arone12 (932) - Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours an ambery brown color with a hazy appearance. Has a bunch of floaties! Not sure if the beer is old or is supposed to have floaties! Smells of hops and molasses. Some nice brown sugar in the flavor with some bitter aftertastes. Good hoppy tastes. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Side by side 2004 and 2011
The 2004 is darker amber, both clear and pretty much clean topped. 2011 smells terribe with cabbage, anise, some marshmallow. 2004 smells of pool water, some cotton candy. Flavor of the 2011 is east coast - sweet, some chemical and milky character. 2004 more candied sugars, some caramel. 2004 is low bodied with nice carb and a dry finish. 2011 thick with moderate carb and a tacky finish. Well, they’re both mediocre in both way. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
20-Feb-14 (12-oz bottle, 2005 release: $1.99 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)Gerbeer (3891) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2014
I don’t have details on when I bought this beer, but the cap has "05" written on it (and I didn’t write that, the folks at Bottleworks did). This is a screwcap bottle, so I guess it’s 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. It’s 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 it’s very smooth, and way too easy-drinking for a 10% beer. Fortunately, it’s only a 12-oz bottle. Overall, this nine-year-old Barley Wine is really fantastic. The unfortunate part is that I didn’t save this for a bottle share and had to drink the entire bottle myself.
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. chuckstout (336) - 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
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 maxwelldeux (4374) - 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. It’s got a bit to it, and goes straight to your head. Fun beer. luttonm (6634) - 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. 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. GarrettB (1635) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
June 10th, 2010 - Sometimes you want a dark beer with a lighter palate and lighter flavors. That’s 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. That’s when you pick the Elysian Cyclops Barley Wine. It’s 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. It’s intense, a rush, and maybe a little more than what I wanted to bargain for, but unique all the same.