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Cigar City / Swamp Head RooseveltCigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pecans.

Added by Holland on 02-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 28
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. This bottle was cellared 2 years. L: Hazy amber under a 1” cream colored foam cap that provides rich lace. S: Nuts, caramel, traces of honey, hints of leather and alcohol. T: Rich, malty, chocolatey, alcoholic, hints of sherry, fruit, alcohol with a bitter hop accent.. F: Smooth with fine soft, medium carbonation, full body. O: A solid American barleywine improves after 2 years in the cellar.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KensWorld
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2012. Almost 4 years old, I sure hope this aged well. Pours a hazy reddish brown with cream colored head, about 1 finger high. No lacing left on tulip glass. Smell is very pungent, lots of sweet malty aromas. Slightly nutty as well. Very strong smelling, nice. Wow, this beer packs a punch! Extremely flavorful with pecans very noticeable. Sweet malty flavors abound. A mouthful is actually very hard to achieve since the alcohol burn and richness is so overpowering. This is by far the most flavorful and heavy Barleywines I've had to date. It is similar in richness to Bourbon County Barleywine but not near as balanced. I was afraid it was past its prime but no, it has evolved into this monster of a beer. It be nice to see if Swamp Head comes out with this recipe again. 4.25

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler. Bottled 11/21/2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky brown. Creamy head. Sticky looking with excellent retention.

Smell - Diacetyl, nuts, and booze. Ton of caramel malt. Citrusy hops in the back.

Taste - Buttery as hell. Extremely nutty on top of the caramel. Astringent and bitter in the finish. Citrus hop blends throughout.

Mouthfeel - Not really that boozy, but slow drinking nonetheless. The diacetyl is unpleasant, but it's otherwise ok to drink.

Overall - Disappointing. More disappointing than Church on a Hill. Pecans are intense and even an interesting addition, but the diacetyl ruins the beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one! Thanks brother! Shared during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, caramel hop, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. A nice example of the style without a doubt. All the right flavors were there, but the woodiness aspect added a little something that I don’t think was needed in my honest opinion. It was fairly easy to drink though which is hard to pull off sometimes with this style as it is known for punishing your face. Definitely worth the try if you get the chance.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated NOV 11. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Murky medium brown. Completely opaque. One finger of light brown head that quickly reduced to a thin layer.

S -Big sweetness up front full of dark caramel and toffee aromas. Not getting pecans at all. Some earthy/floral hop aromas are present int he background.

T - Very sweet. Full of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Big alcohol present at first that settles down after a few sips but remains warming. Pecans are not present at all.

M - Medium body wtih a really good chew. light carbonation.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of jordanblaskey
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tasting snifter. Reviewed from notes taken at DLD 2012.

Pours a hazy, cloudy dark caramel color with no head.

Burnt malts, caramelized sugar, dark fruits.

Caramelized sugar, dark fruits, malt, dry hops. You definitely can find the pecans on the backend and for me, that made this beer extremely interesting.

Medium feel in the mouth. Would of liked to of seen maybe a little less carbonation.

A unique barleywine. This reminds me a lot of FFF Behemoth. Not necessarily in a flavor replica-esque way, but just in a way that it's an "oddball" barleywine. The pecan aspect of this was awesome. I'd like to revisit at a later date.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2011.

A: Pours a hazy orangish amber with a solid 1-inch off-white head which fades slowly to a cap and the rim leaving clumps of lace behind.

N: Sweet malts, woody, caramel, orange citrus, honey, floral, toffee.

T: Pronounced alcohol heat and orange citrus rush up front followed by nutty pecans, earthy wood, sticky caramel syrup, sweet malty finish.

M: Full bodied and moderate carbonation. In-your-face ABV. Cloying sweetness.

O: Interesting, especially the pecan nutty quality. Nice subtle hops.

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Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of julian89
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at work, met a nice couple at Terrapin in Athens on a beer tour, told them I worked at Hop City, exchange beers from Cigar City since they were from Tampa. Win for the day. Thanks Chad and Mel.

Appearance: It poured a dark orange red color with a fair 1 inch cream head and medium retention and next to no lacing.

Smell: Piney with a slight citrus zest. A stronger toffee/caramel smell. Fairly boozy, a typical double bock/barley wine smell.

Taste: Caramel upfront, and hops provided some pine and citrus notes. Quite sweet with a syrupy backbone, typical of a barley wine. Could use a little aging.

Mouthfeel: A medium body syrupy beer, with fair carbonation. The booze gives a slight burn.

Overall: A pretty good barley-wine from Cigar City.

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Photo of mattsander
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for sharing this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a slightly-hazed light caramel color with a nice off-white good and some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose brings some pecans and brown sugar plus a light bit of caramel. The flavor is pretty similar but with a bit of alcohol heat, coming out more as it warms up. Medium body with good carbonation and a dryness to the finish. Pretty good.

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Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt from Swamp Head Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 79 ratings