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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Wood, brandy, dark fruits, some brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla. For 13+%, well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
750mL shared at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a muddy, reddish mahogany. No real head. Nose is very intense Twizzlers candies, some paper. Taste is quite nice- spices, ginger, baked cherry, toffee. Rich, dense body. Calvados heat is muted, not overpowering, though hard to pinpoint as Calvados. Doesn’t come across as barrel aged except for some gained oxidation in the nose.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8184) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle with many thanks to a generous Floridian. Pours reddish dark brown with tan brown head ring. Nose and taste of sweet cordial apple brandy, caramel toffee, rum raisin, plum and chocolate covered dark fruits. Elegant velvety full body. Finishes with tinge of warming alcohol.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (8107) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 75cl bottle @ ZZT V. Hazy red color, small off-white head. Smell malts, sweetness, barrel aged clearly. Taste malts, lightly alcohol, liquor, wood, barrel aging clearly, but to me the brandy BA is very close to bourbon, though I don’t know whether they’re close, but to me it’s very similar to bourbon. Anyway, it’s good! Full body, medium to full carbonation. Absolutely amazing!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8102) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to Jason for liberating this one from source. Hazed mahogony brown with no head. Nose is dark toffee, wood, booze, sugars, dark fruits, dates, brandy notes, treacle toffee. Taste comprises booze steeped dark fruits, brown sugars, woody tones, dates, prunes, boozey sticky toffee pudding. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish. A complex barley wine that is well balanced, the brandy is pretty subtle, decent stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7879) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2013
Medium yellow-tan head over muddy red-brown beer. Sharpish, rather acidic nose; fruity and alcohol. I smell Bourbon, rather than brandy, though, vanilla included. Sharp flavour, again, but here rather alcohol than acids. Sweetish, if bitterish lined beer. Many chocolate notes (both black as milkchocolate). Faint vanilla, wood, ethanol, sugar. Unspecified dark fruit. More vanilla retronasal; warming up liquorice and plums. Bit burning MF, alcoholheat. Texture is viscous, oily; obviously low carbonation however not flat at all. Rather classical sample of barrel aging. Good, but nowhere spectacular.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7870) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7202) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Nice brandy hit on this.one. sweet and alcoholic apple melds with the alcoholic barleywine adding caramel malt sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Thanks to markwise for shipping me this 75cl bottle so that I can share it with 77ships, sebletitje and adamjackson and also with some of the Delirium Hoppy Loft staff (the day after Cigar City head brewer Wayne was here and luckily didn’t have a Leon with him to share as well). The 75cl bottle pours murky amber with a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up rich notes of brown sugar coated prunes and ripe red apples as well as caramel sweetness mixing with booze and Brandy. The taste is rich and deep with brown sugar notes, a pleasing kettle like caramelization, prunes and sweet earthy dates. It then moves into smooth sweet boozy Brandy notes and some barrel character. The whole beer comes together to attain an amazing Barrel Aged English style Barleywine experience. Another terrific sipper for sure. Love it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6659) - 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.


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