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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrDick (350) - 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 (8813) - 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 (3160) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Cloudy medium brown with a moderate head. Fades to a nice weather patten. Iím 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. Iím glad that Legion242 gave me two bottles so that I can see how this turns out in a year or two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 2, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 The first real BIG beer to come from Texas in a bottle that Iím aware of - YEEHAW! Not the best barleywine Iíve ever sampled, but showing many of the characteristics of them. I agree that this one show all the potential of coming out of cellaring with excellent results. Fingers crossed. ------ got the chance to have this on draft and must say that it was EXCELLENT! Smooth and balanced and almost TOO easy to drink. ________________________________ THe only reason I havenít made separate notes for each year produced is that Iím an idiot. 2007 is nice straight out of the gate. I have no clue how it will age, but it seems very harmonious this year. Having consumed a Hop Wallop prior, will state the obvious in that it could esily be far hoppier than I noted tonight. I got more malt, not that it was lacking in hops nor balance - just a vague recollection of the first year and how intense I remember that one (only one bottle left for me *sigh*) Maybe Iíll add more notes tomorrow - to tired to continue winging this addition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2002
I disagree with the other raters who claim that this beerís alcohol isnít well-hidden. I think for over 11%, itís about what Iíd expect (itís a barleywine, for godís sake!). Oddly, this brew is light copper in color and is slightly carbonated (moreso than Iíd expect from a barleywine).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Alcohol...thatís what this beer screams at you. The taste is very complex yet not balanced very well. This beer is brand new and could probably use some shelf time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
legion242 (2289) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2002
TAP- orange in color; pours with decent head that is instantly obliterated by the alcohol; Nose of alcohol and rye- might be able to catch a buzz form the nose alone! Huge hit of rye in the jowls and the throat burns nicely with alcohol. There is no attempt to mask the alochol in this one. Unbalanced as hell, yet strangely alluring. First sip might turn you off, but I know youíll go back for a second and third and fourth, etc. Iíve got bottles of this that I am gonna sit on, and rerate at 6 month intervals, because this could definitely benefit form some aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
The only two times Iíve puked in the past year were due to barleywine, so you should float my rating of this up a point if you like the style. Floral smell, fruitiness. Reddish, cloudy. Alcohol prominent in the taste, somewhat wine-like. Seemed smooth at first but it had an aftertaste that I did not like at all.

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