GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
FriendOfBeer (98) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
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.
kemoarps (42) - 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.