RateBeer
overall
93
69
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
available

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (8969) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (805) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2012
2007 bottle. Thanks to mike12da. Great smooth fruit aroma, along with some candy notes. Flavors are malt candy, butter, and day-old bread. Aftertaste is exceptionally well balanced. Thin-medium body. This has aged well and may be at its peak.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8746) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
2007 bottle. Malty, cereal nose, citrus, orange, grains. Orange-brown color with no head. Delicious toffee and chocolate flavor, vanilla, butter. Very tasty, smooth and lovely. Well aged.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hotspur (16) - Nara, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
Barleywine fragrance with a hint of hops and wort. 2007 vintage. Sweet carmel flavor. A nice hint of bitterness. Iím no fan of barleywines but this is drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tabednar (139) - - JUN 5, 2012
Very potent as you would suspect. Strong palate with a thick nectar mouthfeel. Filling an high in alcohol. What's not to like? Cheers! -tabednar

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1787) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Iím reviewing the 2009 release as Iíve kept it in storage. I also recently had the 2008 and believe four years is pushing the age limit on this beer. Surprisingly the hop profile was kept relatively intact. I think this is the best beer by Real Ale. Nice palate and aroma. Amber color with very little head. The 11% abv is very well hidden and making for a very nice after dinner beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5324) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Dark amber in color, clear with a thin head. Rich thick molasses flavor. Rich alcohol aroma and flavor. This will warm you up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 28, 2012
2011 bottle poured into shifter. Hazy orange brown with quickly dissipating head. Smells of oats, vanilla, other malt and cereal. Taste is lightly citrusy from hops with light smoke, toffee, pine. Not as complex as I remember. Still tasty and worth aging to see where it goes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2453) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 15, 2012
Pours golden-orange-amber in color with nice white head. Strong malty-syrupy-sweet aroma and taste; a chewy full body with hints of earthy hops towards the finish. Notes: 2011 bottle opened Apr í12


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 3 4 5  6  7 8 9 » 46


Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50