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RATINGS: 168   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 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 (1863) - Loveland, 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 (11535) - 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 (6300) - 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 (8038) - 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 (2670) - 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 (5286) - 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 (3892) - 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.

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