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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 296   ABV: 9.85%
Cyclops is nearly all pale malt, with some crystal and Munich for color, bittered with English Magnum and finished with Northwest Amarillo and Centennial hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2005
12oz bottle, labled ’03 on cap. Cellar temp from a snifter, slight off white film for a head, bright red/amber color. Smells of big thick malt and some peach pie. Nice smooth body, bitterness not overdone, but does balance out the malt. Slight bit of alcohol warming. A very user friendly BW. Seems to drink on the light side, but that doesn’t bother me, it still has plenty of body and flavor to be robust. Pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Tap at the pub: Hazy amber/orange with a small filmy head with some lace. Sweet malt aromas. Orange citrus in the hops. Bourbon and slightly peppery. Flavors contain brown sugar and caramel malts. Fruity hops and hints of alcohol. Great finish of sweet malts and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Remarkably strong alchohol is the first and foremost characteristic here. Surprisingly, it works pretty well with the thick caramel malt and dark grains. Hops offset this fairly well and there is a wisp of bitterness mixed with all that alchohol warmth. Well done, although I feel the flavor was just a tad one dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Copper hazy orange, creamy head & thick retentive qualities. Nose of sweet malts, caramel, toffee & fig. Taste is loaded with caramel, almost burn but nicely toasty. Butterscotch, tootsie roll, light alcohol. Finishes rich and lasting, fairly good barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Orange. Typical, expressive, well aged, barley wine aroma with an equal balance between the malt and hops providing hints of apples, fruits, caramel, harsh hops and honey. Sweet, fruity, candy like malts in the flavor with a sharp but balanced hoppiness that gave notes of pine, resin and orange. Damn, this stuff was tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 31, 2004
(2003) Lightly hazed copper body with minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet, syrupy, butterscotch, caramel, some citrus, light alcohol. Taste is quite sweet, caramel, butter, the citrus finally getting its due in the finish, sharing with light alcohol. Syrupy full body with minimal carbonation. The highlight is the finish, which for a brief moment shines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Bottle pours a murky caramel, medium frothy off-white head that quickly settles to a thin layer, with fairly sticky lacing.   Butterscotch, grains, sweet grass, light alcohol, and some of that aformentioned "buttered toast" on the nose.   Wow, very much like a overly buttered butterscotch & cinnamon roll!   Slightly medicinal on the back end of that tho, but luckily its not too overbearing.   Perhaps it needs some age to mellow out.   Body is decent, mouthfeel is slightly creamy.   Finish is a bit rough, slightly hoppy.   Yeah, finish is a bit overpowering.   Perhaps with time it’ll settle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8884) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Sampled @ brewery. Dark gold/orange. White head. Corny malt nose containing fuel, honey, rye and buttered toast. Smooth, silky flavor up front, then a numbing but equally smooth grainy malty milk flavor. Weird... not my kind of barley wine I guess, but still enjoyed. some cough-syrup cherry flavors with some cardamom spice.. hard to finish but still tasty. How can I put a number to something so odd?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (3058) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Tap at brewpub, Good nose, though not as strong as I’d of thought. Yeasty, carmel, touch of orange. Hazy reddish orange color. White creamy foam. Sweet bitter flavors, Butterscotch, some burnt/grapefruit also. Creamy Oily mouthfeel, bittersweet finish. Very tasty lost a tad on the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5342) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
2003 release. Orange gold color, rather hazy. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, citrus and floral. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel, fruity, woody and sweet. Hops are really out there, grapefruity, piney and floral. This beer is way over balanced to the hops, yet still has a nice malt backbone. I wasn’t expecting this barley wine to be such a hop monster. A hoppy bigfoot. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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