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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Church on a Hill aged in apple brandy barrels.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 (750ml) cloudy medium brown, fine tan bubbles. Nose is so rich, sherry, raisin, caramel, date, endless complexity, vanilla. Taste of rum raisin, caramel, sherry/brandy, big barrel, amazingly delicious. Creamy finish, lasting, almost no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Muddy brown pour. Caramel apples, apple brandy, oak, toffee and brown sugar on the nose. Flavor rocks out with more boozy caramel apple, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, wood, and a bit of booze. Huge barrel presence here. Very nice change of pace.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2012
750ml bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Hazy brown with a small tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Brown sugar, brandy and woody
Taste:Brown sugar, toasted, dark fruit and woody
Nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6001) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2012
750 ml bottle thanks to JW77! Brought and shared at the big Christmas tasting. Pours a murky brown color with a small tan head. A huge boozy sweet nose with oak and massive Brandy/grapes. The flavor ultimately comes in as a huge amount of big flavors and light warmth: caramel, grapes, sugary sweet with loads of brown sugar, bread, fruitcake. A thin but appropriate palate. The barrel is there throughout and melds well with the base beer, lots of character. Awesome!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1022) - New York, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle, 12/6/2012, thanks to McGrupp612. Pours deep brown chestnut, a little muddy, medium thin cream tan colored head, sparse sudsy lacing with swirly haze on the glass surface. Aroma is strong apple brandy, sweet candied apples, figs, brown sugar, dark bread malts, wood. Taste is again influenced by the barrel but other flavors come through more clearly: sweet apple brandy notes, chocolate drizzled toffee, maple, light woody vanilla. Thick, chewy palate. Really nice, the barrel treatment is truly something different for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle for rating #4500:   Deep dark dirty caramel, large foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Big malty nose, rich caramel, subtle brandy and barrel aging.   Also getting a little dark pitted fruit and candied apples as it warms.   Sweet malty start, very warming but not alcoholic or burning.   I am amazed for a 13.5% beer.   Brandy notes and subtle candied apple or citrus peel on the tongue.   Now its getting to be a bit warmer.   Not as complex as I would have thought, but its still solid.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   This is a big thick English like Barley Wine with a Brandy/Cognac like flair.   Despite being in Apple Brandy Barrels, it appears to have more of a candied citrus peel connection.   Regardless, a big and bold Barley Wine.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UDBeernut (1706) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle at the BA Buffalo bottle share. Pours monogamy amber with a off white head. Nose of caramel, oak, and brandy. This theme continues in the mouth with a gentle amount of bitterness to keep the palate from going stale. The body is full with a great creamy texture. Wow, what a treat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Big thanks to starrdogg for opening this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter. The nose carries a pretty strong aroma of apple brandy with some nice sweetness coming from that. Malty sweetness with faint fruit and caramel comes behind that. Flavor is a bit too barrel heavy, but still quite nice. A bit of booze, but not too much for a 13.5% beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5320) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle shared with Vinny, Frank, Alen and Bill. Pours a deep, murky brown body with thin off white head and minor lacing. Aroma is sweet vanilla, caramel, sweet barley & malt, light cocoa, and booze. Mouthfeel is medium and lightly silky. The alcohol suggested in the aroma is nowhere to be found in the taste - making this beer extremely drinkable despite it’s high alcohol content. Notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel, cocoa, apple brandy, oak and a light spice. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (2808) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2012
Brilliant ruby red colour, no head. Aroma of alcohol, nuts, raisins, bourbon, vanilla, red fruits and liquorice. Somewhat sweet flavour, chocolate, cacao, light cloying. Finish chocolate, raisins, vanilla and bourbon.
Really nice beer by CCB. But apple brandy barrels? Could have sworn it was bourbon. There’s nothing wrong with bourbon though.
(From 75cL bottle @ ZZT V. Shared by erickok. Thanks for bringing it!)


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