DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JorisPPattyn (8123) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
deyholla (7315) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Maxís impromptu tasting. Pours a clear gold. Sweet malt, toast and malt. Old and bitter, lots of earthy bitterness. Meh.
BVery (7233) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy orange pour, clingy soapy white head. Very sticky sweet - caramel malt. Very nice.
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.