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RATINGS: 454   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
2003 bottle. Cloudy glowing golden-orange color. Caramel, gets sweet from midway to the finish. Nicely hopped, rich. Thanks again fly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - MAR 21, 2004
cloudy-bottle--2003 conditioned barleywine. This beer is a bit too hop-forward with all of the acidic character that you'd expect. a nice malt presence with molasses, caramel, soice & clove, but overall, a yeast and acidic presence thateads me to believe that the beer could use a year or more to age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3595) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2004
bottle-2004-purchased at grapevine market, Austin, Tx-Pours exactly like your typical Imperial IPA. Medium aroma of citrus, currants, pineapples and slightly metalic. wierd body-somewhat thin. flavors start out sweet-citrus, pine, pale malts-pretty unbalanced. I dont know if this would age good. even with the unbalanced profile, the alcohol is very well hidden for a beer this potent. not bad, but not great either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Pours with no head. Smells berry, fairly nice, but the flavor is almost all alcohol. Normally I would enjoy this, being as I like sweet mixed drinks, but this was not very pleasant. Syphilis?

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2004 - The beer was strong, 12.4%, but it, again, tasted like it was pure alcohol. Rubbing alcohol. Never drink a Real Ale! Worst Barelywine I've had yet! Give a an Old Nick's over this anyday!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Wow, I always look forward to the barley wines at this time of year. Real Ale has never let me down. This year offers a fruit-cake nose with an abundant amount of Cascade hops. The palate is sweet and warming, but the finish is a tad bit over done with the Cascade. Overall, a fantastic treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2003
This was a contribution from my favorite Texan, Fly. Murky beer that looks a lot like apple cider. The aroma however shows a strange elegance: soft peach and beeries with booze. The flavor is very tasty--the same fruitiness, also some pear flavors, but underpinned with major bitterness. But not that snappy, 10-day old Bigfoot variety--this is mellow and quietly powerful bitterness. A great tasting ugly beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2003
2002 - Great malty, slightly hoppy aroma. Nice malty flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. A very well made Barley Wine that ages extremely well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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 (9411) - 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

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