michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle (at 9%ABV per the Bottle): Aroma of malt, caramel, slight toffee, diacetyl, light Bourbon, slight vanilla, and zero hops. Poured brown with a hint of orange in color, and a small, creamy, dense, tan/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Sparkling. Many large and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, slight alcohol, slight coffee, light toffee, caramel, diacetyl, butter, wood, slight bourbon, slight hops, and a hint of vanilla. Kind of a mish-mash of flavors, and not well balanced. Medium to full body. Slightly tingly, then slightly viscous, and lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Light Bourbon, malt, slight vanilla, diacetyl, butter, wood, and light hop finish is medium sweet and slightly bitter, as well as a little dry. 9%ABV is a bit present in the flavor, but generally well hidden. Flavor is off, unbalanced, and full of butter.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks riversideak! Some wet dog, oxidized. Gummy with malt, brown sugar. Hazy cloudy caramel in the glass, sparse tan head. Stemmy hops, abrasive and a hint of tartness in the background, doesn’t come together, kind of messy.
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose is tart and fruity, tangy, some pickle juice and hops. Pours copper, thin head. Tangy pickle juice, english barleywine sweetness. Tangy and off. Not my favorite.
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
22oz capped, different lable and listed as 9%...thanks riversideak. Lightly hazed caramel with small khaki head. Bready cramel apple nose. Murky thin body with not much carbonation. Tart, tobacco, cardboard, bitter...alex says pickle juice and that is spot on.
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 Original rating. 12/17/2010. 22oz Bottle - listed as 9%. Big aroma of malt, some cooked raisins, and a mess of hops. Pours a hazy dark and cloudy amber. There’s a lot of yeast swirling at the bottom of this one. Flavors are all over the map, but start with intensified malt sugars, plain, largely clean and not particularly complex. Then there’s a twang of acidity or sharpness, a la traditional British examples. Finishes with quite a bit of hops, that too me, come across as a already dusty and oxidized. In the end, too sweet and too old-tasting.
Re-visit. 12/12/2012. On cask at Cask Republic, listed as Citry Dry-hopped. I’m not going to make another entry, because I’m not sure this warrants it. It is interesting to see Cisco wax and wane with the current brewing fads. The Woods series was pushed really hard in the midst of sour ale frenzy and I think, personally, most of them fell flat and were overpriced. Now as the new-wave hop realm hits, everyone imitating Hill Farmstead, we’ve got a different flavor of Cisco keeping up with the times. Mostly, I think they’ve managed to do a better job. It feels fad-y and a bit flash in the pan, but the flavors come out okay. I thought the Citra aroma wasn’t strong enough and in general I think this example of Barleywine lacks the malty depth required to make it a good version of the style. Warmth is well intergrated and there aren’t any major off-flavors, so this is enjoyable, especially on cask.
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a muddy brown with a moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of caramel and malt along with some citrus. The flavor is caramel and sweet malt followed by some apple and a mild metallic flavor. The body is lacking and does not even closely have that rich, chewy mouthfeel I associate with the better barley wines. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish. Disappointing.
MaBeer1972 (1259) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle says 9%. Different label too. This is a murky dark amber brew with a big frothy head and nice carbonation. Very thick and chewy body. Flavors are sweet and malty and sugar with spice and fruit hop balance. Characteristic Cisco yeast bottle condition. Tart and bitter finish.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Bottle 2215. Ugly murky brown. Disappearing white carbonation. Aged malt, maple syrup, stale gingerbread cookies, woodsy notes. Medium/full body, moderate carbonation.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, several years old (@ 8.8%). Poured thick, cloudy, peachy-golden with a creamy cap of beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up tart fruity notes over caramel and toffee.. airy vanilla and dusty, banana-ey yeast accented.. a bit too sour for my liking, but not bad. The flavor opened with the same tart fruit skins that picked up metallic touches.. warm, grainy fruit sugars, caramel, and toffee at the core, with some molasses laced through.. tart, warm finish, with residual sugars masking most of the heat.. this got better as it warmed up. Medium-plus bodied with a thick dose of carbonation.. some age evident in the form of mild oxidation, but it worked well.. long, lingering finish with fruits and toffee. This was tasty, and I’d gladly try a fresher bottle.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Relentless Thirst Tasting on 08/29/2009. Clear caramel body with a small off-white head. Big caramel and hop aroma. Sweet sugar, caramel, rum soaked fruit and molasses flavor with a smooth bitter finish. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.