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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Church on a Hill aged in apple brandy barrels.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
750ml big thanks to omegax - you da man, Jordan! Muddy copper brew with a slight tan head. Nose is complex and decadent - dark fruits, vanilla, oak, brandy, brown sugar sweetness. ABV is there but very well hidden - layers of flavor. Creamy, caramel, toffee, woody, brandy, so much going on. Another crazy well done Barely Wine from CCB.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Nice dark brown pour, deep tan head. Lots of sweet malt up front, the barrels turned down the hops a bit. Brandy notes, raisins, prunes, toffee. Damn good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6197) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle thanks to Jack at THE others tasting. It pours cloudy deep brown with a small light tan head. The nose is dark fruit, jam, sweet over-ripe apple, blackcurrant, caramel, wood, vanilla and toasted coconut. The taste is toast, wood, varnish, cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry, apple brandy, leather, caramel, spice, jam and nice bitter bite with a warming finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky-mouth-feel. Tasty and well-balanced.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Thanks Mac, big want of mine for awhile. Ugly as sin; mediocre aroma as brandy barrels dominate. Oaky, strongly boozy, brandy, figs & grapes, hops, malt, raisins, lots more booze on the back side. Barrels and booze dominate the flavor profile far more than I like. I see how many would love this, but it's not for me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7586) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
This brew pours a dark brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Boozy nose with notes of malt and dark fruit. Full-bodied with a brandy character and notes of figs, malt and wood. The finish is vinous oak and bready malt, leaving a lingering ripe fruit aftertaste. Good beer overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
750mL bottle, sent from Elliesbrown (thanks a lot, Zack), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of various deep dark fruits, apple, a bit of brandy and caramel malts. Flavour of rich caramel malts, apple brandy, deep dark fruits and a bit of candied sugar. Very complex, with a very deep flavour profile. Sweetness is medium, with a high complexity from the apple brandy without the barrels ever taking over. Finishes on notes of apple, brandy and caramel malts. Great stuff, but perhaps not as amazing as the ratings suggests.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle... Murky brown ale with a small, white, short-lived head. The bouquet furnishes buttery caramel, toffee and loads of apple brandy. Medium to full-bodied with feather-soft carbonation. The flavor is remarkably well-balanced - caramel, apple brandy, vanilla, oak and an awkward earthy component. Finishes earthy and a touch minerally. I enjoyed the base beer (Church on a Hill) and the Cognac Barrel-aged Church on a Hill much more than this treatment. I gotta go against the grain here, but not by much. Bottle courtesy of burg326!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5528) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Drank at thirdeye11’s birthday party. Very excited to try this one. The beer pours a brownish color. The aroma is full of brandy, with some nice caramel and toffee thrown in. The flavor is ridiculously complex. I get a lot of apple and brandy notes, as well as some brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. There is also some oak and a hint of vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very worthy beer for rating No. 3,500.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (1680) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle 750ml. Pours dark brown with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, malt, sweetness, vanilla, fruits, caramel, bread. Taste is of bourbon, malt, alcohol, apples, fruits, caramel. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Very good. Intense complexity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (34222) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2013

Bottle 750ml. @ Tasting by Benzai [ ZZT V ].

Clear dark red brown colour with virtually none head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, coconut peel, wood - barrel, alcohol - bourbon. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, bourbon - brandy, laber laver, malty, chocolate, wood. Big big flaver - lovely. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20121006]


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