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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6787) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014, I believe by Ferris. Dark amber, creamy off white head. Big toast and sweet bourbon aroma. Sweet apple bourbon and toffee flavours, moderately bitter. Lovely balance, deep malt structure. Superb.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6711) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2013
75cl courtesy of and split with Ibrew2or3, cheers Dave! Couleur brune foncée, col beige fin ne laissant pas trop de mousse, le tout présente une pellicule dorée sur les rebords du verre. Arôme est dans la lignée des barley, pas mal de malt, grillé, caramel et grillé avec un traitement de Apple Brandy conséquent. Palais offre un profil malté généreux, malt caramel, sucré allant vers le biscuité avec un palais impressionnant de Apple Brandy laissant filtré une fine onctuosité de pomme et d’alcool réchauffant le tout couplé à un boisé subtile. Palais garde une pointe de picotement en fin de bouche qui reste elle aussi dans les tons caramel-sucré tirant vers la mélasse. Pas mal, mais au-delà de l’effet barrique, ce barley reste dans la lignée des gros barley américains.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6560) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6551) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of brandy, figs, dates, oak, brown sugar, caramel, and white raisins. Flavor of brandy, pralines, dates, pecans, toasted and caramel malts, and brown sugar. The flavor hits mostly the same notes but is toned down from the nose. Medium-bodied, with a malty, boozy mouthfeel and mellow carbonation. Really good barley wine. I’m going to homer this one up like I’m from Florida.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2013
750ml bottle, bottled 9/7/12. Shared with the local group. Hazy brown, slightly amber-red color. Thin khaki head. Good spread of dotty lace. Big complex aroma. Caramel, wood, lightly spice, light bright fruit notes. Awesome creamy smooth texture, light carbonation. Not hot at all. Flavor carries the alcohol. Minimal warmth, just a hint of a bite in the finish. Sweeter taste, lightly spicy, pretty rich and decadent, though. Great barley wine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6416) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Murky lighter brown pour. Small head. Brandy, wood, apple, grape, sweet. Higher ABV noticeable. Excellent.

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (6217) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thick reddish brown pour with thin tan head, aroma is big brandy, sweet sugar notes into some slight tart apple, some red fruits with cherry, hints of oak go into lots of molasses, dark sugars, hints of fig, plum in there as well, almost a dark chocolate note comes through as well. Taste is great, nice balance of big sweet cherry, vanilla, brandy, and oak notes go into a slight yeasty and earthy malt, nice dark fruits come through with a touch of cherry, finishing fairly sweet, slightly oaky. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6061) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Shared by nulledge during RBWG and during the epic BA barleywine tasting (6/29/13). Amber pour with a small khaki head. Rich toffee in the aroma with caramel, sweet brandy, grapes, and light nuttiness. Rich flavor with plenty of BA, sweet brandy, vanilla, toffee, light nuttiness, and burnt caramel. Tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle from Hopscotch, mucho thanks! Pours a muddy medium brown hue with a quickly fading head and spotty lace. Get plenty of apple brandy on the nose with intense fruit, vanilla, oak and booze along with more than a fair share of caramel and toffee, some bready and leathery esters too. The taste is sweet but not overly sweet thanks to the apple twang and boozy nature of the brew. Earthy and displaying that "CCB tobacco overtone" this beer showcases medium dark malts fully. There is a slight minty note as well. The mouth feel is oily but not as sticky as one may expect, lightly (perhaps even under) carbonated. A bit metallic on the finish. Overall I like this beer more than the scores would indicate and would easily try it again if given the chance.


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