Cyclops Barleywine | Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.85%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 release. Pours murky, tan, with 1/4 inch head and moderate carbonation. Taste is caramel, toffee, and light earthy hops. Not as hoppy as other versions of the style, but I am sure this is due to aging. Overall this makes an above average barleywine. This is one that I am glad that I tried that is true to style.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a pretty, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with strong aromas of dried stone fruit up front, such as raisins, prunes, dark cherry, currents and dates, followed by lots of candied sugar, some bready, toasted malt and some floral notes of honey-suckle and clover.

Taste: Delicious! Very similar, if not exactly like the aroma. Tons of dried stone fruit up front, such as raisins, prunes, dark cherry, currents and dates, followed by lots of candied sugar, some bready, toasted malt and some floral notes of honey-suckle and clover. At the finish, there’s just a touch of resin-like, piney hops, but much less than I was expecting from an Oregon beer.


Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and pretty smooth as there is only touch of carbonation. With an ABV of 9.9%, there is only a slight alcohol warmth on the palate, much less than I was expecting with that high of an ABV. The ABV is extremely well masked.

Overall: This is quite a delicious barleywine. Nice, delicious flavors of dried stone fruit and candied sugar and toasted malt. Recommended!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattjcrawford
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmur112
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mabermud
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber body. Off white collar for a head. Caramel aroma with fruity undertones. To me, not so attractive. The taste is muddled and not distinct. There is some light caramel with some fruity sour notes. The finish is not so clean and there is a little sourness.

Overall - I would have to be hard pressed to have this again. Not bad, but not good enough to have again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A short vertical of the two most recent years of this local barleywine: 2009 and 2011 (which was released in 2013, probably for brewery aging).
2009
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark, hazy brownish orange with very little carbonation, no head nor lacing. I was surprised when I popped the top that it was a twist-off, an odd choice for an ageable beer. Rich barleywine aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit, especially dates and figs, lighter fresh plums, a hint of hops and hint of oxidation. Flavor is concentrated dried and fresh dark fruit, mixture of biscuit and caramel malt, light grassy hop finish. A mixture of woody and earthy fruit malt in the finish reminiscent of a barreled port. Heavy, almost syrupy body, sadly with very little carbonation, although it is not flat. This has aged nicely and there is no detectable consequences of the screw cap; it kept this well. The flavors have mellowed and melded together in to a pretty tasty dark fruit and malt combo that was quite satisfying.

2011
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a lightly hazy medium orange ambe with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin, patchy film with suprisingly good lacing. Aroma similar to the 2009, with caramel malt and dark dried fruit dominating. Almost the same level of mild oxidation aroma. Flavor is caramel malt, toffee, dark dried fruit with no fresh dark fruit flavors. Considering that this is actually 3 years old (I only aged it one year after purchasing it on release), it is not suprising it has some aged barleywine character. The flavor leans more towards to the caramel malt than the figs and plums, with a little bit of fresh plum juice and light hops in the finish. Medium bodied leaning towards the heavy end; not as thick as the earlier version. Although the flavors are somewhat more subdued than other barleywine, I really liked the caramel orientation of the profile. A nice, mellow slow sipping barleywine that leans towards the English style.

Both versions have well covered ABV and although a bit subdued compared to other barleywines, have good flavor and pretty much everything I want in a barleywine sipper late in the evening. I will get this again when released.

These two vintages are quite different tasting from each other. I had the 2009 version when it came out and neither recorded nor remember my impressions (I think I liked it), so I'm not sure what parts of the difference are due to aging or to batch differences. The 2009 is quite nice with age on it and I also liked the more caramel forward 2011. I have a couple of bottle cellared and look forward to comparing these again if and when Elysian releases this again.

The ratings are an average of the two, and in this case, the ratings are very similar except for appearance, where the low carbonation 2009 looses some points.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JackNip
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer seems to pour virtually flat, which seems odd. A very aggressive pour still produces no head, but only bubbles from an agitated liquid.

The beer is sound. Very much a barleywine. Heavy malts with a mild sweet tone. I like it. Too bad I didn't know to pick more of it up when I had the chance.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has a sourish hint that is quite interesting in a Barley Wine. Not spoiled but showing its age. Now that I see the fine print, this is from 2011. Alcohol taste with some dry malty grain. Bitterish finish.

Murky stuff. Boozy dishwater. I can't say that age has done anything for this stuff. Not that Elysian did much for it to begin with. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in northern Washington.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jemarent
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Cyclops Barleywine from Elysian Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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