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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - 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 (1035) - , 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 itís 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1881) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle Poured into sniffer glass, Aroma of malts and hops, very complex nose, Taste is Malty with grains and Hops, very complex and amazingly balanced body. Palate is hops and a little malt. This was a Really good beer as well as my first ever sisyphus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Did a side by side with a 2010 and 2008. The 08 was smoother, didnít have as much bitterness in the after taste. The 10 was hoppier with a real grainy flavor. Both were loaded with caramel and rich maltiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlihcsnatas (398) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
OK this may be not a fair rating since I took a sampling from several different vintages in one night and had a few of these before tonight. First up 2007, hadnít tried before so hard to say if it really improved with age but will say this was one of the BEST barley wines I have ever had. Amber, thick with malts, yet easy to drink with the balance of hops. Some alcohol taste but not so strong as to take away from the overal essence of this one. Second is 2009, WTF! it wasnít really good back in 2009 and the aging just made it worse. It was maybe a 2 star brew in 2009 from my notes back then but now... It had stuff in it, bits of who knows what and a cloudy mass. Tried to clean it through a coffe filter but that did nothing to help the nasty taste. 2009 is a bad year for this barley wine. Following it up was 2010, back to being good. This one had a more citrus note to it but was very drinkable and very good. Not as good as 2007 and not as dark an amber. 2010 had more of an orangish amber color wher 2007 was a true amber color. Out of the three 2007 was the best and 2009 was a mistake. Had 2008 a couple years back and from my notes it ranked right along side 2007. Wish I had a bottle of 2008 for tonight but didnít keep one around. :( On another sad note that was all the sisyphus I had left so I will have to start over on my collection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2358) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Good beer and thanks to friend Jax. Poured at a great temperature and with decent, cream colored, fine, head that lasted for a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is malt, hop, yeast, fruit, caramel. Flavorís like nose, with mild carbonics and super balanced. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, tapers nicely, sooooo good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (388) - Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2011
09 Vintage. Poured a cloudy light amber color. Nice carbonation. Flavor of toffee and great balance from the hops. Alcohol well hidden as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9661) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. 2010 vintage. Cloudy, ruby orange appearance with a light brown head. Very rich, dark fruity, red plum, caramel, toffee, and booze in the nose. Very rich caramel malty, toffee, dark berry, piney hoppy, somewhat boozy flavor. Not bad but very rich and strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2011
My first Barleywine and if this is my starting bar of comparison to future barleywines they better knock me off my feet if they are to beat this one! This brew is absolutely delicious. Itís one of those brews that you just have to try in order to understand why mere words are not enough to describe just how delicious this one is! Keep in mind the ABV on this brew because that alcohol is very well hidden in the flavor of this beer! Definitely grabbing more and cellaring it for a few years to see how it ages! NOTE: This was the 2010 release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (783) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
12 oz bottle. 2010. Light maple pour with no head. Nose is slightly hoppy with a toffee, dark fruit and malt. Taste is light on the sweetness for the style but still copius amounts of caramel, toffee and malt. Alcohol well hidden but pretty viscous on the palate

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