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Cyclops Barleywine - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
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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bernat1971

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

01-17-2014 04:05:24 | More by bernat1971
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badbeer

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 03:48:25 | More by badbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

01-11-2013 22:47:37 | More by beertunes
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Glibber

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-07-2012 02:27:52 | More by Glibber
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-02-2011 03:32:10 | More by ChrisPro
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KlayWey

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-07-2014 05:19:36 | More by KlayWey
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doughanson78

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-05-2012 03:56:55 | More by doughanson78
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jellikit

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 04:11:48 | More by jellikit
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Donnie2112

Alaska

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber red in appearance nice head that quickly dissipates to a thin film

extremely sweet caramelly, mollasess, toffee smell

a bunch of hops in this, they are mostly very dry and herbal and the sit nicely against the bready mollasses and caramel sweetness in the malt there's also a bit of red hot like alcohol flavor in there, this beer could probably use just a bit more age

warm alcohol full body and medium light carbonation

this is a good solid barleywine, nothing super stand out about it but solid. If I lived in Seattle this would make a decent replacement for my East coast favorites such as Brooklyn Monster Ale and Old Horizontal.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:16:29 | More by Donnie2112
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Pike Street location. This brew is a clear amber color with a compact off-white head that recedes steadily. Patches of lacing. Aroma of malt and butterscotch, along with some hops. Rich and sweet mouthfeel with flavors of caramel malt, dark fruit and toffee flavors. Hops are present, as is some alcohol but both are hidden. The finish is sweet at first with some hops becoming more assertive on the back end. Above average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 20:18:54 | More by Dogbrick
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 02:25:16 | More by Sammy
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draheim

Washington

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz (2011) into a snifter. Pours a perfectly clear amber w/ a minimal head, nice carbonation. Bonus points for brilliant clarity.

Aroma is floral hops and caramel malt. Fruity but a little subdued.

Taste follows nose. Toffee, bitter floral hops, and a nice warming kiss of 9.9% booze.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and chewy.

Overall a pretty standard, middle-of-the-road barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 06:09:45 | More by draheim
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-19-2014 23:28:04 | More by Kegatron
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 08:29:57 | More by Kevlee722
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BraatenBrew

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-11-2012 02:39:33 | More by BraatenBrew
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-26-2012 02:05:25 | More by t0rin0
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flagmantho

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2011 Cyclops.

Appearance: rich tawny-amber hue with a relatively heavy haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of tan foam and slowly receded to a light film. A nice looking beer; quite appropriate for the style.

Smell: sweet and quite bready with relatively light hopping. There's also a little fruity alcoholic complexity, which is nice. Not too bad.

Taste: rich and sweet up front with lots of doughy breadiness. Bitterness is moderate for the style, although hop flavor is minimal (earthy, if anything). Not too bad, but it lacks in complexity.

Mouthfeel: rich in body with a nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: a tasty, if somewhat simple, barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:51:38 | More by flagmantho
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illidurit

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with a modest but creamy beige head. Mostly caramel sweetness on the nose but with some pruney fruitiness and a bready crusty earthiness. The use of mostly pale malt allows the hops to shine through nicely. Flavor is sweet and sugary, with some stone fruits to go along with the dark fruits of the aroma. Appreciable earthy bitterness. Body is a little light for the style, which helps the drinkability out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 03:52:00 | More by illidurit
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I was first given this bottle from a friend, I was quite interested in it due to the fact that it had NOT a brewery label, but more of a label you would place on an envelope, which seemed to me that this may have been the product of a home brewer. It was explained to me that at the time the beer was brewed and bottled, they were changing labels and the bottle i have is a result of their temporary labels. Anyway, interesting huh?

Well, I poured this 2000 product into my tulip glass. I noticed during the pour that there was no head at all to this beer and a bright reddish-brown color w/ no light getting through at all! Also, I noticed a good bit of yeast sediment floating and after pouring, a lot of sediment sat at the bottom of the bottle.

Smelling it, I got lots of alcohol ticlking my nosehairs, and a bit of rasberries and baked bread due to the yeast. Taking a first sip, the alcohol left a very nice warming feeling w/ a distinct oaken taste and lots of alcohol that kills the palette. I got the taste of some slight earthen hops, and I can express this tasting as the taste of sucking on a wine cork. The feel is very warm and sugary...alcohol, alcohol, alcohol! It did have a mellow smoothness on the finish w/ very little carbonation. This exceeded my expectations!

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2004 23:30:44 | More by Fish113d
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of this at the Capitol Hill Location on June 26th, not sure why it is listed as retired.

A - Deep hazy amber with a thin tan head. A lattice lace pattern develops as the head settles.

S - A toffee-like caramel with hints of wood and slightly grainy aroma. A sweet booziness is experienced in the aroma later on.

M - Rich, dense w/ a warm boozy and candy-like feel. A dry hop quality and full sweet finish is felt.

T - Dry and malty at first, then sweet with a bite in the bitterness dept. Full sweet candied tastes with rye notes and what comes off as brown sugar with noticeable alcohol in the flavor. A nuttiness and piney earthy taste show a tobacco-like dry quality. This strong barleywine doesn't hesitate to show what it's made of. You know as you drink this exactly what caliber of ale you are dealing with.

D - A viscous bite and a bruiser of an ale make it slightly less drinkable than I would like. I enjoy the flavor, don't get me wrong, but it comes off as a bit over the top. Malty and boozy qualities are emphasized here. I would receommend it for cool winter weather. It will definitely warm you up.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 19:49:10 | More by Slatetank
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazey medium golden orange. Small puffy whitish head of foam lasts briefly to keep a bubbly collar and a broken skim. All sorts of lace in spots and short broken strings glare the glass.

Aroma is a bit muddled in ethonalic warmth wrapped in a light caramel blanket with some delicate hints of orange peel zest.

Taste is favorably medium soaked in a nice warming caramel smoothness with a slight orangey grit and bigger malty grainyness. Throaty warmth is a bit over the top nearer the finish where some piney hops and a slight bread doughy fullness makes for a slow seeping end where a mellower stand of caramel and orange candy remain late across the palate.

Bold warmth with a slight edgey grab of texture are fairly full in the body of this beer. Quick to warm and slow to settle as it peaks in the throat and simmers later in the tummy.

This sucker is a big time sipper of a Barleywine. The warmth is a bit too forward, but the flavors are solid and nice to let sink in as the warmth rolls through your soul.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 01:33:16 | More by tavernjef
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a about finger's worth of head which has poor retention. The head is an off-white/very light beige/tan while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears as a hazy, medium amber when held up to the light.

Nose- Very interesting with a definite indication that this beer still has hop notes even after 2 years. Lots of caramel at first, followed by apple which gives it a notion of candy apple. A candy-like scent is very dominant on the nose. Some cherry, some citrus from the hops. Mostly orange. Some brown sugar, molasses. I'm guessing this is going to be a very sweet and malty barleywine. Swirling doesn't really add much.

Taste- Starts off with light caramel with strong citrus in the background. Lots of orange with moves into even deeper candy flavors. This is very sweet just as I had expected from the nose. Some bitterness starts to show itself in the form of grapefruit and some woody qualities. Definitely some pine and resin but not as boisterous as I find with younger American barleywines. A bit of spice and a little bit of heat on the finish. Some earwax on the finish as well. Some notes of toffee and vanilla. Tiny bit of oak. It's very fortunate that the bitter aspects of the hops persist as it really balances a sweetness that could easily become cloying. Good to really good beer, but closer to good. A nice change after the young American barleywines I've had. Good presence, good complexity, balance, and integration. A very solid beer that lacks that extra little something to make it a really good beer. Still quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture and light carbonation really makes this seem like a lollipop or a piece of hard candy.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing due to its juiciness but also has a little bit of heat so it's not too lethal. Around 5 bucks a bottle (if I remember correctly), so fair as far as price goes.

Overall- Pretty much a good, solid beer with aspirations of being a really good beer. I appreciate the fact that the brewer has chosen to age this American barleywine and therefore distinguish it from just another DIPA. Worth a try, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:37:16 | More by artoolemomo
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bbothen

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours dark red/brown with a small 1 finger head that dissipates into tiny bubbles around the glass.

Smells of sweet sugar & caramel with some faint citrus hop aroma.

Hop bitterness quickly overwhelmed by a big caramel sweetness. Warming boozy finish.

Medium. Feels smooth & creamy. Moderate carbonation.

10% sipper. Tasty barleywine. Big sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 23:53:45 | More by bbothen
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 07:14:17 | More by ElGordo
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 vintage pours murky orange - brown with thin off white head. The aroma is malty and seemingly wheat or rye along with hints of fruity esters and muted pine hops. The mild carbonation silks in with pretty big blunted pine hop bitterness and coupled with some earthiness, malts and lighter colored fruity esters. Tasting great for an American style barleywine. Still an alcohol sense noted in both the aroma and the taste. Could age even a few more years.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 13:54:10 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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Cyclops Barleywine from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.