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Cigar City / Swamp Head Church on a Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5036) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Courtesy of mrebeks

Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, light molasses, a hint of vanilla, and a touch of dark fruits. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small off-white head that quickly fades to a fine ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate toffee, caramel, lighter molasses, and faint chocolate. The finish has light-moderate raisin, cognac, and faint dark fruits. It’s medium-full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2199) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Corbet. Just like the non barrel aged version, this one pours a muddy, almost swampy looking copper & brown color with a thin beige ring being the only sign of carbonation. Sweet, boozy aroma. Subtly spicy wood with caramel & toffee sauce drizzled over a basket of prunes & sweet figs. Small dusting of cocoa powder in the back-end. Light blackcurrant flavor out of the gate; coated in toffee sauce & rolled in brown sugar. Figs, prunes, mild Good & Plenty candies. Mid-palate showcases the barrel aging with a moderately tannic oak character coming alive, alongside a sweet Cognac flavor. Sweet & spicy all at once. Slightly earthy leading into a buttery toffee, sweet brown sugar & Cognac finish. Sticky, syrupy mouth coating finish. Wow, what an improvement over the base beer. Great barrel aged barley wine. The Cognac adds a very interesting spin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1988) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
75cl bottle thx to Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clouded brown beer, no head. NOSE: chocolate, alcohol, some bourbon, wood. TASTE: chocolate, alcohol burn, quite fruity, decent but a little too heavy for me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5813) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the group in 2012 from notes. Pours a hazy darker brown color with dark reddish highlights and a small, disappearing beige head. The aroma and flavor have ample dark fruit, figs, raisins, prunes, caramel, vanilla, cognac, hints of wood, toffee with a smooth mouthfeel. This was pretty sweet, but very enjoyable and actually hid the abv nicely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2yr aged bottle. Pours a dark brown with a soft off white bubbling foam head. The aroma is full of honey and carmel like booze, oak, buttery toffee scented malts, and brown sugar. In tasting the church on a hill I picked up on a moderate to high level of booze, very honey like cognac flavor, wood aging notes, molasses, defined carmel malts, and a weak vanilla taste. The finish is boozy, very sweet, and has a quickly fading bitterness. Overall this was a very interesting brew.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. Pours an opaque brown and smells of toffee and bourbon. Just the right amount of SMG. Tastes of toffee and an assortment of dark fruits. A top level beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (757) - - FEB 21, 2014
Dark brown pour, off white head. Nose is toffee, figs, caramel, a touch of prunes. Taste is toffee, caramel, prunes, figs, cognac. Full silky mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. Cheers to Paulo for pulling yet another rabbit out of his hat. The pour’s deep brown with a small tan head. Burnt chocolate brownies and brown sugar. Some hot boozy wood. Dense raisin bread flavors. Rocky road fudge. Rum raisin ice cream. Some red apples. Hot finish. Full body, rich and oily. Really nice, a great BA barley wine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
750ml bottle. BBT3 tasting. Poured a brown color with a very small sized off white head. Dark fruits, wood, vanilla, oak, whiskey, caramel, and brown sugary sweetness. Alcohol overall well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9695) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle shared at HUGE Friday, big thanks to Paulo for this treat, 03/01/14. Murky mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering that this to edgework and a pond. Nose is dark toffee fudge, dark malt, fruit loaf, sweet brown bread, dark fruits. Taste comprises toffee fudge, brown sugars, boozey tones, sweet, candied sugars, dark fruits. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light boozey twang in the finish. Solid barley wine, a little sweet at times but generally a good all round balance.


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