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RATINGS: 440   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Wow, I always look forward to the barley wines at this time of year. Real Ale has never let me down. This year offers a fruit-cake nose with an abundant amount of Cascade hops. The palate is sweet and warming, but the finish is a tad bit over done with the Cascade. Overall, a fantastic treat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a hazy dark amber with orange highlights and a thin head. The nose is fruity, like Saturday morning cereal, sweet and light with a subtle underlying malt base. The taste is a light caramel malt sweetness with a slick fruity flavor and a moderate hop bite. Much smoother than years past, not nearly as hoppy with a far better balance of flavors. Juicy candied oranges with a lingering hoppiness that never forces itself. Complexity? No, this is simplicity, a joyous marriage of sweet malt and dewy hops. Mouthfeel is syrupy but surprisingly light, making the drinkability dangerously high. No flavors of alcohol and the urge is to gulp rather than sip but the need to savor holds your hand in check. In 2005, a new brewer came in and this is the new recipe, with the skill of the new brewer quite evident. Donít bother aging it anymore as time will only dull its nature.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Haast (37) - Texas, USA - APR 12, 2010
2008 bottle, poured into pint glass. Dark amber color with minimal tan head. Lots of toasty, malty flavor, backed by a slightly bitter flavor from the hops. Warming alcohol in the finish. Sweetish taste with a mildly bitter finish. A very full bodied beverage with a thick, creamy texture. Very pleasant. Need to figure out how to get more of this...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kemoarps (23) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2012 Vintage Orange rusty amber with a decent almond meat head. Simmers down to just a cap, laces decently. Smell is sweet initially, caramel and figs, toffee and a touch of green tobacco. Flavour follows suit. More of the tobacco leaves here. Sweet still. Honey and some mild dark fruits. A touch of hops still left, but not overly so. Mild carbonation, medium body. Sweet, but pretty drinkable. Wait, wat? 11.5%? Well that was masked well. I love barleywines. This is a solid one, but not particularly spectacular.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pdiddy (22) - San Marcos, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
A very drinkable barley wine. Alcohol is very well masked. It is definitely uncharacteristically smooth and very well made given its hoss geneology.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Big sweet nose. Initial taste is hoppier than I expected. Good balance though. Balance cuts through the alcohol nicely

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hotspur (16) - Nara, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
Barleywine fragrance with a hint of hops and wort. 2007 vintage. Sweet carmel flavor. A nice hint of bitterness. Iím no fan of barleywines but this is drinkable.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Bad case of Brett infection. cool stored three months (07 version) horseblanket nose, roughage spoiled flavor, but lacked acidic sourness associated with pleasent Belgian Flanders styles. hops grassy & muted. beware of this vintage.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Austinista (11) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2013
floral, herbs, citrus, barnyard, leaves, butterscotch, ginger, vanilla, woody, hay, caramel, cereal, banana, amber, orange, sparkling, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly sour, umami, light body, lively, bitter,

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bigbeerguy (9) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2006 does not count
Wow - I liked this beer. Had it at the Gingerman in Austin when it was being served out of the cask. This was an excellent beer with what I think were Amarillo hops! Great big beer (barley wine) with great big flavor. Nice pour of a golden color with big hop aroma. It finished nice on the pallate - Iíve had this beer out of the bottle and was not impressed, but this was great. Itís hard to pull off a balanced big beer like this, but they did it. Compliments!!!


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