deadheadbill (14) - Crystal River, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2012
This is the sister beer to Church on a Hill, the English style barley wine collab by CCB and Swamphead.
Pours med brown with little head. Smells roasty, slightly sweet and hoppy. This one is drier and hoppier than expected, with a malty slightly sweet mid-palate, and a nutty component to it coming from the addition of pecans to the brew. The mouthfeel is hoppy and "nut browny" with the alcohol being well hidden by great attenuation, hops and ample carbonation. I definitely like the style they achieved with this one.
An outstanding offering from CCB/Swamphead. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Small sample at Knightly Spirits during Campeador Greaves release. The comparison between this and Church on a Hill was very different. This seemed a little more harsh and bitter. The ABV makes this beer seem very big, even though I didn’t catch how much was in it. Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: Nearly opaque ruddy orange-brown color with a medium thick off-white head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing. Malt, molasses and dark fruit in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malts and nuts, fruit and earthy hops. The finish is hoppy with some pine and nut notes left behind. Pretty beer all around. phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Chris- thanks again, Chris! Pours a hazy amber color with a tiny off-white ring for a head. Aroma of toffee, pecans, brown sugar, dates, and toast. Flavor of toffee, pine resin, pecans, brown sugar, dates, figs, plums, and some sneaky booze. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. Surprised to see this rated so low. I bet if it had been brewed at Cigar City its average rating would be about 0.5 higher. Plovmand (8585) - Grindsted, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle provided by Hopscotch. Thanks bro! The beer pours deep amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma is high malty and nutty with sweet cookie notes. Huge malty flavor with notes of nuts, brown sugar, alcohol and dark fruits. Sweet hoppy and ripe berries.
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koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at a tasting at Andrew’s house on August 18. 750 mL bottle, 2011 vintage. The pour is more of an orangey amber color with a thick light tan head that fades slowly, leaving a few spots of lace. The aroma is hoppy as hell. Shit. There is a lot of malt and caramel backing it up, but I couldn’t believe that hops held up this well. There is a hint of brown sugar and a little oxidization. A light nuttiness is picked up on the back end. The flavor is very similar. Once you survive and assimilate to the hop blast, you’re fine. Lots of caramel malts and dark fruits mesh well with a stronger nuttiness and a dark fruit that lingers. The alcohol is a little more detectable on the finish. The mouth feel is lighter and very well carbonated. The aftertaste is sweet, fruity, nutty, and hoppy, all rolled into one. It’s really interesting. I like it. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
On tap @ CCB during the bottle release.
Opaque brown brew with no head. Lots more hops in the nose than it’s sister brew with toffee, caramel malt, pecan, and pine. Extremely sweet (almost overly so) with tons of toffee, caramel, and a nice hop bite. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2012
UPDATED: APR 23, 2012 750ml Bottle: Got in trade from biggsbowler; THANKS Randall. Aroma of malt, caramel, light hops, barley wine, light dark ripe fruit, light pecan, and some brown sugar. Poured deep orange/brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, wood, and some caramel. Medium body. Creamy, slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, medium bitter, malt, hop, wood, finish is dry. 13%ABV is completely hidden throughout. Not much pecan at all. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Bottle thanks to Marco. Pours muddy brown with off white/light beige head. Nose/taste of baked pecans, toasted biscuit malt, caramel, toast, light toffee and hints of citrus. Body on the lighter side for a barleywine. Lots of sweet pecan nuts in the finish. Medium body. PeteInOblivion (2) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2012 does not count
Poured from a 750ml bottle. Poured a murky orange-brown - very short lived minimal head leaving just a hint of lacing. Very little carbonation. Aroma of brown sugar/molasses, pecans, caramel. Tastes of booze, with a really nice mix of sweetness to hop bitterness. After reading so many reviews of high carbonation, I wonder if something went wrong with this bottle, but still tastes amazing. Nice alcohol warming and it grows as it comes up in temperature. Perhaps a bit lighter than a traditional barley wine, but I really enjoyed this beer.