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


on tap


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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
Church on a Hill aged in apple brandy barrels.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (3905) - Qubec, Quebec, - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle shared by tom10101, thanks a lot Tommy! Magnificient deep brown with a thin white head that sticks. There is a little alcohol in the aroma which must come from the apple brandy but it is pleasing and a good sign of what is to come. There is also a lot of sweetness in the aroma: brown sugar, caramel... you know the drill. Taste is full of sweets too but never cloying. There is a little alcohol burn but this only reinforce the fine spirit aura that this marvelous brew has. At times I thought this could have been labeled as an Old Ale too. Not sure how I could ever pick a winner from KRE, this, King Henry, MoaS, Cuir 100% BBA (we had them back to back on a quiet afternoon... woot!)... they were all exceptionnal in their own ways!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ataraxia (525) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Slightly translucent mahogany brown color, thin beige head. Caramel, apple, vanilla, oak, burnt sugar, and some molasses. Batch 1 is woodier, drier, and more bitter. Sweet, full bodied, and moderately carbed. Long, somewhat boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4602) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Bottle at a tasting - thanks, Kevin! Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roast, molasses, anise, apple. Flavor is medium sweet, somewhat roasty for the strike but with good toffee notes. Merlin full body with carbonation on the low side. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (36934) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2017
Draft. A dark amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel sauce, and citrusy hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, caramel, citrus fruits, and hops, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2016
[email protected] Deep amber colour with a mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is caramel, some fruits, rather sweet, and also some slight sourish wooden notes. Flavour is caramel, fruits, mild spiciness, some wood, alcohol, ripe fruits and and slight earthy notes. Big, but sitll quite balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvikar (6022) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 20, 2016
CBC2015, Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, brandy, flavor of vanilla, bourbon, medium bodied

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25814) - Malm, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2016
Draft @ CBC 2015. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody caramel aroma with weak hints of apple. Fruity malty spicy woody caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy woody caramel finish with weak hints of apple brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdmiralVernon (1185) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
A: Deep dark brown with a thin off white thin lacing N: Raisins, caramel, berries T: Milk chocolate, liqourice, raisins, hint of dark berries O: Very nice barley eine, but Id love some more deepness to the barrel aging.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7834) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Oct 2015 - Keg at Route CBC event, Clapham. As Cigar City Leon. Very dark brown, big foamy brown head. Aroma is molasses, bacon, soy sauce, the brandy influence is light. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is molasses, chocolate, raisin, oaky dry finish with some booze showing up. Sweet, sweet, and sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyrmir (5896) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2015
On tap at CBC15. Dark brown with orange-beige head. Aroma has sweet malt, heavy caramel, bourbon, dried fruit, plums, sweet chocolate and woody barrel notes. Taste is sweet, caramel, barrel, apple, fruit, prunes, raisins, toffee and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13516) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Hazy dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee, wood, earth, mild brandy. The taste is toffee, raisin, caramel, mild brandy. Medium bodied, hot.

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