Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel AgedCigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by djmichaelk on 07-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
323
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 26
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1.76/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of homebrew311
3.06/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears dark brown, small brown head, decent retention. Nose is loaded with raw oak, wine, cognac, and boozieness. Caramel and raisin come through. Taste is hot and in your face with barrel. The base beer provides a sturdy malt base but is very sweet and rich. As the beer finishes, more barleywine character comes through. This one could use a little time to mellow. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Overall, a little too much going on, the flavors get muddled, maybe this would be better with a little time.

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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Jeffo
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jbeatty for sending this one my way. Huge CCB fan here, so I'm always happy to see their 750's land on my doorstep. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled: July 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, fizzy, off-white head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a light half wisp and ring. A clear bistre brown color with medium levels of carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Average at best.

SMELL: Cognac for sure, with some oak, caramel and toffee notes, red fruits and berries as well. Dark fruits show up later as well, such as raisins and dates. Bold nose and plenty of cognac to keep you interested.

TASTE: Nice cognac, with oak and caramel sweetness up front. Toffee sweetness, dark fruits again, with a punch of boozy cognac at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of cognac, caramel and toffee, and a light touch of bitter, dark chocolate as balance. Somewhat boozy, but the cognac barrel works really well here.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate and a little airy perhaps, goes down with a bit of a burn and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers. Some barleywine heat on this one, but the barrel aging has probably lightened up the body a little more here. Needs to be heavier and a little smoother. Not quite up to par, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This was an aromatic and tasty brew, though the palate was a little bit of a disappointment. Thicken up the feel to this one and you'd support the flavors a bit more, which would bring this beer to the next level. Still, the cognac barrels worked really well with the base beer, making this a complex and delicious brew. Cheers again for this one jbeatty. Recommended.

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3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750 ML bottle split with Alan and a group of people into a 4oz glass. Never heard of this beer before.

Cigar City / Swamp Head Church On A Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged beer pours out a very dark brown bordering on black color. A fair amount of dark brown foam rises up and dies off just as quick. The shear viscosity of the beer coat the side of the glass with no foam. Smell is very boozy, it's up there. Some warming brings out oak, raisins, deep toasted malt, Cognac and other scents. Smelling this reminds me of JW lees. Taste is deep with big caramel, raisin, chocolate, cognac, oak, vanilla and a bunch of booze. Very english in nature, but the booze is just large and kinda killing this for me. Feel is big in the body with a burn going down the gullet, overall this is a sweet and boozy beer with a lot of character that needs some time to calm down. A sipper and a sharer as even a half a bottle would be a difficult chore for even the fattest beer geek with diabetes.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark murky brown in color with pale brown highlights and nice frothy thin head that left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: whoa.. plenty of cognac barrel booze aroma upfront in the aroma accompanied by sweetness such as caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, good vanilla presence and hints of dark fruit.

T: dark fruit character was more apparent on the palate alongside very nice caramel, brown sugar, molasses sweetness, great vanilla flavor, burnt sugar notes with a good amount of cognac barrel booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a dark fruity, sweet, boozy and sticky finish.

O: definitely a solid interpretation of a barleywine with lots of qualities that I look for in this style of beer.

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Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice slightly cloudy brown with a thin halo, very nice.

S - Aromas of cognac, light cardboard, faint malts, caramel. Really sweet smelling.

T - Taste is super sweet, sticky, cognac, malts, caramel, sweet brown sugar. Incredibly sweet, cloyingly so.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy lowly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, albeit really sweet. The cognac is really restrained.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. We had this one as part of a blind BA Barleywine tasting.

Initially this is a really sweet and smooth beer. There is some hop bitterness, but it's only there to compliment the other flavors. I'm getting some caramel and dark fruit notes. The cognac barrel notes build towards the finish, which is a bit hot. Overall this beer is sweet like candy, but not as much as the Bligh's or King Henry. The body is really thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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