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Cigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt | Swamp Head Brewery

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3.83/5
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79 Ratings
Cigar City / Swamp Head RooseveltCigar City / Swamp Head Roosevelt
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Swamp Head Brewery
Florida, United States
swamphead.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
79
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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

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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the sister beer to Church on a Hill, the English style barley wine collab by CCB and Swamphead.

Pours med brown with little head. Smells roasty, slightly sweet and hoppy. This one is drier and hoppier than expected, with a malty slightly sweet mid-palate, and a nutty component to it coming from the addition of pecans to the brew. The mouthfeel is hoppy and "nut browny" with the alcohol being well hidden by great attenuation, hops and ample carbonation. I definitely like the style they achieved with this one.

An outstanding offering from CCB/Swamphead.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter. Bottled November 2011.

A: Pours a caramely leather color with a finger of greasy tan head that slowly faded into bubbly film and collar.
S: Leather, caramel, booze, tobacco, and rich resiny hop oily comes through on the nose.
T: Powdery chocolate, leather, tobacco, caramel, nutty quality, and chocolate syrup flavors come through. The finish is full of greasy, oily, and bitter hop resin and tree sap. A great nutty malt and oily hopiness, along with a touch of roast, lingers in the aftertaste. Tobacco lingers as well. Booze is present but not hot at all. Very flavorful and not overly bitter or boozy.
M: Thick and heavy body, slick and oily viscous mouthfeel, tingly but low carbonation. Smooth and rich and very easy to sip.
O: A very enjoyable barleywine. Not especially nutty, but everything works well. Very enjoyable.

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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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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: interesting orange and brown color. It's very cloudy, and poured cold so there's minimal head, but that comes later.

S: smell is full of hops at first - a lot of citrus and resin. Then I get caramel and more roasted malts and barleywine smells, but it's not that dark.

T: caramel and toffee notes along with the heavy citrus from the hops. Bitterness shines through along with the sweetness. No idea how much alcohol is in here, but it only became detectable during the last couple of sips.

M: crisp feeling with decent carbonation for such a heavily bodied beer.

O: glad I picked up a couple of bottles at the release. Drinks a lot like their 10-10-100 but with more roasted malt flavors. Probably worth it at $15 per bottle.

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4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated Nov2011
I smuggled this back from Florida in April and I've had it sitting on a shelf in the fridge screaming at me since then. Pours a curiously murky light brown or dark orange color with a decent tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Well it smells like a barleywine. Lots of dark sugars and dark fruits, some floral and earthy hops, a bit of sweet overripe melon, and a touch of alcohol. I can't smell any pecans, but I can taste em. The flavor is dark sugars up front with lots of fruits, cherries, raisins, and melons. There's a solid punch of ethanol and higher alcohols as well as an earthy and resinous hop flavor that lingers long after each sip. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Wow this is a big beer, I wish I had seen that before I opened this by myself. Nice big barleywine, the alcohol needs a little time to mellow imho, but very flavorful brew, I wish I had another to age.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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