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Baggywrinkle Barleywine | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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3.53/5
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139 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
ciscobrewers.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 12-09-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,444
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
139
pDev:
17.28%
Bros Score:
3.67
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of jlindros
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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 FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Lugenbeast
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KELPAK
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AJ01923
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
3/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of alaimoa
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
-Appearance brown with a lingering brownish/white head about a quarter inch
-smell was ok...fruity and pungent although my wife said it smelled repulsive/mold and she likes the smell of other barley wines
-tasted fruity boozy but the after taste left a bit of acidic dryness and coated my mouth with molasses taste
-overall I would probably avoid it as my go to barleywine (dogfish olde school and green flash are much better)

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Photo of jondeelee
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Baggywrinkle opens to a malty nose, yeasty rising whole wheat dough, floury baguette, toast crust, and biscuit mixing with brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and a mix of light and dark fruit esters – orange, berry, and cherry, but also plum, date, and light raisin – to form a spiceless fruitcake aroma, but with shades of tawny port and toffee. Light grapefruit and pine overtones from the hops help provide contrast. As a whole, the nose is quite nice, the light and dark sugars and fruits mixing well with the yeasty rising breads, the result bouncing between sugary and dark, yeasty and bready. In the end, the sugars are what are most noticeable, thanks to the high 12% ABV, but it’s important to note here that the alcohol doesn’t come through overly so in the nose as in a martini or cocktail, but instead blends well with everything else. The aroma’s main weakness is a surprising lack of strength for a high ABV beer, the nose almost needing to be in the glass to detect it.

On the tongue, the beer proves to be much more bitter than the nose let on, with grapefruit and pine from the hops mixing with strange, Caribbean-like pineapple, coconut, and mango-papaya fruits, as well as strong dashes of pepper. The alcohol is also much more noticeable here, lacing the tongue like a strong fruit cocktail and filling the nasal cavities with vapors. The strangeness of the fruits are somewhat tempered by brown sugar, vanilla, toasted nut, toast crust, and biscuit, as well as some fig and raisin fruit esters, but the result is somewhat messy, as if the beer can’t quite make up its mind what it wants to be. In subsequent sips much of the initial nuance of the beer is gone, including the strange fruits, but what is left is a peppery, figgy, cola-like taste laced with soft-tissue-burning moonshine, fading into a long-lingering aftertaste of toasted nuts, burnt brown sugar, and lots and lots of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, the beer slightly foaming in the mouth.

Overall, while the aromas were very nice, and continue to be nice throughout the experience, the flavors are overly muddled, and the alcohol – at least on the tongue – sharp and undisguised. The beer needs a better balance between flavor and alcohol, and quite a few more bread and fruit notes to improve the flavors.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Pdrufo
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of elec
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of haazer
2.57/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A- Dark orange, apple juice like color. Nice ring of off white bubbles.

S- Smells a bit muddled. Some orange, coriander, a bit of pine. Smells a little bit like burnt malt though with a touch of booze.

T- Flavor is pretty jumbled together as well. Coriander, toast bread, then a rush of burnt malt. Almost like this was boiled too long. The booze is not well masked either.

M- Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel. Mid level carbonation.

O- Overall not what I expected after reading the description on the draft list. In the lower rung of barley wines for me. The burnt malt and booze flavor throw me off.

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
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 SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruddy copper with a thin white head and no real lacing.

Aromas include caramel and raisin, some pine, but rather mild given the style.

Flavor is malt-centric as expected, with some toffee, fig and raisin, as well as pumpernickel.

A medium body and well carbonated, though the alcohol is a bit sharp.

Overall, enjoyable as an anniversary marker of a trip to Nantucket with friends.

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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