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Cyclops Barleywine - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.85% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-20-2003)
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Reviews by Braz:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Braz, Jan 27, 2014
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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a no joke American style BW.Poured into an oversized wine glass a lemon tea color with no head to speak of at all,murky and plain lookin.The aromas woke this beer up,fruity and somewhat floral,very juicy and provacitive to say the least.Flavors of sweet cake and dark fruit turns into bigtime citric and piny hop,its a real shot in the face.Alot of brewers could use this as a an American DIPA but the big fruity malt profile makes it a barleywine,a great beer that folks from other countries need to try to see what a true American barleywine is and should be.

oberon, May 07, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Thick orange in the body with a smallish head. Even watching the ale come out of the bottle before striking the glass, it is exceptionally thick.

Smell – The deep malt aroma holds its own against the big hops. There’s a light citrus sweetness as well.

Taste – This is a real heavy hitter. The malt flavors are thick and strong, and the hop balance is in play as well. The malt sweetness is sharp and complex. There’s also a medicinal alcohol tinge.

Mouthfeel – I would like to have seen a little more smoothness to this one. Otherwise, it felt great in the mouth.

Drinkability – I liked this one. It was fun to drink. This is a seriously big barley wine.

RoyalT, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of JasonA
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darktranslucent carmel copper. Some head with lacing. Have to take off .5 for twist top.

Malt and hops ... good start. I prefer more malt than hops for the style. Dark rum raisin, very appealing. Im more than happy that hops is not overpowering this example.

Wow, smooth mellow sweet delicious hops. Faint yet prevelent hops with just enough aroma hops. Maybe some deeper malt, but nothing really to bad to say here.

Sits yummy in the mouth, exactly the reason I love BWs. So smooth for an American. I find they are usually bitter than their English counter parts (as expected), but the hops arent bittering, more aroma, very nicely balanced.

Yes, yes yes. More please. Also, im sure these age well also. Mine is at least 6mo old.

JasonA, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of badbeer
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber with a white colored head that has decent retention. Pine sap, booze, sweet malt in the nose, though it is a bit watery. Grainy taste with grass, biscuit, and a little bit of earthy hops. Medium body and light carbonation. Drinkability was alright, but I don't know that I'd have too many of these.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this beer. Cracked open to celebrate my Rangers going to the World Series.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a small white head. The aroma is very heavy on the brown sugar with some caramel and alcohol notes also mixed in. I also get a little bit of orange from the hops.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some extremely juicy orange citrus notes as well as a lot of brown sugar, toffee and caramel malt. The alcohol is definitely noticeable but the beer is still easy to drink.

Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of FrognutUnl
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No idea of the vintage.

Pours deep amber, copper in hue with no discernable head, just bubbles on the edge of the class that hang out for near eternity. The nose is full of malty brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. Rich flavors of caramel, molasses, and a nice "piney"-ness are the first things I taste. As it nears room temperature a subtle candied grapefruit flavor comes to the foreground. The alcohol is slightly present in the nice warm finish. Mouthfeel is wonderful and creamy, full bodied indeed. This is certainly a stellar brew and many thanks to thethrone for the taste. This is my first experience with Elysian and I hope the others I have in my fridge live up to the high bar this brew sets.

FrognutUnl, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nicely hopped barleywine, 2007 edition The aroma is rich malts and barley, the appearance is a golden-brown with some white halo head, and spider lacing follows. The hops were magnum, amarillo, and centennial. Ageing lead to a nice mouthfeel, most drinkable, with a citrus undercurrent and finish, however also boozy finish.Overall, bitterness.

Sammy, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my last trip up to Bottleworks. Not sure how much more they have, or if there will ever be any more.
Pours from the 12oz bottle a bright orange color (left the sediment in the bottle). Head is off-white and creamy, subsiding to a rather thick halo after a minute or two. Aroma of tons of sweet caramel malt mixed with dry, grapefruity hops, and more than a little bit of alcohol. Palate is sweet up front, dominated by caramel malt and a touch of roastiness. The hops assert themselves after a few seconds, balancing out the sweetness with a nice level of citrusy bitterness. Finish is fairly clean, with a bit of alcohol warmth that continues to build as the glass gets closer to empty.
The body is thick and more syrupy than chewy, although not too much of either one. A fairly drinkable barleywine. I hope Elysian tries to brew this one again at some point in the future.

ElGordo, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, obtained at bottleworks in seattle - brought back via northwest airlines

"04" written in marker on the cap

appearance: poured into my de koninck chalice, very murky mud-amber body, light beige lacing

smell: lots of sweet dark fruit, boozy, dwindling hops, sugary sweet...not a full on blast on the nose, but nice

taste: this one is still pretty hot even 5 years out...big sweet malty core - really really good. this one resembles a number of old ales...fairly strong bourbon/alcohol presence that warms the body. really smooth, spicy and tight

mouthfeel: smooth, sticky hop resin in the finish

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, May 08, 2009
Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Glibber, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Kegatron, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured into tulip glass.

Ok, zero head except from some tightly packed bubbles where the beer meets the glass despite a heavy pour. Copper color, cloudy. Not the prettiest BW, but decent in presentation.

Smell is nice, burnt sugars, caramel and vanilla. Not overly so, but sweet smelling with a hint of citrus.

Taste is sweet without being cloying, once again the burnt sugar and caramel, a hint of spice and some astringency. Hop presence is null with the slight impression of some citrus.

Mouthfeel gets the low marks for almost no carbonation. Storage problem perhaps? Really wanted to like this beer but simply couldn't score it higher. Flat with the tiniest remnants of carbonation. Otherwise medium body with a drier finish.

Would love to try a fresh version and also one with maybe a year on it. Love stuff from Elysian, but this misses the mark a bit IMO.

Kevlee722, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of jellikit
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: orange. Slightly hazy. Minuscule head.
S: small sweet, molasses, and citrus. Floral.
T: orange and mango. Alcohol. Pine sap. Slightly sweet. Has an odd aftertaste of something I can not explain. Almost slightly metallic.
M: low carbonation. Thick.
O: good barley wine. NW style. Hoppy. Imperial IPA X
2.

jellikit, May 22, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Basoos1, Saturday at 04:12 AM
Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber body with a small head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Caramel, brown sugar, apples and pears and some citrus hops.

Taste. Toasty light grains and caramel ...lots of both. Some pine needles, citrus rind and green apples.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Good barleywine without being "over the top". Pretty easy drinking as far as the style goes.

Rutager, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Gobigvt7
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2011 Vintage, released Winter 2013. From the Hop & Vine PDX, OR

A- Pours a ruddy caramel color with tight little creamy bubbles that form a quick, but thin head. Head dissipates, but still some froth at the edges and lacing. Hazy, but not quite murky.

S - Not a ton in the nose, some oxidative qualities, very faint apple skin, wet malt.

T - A nice, full and developed but melded flavor. Rich caramels quickly give way to a pineapple pine resin note that blends into a smooth toffee finish. Very pineapple juice, but as if bruleed.

M - chewy and full bodied, but the balance brings a serious drinkability to the party. Light carbonation prickles and is just enough to carry this beast over.

O - after the look and nose, I was a tad worried, but this one-eyed wonder came through for me. I don't know if Elysian has made this house-cellaring for two years part of the process or if we just lucked into it (though there appears to be new labels on this aged beer), but it's a great idea and I hope more people start doing it. It's nice and round, pretty much exactly what it should be.

Gobigvt7, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ChrisPro, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of hlatimer266
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

hlatimer266, May 13, 2014
Photo of Smurf2055
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Smurf2055, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9.85% on bottle, no date. Dark chesnut brown pour into my nice little Brooklyn snifter. Off white 1/4 inch and that's about it. Poured strictly to guidelines set forth by Brothers Alstrom. Smells like a cross between a heath bar and butterfinger. Nice and bitter on the nose, popcorn molasses and caramel meets hop tasty. Hoppy for sure, big backbone of caramel stiffness. Good and fumey and hoppy as the best of them...piney with the malt flavor. Hops and dark rye real nutty. Pistachio nuttiness. Dry and bitter mouthfeel, love it. If you want a Barleywine, this is it. Simple and difficult.

RustyDiamond, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well my buddy fish113d had a bottle of this and I said hold onto it I want to try some too! Was not dissapointed I visited the pub when in Seattle years ago but was not in BA at the time. . The bottle has a label that says 2000 cyclops barleywine. Like an envelope label. see fish's review for story.
The beer is sampled at room temp in a tulip glass.
Brew pours a cloudy ruby color with no head whatsoever. Aroma is complex with alcohol present, mixing with red grapes, biscuity yeast, some berry scents and dark ripe fruit like plums. Very appealing.
First sip reveals an average body but syrupy texture, almost no carbonation.
Flavor is fruity with plums and raisins dominant, some red grapes and chocolate as well. Iget a faint hint of earthy hops that were probably more in your face when the beer was fresh.
The brew is very smooth and nice, a bit of warming alcohol on the finish, but I often welcome that trait in a beer.
Definitely a nice barleywine!

sulldaddy, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

KlayWey, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried the 2006 version of this beer at the Hard Liver festival at Brower's.

This was the youngest barleywine I tried in my first flight of 5. The lack of age showed, as this beer was much more fruity (from the hops), angular and hoppy then the others I tried. The nose was somewhat muted, but I did get aromas of butter and toffee. The beer was still very sweet and smooth, but with a noticeable hop bite in the finish. While I didn't think the alcohol was too noticeable, it was still very obviously a big beer.

Very well made barley wine... one that will no doubt only improve with a few more years of aging.

John_M, Mar 18, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

bernat1971, Jan 17, 2014
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Cyclops Barleywine from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.