Charleywine Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Charleywine AleCharleywine Ale
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4.47 | pDev: 2.68%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Charleywine AleCharleywine Ale
Notes: Collaboration with Magnanimous Brewing

El Catador Club 12th Edition; Calvados and Rye Barrel-Aged Barleywine-style Ale.

Brewed in collaboration with Tampa's Magnanimous Brewing, Charleywine Ale subjects a bold barleywine-style ale recipe to extensive aging in both French apple brandy barrels and rye whiskey barrels. Just like the beer's namesake, Charleywine Ale is striking, complex and unforgettable.
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Mbgreg from South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells great, a big wiff of brandy, bourbon, leather, caramel, Marsala, oak and raisins.

From the bottle it’s a dark brown pour with Cognac-colored edges, virtually no head at all. What little foam resulted from a semi-aggressive pour disappeared for good pretty much immediately.

First taste impression is boozy and a little tight, but once it warms up enough to let the complexity come through it absolutely shines - raisins, dark chocolate, cherries, vanilla, figs and molasses, oak, caramel, more chocolate, bourbon, more oak. Medium thick, luxurious mouthfeel. Super long warming finish with the apple brandy finally winning out over the rye.

Overall this is delicious – one to spend time with. It’s also a baby - wish I had another bottle to put down for some years to see how it integrates once some of the alcohol burns off.

Jan 31, 2021
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second El Cat beer from Edition XII for this swiller. They better all be banger from here on out to make up for the Huna AB bullshit. 500ML bottle with yellowish wax split with my wife.

The pour is very dark with a small shot of mahogany red. No head at all, even with a dump of the last few ounces. The nose is like a barrel salad: rye, apple brandy, cherry liqueur (might just be me), chocolate, & lots of booze. There’s probably a beer under there somewhere.

Charleywine is like waking up having slept with a booze-soaked oak plank in your mouth. Holy oak. Holy booziness. Both are top of palate, sneering disdainfully at the efforts of the weakling malts to break through. They do eventually with chocolate, dark wheat, then the rye hits like Scott Studwell. The finish is more booze & a whiff of apple brandy, one of the more subtle efforts of the spirit I’ve felt. Full. Filling. Thoroughly pummeling the palate, this feels more big stout than big b-wine. Could easily take the bottle solo. May take the second. If my wife isn’t paying attention. Such actions could potentially have consequences. I have to sleep sometime.

This is classic El Cat. Big, bold, ferocious, borderline unique. Do more things like this. Excellent beer.

Dec 05, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Murky dark brown brew, with no head.

Huge boozy and rich nose, featuring rye, whiskey, sherry, cherry, molasses, bark, tannins, caramel, chocolate, and apple brandy.

Smoother on the palate, but featuring similar tones, along with dark fruit and a heavier emphasis on chocolate. The apple brandy comes through deftly, adding to the overall mix without ever taking over - although if you're not a fan of brandy, it may still be an unwelcome guest for your palate.

A really wonderful beer, the kind I'd like to have two or three times as much to just sit and savor over a couple of hours.

Sep 06, 2020
Charleywine Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 6 ratings