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Baggywrinkle Barleywine - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine
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Reviews: 84
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy ruby, dark amber color. Small head that dies out quickly. Low level of lace.

Powerful. Super sweet brown sugar aroma...mild alcohol in the background. No hop.

Potent and sweet, this beer has a surprising hop bite that is completely missing from the smell. Strongly warming from the alcohol level. The body is full without being sugary. The carbonation is seemingly low.

Here's a beer that malt liquors envy. It wasn't designed to get you drunk--the flavor is too good. But it will knock you on your ass. I suggest sharing the 22 oz bottle.

(Note: my bottle says the ABV is 9%, not the 12% listed here. Frankly, the "feel" is closer to the higher number.)

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Photo of WesWes
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a muddy dark gold color with a towering offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of roasted and crystal malts. It's got a nice burnt toffee aroma and as well as a high alcohol kick. The taste is decent also. It has a warm malty flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down easy and finishes with some residual caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is average. It is full bodied beer with way too much carbonation. This is an average barleywine. It looks terrible, but the taste is pretty good. I think their beers are way overrated. The price is way too high for the quality of the product. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/20/05- Received as a gift from BA member Spinlock.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. No dates on the bottle, but assuming it's a 2004 release, as it has been aging for a good year since it had been given to me. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Murky milk chocolate colored pour. Maybe like a thick iced tea color. Solid and quickly fading head with minor lace.

Smell- Lots of stuff going on here. Tons of caramel with some vanilla, maybe a marshmallow scent as well. Butterscotch for sure and more caramel.

Taste- Kinda like a liquid caramello bar. Lots of milk chocolate flavor mixed in with truckloads of sweet caramel. Almost brandyesque in flavor. East coast style for sure. No hops in this guy.

Mouthfeel- Heavy mouthfeel as expected. Creamy, thick and slick.

Drinkability- Wonder what this one tasted like fresh? At any rate, it was different, potent and fairly tasty and flavorful. Would recommend.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to indiapaleale for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice hazy golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, picking up some alcohol. The taste is malty, with some nice hop notes, licorice, caramel. Medium body, the ABV is pretty upfront on this brew, but still tasty/drinkable. Drinkable, a nice English BW, thanks Russ.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.


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Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin white head leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Hardly any carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is alcohol with a hint of raisins. I guess the ABV is all over the place - I have limited release # 0846 and the ABV is 12%. Starts malty and sweet - no sourness, smooth finish but with alcohol overtones. Very pricey $14.75 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits in Acton, Ma but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.8% abv on this label.

A: Hazy, amber-brown, light tan head (a little fizzy).

S: Dark fruit, orange rind, cotton candy. Definitely British.

T: Toffee, caramel, grain, bready, slight spiciness, balanced bitterness, modest alcohol.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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",

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75-ml bottle split with a friend. Label says 2002. Gold plastic around the neck. Pop the cap.

This pours a hazy orangey/brown colour witha substantial head of dirty off-white head that lasts for a bit and than dies its death. Aromas are very sweet for a barleywine, malty and accentuated with sweet tropical fruits like pineapple, and mango, as well as bubble gum notes and sticky cotton candy hops. The taste is herbal and reiny with the sweet fruit mending well with the sweet hops, this is a real sweet tooth beer. The 12% goes pretty much unnoticed and this one is nice and light and fizzy on the tongue. Drinkability is good. This one is quite interesting.

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle was marked with # 1499.
Pours a cloudy, silty, rust-brown color with a negligible head. Smells like an English barleywine. Fruit and alcohol. Malt, dried fruit (raisins), bread, caramel. It’s a rough smell, and not as refined as I had hoped. Maybe a little age will do this one some good. Deep, earthy (almost musty) taste. There’s lots of sweetness and hop flavor. It’s heavily tilted toward the malt. There’s a lot going on in there…serious warming, yeast flavors, toffee, caramel, grain, and tons of different fruits. A little chocolate flavor too? Pretty nice balance. Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Again, though, this one doesn’t come together the way I’d hoped. It’s strong, and has all of the separate qualities of a good barleywine, but it doesn’t come together in a complete package. Also, the yeastiness and chocolate were a little distracting. This one is strong and tastey, but it’s not rich, luxurious, refined, and complex…those are the qualities that I look for in a barleywine.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +24.5%
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.


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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New review from 06MAY07. I recently scored another bottle of this and decided to give it a second chance. Poured a dull, murky mahogany, topped by a creamy, fine tan head. Foam was abundant to start then ebbed and steadied at about 1/4" for the duration. Excellent lacing in the glass, too. Nose has lots of malt, with toffee/caramel notes prominent. Reminded me of a milk-shake. Body and sensation on the tongue were medium and fairly smooth, respectively. Flavor sets it very much in the English realm of the style. Lots of toffee and mocha with some semi-sweetness hitting the palate. Hops are present though restrained, and are a bit earthy while contributing a smidge of florality. Lacks complexity, but still decent tasting. Much better than the original bottle from years back.... Prosit!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Original review of 17NOV02. Had a semi-decent, fine, thin, tan had atop a mahogany colored body of bier. Lace was decent, too. Body and tongue were medium to medium-plus, on the whole. I found both the nose and the flavor to exhibit some fruity, sourish, even rhubarb-like notes. A MAJOR let-down. I was expecting a rich, sweet, malty, strong bier. A fruity, tart flavor was completely unexpected. Again, a MAJOR disappointment. (4.0/3.0/3.0/4.0/3.0 - 3.30).


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Baggywrinkle Barleywine from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.