Cyclops Barleywine - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
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
05-22-2014 04:11:48 | More by jellikit
3.74/5 rDev -6%
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.
05-13-2014 06:09:45 | More by draheim
3.79/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
04-08-2014 21:51:38 | More by flagmantho
3.86/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-09-2014 03:37:16 | More by artoolemomo
4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-20-2013 09:56:52 | More by Gobigvt7
3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
01-12-2013 08:29:57 | More by Kevlee722
Cyclops Barleywine from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.