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Cigar City / Swamp Head Church on a Hill - Cognac Barrel Aged

 
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100
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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Barley Wine
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
750ml huge thanks to my favorite trading partner, omegax. You da man, Jordan! Drank side by side with the original. Ruddy brown brew with some tan head. Smells incredibly decadent and rich - caramel, dark fruit, cognac. So complex and inviting! Flavor is slightly sweet with tons of ripe dark fruit, some wood, brown sugar sweetness. Very glad I got to try this!


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (2699) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this as part of the long-anticipated Toppling Goliath Brouhaha with Travis, Chris, Doug, and Ryan at Traviss house on September 24. 750 mL bottle shared by Chris. The pour is a nice copper-tinted reddish brown with a thicker khaki colored head that slowly fades away, leaving no lace. The aroma is amazing. There is a great caramel and light presence of dark fruits. There is a bit of molasses and a lovely cognac sweetness. There is a little oxidation on the back end, but thats the only thing I could knock it on. I love this as a rep of the English barleywines. The flavor is much of the same. There is a great caramel and toasted malt up front, dark fruits and a molasses sweetness in the middle and a lightly dry cognac sweetness on the finish. Its really well balanced and good. There is a hint of oxidation on the tongue as well, that isnt the best. The mouth feel is thicker and softly carbonated with a great lingering sweet dark fruit, cognac and caramel sweetness on the back end. I am a huge can of this. Long time want also. Thanks Chris!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (45196) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2016

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Cigar City / Swamp Head Cognac Barrel-aged Church on a Hill ].
Clear medium to dark brown red color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, raisin, vanilla, alcohol - cognac, dried fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, sweet malt, caramel, cognac, vanilla, wood, raisin, dried fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20160624]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2906) - GREECE - JUL 14, 2016
750 ml bottle at Gueuze tasting 2016, Ulfborg. Clearcopper red brown color with light beige head. Malty aroma, caramel, bread, dark dried fruits, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1874) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
From Bottle @fonefan gueuze tasting Ulfborg, thanks to fonefan - june 24th 2016. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a small, off white head. Aroma has lots of caramel, toasted malts, cognac, overripe fruits; prunes, figs, raisins. Lots of raisins actually, port wine. Taste is sweet, lots of caramel, light vinous acidity. Average carbonation and a full body. Tasty!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2661) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ Ulfborg gueze tasting. Burgundy light hazy pour with a tiny head that quickly vanishes. Raisins, caramel, some booze, sweet malts and some barrel character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (18119) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy red brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and cognac. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with lots of warming alcohol. 240616

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrOrla (2422) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ Gueuze tasting 2016 ulfborg. Pours deep brownish hazy with a small tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel, molasses, barrel, red berries/vinous, dried fruits. Taste is rather sweet, dried fruits with loads of mals and caramel. Pretty good !

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
back (1975) - Holstebro, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Rubinrd. Klar skum hvid Malt vins tmmer slik rosin Bitter lidt sd meget Oile bld @f1

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Klimaet (2144) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle @ Ulfborg Gueuze Tasting thanks to fonefan. Thank you so much Jan! Pours hazy dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aromas of dark fruits, malt, fudge, butterscotch, vanilla, spice. Taste has a huge raisin and toffee flavour up front following chocolate, spices, vanilla, butterscotch. Damn!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (12373) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Murky dark brown. Vanilla, coconut, cookies, chocolate, caramel. Sweet, a bit boozy.


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