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Leon | Cigar City Brewing

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LeonLeon
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Church on a Hill aged in apple brandy barrels.

Added by macrosmatic on 09-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#246
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
533
pDev:
8.11%
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0
 
 
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750mL bottle acquired via lottery through the El Catador club. Bottled 11/17/14. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours almost fully opaque- only a tiny bit of light escapes arond the thinnest edges. It rests in the glass a murky, swamp brown with one finger of dirty sand hued head. The foam gradually dissipates to a meager halo. I'm not sure that the few specks left on the glass can rightfully be called lacing. All in all that may not sound like an aesthetically pleasing brew but it absolutely is.

Beautifully sweet nose full of rich caramel, toffee, dark fruit, earthy oak and brandy. The aromas are mouth watering.

Holy hell this is such rich, decadent, malty, barreled goodness! Toffee, raisins, brandied dates, molasses, oak, vanilla, apple and singed caramel. It's fairly boozey but in a wonderfully warming and appropriate way. The brandy barrel melds beautifully with the toffee and dark fruits creating a multi-layered treat.

Syrupy, thick, almost sludgy feel with soft, silky carbonation. Coats the tongue with toffee, dark fruit and flavorful brandy for a delicious, lingering finish.

Leon is an outstanding, near magical elixir. It has been well over two years since a beer has blown me away like this and completely shown me the pinnacle of a style. I can't think of a way to make this any better. Super happy to have had the opportunity to try this and wish there had been much more.

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750ml bottle into a CCB snifter.

A-Murky brown appearance, looks a little like carbonated sweet tea. About a half finger head which subsides pretty quick only leaving a small amount around the outside. Got those legs too.

S-pleasant caramelized apple smell, smells hot, but not in a bad way as with other barleywines. I could smell this for hours. To me the smell was very apple brandy forward, which I liked very much.

T- WOW, this is the best damn BA barleywine I've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Candied apples, plums, toffee, and molasses all dominate. Had this slightly below room temp and would never guess this to be %13 abv, a really smooth beer.

M- Nice thick and chewy, perfect amount of carbonation on the medium side.

O-Forget the bourbon BA barleywines, the Apple Brandy barrel hits the spot on this style. I hope CCB does another AB BA barleywine, I would drink this on a daily basis if I had more of it. CCB crushed it on this one.

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Leon from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 533 ratings
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