Baggywrinkle Barleywine - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine
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BA SCORE
80
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134 Ratings
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83
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-09-2001

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Ratings: 134 | Reviews: 83
Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber with a slight haze, very moussey off white head. Smell: Not a big nose – some fruit, alcohol, faint sweetness. Taste: Fills the mouth with foam that introduces fruit flavors over light malts that are almost immediately met by rich grapefruit rind hops that guide the drinker to the finish. The hops are big enough to balance a fair amount of sweetness in the beer. Mouthfeel: Big, chewy, creamy, rich.

Photo of RCLinderman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Nice flavor.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, honey, caramel, toffee, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with honey, caramel, toffee, and slight herb flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting herb like flavor I am getting.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am a little surprised by the negatives on this one. It really does not fit the style, but I enjoyed it.

Appearance - The beer poured a deep golden color with a modest off-white head.

Smell - The aroma was fairly nondescript. The malts and grains come to the front without any sense of hops or sweetness detectable.

Taste - This is a good impression of the style. There is not a hop presence and malts are the main presence. Detectable are notes of sweetness and perhaps some notes of nuttiness. The aftertaste ran a little dry.

Mouthfeel - The beer certainly felt like a barelywine with a malty thickness that coated the tongue. In terms of mouthfeel, this is a well crafted barleywine.

Overall - The profile does not entirely match the style, but I enjoyed the beer. I probably would not seek it, but I would drink it again.

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.32/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Tawny in color. Murky. White head settles into a thin cap quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Runny caramel and bread crust. Stiff alcohol, strong tropical estery component. Lots of pineapple and pureed mango. A touch earthy. Floral hops.

T: Thin, runny caramel. Toasted biscuit and bread crust. Stiff punch of solventy alcohol. Tropical esters. Mild floral and citrus pith hop tastes. Biscuit and alcohol on the finish.

M: Lighter in body than expected, but still creamy and chewy. Low carbonation. Alcohol heat.

O: This is simply not a good beer. The malt backbone lacks richness and character, and it is far too boozy. A harsh beer to drink, and lacking in any redeeming qualities. Misses the mark by a wide margin.

Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to my friend Ricky for sharing this I probably never would have bought on my own.

Nice fluffy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, big fluffy lacing, hazy thick sediment laden orange amber color.

Nose big malts but not super sweet, little candy, toffee, butterscotch, light baking spices and nutty toffee, a light Xmas spice candy like cardamom thing, hint grassy hops, the strange floral aroma I can't put my finger on is an Elderflower like aroma.

Taste semi sweet, lots of reddish candy malts, light sweet booze and hint esters, light spicy earthy hops, more toffee butterscotch and the Xmas candy spices, bit if booze warmth, licorice and elderflower again, sticky light syrupy. Finish is sweet candy, syrupy, more reddish candy, light spices.

Mouth is syrupy med to heavier bod, decent carb, warming booze, meh.

Overall meh, nothing special, doesn't really do a whole lot in terms of barleywine like flavors, it was more of a winter warmer that was on the mediocre side. But it's not too bad.

Photo of alaimoa
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
-Appearance brown with a lingering brownish/white head about a quarter inch
-smell was ok...fruity and pungent although my wife said it smelled repulsive/mold and she likes the smell of other barley wines
-tasted fruity boozy but the after taste left a bit of acidic dryness and coated my mouth with molasses taste
-overall I would probably avoid it as my go to barleywine (dogfish olde school and green flash are much better)

Photo of jondeelee
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Baggywrinkle opens to a malty nose, yeasty rising whole wheat dough, floury baguette, toast crust, and biscuit mixing with brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and a mix of light and dark fruit esters – orange, berry, and cherry, but also plum, date, and light raisin – to form a spiceless fruitcake aroma, but with shades of tawny port and toffee. Light grapefruit and pine overtones from the hops help provide contrast. As a whole, the nose is quite nice, the light and dark sugars and fruits mixing well with the yeasty rising breads, the result bouncing between sugary and dark, yeasty and bready. In the end, the sugars are what are most noticeable, thanks to the high 12% ABV, but it’s important to note here that the alcohol doesn’t come through overly so in the nose as in a martini or cocktail, but instead blends well with everything else. The aroma’s main weakness is a surprising lack of strength for a high ABV beer, the nose almost needing to be in the glass to detect it.

On the tongue, the beer proves to be much more bitter than the nose let on, with grapefruit and pine from the hops mixing with strange, Caribbean-like pineapple, coconut, and mango-papaya fruits, as well as strong dashes of pepper. The alcohol is also much more noticeable here, lacing the tongue like a strong fruit cocktail and filling the nasal cavities with vapors. The strangeness of the fruits are somewhat tempered by brown sugar, vanilla, toasted nut, toast crust, and biscuit, as well as some fig and raisin fruit esters, but the result is somewhat messy, as if the beer can’t quite make up its mind what it wants to be. In subsequent sips much of the initial nuance of the beer is gone, including the strange fruits, but what is left is a peppery, figgy, cola-like taste laced with soft-tissue-burning moonshine, fading into a long-lingering aftertaste of toasted nuts, burnt brown sugar, and lots and lots of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, the beer slightly foaming in the mouth.

Overall, while the aromas were very nice, and continue to be nice throughout the experience, the flavors are overly muddled, and the alcohol – at least on the tongue – sharp and undisguised. The beer needs a better balance between flavor and alcohol, and quite a few more bread and fruit notes to improve the flavors.

Photo of haazer
2.57/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A- Dark orange, apple juice like color. Nice ring of off white bubbles.

S- Smells a bit muddled. Some orange, coriander, a bit of pine. Smells a little bit like burnt malt though with a touch of booze.

T- Flavor is pretty jumbled together as well. Coriander, toast bread, then a rush of burnt malt. Almost like this was boiled too long. The booze is not well masked either.

M- Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Mid level carbonation.

O- Overall not what I expected after reading the description on the draft list. In the lower rung of barley wines for me. The burnt malt and booze flavor throw me off.

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Cask Republic, dry hopped with Citra. Served, rather insanely, in a pint glass.

A: Milky orange-amber body under a lovely two fingers of classic cask froth that shows pretty good retention and leaves some nice lace. Inviting.

S: Juicy hops, caramel, and some background booze. The Citra really shines with intense mango, grapefruit, and lemon notes dominating. Terrific.

T: Almost tart citrus right up front, followed by super-sweet brown sugar and caramel malt, and closed out with even tarter fruitiness and some spicy alcohol. Bitter, hoppy aftertaste. Wow.

M: Soft, substantial, faintly carbonated cask body. A little sticky.

O: I've never been a huge fan of the base beer, but with a boatload of Citra it's really delightful. The fruitiness and bitterness provide both complement and contrast to the core malt sweetness, giving an otherwise boring beer some real complexity. Great use of dry hopping.

Cheers!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- Dense deep caramel body with a bubbly thick light tan head that last for a good bit. there is a gentle carbonation trailing up the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma of cream and caramel have some nice butter toffee notes as it warms.

T- the classic caramel malt with a touch of sweetness and a nice dry woody hop hint in the finish. There is a note of pine resin in the hops but it always stays pretty soft compared to the malt flavors.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel is followed by no alcohol heat until it is really warm.

O- The nice classic rich English barleywine is slightly dry and very drinkable. The nice American hops notes and a new twist to this well build beer.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruddy copper with a thin white head and no real lacing.

Aromas include caramel and raisin, some pine, but rather mild given the style.

Flavor is malt-centric as expected, with some toffee, fig and raisin, as well as pumpernickel.

A medium body and well carbonated, though the alcohol is a bit sharp.

Overall, enjoyable as an anniversary marker of a trip to Nantucket with friends.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Body is slightly light on color for the style and an amber hue. decent head.

Hmm, i just noticed my bottle says 9% alcohol and the info on BA says 12%. I WANT THAT 3%.

The aroma and flavor profile is fairly matched so ill list the overall nose/palate. Really mellow and melded but i have no idea the age, low alcohol heat even perhaps for 9%, melded Big C hops in the pine and resin type, light caramel but not really sweet more a dry caramel, honestly tastes more like a 1-2 year old american barleywine then an english barleywine.

Mouthfeel is dry for calling this an english BW.

BW Tick. I'd pass.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a murky dark brown in color with pale yellow highlights and a thin head that left slight wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: brown sugar caramel, and dark fruit showed it self first in the aroma with booze, maple but hints of vinous character.

T: the booze was more intense on the palate alongside brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit notes, mild tobacco flavor and maple syrup accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, mild musty, boozy, sticky finish.

O: I honestly thought it was a solid barleywine and was glad to try a beer from cisco.

Photo of BostonHops
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dull golden orange tone while yielding short-lived finger or so of head. nose is malty/sweet with notes of fruit, toffee and/or brown sugar, and a touch of a hoppy presence. on the whole, fairly tame for what you typically expect from a beer like this.

flavor follows the nose with big malty/sweet dynamic interspersed with muted notes of fruit, toffee, and booze. medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

some enjoyable elements here but in the final analysis it's pretty much a run of the mill barleywine: not bad, not great.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a cloudy dull golden / amber tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head. decent retention and lacing.

nose is a bit subdued; not a whole lot going on but i do get notes of sweet malt, some light fruity characters, and a hint of hops.

flavor likewise is decent if somewhat unexceptional. as expected for an english barleywine it's malt forward and a bit on the sweet side (nowhere near cloying) with the fruity notes pulling through and a some hops evident. very little alcohol presence (bottle lists 9% ABV, clearly they looked to dial that way back from prior batches). on the upper end of medium-bodied with average carbonation.

overall, a moderately enjoyable EBW but ultimately somewhat middling when stacked up against all the stiff competition out there. that said, it's not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date but the label is different than the one shown (not sure if it's older or newer).

Pours a golden color with a slight tinge of orange, small white head that fades quick enough, no lacing on the glass whatsoever.

Smell is huge in sweet malt aroma, no real hop character to speak of though, can pick up a light scent of alcohol heat.

Taste is definitely in the sweet malt arena yet not sickly sweet, almost has a candied sugar aspect, can definitely feel a bit of a burn going down the throat but not so much that it's a turn-off and works on a cold winter night, carbonation is spot on with a decent creaminess, still it's fairly straight forward considering how many directions Barleywine can go in.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably the lightest pour from a barleywine I have come across as it poured a dull burnt orange infused copper with a tight formed lacey white head into my imperial nonic.Fruity esters mixed with piney/soapy hops wich from reading others reviews surprised me a little.The palate to me is more American barleywine than English with a bigger pine and citric hop profile up against a sweet fruit,caramel malt base.Yeah it gets a little sweet after awhile but I like the hops that show thru,not bad.

Photo of AlexFields
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark toffee/almond/tea color, pretty unique appearance. Nice head too.

Smells hoppy in a dark fruit/grass kind of way. A nutty, tangy maltiness as well.

Taste follows the nose. Nuts, dark fruits, grassy hops.

Pretty average example of a hoppy barleywine. It's not a hop bomb but it's also not as sweet and candy-like as I want my barleywines to be.

6.1/10

Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour was decent, nothing earth shattering here, with a ruddy copper color, light reddish tint to it, but again nothing really standing out much for me. Light crown of white was on top initially but that also faded quite quickly leaving the top essentially bare. Aroma was a bit hot, lots of caramel and bready malts, hints of what may have at one time been a piney hop bite had faded into a mellow, and messy malt monster. Again the flavor misses the mark for me, too hot and not enough balance for me to be honest. Almost a medicinal quality to the taste as it warms, light candied sugar tries to save it but really does not come across well. Light carbonation, almost old ale like, but again, not very interesting.

Overall not bad per se, but nothing to write home about either. I just think it tried to be too strong and that really drown out any hope it had for a mellow and balance feel. A bit of a mess.

Photo of Lldeegan
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper, with a soapy khaki head.
Some brown sugar, molasses in the nose with dark fruit and an earthy hop aroma.
On the palate, sweet malt, toffee, and then fruity sweet that fades to a bitter and warming finish.
A sticky mouthfeel and a good harmony of malt sweet and piney and earthy hops. This beer was really easy to drink and really tasty.

Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy tawny brown, muddy looking, with some fine bubbles coating the beer's surface and some soapy ones forming a collar. A bit of spotty lacing, fair head retention for the little that's there. Sweet aroma, bread and caramel, fruity and spicy, light alcohol. There's some leafy hop flavour, but not a lot of bitterness to balance out the caramel and toffee sweetness. Lots of bread and fruit notes, light alcohol, slightly spicy in the finish. Full bodied, lowish carbonation, fair texture but a little dry even with the sweetness. Overall, this one was pretty average. Not quite cloying and the fruity/spicy combo didn't play especially well together.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Drew for giving us this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Color is a slightly-cloudy orange-copper color with a half-finger off-white head that fades almost immediately and has just a few bubbles around the edges. The nose has a bit of caramel and some slightly-sweet malt along with a bit of cherry. It's a bit plain and I have to struggle a bit to really get into this one.

The flavor is a lot of sweet malt, bordering on becoming a bit cloying. There are some cherry notes as well as toffee, stone fruits, and a bit of fig. There is a bit of strawberry, especially strawberry seeds. Some light alcohol is there as well. The body is medium with low carbonation. It seems a bit thin. I don't find this to be terribly offensive, but it's a pretty average brew and certainly doesn't stand out in a crowded field.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber with attendant white cap. Lil' bit of lace left by better retention. Looks like ginger beer.

Aromatics are highly floral: clover honey, ginger, golden raisin, treacle. Nice. Taste follows the floral scheme with sweet white grapes, floral honey, ginger-esque hop spice and a gingerale fade.

Has a summery feel to it, like a big malt forward pale ale. THe website doesn't mention ginger but specifies the hop bill as Northern Brewer and Chinook. Didn't see that coming.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Brown body under a small/barely there white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Sweet, dark fruit, vinous, hop character isn't very big.

T: Sweet again, very sweet, vinous, slight woody character, hop character is a little large with a hint of citrus throughout and decent bitterness, warming. Alcohol is very noticeable.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is low. Drinkability is OK, girth of the beer is definitely felt.

I'm a bit on the fence for this beer. I like sweet beers, but this one is a little unbalanced towards the sweet side, yet there is a fair amount of bitterness in the taste to let you know that the hops are there.

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.