RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Barleywine is a style of ale known for its rich, sweet, chewy character. It has a very high original gravity, which means that the concentration of malt sugar in the wort is very dense as the beer is brewed. It is meant to be enjoyed with a friend (preferably on a cold night by a warm fire as the wind blows off the ocean outside...) and is particularly appropriate when served as a dessert libation. Enjoy!

Note: Formerly at 12%.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4336) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a clear amber orange color with a white ring of head. Aroma is heavy wood, dark fruit, brown sugar and spice. Flavor is a bit tart, woody notes, brown sugar and some sweetness. Dry finish, a bit bitter and woody.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2011
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, muddy orange brown color with a sweet buttery caramel aroma, flavor is sweet caramel, fig, thinner finish

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thanks to Drew for giving us this bottle. Served in a Bruery tulip. Color is a slightly-cloudy orange-copper color with a half-finger off-white head that fades almost immediately and has just a few bubbles around the edges. The nose has a bit of caramel and some slightly-sweet malt along with a bit of cherry. Its a bit plain and I have to struggle a bit to really get into this one. The flavor is a lot of sweet malt, bordering on becoming a bit cloying. There are some cherry notes as well as toffee, stone fruits, and a bit of fig. There is a bit of strawberry, especially strawberry seeds. Some light alcohol is there as well. The body is medium with low carbonation. It seems a bit thin. I dont find this to be terribly offensive, but its a pretty average brew and certainly doesnt stand out in a crowded field. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-28-2010

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2011
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2010
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, doesnt come together, kind of messy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
riversideAK (6231) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2010
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. Theres 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 theres 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. Im not going to make another entry, because Im 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, weve got a different flavor of Cisco keeping up with the times. Mostly, I think theyve 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 wasnt 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 arent any major off-flavors, so this is enjoyable, especially on cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1894) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2010
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.

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