fades quickly.

S: Caramel and cognac, oak staves and toffee. Milder cacao nibs, toasted malts, and a light fruitiness – I get a more of a dark fruit presence, but I’ll believe there’s some citrus fruit as well.

T: Chocolate up front – more so than the nose. Caramel, orange marmalade, cognac, vanilla, and toffee. Almost the impression of some Christmas-beer type spices as well – I don’t think those flavors are really in here; I think it’s more from the summation of vanilla + chocolate + orange, etc. This is fairly sweet, but it stops short of cloying. Finishes with a sweet choco-orange soaked in cognac, with an emphasis on the orange.

M: Full-bodied barleywine, and carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol presence is not overdone for the style, although it’s certainly warming.

O: I don’t know that this has a lot of true faults, but it isn’t my preference. There’s an awful lot going on; I wish it was just cognac barrel-aged barleywine and they could have left out the chocolate and oranges. I would have been a lot happier with it I think. It’s certainly not bad, but I wouldn’t go for a second pour.
Further thoughts: As it warms up during the drink, I think it’s getting worse. The sweetness becomes more pronounced, as well as the cognac heat, and it’s not helping me enjoy it at all.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emottram
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerBucks
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle of very strong ale. While the alcohol is partially hidden the strong flavor has a profile that suggests high ABV. The cognac barrels no doubt foster this impression. Both the aroma and the flavor are sweet and boozy. Full, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Notes of cognac, cherries, sherry, cocoa, chocolate, coffee and maple syrup. Medium body, light carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pisano
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ThickNStout
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador Club Bottled 11/23/15. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours a dull, dark brown with an eighth finger ecrue head. The thin foam settles, leaving very little retention and no lace.

Smells of chocolate orange, grape must, cereal, brown sugar and caramel. Not necessarily off putting but weird.

Taste is all over the place. Bitter orange peel, cognac, burnt brown sugar, pure dark cacoa, old wood, toffee and a heavy booze whallop. The bitter orange peel and dark cocoa seems to be in dissonance with the barleywine sweetness and cognac barrel.

Fantastic, thick, syrupy body with subdued carbonation. Aftertaste of boozey cereal grains, unsweetened dark cocoa powder and orange zest.

I've had some crazy concoctions over my multiple generations in the El Catador Club but this is the first utter miss. There were certainly aspects that I enjoyed but the flavor profile was simply too disjointed for my tastes.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the source.
somewhat murky deep brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Should have had it upright a little longer I think. Citrus orange and chocolate on the nose with a sweet brown sugary maltiness and faint grape alcohol notes. Sweet sugary malt big orange flavor bullies everything else in here. Light chocolate light grape very little hop to counter. This is a big sweet beer with a huge orange presence. Its decent, but really needs some hop or alcohol to counter imho.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishColonial
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky caramel brown. Light head.

Very odid bwine flavor. The cognac shows nicely, but the orange peel is weird. Tastes like trix cereal. Caramel and toffee.

Not sure how to rate this one. Unique.

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Photo of cbutova
2.1/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Murky deep brown body with red hues at the edges. A small fizzy cap forms in the slim glass but dies fast. No lace.

S- Some sort of cleaning product. Burnt oranges and brown sugar somehow convinces me of pine and cedar coming on. A Grand Marnier feel from the barrel and oranges but honestly one of the strangest aromas I have encountered. Something about huge cereal. Massive citrus oil cleaners.

T- And you thought the aroma was wild.... what the hell. The flavor scrapes the taste buds off with an insanely oily orangey piney cedary bombast all over the mouth. What is happening? Like drinking a pile christmas decorations. A hint of cocoa tries to peek through.

MF- Creamy and a hugely oily body which falls on the very thick side. So slick and chewy sweet. Finishes very hot and with a Pinesol bitterness.

What is happening here? Zesty oily cognac orange monster. I cant even begin to describe.

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Photo of Deltoro
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown in color. Little to no head. Flowery. Orange zest. Some chocolate and toffee. Medium, coating mouthfeel. Not too terrible. Not getting much Cognac. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While in bar tending school we learned of a drink called a French Connection. Grand Marnier and Courvesior. This beer tastes like a beer version of a French Connection with tones of apricot. I liked it for a while but too much sent my palate spinning.

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Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 59 ratings