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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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Thanks to legion242 for this behemoth. 2002 Bottle: Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head that disappeared rather quickly. Strong alcohol and malt in the nose. Flavor packs a real punch, especially as it warms. Fruity alcohol flavor with a decent malt balance. As strong as this beer tastes, I still think it is balanced quite well. I bet the cask-conditioned version of this beer rocks.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle from Specs.
A beautiful cloudy orange amber, the head is a bit crap but itís such a good colour it still gets a 4. Lovely burnt caramel aroma with hints of orange and dark fruits. Faint peppery kick and a hint of oxidisation plus the expected barley and sugary goodness. A lovely smell indeed. The flavour is very similar but there is something a little astringent and dusty about it. A faint hint of cardboard in the finish does it no favours either. Donít get me wrong itís still a very tasty animal but it just feels a little held back. Good bitter hit that develops nicely in the finish and keeps the cardboard in check. Just a lick of alcohol gives but a slight hint of the power of this beast. Easily the best I have had from this brewery and an all round enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7103) - , 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7001) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6691) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Draft. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Sweet malt aroma. Rich caramel and sweet malt flavor. Lots of big caramel. Hops are enough to balance and not make it too sweet. Thick and full bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6585) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6339) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Did a side by side with a 2010 and 2008. The 08 was smoother, didnít have as much bitterness in the after taste. The 10 was hoppier with a real grainy flavor. Both were loaded with caramel and rich maltiness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2008
2007 bottles from Mar and Zinister. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of oranges, molasses, grapefruit. Tastes resiny with some sweet malt present and some honey like hints. The beer is more on the subdued side which is a definite plus. Pleasant for the style.


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