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RATINGS: 450   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crispy34 (495) - Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12oz bottle from 2011. Aroma is of any good barley wine with a sharp sweetness towards the end, and some earthiness. Murky golden brown with good lacing. The taste starts kinda backwards as it turns from a rye taste into the barley wine flavor with sweetness coming in at the end. The palate is pretty smooth for a barley wine. Overall, this complex beer does not disappoint. I may not enjoy all of Real Aleís beer, but they do know how to do a Barley Wine right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 10, 2012
2012 bottle. pours a lightly cloudy orange with almost no head. aroma is kind of difficult to pick up with maybe a hint of tartness. the flavor is fruity with a floral hop character and enough malt sweetness. kind of a cross to me between english and american BWs. not the super hoppy american style, but not intensely malty or buttery like some extreme english styles. it has the faintest note of tart and dust. the palate is superb for itís young age. bottled 3/24/12, roughlyt 8 months ago. no boozy notes or harshness. its going down quick and bringing me a lot of joy in my boring houston hotel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2011- thick & syrupy, fairly dry, seems to be a mineral aspect that I canít quite place. Kind of a strange aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2270) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Same table that has been rocking my world. Decent barley wine nothing super special but good okay yeah this commentary sucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy orange pour, clingy soapy white head. Very sticky sweet - caramel malt. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle
It has been long enough so I cracked this open when I had a chance to split it with others. Thick, syruppy, and sweet, this beer is the exemplar of a heavy dessert like barley wine. Even with four years on it the bottle was a warm gooey distraction.

Aroma / Appearance - The reddish opaque body has a bubbly aspect to it. Long spindly legs crawl down the sides like sheets of rain in a heavy downpour. Bright and malt driven, the sweet nose tickles the senses with the main aspect being watery caramel chews.

Flavor / Palate - Warm and sweet this is boozy from the get go. The bubbly transition tickles the back of the throat with alcoholic figs. This would be more apt as an entry in the Southern Tier series of diabetes beers (Mokah, Choklat, Pumking, etc).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is amber with an off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel. Taste is very sweet, malty, toffee, dark fruit, booze. Palate is soft, creamy, warming, malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4210) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle 2010 thanks to fata2683: Poured a coppery orange with a thin ghost like off white head, dissipated fast. Aroma is light hops, caramel, malts, and leafiness. Taste is bitter fruit with some veggie like character, nice malts, and very tingly spice in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2012
2010 and 2011 bottles tried side-by-side. Got both of these as Texas trade bonuses in the past year or so. 2010 has a blue font on a bronze label; 2011 has green on dark silver. Both pour a cloudy orange color and have a small off-white head. The 2011 shows some definite citrusy hops in the nose, along with pine resin and some caramel malts later; 2010 has no trace of hops left, just toffee, sugar cookies, graham crackers, and toast. The flavors line up about the same way, with some hop bitterness and resin to the 2011 and the sweet maltiness in the 2010. Both are medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. I like both and rate them the same and glad I tried them next to one another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (799) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
A 2011 bottle. It pours a cloudy gold/amber with a small off-white head and lacing. It has a thick earthy hop aroma, with malt and dried apricot too. The flavor has rich hops and malt up front with a rich malt middle, a earth and citrus finish, and a great syrupy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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