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RATINGS: 437   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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2153) - 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. Flavor’s 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 (353) - 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
TwoSipDip (8896) - 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. It’s 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 (706) - 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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcmd (310) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2007 bottle shared at a Max tasting. Pours a hazy burnt orange, headless. Aroma is primarily of mild toffee notes as well as subtle booze and coconut flakes. Flavor has notes of cardboard with some toffee and pine. Slightly flat with cardboard in the finish. This seems to be falling apart.

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