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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
20-Feb-14 (12-oz bottle, 2005 release: $1.99 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)
I donít have details on when I bought this beer, but the cap has "05" written on it (and I didnít write that, the folks at Bottleworks did). This is a screwcap bottle, so I guess itís no surprise that the murky, dark-amber beer pours a thin sheet of tan-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose is sweet and malty, with sweet, dried fruits like apricot and prune, caramel candy, earth and decayed wood, and lightly toasted bread. On the palate, the rich, semi-caramely malt, dried fruit, and earthy, woodsy, decaying logs aspects take center stage. Itís full bodied, sweet and rich, but not heavy or cloying, carbonation is light-medium but satisfactory for a beer like this, the mouthfeel is zesty and slightly tangy, and itís very smooth, and way too easy-drinking for a 10% beer. Fortunately, itís only a 12-oz bottle. Overall, this nine-year-old Barley Wine is really fantastic. The unfortunate part is that I didnít save this for a bottle share and had to drink the entire bottle myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear (at first) amber with light head. Aromas of brown sugar, raisins and toasted malts. Flavors of golden raisins, toast, caramel, and malts. Very nice balance for a barley wine - quite full and smooth. Yummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chuckstout (331) - Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle 2011- pours a hazy orange/amber with thin creamy off white head and good lacing. nice caramel, bread, fruit . Big mouthfeel, slightly sweet, some astringency, warming character and medium/full body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Was interested in trying this beer due to seeing "Brew Dogs" visit this brewery on their show. Even though they didn't show this particular beer, it was a solid barely wine that gave off strong aromas of fruit! Looking forward to trying more! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4270) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a moderate tan head with an aggressive pour. Nose is slightly sweet, with some caramel and toastiness in there. Taste is a little sour, with some fruits in there. Itís got a bit to it, and goes straight to your head. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (3673) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12oz bottle in Seattle. Dark hazed brown-orange foam. Yeasty grain, sweet full creamy malt. Some juicy alcohol. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle of 2011 Vintage. Dark golden peach colored with a thin cap of off-white foam. Notes of candied fruit, earthy hops, butterscotch and toffee in the aroma. The flavor starts with a healthy serving of caramel, dark fruits and orange citrus along with some brown sugar and pineapple juice at the end. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with low carbonation and more dark sugars and citrus in the finish. Tastes a little bit like a liquid pineapple upside down cake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1314) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
June 10th, 2010 - Sometimes you want a dark beer with a lighter palate and lighter flavors. Thatís when you withdraw a Black IPA from the refrigerator. Some days you wonder what it would be like to drink a carbonated balsamic honey glaze. Thatís when you pick the Elysian Cyclops Barley Wine. Itís a dark brown beer with an amber head - unassuming, until you get to the aroma, which is almost baffling in its aromatic concoction. Honey, mineral water, lots of alcohol, and the sweet, stinging citrus smell of orange juice. The surprises extend to the palate, where I catch flavors of rye, balsamic vinegar, dark malt, and a swift punch of alcohol. Itís intense, a rush, and maybe a little more than what I wanted to bargain for, but unique all the same.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle from Bottleworks, 2004. Pours dark amber with sediment. Smell is hazelnut caramel, an AMAZING smell. Taste strong caramel and some fudge. Sipper. Really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (37603) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2012
From tap at Brouwers. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malty, light vanilla and toasted caramelish. Bitter, hoppy and light fruity. Thick caramelish and sweet malty into nthe finish.

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