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RATINGS: 438   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!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlihcsnatas (289) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2221) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (357) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9032) - 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.

4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (721) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2009 vintage. Pours brownish orange with a touch of head. Smell: Toffee, cherry, chocolate and pine. Taste: Toffee, citrus, pine, chocolate and caramel. Thick on the palate with long bitter finish. Thanks Tim for sharing this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
12 oz 2007 bottle: Poured an orange amber with minimal lacing and head. Nose of malts, brown sugar and hops. Flavors seems a bit thin for a barleywine. Decent, though somewhat bready taste with hints of orange peel and caramel. Sweet, malty finish. Still well carbed for its age and plenty of alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2011
2007 bottle. Pours orange with no head and only a hint of carbonation - afraid past its prime. Aroma is Carmel, brown sugar, and ripe almost rotten fruit. Taste is all sweet malt with a fruitiness which blends to bitter which leads me to think lots of hops were once here. Would have rather had this 4 yrs ago I think.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Reddish orange pour, loose off-white head. Toffee and bread dough aroma with piney hops. Caramel, toasty bread, and toffee malts with a very strong bitterness, even for a barley wine. Loads of piney and earthy hops. Has some soft fruity notes, but they get wiped away by the finish pretty quick. A little boozy and overall pretty harsh, but still a good sipper.


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