Sacred Ceremonies
Cigar City Brewing

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats:
Barleywine - American
Needs more ratings
4.66 | pDev: 3.22%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Notes: Designed for ceremonies both sacred and blasphemous, this Barleywine-style Ale has been aged in French oak vessels previously used to age cognac. Serve with reverent hands and a penitent heart.

Aromas of tobacco, toffee and semi-sweet chocolate mingle with baking spice and vanilla on the nose. Each sip reveals a varying combination of oak, cacao nibs, black licorice, plums and molasses but consistently finishes with alcohol spice, Cognac sweetness and a balancing wood tannin quality.

El Catador Club 12th Edition, bottle #3, limited to 2,000 bottles
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 3 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Roguer
Roguer from Georgia

4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good head production, but it's short-lived, quickly fading to nothingness, without any indication it was ever there. Body is dark and reveals little, equally appropriate for a stout.

Very strong aroma, in particular the boozy influence of the Cognac barrels. A massive amount of caramel greets the nose from the huge malt base, along with leather and bark from the hops. A touch of chocolate and molasses; plenty of oak. It smells sweet, potent, boozy, rich, and inviting.

Equally potent on the palate - as in, really big, really boozy, and really potent. Waves and waves of brown sugar and caramel, along with red grapes, liqueur, chocolate, oak, molasses, tobacco, and prunes. Finishes with notes of raisin and chocolate; lasting aftertaste of oak, powdery chocolate, tannins, and more raisin.

Thick and full bodied; sticky. Obviously high ABV, but very drinkable - although it's very much a sipper.

An absolutely stunning and delectable beer, that will likely even out and improve with age.

Nov 01, 2020
Sacred Ceremonies from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.66 out of 5 with 3 ratings