kabsetter (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Wife and I had this 2x at the brewery. Each time the only words were "OMG and WOW!" This is so well balanced, creamy and smooth, the flavor and aroma of caramel, dark fruits yet not to sweet. The Best brew we had up to this point. took 2 bottles to go to stash for a special occasion. AWESOME BEER!!! hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft… This beer rocks!… Dark brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is a swirl of brown sugar, cotton candy, caramel and date with a hint of molasses. Full-bodied and chewy with tickling carbonation. The mostly sweet (but not at all cloying) flavor mirrors the aroma with many of its features - candied date, caramel, fig and brown sugar with a hint of molasses. Lots of toffee and caramel in the finish; capped off by a speck of balancing bitterness and even a touch of dryness. Well-constructed, complex English-style barleywine! Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 400th Barleywine rating celebrated here by tasting yet another Cigar City beauty. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Opened at the annual Black Friday Tasting. Ok, what is this mess? 750mL pours up with a clear amber body with sort of light brown edges and supporting a thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a pleasing and inviting mix of prunes, earthy dates, sweet malt infused molasses, brown sugar and then a sense of booze at the end of the draw. Smells of a wonderful English style barleywine. The taste is smooth and rich and drool inducing (not sure anyone noticed my drool just now). I get brown sugar covered earthy dates, prunes, molasses and smooth sweet booze soaked brown sugar. Rich pure yumminess. Grade A+ English style barleywine. Damn fine beer. This needs to be made again and a keg (nah) a palate of kegs shipped to my house.
So most ratings below 4.0 so far. Shows you how many people drink far too little barleywine to know an amazing one when they taste it.
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 craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2012
sample at Brewvival on 2/25/12. murky brown pour with an off white head. sweet malt nose with caramel notes. med body with apple, light fruits and caramel. sweet finish with more crystal malt and light fruits.
deadheadbill (14) - Crystal River, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2012
This is the sister beer to Roosevelt, the American style barley wine collab by CCB and Swamphead.
Pours a dark reddish brown with little head. Smells of toffee, sweet fruits and slight hops. It is malty and sweet in the mid-palate, with caramel, toffee and sweet fruits again. Very rich and warming mouthfeel. It is both sweeter and less hoppy than the Roosevelt which is how it should be.
An outstanding offering from CCB/Swamphead.
jesperhammer (4902) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2012
12-MAY-2012, draft @CBC.
Hazy amber, low beige head.
Sweet malty nose.
Very sweet taste. Quite bitter. Malty in a rye bread and fruit/dried fruit way.
Almost quad-like. A bit alcoholic but I like this one.
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
On tap @ CCB during the bottle release.
Deep brown pour with lots of reddish highlights, one finger of off-white head. Lots of malt in the nose with toffee and a nice fruitiness. Warming and sweet - malt forward (as an English Barleywine should be) with a great fruity and caramel linger. I liked this slightly better than Roosevelt - glad I brought a bottle back to Dallas to age. Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle at CBC 2012. Dark red/amber - offwhite head. Sweetnes, high sweetness, raisins, fruity, nutty, coconut, wooden notes, vanilla notes, lots of dried fruits, caramel, nutty. OK.