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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3984) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2012. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, toffee, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FriendOfBeer (99) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Orange, tangerine, hoppy taste. Very sweet, bitter aftertaste. Good alcohol presence, not too overpowering for 11.5. Overall pleasant beer, its sweetness is memorable, good bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Getbetter (1019) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
From a bottle. The pour is orange with a white head .The body is a sweet carmel of slick molasses texture with a hint of hop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2846) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2009 green label beer from drowland, sent this as an extra several years ago, thanks Danny! Pours a nice amber orange with a thin off white head and spotty lacing in the glass, the aroma is actually pretty impressive, a nice malt a backbone with an oaky touch and a little bit of booze, really strong and nice though, the flavor has a lot of caramel and malt sweetness on the front end with a dry like finish, doesnít taste as good as it smells, but itís still pretty nice, tasty stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewballs (215) - USA - JUN 18, 2013
I am from Texas and I have not been wowed by any Texas beers. However, I tried the 2013 and was blown away! This little cutie packs a punch like Annie Oakley! It is a little high on the ABV front and although I have tried beers with as much ABV as this one you really donít taste it. It is sour but not overpowering. It has a clean, crisp taste. Itís not bad but this one donít expect to drink this at a Depeche Mode show. Itís a chillax drink. Try it. In my opinion the best Real Ale has to offer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 17, 2013
2011 vintage Gorgeous pour, nice clarity nice fluffy sticky head. Smells like burnt caramel / candy corns, nice and malty. some grapefruit zest. Resin, big malt bomb, insanely sweet with a nice oaky sweet finish. itís a pretty good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ozarkspops (368) - - MAY 2, 2013
2013. Mostly clear orange copper pour. Medium corse eggshell head. Good lacing. Very citrusy hop aroma. A slight alcohol burn in the nose and and good amount of caramel and raisin/plum sweetness in aroma. Heavy mouthfeel. Lots of sweetness. Dark fruits again. Caramel and toffee notes. Mild hop bitterness, but citrus flavors still come through well. Pretty neutral finish. Really good an will likely age very well. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (991) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 9, 2013
2009 vintage. Hazy dark orange/ copper color with a small white head. Aroma is figs and raisins with some fruit cake notes. Flavor is dried fruits, very ripe orange with some alcoholic notes, bittersweet and smokey aftertaste, nice. Medium to full palate, alcoholic and flavorful but not extremely sticky. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (1533) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle from Pete and Gail from Austin, TX. Thanks! American pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a two finger off-white head. Slight lacing. The nose is mild orange, lemon and a slight vinegar smell. Taste is a combination of citrus (orange and lemon), malt and a surprising bitter hoppiness. It is a dry finish with some alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerseyjohn71 (282) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
this was my 1st barley wine,2011,, a year ago ,,, i wasnt liking the first few sips ,,, i recaped ,, and tryed in a week ,,,i liked it a bit more ,, i recaped and tryed again in a week ,,,, f-ing great,,,,,,maybe i got use to it ,,,, im looking for moore ,,,

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