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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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2007 bottle from ericandersnavy. Thanks much for what, to me, is a beer from the middle of unknown lands. Pours reddish amber with a minimalist off-white head that didn’t stick around. Aroma is floral and caramel. Strong enough to pause my senses. Full bodied, and a bit sticky. Very slight carbonation. Flavor is caramel, with some dried fruit aspects. Hop is floral, mildly bitter. Still, it’s dryish. I type that while sugar swirls in my mouth. Still seems accurate though. Does make a great nightcap.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10080) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (9996) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 4, 2011
Leicht nussiger und süßer Antrunk, viskos. Deutlich hopfig und zudem süßer wird das Bier im Mittelteil, in Teilen zuckrig. Auch das Malz kommt nicht zu kurz, es teilt sich den Vordergrund mit dem Hopfen, kurz dahinter sind getreidige Noten. Herb-süßer Abgang, der Hopfen übernimmt das Sagen. Gelungen! 8/12/11/11/6/12

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a cloudy orange color with a very minimal white head forming from a vigorous pour. S: Plenty of sweet caramel notes with some toffee and brown sugar. Some milk dark stone fruit notes as well as some citrus and pine hops to add a bit of balance. T: Despite the rather sweet and caramel and toffee heavy base of this beer, there’s a nice hoppy character. A moderate level of bitter pine and grapefruit rind. M: The body is medium with a low-to-moderate carbonation. D: Not overly sweet, though leaning that way, still a good bitterness and balance. This could be good fresh or with age.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9651) - Sřborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Orange coloured. Dusty. No head. Alcohol, herbs, light spice, hops and some sweet fruits in the aroma. Falvour is grassy, alcoholdense, has berries and is dry. Is medium bodied and quite complex. Dense hoppy alcoholend. Is very warming. The alcohol is very dominating, which in my book slightly blur the overall impression.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9428) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
2004: Orange amber with no head. Light raisiny malt aroma. Nice scotch malt with alcohol in mouth, with lingering hops, bitterness. Well balanced. Rich and oily mouthfeel. 7-3-8-4-15

2005: Sweeter than 2004, hazier, with thin white head. More hoppy and citrusy aroma, less oily mouthfeel. Lighter bodied, more like an I2PA. 7-3-7-3-14

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2009
Sample of 12 oz Bottle at Logan’s Pre GABF Party, Denver 10/10/2007 Thanks to Kevin for this one! Fruity and slightly sour aroma. Amber red coloured and hazy in appearance. Very strong in alcohol and fruity with a warming slightly bitter finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours clear dark yellow with a spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (perfume, pine), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of banana, dates, and butter. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; grainy meal taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9034) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle 2007 vintage thanks to chef201atc poured a cloudy copper brown with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of toffee, sherry, dark fruit and hints of carmel and spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of sherry, toffee, raisin, light carmel, light spice and a hint of smoke with a smooth dry lingering bittersweet finish. Paired very nicely with Chimay Grand Cru cheese and french bread!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of mar. Thanks man. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Nose has some honey spices citrus and I detect notes of apple pie. Flavor is sweet with honey apples spices yeast spicy and floral hops and syrup. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but this is pretty good overall.


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