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RATINGS: 449   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 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 (6162) - 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 (8736) - 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 (1448) - 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 (2628) - 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 (352) - 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.)

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