Cheers! | Cigar City Brewing

34 Ratings

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Warmer Winter Winter Warmer aged in cognac barrels.

Added by starrdogg on 03-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 9
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to starrdogg for opening this one up. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a medium brown color with a thin off-white head and a few spots of lacing. The nose has some faint barrel character along with some brown sugar and mixed fruits. Flavor continues down this line with some nice fruitiness, caramel, and brown sugar. Light oak and vanilla through the finish, though I agree with starrdogg that there wasn't much barrel character to this one. Medium body with light-ish carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/30/12 notes. Big thanks to starrdogg for sharing this one.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of caramel malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits, sweet sugar and molasses, light alcohol. Nice and caramely.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, sweet dark fruits, raisins, figs, toasted malts, bready malts, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Light alcohol, pretty smooth though.

o - Overall a really nice barleywine from Cigar City. Held up well against the Old Guardian's we tried before it, would like to have it again.

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4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown in color with a small off-white head. A rather spicy aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Some cognac/brandy aroma, caramel, wood, and vanilla, too. Sweet caramel and toffee with a nice spice character. A bit of maple syrup, vanilla, and brandy. Light oak flavor and some dark fruits.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterSki
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to starrdogg for sharing this rarity. Served in a tulip.

A - A nice finger of off-white foam settles to a collar, wispy partial cap, and a few spots of lace. Lightly hazed caramel brown body.

S - The cognac presence is assertive and quite boozy, giving this a vinous distilled spirit-like character rather than the characteristic sweetness I tend to get from this type of barrel. There's also a good amount of oak, sharp toffee, and treacle, as well as some burnt brown sugars and bready malts. This could definitely use some time to mellow as it's a bit too sharp and lacking in typical barleywine sweetness.

T - Taste is markedly better, with more caramel and fruity cognac flavors, as well as light oaky vanilla and Christmas cake flavors. There's a hint of citrus as well that's actually a tad surprising - like slightly tart fruit peels baked into an otherwise sweet desserts. Definitely more what I was expecting from a cognac-aged old ale/barleywine.

M - Feel is quite nice, with a smooth, medium-full body, pleasant medium-low carbonation, and present but inoffensive winter warmer-esque alcohol presence. Definitely style appropriate.

D - Not bad by any stretch, but one of my least favorite cognac barrel-aged beers. The smell is mildly off-putting, but I suspect it should mellow with additional aging - perhaps sit on these until next Christmas.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Starr, I picked this bottle up for him at Hunahpu's day and he shared it at a tasting a few weeks later. Fun oddity.

Beer is brown with a haze and a lazy head of white bubbles, minimal lacing and some retnetion.

Aroma is malty and sweet with a brown sugar, oaky, burgandy, port character to it. Some fruitiness is a foot.

Mild vanilla and oak on a caramel mildly roasty medium body with a fine finish of not being dry or wet. A fun find and a decent beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16th Level Paladin thanks to Capt Cleveland for this extra - yes, extra - rec'd in a summertime trade. I like to fancy myself a pretty good trader, but, damn. 12 oz. bottle, one-time.

The pour is like a brown & red, dark no-see-um brown on the bottom, with a distinct red hue floating to the top. Carbonation is on the low side. Fairly reeks of the barrel, but my palette of colors isn't subtle enough to pick out the cognac: more like port, with a big shot of oak. Base beer is hard to detect except for mild spicing. Still. Good.

Cheers! has a lot of true port characteristics. The hearty fruitiness & cognac conspire to give me flashbacks to Portugal, in a lovely bottle shop in Fatima where we rec'd an impromptu lesson on the different varieties of the lovely national drink. Boozy, with almost brandy-like highlights, partially melted caramel squares, maple, toffee. Oak kicks into gear at the end. Twelve ounces of this is criminal. I could use another twelve. Gallons. Sipping this like it's closing time in five minutes.

Wow. The different flashes of hard alcohol & abyss of complexity make this a huge winner. Not sure if time has had that much of a leavening effect, but I'm having trouble picking nits out of this beer. Big, tasty, gorgeous, one can see the lineage of Leon & Church on a Hill in this bottle. Excellent. excellent beer.

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3.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Kan via Joey.

A - Pours a mahogany brown color, reddish hue, off-white colored head, thin collar.

S - Lots of dark fruity sweetness, very rich, and the booze comes though with a kick. I normally love cognac beers, but I feel this one doesn't mesh well together.

T - Just tons of dark fruit sweetness and booze that are just a little too much for me to handle. This either needs some time or it's just not all that good. Alcohol is big and boozy. Finish is sweet dark fruits and light oak.

M - Full body, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - I was hoping this would be better, considering it's a cognac barrel, but it was a let down. Perhaps the booze will smooth out after some time and it will all come's hoping.

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Photo of portia99
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle very generously given to me by a CC employee for helping them at a beer festival. Poured into a Cigar City snifter...1000th review on BA.

A - Pours a dark brown color with some mahogany in it. Decent clarity, but noticeable floating particulate in the body of the beer. A small 1/2 finger of off white foam forms briefly and fizzes away to the surface fairly quickly leaving behind a thin collar and no lacing on the glass.

S - Thick caramel and brown sugar up front, buttery, maltose, lightly boozy with the cognac barrel aging coming thru nicely. Quite sweet hop presence. Has sipper written all over it.

T - Sugary sweet with lots of caramel and toffee flavors up front. Prunes and raisins, hints of grapes. Cognac has a firm presence here with some mild alcohol warmth and its own sweetness playing off of the other malt derived sugars and fruity components. Bitter and woody oak notes come in behind the other flavors and persists towards the finish.

M - Thick, full bodied beer...rather low carbonation level that works about perfectly here...just breathes a bit of life into the beer and allows the aromas to release from the beer. Sticky sweet...leaves a thick coating on the lips after every sip...sugary, burnt sugar lingering coat...nice.

O - Very nice BA barleywine. I think the first beer I've had aged in cognac barrels...worked quite well here. Lots of complexity from a variety of sugars, nice fruity components and the barrel aging was very complementary - not overpowering, just subtle enough to enhance the base beer. Glad to have the opportunity to have this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of starrdogg
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to drabmuh for picking this one up for me at the brewery.

Pours a caramel brown with a pretty significant fluffy white head and moderate lacing. Smells very sweet, fruity and malty with some booze lingering in the background. Flavor is very malty with some brown sugar and dark fruit. It's a bit boozy, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with pretty nice carbonation. Overall this is a nice tasty barleywine, but I'm not getting a ton of barrel.

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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of better barleywines I have had to date.
I would easily put this in my top five. Quite good and left wanting more.

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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