Baggywrinkle Barleywine - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine
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80
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.05%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-09-2001

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by jondeelee:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery has been appearing with more frequency here in southern Maine/seacoast New Hampshire, and I'm very happy about that. This was a fairly nice barleywine, kind of middle of the road. In a snifter it was a red/brown color with a thin tan head. It had a caramel malt aroma with a little hint of fruit. Taste was mostly hops, a little sweet caramel. The alcohol was not noticeable at all. It had a subdued, unaggressive mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Photo of Todd
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Bukowski's in Boston. Served in an 8oz wine glass.

A murky, chocolate brown beer with a sturdy off-white laced head. Rather patchy and bitty ... good retention.

Aroma is very malty, fruity with loads of esters and alcohol.

Wow ... this beer is quite light on-tap, but still creamy and smooth. Malty, but not really sweet, with toasty bread, hints of caramel, candied-fruit cake and pineapple, or rather fruit cocktail juice (the leftover stuff after you eat all of the fruit from the cup). Big yeasty character. Loads of alcohol warmth. Thin finish for a barleywine. I wanted more body, more malt richness ... but it wasn't there.

Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy rustic reddish rusty hue, with a thin sticky lace. Peppery, candied fruity, ester, caramely, bready and yeasty complex aroma.

Lighter body for a barleywine, lots of raw flavours of yeast, grain and alcohol. Hops are laid back with a woody earthy flavour. Yeast, malt and fruit are blended very well with a bready candied fruit flavour. On the sweet side though finishes a bit dry with grainy notes and a growing alcohol.

Tasty and very in the raw, a creamy sipping style brew and a perfect way to end the night.

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 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 RCLinderman
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Nice flavor.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taste first of orange, and with some sour apple and some oaked characteristics, a bunch of caramel, some raisin and sugar. A small off-white head on mahogoney brown body, a medium mouthfeel, an OK balanced barleywine, leaning on the sweet side.Fizzy carbonation.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a muddy, watery brown with burnt orange highlights with a quickly dissipating sandstone head that failed to leave much of a lacing. Visible effervesce was hard to determine but a fairly strong sense could be detected beneath the murky waters.

S: The nose was boozy, to say the least with a sour whiskey mash aroma best describing things here. Jack daniels, evan williams is well sensed here. Very limited complexity wise with the boozy nature dominating.

T: The flavor opened up with brief glimpses of sweetness of grain juice runoff (wort) starting things off before a boozy sense of whiskey sour mash moves in. Over fermented fruit (apples) brings a dry, mushy fruitiness of prison hooch punch to the mix. Much like the aroma, the flavor comes off one-dimensional lacking complexity and was hindered by a hooch fueled alcohol experience that was near unbearable at times. I like my beers big, and my barleywines with some complexity and smoothness, this was just mess with sour, mushy, rotten fruit that came off with a prison hooch mentality whos only focus is to brag about its abv and to get you drunk with no regards to any taste value.

M: light bodied, with a light oily texture, coming off rather unexciting and boring.

D: There is just no way in hell i can drink a bomber of this by myself. As the label suggest its best shared with a friend (perhaps with one whose friendship you dont value much). This went down with a fight, a pure boozefest that was heavy handed alcohol wise with little regard to balance or flavor. Maybe this would be better served by some aging, or perhaps better served as a heating fuel. pass on this one. endnote: overall an average rating to me is one that i could either live with, or without, this beer certainly provoked several areas of personal dislike and aspects that lacked in some of the more finer barleywine examples. needless to say , save your money on this one unless you are the curious type who wants to personally see how bad an example can be.

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

Thanks to PPoitras for the big bottle.
Pours to color of rusty water with a sheen of lace. Leaves just a residual hint of lacing.
Aroma has a belgian candi malt note with some very bready tones and some caramel notes.
Flavor has a pronounced yeastiness to it that seems a bit out of place but this quikcly replaced by a doughy, grainy bread note along with some caramel and really resined and somewhat piney bittering.
Mouthfeel is highly sweetened with some cnady sugar and molasses notes with some residual earthiness. Finishes pretty dry for a BW with even a touch of salt on the palate.
Drinkability is decent but this was sort of an odd duck. Kind of a Belgian Barleywine is what I would call it. Decent flavors that were a bit bitter cold rather than warmed.

Photo of Murph
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifulhazy brown/deep amber color with a thick, creamy, lasting, tan head. Nice sweet caramel and bready malt aromas dominate this one with some definite alcohol spiciness to it as well. The taste starts off with some huge bready malt flavors and sweet caramelness. There is a bit of dark fruit complexity here with some raisins and slight vinous characters. There is also some slight alcohol characterisitcs that are mostly present only in their brain fogging nature. Very creamy but a little bit thinner than I would like I could drink this stuff all day, until I passed out at least. Other users seemed not to like it and thought it was rather thin so I don't know if they changed the recipe or if this one just gets tremedously better over time or what but I really liked it.

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 Bierguy5
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 ml, 8.8 % ABV. Again, thanks to mcallister for bringing this over for a small tasting. Upon opening, this thing spewed foam for several minutes. We were able to get a few glasses out of it. Cloudy, chestnut colot. Huge thick foamy head. Certainly overcarbonated. The airy head disappeared after several minutes.

Butterscotch aroma at the beginning, particularly when all of the foam was involved. Earthy and floral hops, candi sugar, caramel and fruit. Alcohol in the nose. Not too bad of a nose.

Lots of warming alcohol. Candi sugar, some cherry and oak. Caramel, and earthy, floral hops.

Way overcarbonated. A bit warm.

Photo of goz
2.31/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-brown color, minimal head and very little visible carbonation in the body. Aroma is strongly alcoholic, almost like a weak scotch, some light caramel and sour apple aromas in there, too. Flavor starts with some sweetness, then turns sour, then the scotch like alcohol comes in and takes over. Body was very thin. Not a very impressive brew.

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

The pour is a deep brown to black, the color I love, the head impressive in size, frothy in texture, and the lace in thick sticky sheets to smother the glass. Roasted grains dominate the nose, fusel alcohol, sweet and even a slight touch of yeast, a real treat to the senses. Front is sweet, the top middling in its mouth feel, the finish strikingly acidic, the hops up close and personal in their spicy bite, very dry aftertaste that lingers on., and a sure "Belly Warmer",

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 carln26
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This appears to be 2003 bottle I got from Marty’s. It poured a hazy copper to tan color with a light tan colored head, and a lace that stays for a few minutes. The nose is a complex mix of grapefruit citrus, and a wonderful boozy aroma. It reminds me of an old scotch or perhaps a brandy. They taste has a bright sweetness up front. Almost a hard candy in it’s intensity. The alcohol hits you almost immediately. Wow this is a powerful ale. I like more hops in my barleywine. This has a great balanced mouth feel, but loses a few points in it’s drinkability. I’ll have to try this years.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not sure the vintage on this one. from my veritable back yard so of course I had to try it.
A - cloudy dark reddish golden color with a monstrous light tan head. Crazy, it was slowly foaming over the top of the bottle after a pour into a 22 oz pilsner glass.
S - Rich sweet toffee caramel malts with a hint of warmth.
T - taste follow's the aroma. classic EBW.
M - full bodied, over carbonated, sweet but not cloying.
D - I would've preferred a 12oz rather than the 750ml bottle.

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 levifunk
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade (thanks jedwards). Opened it up to share with some friends.

A - Hazy golden color with no head. Looks a lot like apple cider.

S - smells fruity...like grape juice or wine.

T - this is where it went down for me. It was very sharpe, sour, and hoppy. It smelled a lot better than it tasted.

M - Higher carbonation than I would like.

O - Its not something I'd get again or spend too much money on (no idea how much it cost). Also, I did note that the beer settles in the bottle. Later pours were much thicker/heavier.

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 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 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 hopdog
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis.

Poured a deeper and hazy copperish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of raisins, plums, caramel, citrus, grapes and had a peaty/earthiness to it. Very nice aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, brown sugar, some citrus and caramel. Somewhat vinous. Medium alcohol presence. Over carbonated body.

Notes from: 6/8/06

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.