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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Big thanks to fly for this. 2004 bottling. I was impressed by my first Real Ale offering, the rio blanco pale, so I canít wait to try this one. I must sadly admit to not knowing who Sisyphus was. Beer mail me if you know. Knowledge is power. It pours turbid copper/orange, with a medium white head (certainly a much bigger head than most 11-12% ABV beers). Aroma of huge malt, caramel, tons of dark fruit, cognac, scotch, cabernet, peaches, cheddar cheese. I donít see how you can give this less than an 8 for aroma. Tastes malty, fruity, with a firm, dense palate. The finish is on the dry side, with a big hop, cognac, and apricot presence. The finish is slightly acrid and dry, but complex. The alcohol definitely appears, but never overshadows the beer. This one is part Impy IPA, part Thomas Hardy, and part Full Sail barleywine. Me likey likey. In my opinion, this is underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8200) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2006
Vertical tasting between 2002 purple and 2003 indigo label
2002 Very smal rim over hazy orange-amber beer. 2003 Small to medium yellow head over brighter orange-amber beer with slight haze. 2002 Rich hopcake nose, fresh US hops, tad of liquorice and sugar syrup 2003 Drier nose, more cake, less hops and certainly less molasses too. A bit of alcohol. 2002 Near harsh bitterish hops taste, hops in a thick cake, marmalade but from something else than oranges. Ends retronasal on a taste that my wife calls smoked, and is more like incense to me. Warming up it gets a moccha character. 2003 Even richer taste, more concentrated cake, vinous, ends harsh too, near metallic, and a retronasal flavour of incense again. 2002 Thick, viscous-slick, pappy. 2003 Generally the same, but even thicker. Maybe alcohol more prominent.
Both very good beers, definitely the same idea, and Iíd be hard pressed to say which one I prefer. Marks are an average from both bottles. Thanks for both, Dewberries!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
2007 Vintage. Aroma is moderate yeast with piney hops and something that smells like rotting oranges. Appearance is a cloudy amber. Extremely sweet throughout. Duration is long and bitter finish. The reported alcohol is well hidden (abv listed on bottle). Syrupy mouthfeel. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7474) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2010
A 2008 bottle thanks to Maltomeal. Pours a clear amber gold with an off-white head. Looks like a lighter ale but pours quite thick. Aroma has a nice balance of malts with sweet grains, bread and caramel with a slight undertone of citrus hops. Flavor is a bit dry with note of caramel and sweet bread and a nice bit of hops in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7383) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy orange pour, clingy soapy white head. Very sticky sweet - caramel malt. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle at Maxís impromptu tasting. Pours a clear gold. Sweet malt, toast and malt. Old and bitter, lots of earthy bitterness. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Courtesy of lb4lb via trade. Pours with initial explosion of foam upon opening with slightly hazy copper body and thin off white head. The aroma is pretty big with odd tart fruitiness, mild malt sweetness, over attenuated honey and urine. The odd tartness and urine notes seems out of place (maybe I didnít need to include "out of place" here) and creates a very different aroma compared to most barleywines Iíve had. The taste isnít nearly as tart and has sweet malts to start followed by fruity tartness that enters early and only becomes more tart as the experience progresses. I get a hint of caramel too but it is far too meek a note

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7253) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
2004 bottle. Poured crystal-clear lighter orange with a short, but sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up very nice rich caramelization with toffee and dark fruits providing the most intriguing notes.. raisins and dry, dusty herbal notes surround.. showed some oxidation in the form of light cardboard and pleasant sherry notes. The flavor was a tad farther degraded.. toffee and tacky dark fruits at the core with deeper sherry laced through there.. picked up an oaky sour presence that got in the way and left a grainy feel on the finish.. hot at the back with no real tangible goodness to grasp on to. Heavier-bodied on the palate and syrupy upfront.. transitioned to a slow, scratching grainy feel on the back that didnít carry any great flavor elements but almost slowed the drink to a stop.. long sour impression on the finish. I think this probably hit its peak a while back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7134) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
bottle 2007: pours cloudy orange, thin white head, golden lacing. Aroma and flavor, caramel malts, grain, light wheat and bitetr hops. Hints of chocolate, low carbonation with a sweet floral finish. 2008 bottle: same color, cloudy orange, head was a lot thicker. Aroma and flavor had more pronounced hop profile, a little sweeter than í07 version, and caramel with a thin hoppy presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Bottle 2003, 10.7% abv: Pours a murky copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is bold and hoppy with lots of caramel toffee and some alcohol. Starts rich and lightly syrupy with a smooth and mild sweetness. The floral hoppy bitterness seems a tad subdued, most likely from a year of aging. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced though and the alcohol hidden fairly well. This could use a little more complexity and maybe a little more sweetness toward the dry finish, but this is a nice barleywine nonetheless. Many thanks to TChrome for this one!

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