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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2004 Re-rate, 2003 Vintage: It had been sitting on the shelf of the Whole Foods here in Austin for more than a year. OHHH MY!! This is significantly better than the 2004. Much lesssteric and much more full of hops, yeast and barley flavor. The pour is excellent. Not much head, in fact just a small atoll at the edges of my glass. Nose has a minty freshness to it, at least it is as abrasive as mint is and just as sharp. Next comes the typical citrus and pine that the 2004 had. Also present is swiss cheese. All of these aromas are much more crisp, much more defined and much more palatable this time around. Taste is considerably of brown sugar, pine and grapefruit, especially however brown sugar. Find this brew. Buy two. put a straw in one and drain it as fast as you can and cellar the other. Grat

For all of the hatred this beer gets, I really liked it. Very copper colored and not much of a head. Smells like vanilla, bourbon and rubbing alcohol. The nose could use some work. This brew had been sitting on the shelf for nigh on 4 months maybe 5 so itís had a little time to mellow out. Flavors are lovely. Whoever below pointed out the over ripened fruit was dead on. Hints of bourbon and vanilla just like the nose only without the astringency on the forefront. Salt as well is prevalent. Mouthfell is excellent. Coats like cough syrup. Good brew. Buy 2. Drink one cellar the other. Grat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1193) - Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2009 vintage. Pours thick, cloudy auburn orange with a finger of pale eggshell head that fades quickly. Aroma of many hop varieties and alcohol. Tastes very, very hoppy, intense bitterness, some malty character and a strong alcohol presence. Full-bodied with a slick, almost oily texture and mildy active mouth-carbonation, Real Ale Sisyphus 2009 finishes with a distinct bitter flavor that lingers long enough to spark desire. This definitely is a great barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Sampled on draft at the Flying Saucer, Addison. My favorite barley wine to date. Most are syrupy and under attenuated. This one passes the drinkability test. So easy to drink! Easily the most attractive of its style Iíve seen. Iíd say try it, but that would result in less of this beer for me. Stay away.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewballs (215) - USA - JUN 18, 2013
I am from Texas and I have not been wowed by any Texas beers. However, I tried the 2013 and was blown away! This little cutie packs a punch like Annie Oakley! It is a little high on the ABV front and although I have tried beers with as much ABV as this one you really donít taste it. It is sour but not overpowering. It has a clean, crisp taste. Itís not bad but this one donít expect to drink this at a Depeche Mode show. Itís a chillax drink. Try it. In my opinion the best Real Ale has to offer!!!

   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!!!

   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 itís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlihcsnatas (625) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
OK this may be not a fair rating since I took a sampling from several different vintages in one night and had a few of these before tonight. First up 2007, hadnít tried before so hard to say if it really improved with age but will say this was one of the BEST barley wines I have ever had. Amber, thick with malts, yet easy to drink with the balance of hops. Some alcohol taste but not so strong as to take away from the overal essence of this one. Second is 2009, WTF! it wasnít really good back in 2009 and the aging just made it worse. It was maybe a 2 star brew in 2009 from my notes back then but now... It had stuff in it, bits of who knows what and a cloudy mass. Tried to clean it through a coffe filter but that did nothing to help the nasty taste. 2009 is a bad year for this barley wine. Following it up was 2010, back to being good. This one had a more citrus note to it but was very drinkable and very good. Not as good as 2007 and not as dark an amber. 2010 had more of an orangish amber color wher 2007 was a true amber color. Out of the three 2007 was the best and 2009 was a mistake. Had 2008 a couple years back and from my notes it ranked right along side 2007. Wish I had a bottle of 2008 for tonight but didnít keep one around. :( On another sad note that was all the sisyphus I had left so I will have to start over on my collection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19385) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Draught at Flying Saucer, Fort Worth TX
Hazy amber color; nice lace. The aroma is malty, with fruity hops. Full mouthfeel, excellent malt flavor, sweet but not thick nor oily, with a robust but not overwhelming, good and aromatic hopping; some fruitness. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2009 Bottle. Pours a viscusy/syurpy liquid, much morso that I have ever seen. Color is a hazy dark orange color. On the nose, lots of caramel malt, I mean lots of it. Some ripe fruit, apricot and citrus. Taste is very rich, and the moutfeel is about as expected. Lots of caramel malt on this one. Hardly no carbonation to speak of. Good amount of American hop flavor, but doesnít compare to the amount of malty taste. Finishes fairly clean with some good hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2012 vintage. Aroma is resinous pine. Sweet toffe and Caramel follow. On the hoppy side but smells almost perfect for style. This is a seriously beautiful beer. Honey orange with steady rising tiny bubbles off whit head that is creamy and leaves thick lacing. Definitely on the hoppy side but when your palate adjusts a nice citrus sweetness with toffee and caramel undertones. Medium body for stly with some nice stickiness. A personal favorite barleywine.

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