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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4741) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2012. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, toffee, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2009
2008 bottle, pours a hazy reddish orange with a tall frothy tan head, good lacing, beautiful looking beer. Really nice cascade hop nose mixed with carmel malt and orange notes. Sweet toasted malts, orange and a mellow hop finish. Mouth is nice with light carbonation, creamy texture. Really nice barley wine that kind of bridges the gap between American and English. I would love to have more of this......480 calories or not!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (190) - Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2009
This is a review of Sisyphus 2008 Beer pours a small 1 finger white head. Body is golden honey in color with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention and lacing are good Aroma is of sweet booze. Not too overpowering since its mixed with some honey and a bit of citrus. There is also a medicinal smell in there that I cant put my finger on First taste is of bitter stale hops. This is mixed with viscous caramelized sugar. Dried apricot also comes through and it finishes with some tartness and alcohol. Mouth feel is great. Carbonation is typical for a barleywine, just enough to liven up the thick body. Beer goes down very smooth, has a syrup like consistency, mixed with a small cloud of head. Over all this is a pretty good barleywine. Drink ability is good for such a high strength beer. Gonna put some away for another year and see how it evolves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2007 bottle from Santa. Really never thought I would ever get my hands on this one, but Santa hooked me up. Thanks Santa! Reddish-orange pour with nice, tight, white head. Aroma of apples, cinnamon, candied sugar and hops. Flavor is malt forward, pretty sweet, But it a cool way. Nice, full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Goes down pretty smooth for a huge beer. The mouthfeel is really impressive. Just an awesome beer. What a great way to ring in the new year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Dark amber pour with a moderate white head. Aroma is hops and fruit with a nice bitter flavor. Some alcohol burn and long dry finish. Not like the other Barley Wines Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ttutony (851) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2010
2009 bottling. Cloudy amber color in the glass with a thin white head. Citrus and fruit aroma, really fantastic. The palate is quite complex which I really enjoyed. Theres a rich malty character with a bitter hop note and a great fruity overtone as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1851) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Im reviewing the 2009 release as Ive kept it in storage. I also recently had the 2008 and believe four years is pushing the age limit on this beer. Surprisingly the hop profile was kept relatively intact. I think this is the best beer by Real Ale. Nice palate and aroma. Amber color with very little head. The 11% abv is very well hidden and making for a very nice after dinner beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (9388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
2007 bottle. Malty, cereal nose, citrus, orange, grains. Orange-brown color with no head. Delicious toffee and chocolate flavor, vanilla, butter. Very tasty, smooth and lovely. Well aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Great looking beer, dark cloudy amber with white head.. nice aroma with citrusy hops, orange, honeyed sugary character... pleasant mouthfeel, quite viscous, rich, complex, well-balanced.. distinct hoppy finish.. great effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (5451) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2014
Golden body, small head, grey. Spring hops, American strong ale style, grapefruit, resin. Concentrated malts, leaves, citrus, lasting bitterness. (On tap at The Ginger Man)

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