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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
Hazy amber. Nice aroma, very hoppy with notes of honey and maple. I love the smoky feel in mouth which accompanies well the lemon, peaches, caramel and salt. Very hoppy as it warms, coniferous bitter aftertaste. This seemed a bit underrated to me. Now you're talking Joet!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 (1-year-old, 2002 bottle)

Like a sonic flare, this explosive pine orchestra throbs frenetic, a palpitating hop organ devouring any thought of silence...An eminent cohort of cantaloups dallies forth, circling the growling core of alcoholic indiscipline, enticing the maple syrup bourgeoisie to salute the screaming conscience of pleasure...Triumphant, plurality is invoked by the monster citrus and the forbidden cacophonic tonalities are averted...8/4/9/4 17/20

(2004 vintage in 2005):

Juicy grapefruit and oranges are solidly grounded in the caramel malts and alcohol warmth...Earthy, resinous hop bitterness dance intensely with the orange rinds and fruity caramel...Another beautiful example of the style, if not unrefined at this early point in its life...8/3/8/4 15/20

(2005 vintage in 2005):

Floral, citrus hops proliferate to Double IPA levels, masking the caramel malts a bit too much for now...Resinous bitterness takes over the last half of the sip, treading over bubblegum sweetness...For now, this is a hop monster with a little too much carbonation and not enough sweet malts for my personal tastes in barley wine...8/3/7/3 15/20

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2002 vintage bottle: Beer pours nice cooper color, although I had to take a point away due to large amount of yeast clumps that dumped into my glass. After that the experience improved significantly. Aroma is rich with malt sweetness, alcohol, and prunes, very rich aroma reminding me greatly of Old Horizontal. Flavor follows up aroma. Sweet aged malt with alcohol and a hop bite in the end. Unlike some other of Real Ale's product, this is a very finished beer. I sincerely hope others can avail themselves of this beers greatness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 19, 2003 Cloudy, almost cider in color. Sweet, hoppy. and chewy. Sort of reminds me of Bigfoot, only thicker and definitely not as good(the hops aren't as agreeable with the alcohol). Taste alot like alcohol at the end. Thanks go out to the Fly for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2606) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Amber with a tan head. Rich and complex fruits and a little dry. This one took 6th at the festival. I was very impressed, and I had it on a blind rating not knowing the brewery when I had it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival. Light amber pour. This barley wine is pretty hoppy. The IBU is not listed, but it must be >80. Tastes like a stone IPA with more malt, which is good because the hops hide the high ABV. This barelywine opens up a bit after warming with more floral flavors. This beer took 6th at the festival but I prefer others. Too bad the cutie with the back tattoo decided to leave.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Nice citric hop aroma. Firm bitterness. A bit over-the-top with hops but not bad. (Note: This beer took 4th place in the festival.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Cloudy orange pour with a thin head. A bit on the strong side for my taste. Alcohol prevelant, some citrus or banana in the aroma and aftertase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Thanks to legion242 for this behemoth. 2002 Bottle: Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head that disappeared rather quickly. Strong alcohol and malt in the nose. Flavor packs a real punch, especially as it warms. Fruity alcohol flavor with a decent malt balance. As strong as this beer tastes, I still think it is balanced quite well. I bet the cask-conditioned version of this beer rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Cloudy medium brown with a moderate head. Fades to a nice weather patten. Im not seeing the presence of alcohol in the aroma like has been mentioned by others. A seet malt dominates the nose along with somethign like strawberries past their prime and maybe a slight bit of banana. The alcohol kicks in a bit in the flavor and seems unbalanced at first combined with the bitter grapefruit peel hops but fades into the malt further into the glass. The alcohol is only truly noticed by the mild burn as it travels to the stomach. The mouthfeel is actually a bit soft and with the alcoholic warmth make this a comforting beer, great for relaxing. The only real drawback is the malt is slightly unbalanced by the bitterness of the alcohol and hops. Im glad that Legion242 gave me two bottles so that I can see how this turns out in a year or two.

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