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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Measuring between 10 and 11% ABV, depending on the year, this barleywine was Real Ale's first seasonal product. It is uncharacteristically smooth for this style of beer, as it is created with five different kinds of hops. It also displays a rich malt character, and the healthy portion of hops gives it a distinctive dry and balanced finish. Sisyphus Barleywine Style Ale, weighing in around 480 calories per 12 ounce serving, is not for the faint of heart. Makes a great nightcap!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2159) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2015
Lightly hazy amber with a thin yellowish head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Taste is sweet with a surprisingly bright fruitiness.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Homer321 (2543) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle labeled 2007 in 2015. Poured into a snifter. Nose is immediately dried fruit with a highly oxidized paper character. Literally no head and a hazy deep orange to light brown color. Taste is immediately a malt mess with cardboard, paper, and staleness. Couldn’t get down more than a few sips.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3072) - Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle: 2011 vintage. Super murky, swampy toasted golden-brown body. Opaque. No real just, just a timid beige collar. Strong, boozy Granny Smith apples on the nose, backed with caramel drizzled plums, burnt brown sugar, & a rush of toasted chestnuts. The booze on the palate comes off as rum-like. Not sure why, but it does. Semi-tart plums, grapes, rum, sticky toffee, brown sugar, molasses syrup, & again, a nice bit of roasted nuttiness that lingers in the finish. No real hop character left, unsurprisingly. Thick, creamy body, minimal carbonation. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 10/21/12 from a capped 12oz bottle. Pours clear copper with a thin, bubbly beige head that dissipates quickly. The nose is sweet caramel and toffee with a hint of bitter aged hops underlying. The flavor is a bit more bready and bitter, with more burnt toffee than the nose. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long caramel and bitter hops finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kemoarps (23) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2012 Vintage Orange rusty amber with a decent almond meat head. Simmers down to just a cap, laces decently. Smell is sweet initially, caramel and figs, toffee and a touch of green tobacco. Flavour follows suit. More of the tobacco leaves here. Sweet still. Honey and some mild dark fruits. A touch of hops still left, but not overly so. Mild carbonation, medium body. Sweet, but pretty drinkable. Wait, wat? 11.5%? Well that was masked well. I love barleywines. This is a solid one, but not particularly spectacular.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (772) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2014
On tap, poured into a snifter. A notable aroma of syrupy caramel and chocolate start first on the nose followed by milder notes of sugar, oak, alcohol, and even more subtler notes of nuts, citrus, and melon with hints of cream and rye bread late. It pours an opaque, murky amber brown color with a gelatin soft, off-white / yellow head. A medium thick, soft ring is retained with a light surface dusting. It starts by leaving a thick, sheet coating of lace, but tapers off by mid drink to leaving a thin dusting along the glass. The taste is a medium bitterness with a medium-high malty sweet tone. The chewy, sticky beer has a full body and creamy carbonation. Flavors of chocolate and caramel are most prevalent with a malty and grassy, alcohol warm finish. More caramel comes through as the drink warms up. The aftertaste is citrus peel, rye, and a strong woody character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (4484) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2014
(backlog) Bottle at a tasting at maxxdaddy’s. Brown pour with tan head. Oak, sweet malt, fruit, other sweet tones, and a hint of mineral flavors. Aromas of of sweet malt, fruit and a touch of etoh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (281) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Hazy amber with thin white head. Malty aroma with some sweetness. Smooth flavor with a little citrus. Good one to look for each year.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2009 vintage 12oz green label bottle served in a snifter. A - Pours a bright reddish orange color with a few floaties. Small head vanishes but allows for a solid collar and a thin island of micro bubbles. S - Candy caramel, old white bread, toffee, muted citrus hops, minor hints of oxidation(nothing bad) toast comes out as it warms, very nutty, toasted walnuts, woody strawberries, dry herbs, caramel cotton candy. T - Dense nutty caramel, creamy toffee, fruity butterscotch, passion fruit. Very sweet but the has a toasted pecan like bitterness and notes of wood in the middle, counteracting the sweetness. Roasted barley comes in strong toward the end with some resinous hops, finishing dry. M - Full bodied, thick and viscous, low carbonation kicks up quite creamy when you hold it in the mouth. I haven’t had a fresh one but this is an incredible beer with 4 years on it. Only slight oxidation that hardly detracts from the synergy of all the other components. Awesome mouthfeel that demands sipping. This is drinking fantastic right now and seems like it could handle a couple more years of aging. Serving type: bottle 06-01-2013

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4126) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 4, 2014
Golden body, small head, grey. Spring hops, American strong ale style, grapefruit, resin. Concentrated malts, leaves, citrus, lasting bitterness. (On tap at The Ginger Man)


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