Baggywrinkle Barleywine | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 12-09-2001

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Photo of goz
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange-brown color, minimal head and very little visible carbonation in the body. Aroma is strongly alcoholic, almost like a weak scotch, some light caramel and sour apple aromas in there, too. Flavor starts with some sweetness, then turns sour, then the scotch like alcohol comes in and takes over. Body was very thin. Not a very impressive brew.

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Photo of scottum
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out dark brown with a nice light head. As for taste... this is a good beer, but I'm only giving it a 2.5 compaired to other barleywines. This beer does not, I repeat, does not justify the high price. This is a subpar barleywine in a big bottle. Maybe it will age well, but for now this is just chaos in a bottle. The yeast, grain, hops, alcohol, and fruit flavors don't know what to do with themselves. Buy any other barleywine; your wallet will thank you!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle.

Appearance: Hazy amber with small white foam.

Smell: Had a cilantro-like herbal aroma, probably from some kind of hops. Also aromas of oak, sweet malt, and the smell of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet flavor, but also an earthy flavor with some oak, and alcohol. Very low hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean, but a little thin in the body feel.

Drinkability: Good. An interesting barley wine.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a deep brown to black, the color I love, the head impressive in size, frothy in texture, and the lace in thick sticky sheets to smother the glass. Roasted grains dominate the nose, fusel alcohol, sweet and even a slight touch of yeast, a real treat to the senses. Front is sweet, the top middling in its mouth feel, the finish strikingly acidic, the hops up close and personal in their spicy bite, very dry aftertaste that lingers on., and a sure "Belly Warmer",

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New review from 06MAY07. I recently scored another bottle of this and decided to give it a second chance. Poured a dull, murky mahogany, topped by a creamy, fine tan head. Foam was abundant to start then ebbed and steadied at about 1/4" for the duration. Excellent lacing in the glass, too. Nose has lots of malt, with toffee/caramel notes prominent. Reminded me of a milk-shake. Body and sensation on the tongue were medium and fairly smooth, respectively. Flavor sets it very much in the English realm of the style. Lots of toffee and mocha with some semi-sweetness hitting the palate. Hops are present though restrained, and are a bit earthy while contributing a smidge of florality. Lacks complexity, but still decent tasting. Much better than the original bottle from years back.... Prosit!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Original review of 17NOV02. Had a semi-decent, fine, thin, tan had atop a mahogany colored body of bier. Lace was decent, too. Body and tongue were medium to medium-plus, on the whole. I found both the nose and the flavor to exhibit some fruity, sourish, even rhubarb-like notes. A MAJOR let-down. I was expecting a rich, sweet, malty, strong bier. A fruity, tart flavor was completely unexpected. Again, a MAJOR disappointment. (4.0/3.0/3.0/4.0/3.0 - 3.30).


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Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy rustic reddish rusty hue, with a thin sticky lace. Peppery, candied fruity, ester, caramely, bready and yeasty complex aroma.

Lighter body for a barleywine, lots of raw flavours of yeast, grain and alcohol. Hops are laid back with a woody earthy flavour. Yeast, malt and fruit are blended very well with a bready candied fruit flavour. On the sweet side though finishes a bit dry with grainy notes and a growing alcohol.

Tasty and very in the raw, a creamy sipping style brew and a perfect way to end the night.

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Photo of Todd
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Bukowski's in Boston. Served in an 8oz wine glass.

A murky, chocolate brown beer with a sturdy off-white laced head. Rather patchy and bitty ... good retention.

Aroma is very malty, fruity with loads of esters and alcohol.

Wow ... this beer is quite light on-tap, but still creamy and smooth. Malty, but not really sweet, with toasty bread, hints of caramel, candied-fruit cake and pineapple, or rather fruit cocktail juice (the leftover stuff after you eat all of the fruit from the cup). Big yeasty character. Loads of alcohol warmth. Thin finish for a barleywine. I wanted more body, more malt richness ... but it wasn't there.

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Photo of Murph
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifulhazy brown/deep amber color with a thick, creamy, lasting, tan head. Nice sweet caramel and bready malt aromas dominate this one with some definite alcohol spiciness to it as well. The taste starts off with some huge bready malt flavors and sweet caramelness. There is a bit of dark fruit complexity here with some raisins and slight vinous characters. There is also some slight alcohol characterisitcs that are mostly present only in their brain fogging nature. Very creamy but a little bit thinner than I would like I could drink this stuff all day, until I passed out at least. Other users seemed not to like it and thought it was rather thin so I don't know if they changed the recipe or if this one just gets tremedously better over time or what but I really liked it.

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Photo of beernut7
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one has a complex flavor profile, sweet adn fruity. Not as strong as the usual BW, and not nearly as smooth due to the higher than necessary level of carbonation. Not one of the best I have experienced.

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Baggywrinkle Barleywine from Cisco Brewers Inc.
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