Leon
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #4
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Ranked #278
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 7.85%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
570
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  81
SCORE
98
World-Class
LeonLeon
Notes: Church on a Hill aged in apple brandy barrels.
Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 570 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jjdc:
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 12, 2018
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KevSal from California

4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch1
Looong time want! Good way to start 2015. The apple is still there in the nose and taste, the body is slightly thin missing a bit of heft. Very tasty flavor. Wouldn't consider this world class however. Interested to try batch 2. Don't see this one improving any more

Jan 03, 2015
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phishphorce from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Oct 19, 2013
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 03, 2017
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 24, 2019
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thegerm87 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Feb 02, 2013
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AlysonMoore from Florida

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apr 08, 2015
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ellswrth from Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 28, 2018
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reto21 from Alabama

4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks too (marko) for sharing this.

A: Hazy, almost opaque burnished brown in color, with a half-finger tan head that quickly fades to foam. No visible carbonation. Decent lacing throughout the drink.

S: Sweet brandy, roasted malts, dark fruit, plum and dark spices.

T: Follows the nose well. Sweet, boozy, spicy and dark-fruity, with a bit of dark cacao flavors balanced with just enough hop bitterness. The finish is sticky sweet but not cloying.

M: Medium weight to mouthfeel for style. The alcohol is very present but doesn't overwhelm. Lower carbonation but more than expected given the appearance.

O: This is a flat-out really good beer. I didn't have the opportunity to try the base beer, but the apple brandy treatment works wonderfully with the flavors. Highly recommended.

Nov 27, 2012
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t2grogan from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 12, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a murky dark caramel color with a inch of foam; leggy, with a smattering of dots

Smell: Toffee apple; dried fruit (fig and date); mulled spices, earthy hop

Taste: Caramel and butterscotch, up front, with the dried fruit and spices arriving in the middle; some earthy hops, after the swallow, but the finish is dominated by the toffee apple character; rather boozy, too

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; loads of warmth

Overall: A powerful barleywine with an interesting twist; the high abv and the sweetness makes it difficult to consume in much quantity - took me two hours to finish off a snifter

Thanks, voxomkid, for the opportunity

Nov 22, 2012
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Hefewiseman from Florida

5/5  rDev +12.1%

Jul 12, 2013
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halo3one from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 11, 2015
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2beerdogs from California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Apr 19, 2014
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nrs207 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Aug 04, 2013
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Rristow from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from draft. Pours a dark reddish brown with off white head. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits and caramel. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with minimal bitterness. Flavors of dark fruits, caramel, syrup, earthy notes and brandy. Not my favorite barley wine but definitely one of the better ones.

Jun 24, 2018
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alysmith4 from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Mar 26, 2013
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Cstromberg57 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Oct 06, 2012
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Fox82791 from New York

4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Oct 04, 2017
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stereosforgeeks from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 22, 2015
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augustg from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Mar 17, 2013
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Desp59 from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 14, 2015
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drbenzo from California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

May 21, 2013
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Zaphog from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Jan 13, 2013
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suckaj from Florida

4.24/5  rDev -4.9%

Oct 15, 2014
Leon from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 570 ratings