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RATINGS: 449   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 (12415) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
(Bottle, 2002 Vintage) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with floaties and a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, butterscotch, and cinnamon. Bitter palate. Sweet malt and hops flavor. Nice Barley Wine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2010
2009 vintage thanks to attitudebrew. Pours amber with almost no head. Nose is very sweet cane sugar and molasses. Taste is uber-sweet beat sugar, molasses and brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11784) - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12oz bottle@Noogfest4.0-thanks tronraner–pours a an off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medicinal, sharp. Taste is medicinal, sharp, bitter, alcohol. Not right? Not my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11589) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2007 12 ounce bottle courtesy of mar. Thanks! Pours a hazy orangish brown color with almost no head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and citrus hop notes. Taste is toffee, big earthy and citrus hops and a cheesy note. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11069) - Søborg, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Date: 01/11/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Vintage: 2007

Appearance: hazy dark copper, fine beige head,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a nice fruity character balanced by earthy hops,
Flavor: dark caramel malt flavor, a touch of fruity sweetness is well balanced by a big earthy character, lasting bitter finish,
-------- /> Date: 04/05/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007

Aroma: picking up a spicy mint character in the aroma,
Flavor: lots of astrengent earthy flavor with a heavy spicy edge, balancing tartness to go with just a touch of the caramel sweetness,
Overall: not right
-------- /> Date: 05/10/2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.4 to 3.5
Words: cellar party

Aroma: developing lots of ripe fruit in the aroma as the caramel sweetness is slowly drying out,
Flavor: dark caramel malt flavor with just a touch of sweetness, fruity character is slowly growing, earthyness is present and balancing but not over powering

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

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