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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Pours a clear, deep red with a decent off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Plenty of lacing though. Lots of pine with other wood notes. Some earthy sweetness comes through as well. Pine and spicy wood notes dominate with some malt sweetness coming through in the finish. Very well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FriendOfBeer (98) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Orange, tangerine, hoppy taste. Very sweet, bitter aftertaste. Good alcohol presence, not too overpowering for 11.5. Overall pleasant beer, its sweetness is memorable, good bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 28, 2012
2011 bottle poured into shifter. Hazy orange brown with quickly dissipating head. Smells of oats, vanilla, other malt and cereal. Taste is lightly citrusy from hops with light smoke, toffee, pine. Not as complex as I remember. Still tasty and worth aging to see where it goes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2006
Orange pour. Has a white head that hangs around. Malt, very hoppy intense flavor. Hoppy malty finish. Heavy beer on the tongue. Not for the faint of heart

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rabidbarfly (62) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2009
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerHopKopf (46) - Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopeye101 (44) - Draughthouse, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kemoarps (42) - Seattle, Washington, 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.

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