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RATINGS: 441   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Pours with no head. Smells berry, fairly nice, but the flavor is almost all alcohol. Normally I would enjoy this, being as I like sweet mixed drinks, but this was not very pleasant. Syphilis?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2010
2007 edition. Mount Vesuvius, well over a third of my bottle went all over the counter before I could react. Hazed caramel brown with a large sudsy tan topper that fades down a bit into a marginal layer. Aroma is medicinal with aloe vera dominating early on. After that fades a bit a malty concoction with plenty of toffee and caramel await behind it. Yeast and alcohol round out the aroma. The mouth feel is justÖ explosive. Reminds me of pop rocks as a tiny sip expands to fill the cavern of my mouth. The medicinal properties forge their way front and center again with sweetness on the back end. Something is amiss here, I canít see them having this in mind. The sweet cloyingness on the back end make this a most undesirable brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
johnnnniee (2645) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2011
7/2/2009 2007 Vintage Received in trade from RickSawyer and BeerZack, thanks for the opportunity. Iíve had this beer, 2007 vintage multiple bottles from different sources and each time I open a bottle it is infected. I opened two tonight to be sure. Opens with a crack and a foaming, have to pour quick so as not to spill any. Pours a dark golden/copper color with a huge bubbly off white head that sticks around forever. I can smell the phenolic as soon as I crack one open. The nose is so Belgian-esque, spicy phenolics solventy, medicinal. Drain pour for me If I ever manage to get one that isnít clearly infected I will revisit this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
degbert (1268) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2010
This was the first barleywine Iíve ever had, and I donít know if itís the style or this particular one, but...damn, I did NOT like this beer. Too sweet, too bitter, and in a fashion that didnít seem harmonious to me. This beer tasted badly out of balance, and was too overwhelming. Not at all enjoyable, which is sad -- Iíve liked other Real Ale products.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sammy (9190) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Small bottle, stored many months, gotten in a trade with the tradeable Texans. Barnyard alert! And a superfoamer. After that, medium yellow with white head, and lot of lace. But barnyard smell and somewhat dishrag and hops taste. Understated carbonation. 2007 edition.Drank most of it, for mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Tasted at the May Northern California Beer Tasting. I think it was a bad bottle, and will try and rerate sometime. This barley wine pours a deep amber color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, caramel, burnt tire and some stuff I real donít care or want to describe. A medium bodied barley wine. The malts were sweet and well, catpiss comes to mind. Phenolic. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is never mindÖ

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
dmac (4435) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2008
12 oz bottle from multiple people, thanks everyone who sent me this to try. Okay this bottle has to be infected because if this is a Barley Wine then Iím Brad Pitt. After pouring this one I thought I had opened a bottle of Heavyweight Two Druids gruit ale. The aroma isnít "off" itís just WRONG. Notes of a lemon lime soda waaay past itís expiration date. Poured with a very small head, classic for a barleywine but opposite most of the infected beers I have popped lately, yeah Iím looking at you McNeillís, body is cloudy with an orangey amber color, pretty standard for a barlewywine. Palate is medium bodied with rather lively carbonation considering the style. Flavor is similar to the aroma with some caramel flavors trying desperately to how itís head. Well despite this being gross for a barleywine I drank it anyway, thats what four hours of yard work will do to you.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
It might not be the worst barleywine Iíve ever had, but itís awfully close. I got word that I might have received in a trade some infected bottles. Man, Iíve got 5 bottles of this and if they are all infected that would suck. Might have to call up mmmmbeer and see if he wantís íem. The beer pours out a cloudy amber/brown color with a nice 2-finger cap head. Sweet caramel malts permeate the nose, and then it hits you. Burnt rubber, like someone just did a break stand in the glass. Flavor was mostly sweet, and undefineable sweetness (almost like cane sweetness), rubbery band-aids and iodine? Pretty awful (and weird) beer here. Iíve got 4 more to find out if the whole things was infected, a bad bottle or what. Iíll re-rate if itís warranted.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 24, 2008
Bottle from boboski. Pour was hazy (not murky) orange, tons of little bubbles so slowly rising in the body around the edges. Lacing was ok, but I didnít drink enough to really tell (read on). After smelling, band-aids and lysol style cleaners, not too impressive. Flavor was perhaps one off the worst beers Iíve had, although I tried and tried to be patient with it, trying sips at all sorts of temperatures short of mulling it! Band-aids, iodine, bandages, lysol (the original, none of that pine stuff), I suppose some caramel and faint fruitiness, and almost a ginger-like spicing. My fellow taster also couldnít get past it, ended up in the darin. Sorry, Jason, to have not liked this, but it was still appreciated, a fun experience, worked and worked at it every which way - and memorable (one of the cool apsects of 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!

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