rabidbarfly (62) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Vintage. Orange on the nose, not too heavily but it’s there. Bright orange in colour. Taste is alcohol and a lot of hops for this style of beer. Very smoth and warming going down. Good beer.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
2004 - The beer was strong, 12.4%, but it, again, tasted like it was pure alcohol. Rubbing alcohol. Never drink a Real Ale! Worst Barelywine I've had yet! Give a an Old Nick's over this anyday!
DerHopKopf (46) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 Bottle. Pours an amber/copper color with a finger thick white head. Aroma is mostly hops for me with a good amount of citrus. The taste has a faint sweetness but is overpowered by bitterness from the hops. Alcohol mixed in with the bitterness. The bitter/alcohol taste lasts long after the sip is finished. Palate was nice medium bodied and smooth/creamy- small amount of carbonation. One of my first experiences with barleywine- overall I enjoyed it but I wasn’t quite prepared for the alcohol content.
hopeye101 (44) - Draughthouse, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Figured I’d audit my stock of 2007 Sisyphys and I was surprised that I hadn’t reviewed it.
Poured into a pint glass. 1 finger head lasted about 3-5 minutes before dissipating. Left good lacing around the glass. Color is a deep amber -- similar to a pale ale. There was some sediment floating around in the glass.
Aroma: I get Gummy bears. Floral, cotton candy. Becomes more citrusy as it warms up.
Taste is very nice. The hops blend nicely with the sweetness of the malt to give a good balance. A little caramel in it.
Moutfeel; nice silky mouthfeel. A nice bit of carbonation to lighten it up.
Drinkability : Very easy drinking for a barleywine.
The only defect I see in this beer is the strange sweetness in the aroma.
Serving type: bottle
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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. Don’t bother aging it anymore as time will only dull its nature.
Haast (37) - Texas, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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...
kemoarps (23) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
pdiddy (22) - San Marcos, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very drinkable barley wine. Alcohol is very well masked. It is definitely uncharacteristically smooth and very well made given its hoss geneology.
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet nose. Initial taste is hoppier than I expected. Good balance though. Balance cuts through the alcohol nicely