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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 296   ABV: 9.85%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7799) - 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 (2481) - 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 (5267) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2004
2003 Vintage Mostly clear amber body topped by a medium fine particled light tan head. The aroma is medium sweet with an abundance of fruity malts and citrus hops. The flavor is bitter quite throughout, with the sweetness being outmatched across the board. Some caramel comes through but this one is about the hops. Not a bad thing but it is not at all balanced. A true Pacific NW barely wine, I guess. Body is medium-full and not very syrupy. This one is very different from the Polyphemus barley wine from the same brewer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 2003 bottle (thanks Andre). Pours a typical northwest barley (dark brownish-amber) with a decent tan head. Smells bitter and hoppy, with some light malt hints. Flavor is very bitter at first, with a sweetness in the background. Palate is lightly oily, a bit of thinning towards the end and as it warms. Flavor just never really gets that exciting. Very unadventurous hops and malt. In fact, the flavor was so unwaveringly simple, that it got very boring towards the end. Not a bad beer, just nothing to go crazy about. Perhaps some more aging will do it good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004
I had this after a few SN Bigfoots. Appears was pretty much the same. I'm also thinking they used pretty much the same malt or at least the same malt bill! Flavor was sweet and hoppy, but not as hoppy as bigfoot. Don't get me wrong this beer was well hopped, just not as much as bigfoot. Great beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Bottle'03: Clear oarnge. Nice ring of head,good lace. Aroma is very malty. Lots of pale malt,bread and caramel. Slightest hint of citric hops.Some dried pasta aromas,if that makes any sense. Near watery texture at first,big body,very creamy palate. Starts resinous,and sweet. Following is much bready malt and caramel. Finish is smooth-hoppy,and malty. Lots of sticky,malt in the finish and pine cone,hoppiness. Though simple,very drinkable,and satisfying. Good character. Thanks Andre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3340) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
On tap at the 2004 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Clear golden with a citrus hoppy nose. This beer is dominated by alcohol and hops, with lots of grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Year unknown. Brilliant hazed apricot. Bottle-conditioned. Dwindling light caramel foam. Unrefined aroma of dough, rubber, and pale malts. Light wafts of dried tropical fruits, dates, alcohol, and juniper. Very gentle for a barleywine. Slightly candyish. Moderately brisk carbonation. Medium soft/toffeeish body. Spicy alcohol is evident from the get-go. Cara malts are held in check by lightly toasted pale malts and earthy, piney hops. Stinging pine needle bitterness is indeed present, yet very one-dimensional, and suppresses much of the honeyed, doughy malts. Late dabs of star anise temper the earthy, citrus rind hops. Finishes with aggressive minty alcohol notes alongside a star anise/peach skin mixture. It certainly possesses a much mellower dry-hopped aroma than its PNW counterparts. But it’s nice to see pale malts playing the lead role in a barleywine, but sadly, they don’t blend well with the alcohol, lending more suped-up pale ale qualities than barleywine qualities. Past its prime?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2003 Dark orange in color with an off-white-orange head. Fresh malt aromas, accented by caramel, cake, custard, vanilla, and a slight herbal hop character. Sweeeet with a cakey/creme bruleey grapefruit rind finish. Ice tea like flavors start coming out upon warm up. Good brew and a good buy.

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