Cigar City / Swamp Head Church on a Hill

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
English style barleywine

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Pours dark bright ruby amber, if that oxymoron makes any sense. Aroma is nice at 4 years old, some sweet fig and smooth malty cognac. Flavor brings malty but smooth sweet and birch and fig jam with a nice lightly bitter ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2681) - Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2015
Old rating. Boozy, sweet, caramel, soft fruitiness, big warming mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10594) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs hotel. Thanks to markwise. Pours a murky orangish brown appearance with a thin brown head. Grape, plum, raisin, caramel, maraschino cherry nose that is somewhat oxidized. Moderate high sweetness. A little nutty with toffee, chocolate, and a bit of roast. A bit boozy on the finish but not bad. Probably past its prime but still drinking pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle in Glenwood Springs with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Pour is murky brown with a small cream-colored head. Rich caramel, brown sugar, dates, light figs, coconut, some oak, vanilla, and nutty aroma. Taste is rich caramel, raisins, coconut, toasted sugars, some butterscotch, oxidized, and figs with a touch of heat on the backend. Medium body with soft carbonation. Pretty tasty stuff and definitely high boost.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (12513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750ml bottle. HEavily oxidized but much better than the roosevelt i tried it next to. Very boozy and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Corbet. Muddy copper-brown with virtually no head on top... Thin, khaki collar. Big grape & prune aroma, lots of dark fruitiness with hints of anise, black licorice. Caramel liqueur, a touch of toffee, a little bit of astringent sweetness. Taste has a strong, dirty earth flavor with a surprising around of floral bitterness, especially for an "English" barley wine. Lots more Star anise on the palate. Quite boozy, too; very warming. Sticky, semi-sweet caramel leads into a finish of toasted bread, mild toffee, sweet malt, & a vapid bitterness. Sticky mouth coating. A good barley wine, albeit a strange one. Very sweet yet still with substantial bitterness. A few refinements & this could be really, really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (4850) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at Beecher Blind Beer Bash. Lots of alcohol in the nose with a light chocolate component as well. Taste is similar with a smooth alcohol warming, almost a note of vanilla, although this was not the barrel aged version. Very enjoyable. I remember having this fresh a while ago and thought the alcohol dominated in a bad way, but that seems to have mellowed out and the beers has held up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4834) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
Shared bottle pours clear red-amber with a modest head. ABV partially hidden. Unusual aroma with a suggestion of rum and brandy. Soft fruits, light malts, and alcohol esters dominate the flavor. Medium body with rather low carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Had this so long ago at the brewery. Absolutely delicious which was not unexpected. Read the other reviews for more specifics....would love to have this again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (7388) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2014
750ml bottle thanks to toby. Pours out a dark amber topped with a small head. Nose is sweet syrup molasses maple and some hop notes. Taste is as the nose with lots of sweet maple syrup and some heat.

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