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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12736) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured clear copper color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit aroma. Moderate to full smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced flavor to medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Pours a clear, deep red with a decent off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Plenty of lacing though. Lots of pine with other wood notes. Some earthy sweetness comes through as well. Pine and spicy wood notes dominate with some malt sweetness coming through in the finish. Very well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerenberger (1584) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2012
This was a 2008 brew. Beautiful unfiltered apple cider color with a smooth, full bodied taste. Slightly sweet but well ballanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dzimm27 (136) - - MAR 5, 2012
Heavy malty nose, orange/brown body. Thick, sweet, malty. Hops are well behind the malt profile, only hit the back of your mouth. Hops seem a bit at odds with the malty profile, don’t blend as well as you would hope. Good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
2007 vs 2008. Carmel body with no head. Np signs of infection. Smells like sweet caramel. I think I like the 08 more. More sweetness and character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1236) - New York, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle, 2011 vintage, 02/28/2012. Pours nice orange amber, weak head quickly fades to splotches on the surface. Aroma fruity and malty with orange, thick toffee, toasted malts, earthy hop resins in the finish. Taste has stronger caramel, slight roast to the malt character, fruitiness blends into resinous pine hoppy finish, satisfying bitterness. Medium palate, coats the tongue for a long aftertaste, alcohol not very apparent. Really quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle. 2011 Edition. Trade from Jamil. The aroma was a strong fruitiness, raisons and pineapples, along with a very hoppy presence, a sweet ending. The appearance was a cloudy burnt orange with little head, half an inch at most, dissolving to a white ring, and very light lacing. The palate was sticky and fizzy to the tongue with a light body. The bitter hop taste hit first followed by a nuttiness mixed with malt, sweet citrus, and raison, and a sweet pineapple finish. Warm finish, but almost zero alcohol presence, which astounded me considering the ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1456) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle 2009. Poured a cloudy honey color with a ring of head. Aroma is caramel, pineapple, and raisin. Taste is caramel, hops, raisin, and a little acidity. Silky on the palate. Alcohol is concealed but warms on the way down. A lot going on here. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
12oz. Bottle (2010 Vintage): Got in trade from Phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Complex aroma of toasted caramel, hops, citrus, tangerine, and some malt. Poured orange/amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling to very sparkling Full of tiny-sized particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, citrus, sugar, hops, tangerine, resin, caramel, and fruit. Medium to full body. Oily, slick, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, medium bitter, hop, resin, sugar, tangerine finish is dry. 11.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crajun (1121) - , Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2012
not that familiar with style - been scared of over hoppiness; this was very good and buzzed me very quickly as it hid it’s alcohol very well. malty sugary toffee aroma; nice orange amober pour; 4 for palate. taste is malty sweet with much hops to balance - not bitter; not sure how to describe hops but damn good brew!

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