Cyclops Barleywine | Elysian Brewing Company

Cyclops BarleywineCyclops Barleywine
BA SCORE
79.5%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 88 ratings
Cyclops BarleywineCyclops Barleywine
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-20-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,708
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
88
Liked:
70
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
8.61%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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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Photo of badbeer
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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 Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JackNip
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of KlayWey
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jellikit
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of draheim
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sails_Ambassador
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BraatenBrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Cyclops Barleywine from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.5% out of 100 with 88 ratings
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