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Baggywrinkle Barleywine - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine
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128 Ratings

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-09-2001)
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Photo of Eriogonum


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-15-2012 19:49:29 | More by Eriogonum
Photo of alamode


3/5  rDev -14.5%

01-29-2012 17:55:46 | More by alamode
Photo of perrymarcus


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 04:54:11 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of waiting4lunch


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-02-2012 02:03:10 | More by waiting4lunch
Photo of OBIrish24


4/5  rDev +14%

12-27-2011 01:01:55 | More by OBIrish24
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:57:30 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev +14%

12-01-2011 05:01:10 | More by rab53
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -14.5%

11-26-2011 23:44:11 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of tzieser


4/5  rDev +14%

11-19-2011 18:16:08 | More by tzieser
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev +14%

11-18-2011 22:37:00 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of HopStoopid120


5/5  rDev +42.5%

11-16-2011 00:40:01 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of Lawnboy33


4/5  rDev +14%

11-14-2011 18:16:37 | More by Lawnboy33
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:03:48 | More by oberon
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.


Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 13:47:56 | More by AlexFields
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:47:15 | More by mikesgroove
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3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 00:12:33 | More by Lldeegan
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:51:04 | More by DrJay
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2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 03:40:57 | More by Thorpe429
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 12:51:42 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of NCSUdo


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:52:38 | More by NCSUdo
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4.8/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy and rusty. Not a lot of head but what there is lingers.

Yeasty, bready, yummy cookie dough smell.

Delicious barleywine! Caramel, cherry, and not too much hops. That's where many barleywines go wrong for me - too much hops. These beers are intense enough. You don't want the hops to be what lingers on the tongue, you want to taste the grains, the yeast and the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:13:48 | More by RedBeerchetta
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District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle says 9%, btw. this may explain the comments below...

fruity aromas--pear. a little buttery

dried cherries, certainly. dry and bitter. perhaps even oaky. tastes like blackcurranty and woody british hops. between the hop flavor and fruity yeast element there's not much malt presence

...an i think that's an issue in a BW, right? fermented too warm and too thin. way fruity and not enough caramel and roast

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:16:28 | More by bruachan
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 21:25:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 02:17:59 | More by levifunk
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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a style like Barleywine, it is hard to make an average brew. Unfortunately, Cisco has seemed to have done the trick.

While it is heavy on the hop bite and up front sugar, there is little malt back bone, and the mouthfeel is light on the palate. This makes the alcohol burn heavier as you drink.

Still, it doesn't taste bad, but lacking in critical areas, making it heavy in others.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:17:30 | More by Freshie
Baggywrinkle Barleywine from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.