Cyclopaedia - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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4.22/5
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30 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beachterp on 05-13-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
30
pDev:
4.27%
 
 
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0
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9
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/22/2018; great fall beer! caramel apple with hint of brandy that lingers nicely -- let this one warm slightly to enjoy full flavors

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Photo of mig100
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this. Not even some much as a traditional barleywine or as a hall of fame beer, rather I love how it takes the style in a fun and creative direction. Still has the bones of the barleywine in the dark fruits, barley and booze, but then takes you on adventure into apple, caramel, slight maple, semi-sweet chocolate, and makes the dark fruits jammy and the booze pretty hot.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddy dark brown with a tall tan foam that slowly settles to a persistent creamy latte blanket.

Aroma is complex and woody with caramel, brandied date, milk chocolate, raisinets and a hint of smoky maple.

Damn does CCB kill it at life. This just tastes perfect with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and a mild warming brandy before a tingly semi-dry finish. The barrel is formidably woody, splintery and mature. Caramel, cake cone and boozy dates fill the middle before a Milk Duds swallow. Cyclopaedia somehow retains a semi-bitter constitution through all that.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cd34
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet cardboard. Nothing memorable.

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Photo of Richter525
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopkrid
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grover37
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into an El Catador snifter. No bottling date visible on the bottle or label but this bottle is approximately six months old. Bottle #6 of the 8th edition of Cigar City's barrel aged bottle club.

Big notes from the apple brandy barrels on the nose complement a sweet, malty barleywine base. The taste hits you up front with a lingering sweetness and a smooth malty finish. Again, the apple brandy barrels like the aroma really enhance the barleywine flavors adding another layer of complexity. Overall, Cyclopaedia is a really tasty barleywine that I enjoyed. Another great addition to the El Catador series.

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Photo of acurtis
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City. El Cat. Barleywine. Barrels. Sign me up & tie me up if necessary. 750ML bottle split with my wife. Reluctantly.

Very dark for a barleywine, dark brown mixed liberally with blacked red. The nose is apple brandy mixed with massive amounts of caramel. Nnnn.

Cyclopaedia, the one-eyed barleywine. Caramel for miles, with the apple brandy used as grout. Brown sugar intrudes, enough booze to violate several statutes in Saudi Arabia. Finish of semi-sweet chocolate chips, with a touch of bitterness. Full. Filling. If my wife doesn’t hurry up & finish hers, I’m going to raid whatever’s left in the bottle.

This isn’t Church on a Hill or multiple orgasms, but I’m not suffering. Very good beer.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Cyclopaedia - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 30 ratings