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

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
No commercial description

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2016

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Cigar City / Swamp Head Cognac Barrel-aged Church on a Hill ].
Clear medium to dark brown red color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, raisin, vanilla, alcohol - cognac, dried fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, sweet malt, caramel, cognac, vanilla, wood, raisin, dried fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20160624]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22510) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
3rd January 2014
Mega Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Paul for this treat. Light haze on this dark brown beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Palate is softish and slightly dry. Sweetish malts carry mild chocolate. Smooth barrel induced vanilla with mellow sweetish cognac. Dried fruits before a little spice. Pretty approachable for such a big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Pours clear auburn with a fine, beige cream head. Rich toffee aroma, some ripe fruits, bread. Big sweet flavor, lots of brown sugar, toffee, bread, mellow leafy hops, toasty bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, more rich sugars, brown sugar, toffee, bread, figs. Awesome. Big and sweet but I wouldn’t say too much. Decadent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Very dark, almost black beer with a small beige head. Malty vinous aroma, almonds, cognac, prunes, figs, vanilla, woody, dades, milky, banana notes. Woody flavor, warming alcohol, prunes, figs, dades, caramel, banana, cognac, almonds, dry nutty notes, grapes, toffee, molasses, milky notes. Alcohol finish, almonds, vinous, prunes and figs. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17824) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy red brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and cognac. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with lots of warming alcohol. 240616

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17251) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours a murky brown with no head. Smell is almost all barrel. Tons of brandy, oak, toffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Mild booziness and lots of dark fruits. Flavor is super sweet, brown sugar, caramel, barrel, brandy, and vanilla. A bit of dark fruit sweetness, alcohol heat, and toast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (15580) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle @ Bullerup Pubben’s , Re-Opening/Solar eclipse pt. 2. Pours cloudy amber with a small white head. Syrup, wood, dark fruit and wood. Soft and vinous. Delicious and slick. Thanks Plovmand! Well aged!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of cognac, oak, toffee, dark fruit, nutty malt, light oxidation, caramel - full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14686) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Elliesbrown (thanks a lot, Zack), pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of cognac barrels, alcohol, caramel malts and dark fruits. Flavour of intensely sweet cognac barrels, caramel malt, and candied sugar. Extremely complex, accentuated by the cognac barrels, on the border of being too sweet. Remarkable stuff, but drinkable only in small quantities.

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