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RATINGS: 441   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Don't know the year, but my bottle says 11.2%. This is a very nice surprise to me. I picked this up when I was in Austin. Hazy orange-copper appearance with a thin foam covering on top. Aroma is excellent with caramel, apricot, dough (thanks to the previous reviewer) and just a little bit of some sort of berry. Flavor has a lot of apricot and caramel sweetness. Palate is medium. I never described a beer as chewy, but is definately chewy. Aftertaste has a nice hoppy bite to it, but not too much like some others I've had like Old Guardian. It's very well balanced. I’m really digging it. Too bad I didn’t bring back more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Cloudy with an amber-orange hue. Kind of light in a way, but it had a thickish chewiness as well. Thick and doughy malts. Big caramel sweetness complemented by a pretty big bitterness. Some acidity was detectable in my gums. Not too shabby, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Thin cream colored head atop a vivid orange opaque pour with suspended partiuclate matter (bottle conditioned). Loved the aroma! Spicey and rich like a heady perfume...citrusy aroma that made my mouth just water. Caramelly, vanilla sweetness with a good strong malt presence. Heavy hops,added a nice kick. Kind of a woodsy depth to it. Long lasting complex flavor. I would like this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2004
This is a decent barlywine. I expected little but was pleasantly suprised with the nice aromal of malt and heavy citrus and herbal hop aroma. As exepect the flavor was sweet and had noticable alcohol. (not well hidden in my opinion). The ffinish was highly bitter but decent to balance the intense malty profile. Decent palate and overall a nice barlywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Viscous, bright amber body with mild carbonation and a thin off-white head. Nose of alcohol, rich caramelized fruity malt, brown sugar, and woody hops. Candy flavor of caramel, butterscotch, peanuts, and fruit punctuated with a hop kick. Heavy residual sugar. Tastes like spiked high gravity wort. Warm, syrupy palate. Enjoyable as a sweet and nutty sipper. Thanks to Fly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11973) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
(Bottle, 2002 Vintage) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with floaties and a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, butterscotch, and cinnamon. Bitter palate. Sweet malt and hops flavor. Nice Barley Wine!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
2002 Vintage. Red with a thin head. Candy, sweet, fruity, huge, aroma. Grape flavor, warming, rich, though some alcohol obviously present. Thick palate. Lingering, moderate bitterness. Thanks for saving a bottle for a coupel of years, TChrome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours thickly. Amber color with reddish hints. Head is white and somewhat slow to form. Rich malty sweet aroma, caramelish. Mouthfeel is full, slightly syrupy. Taste is big malts, sweetish. Long hop finish after a somewhat harsh beginning. I think this will age nicely. 2004 bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Sad to say, my notes on this impressive ale were taken after a hefty session of others, (I was really thirsty for a barleywine!) and therefore lacked technical precision or minute dissection of any kind. We can only arrived at the barest conclusions, but yet I offer them up... "Appearance: bright, bold, reddish hue, nice, finely toasted head. Aroma: rich, fruity, bready, bold, flavorful, delicious and delirious, holding all the right notes that a barleywine ought to. Delicious, full flavored, happy, fantastic hops, lush, earthy, fruity, hoppy, malty, perfect Oh!!! Rich, tasty, delicious, satisfying..." and there it trails away, penmanship becoming more atrocious and alarmingly indecipherable. This bewildered, stream of consciousness train wreckage can only prove that it was a damn fine barleywine and did the trick, doublegood. Not a bit of futility involved in the production of this great beer. Now to try it under more optimum conditions, to reconfirm this inebriated appeciation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
2003 Bottle. Thanks to 123456green for this. Lighter than I expected. Dark orange to very light brown with little head and a golden glow. The aroma is biting, sour, bitter and full of aging fruits. There is also almost a soapy character to the aroma which is unique, but a little unexpected. Large feeling and character. Its smooth sharp bitterness at the back of the throat gives it a lightness while a noticable alcohol presence sits fully at the front of the toung. This was a very unique feeling and finish. As it warms up some spices become noticable as well.

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