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RATINGS: 452   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2005
Murky brown with lots of sediment and hardly any head. Aroma is mostly caramel with butterscotch. Taste is somewhat hoppy with more caramel. Not too good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Apricot colored head and lace. Cought syrup and metalic on the nose. Band aid flavor that must have been on an infected sore. Fizzy and foamy. Infected and poor I’m sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2008
2007. Pour is a amber, orange with practically no head. Aroma is that of alcohol, barley, pine hops, and fruits...grapes mostly. Flavor is barley, grapes and strong in alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and warm, then the finish is rough of high alcohol. A decent brew but the strong presence of alcohol is off-putting. A sipper, but not a drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2009
2008 bottle. Poured viscous and honey golden with minimal head. Aroma is honey and molasses with bright fruity hops, maybe guava, citrus, floral? Taste is sweet with syrupy mouthfeel but balanced with clean hops flavor. slight bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is very much covered up by the flavors. I am not a huge fan of barley wine but this is not bad for the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2010
In short: A uber-sweet sugary golden ale of some kind. Very bland, not a barley wine.
How: Bottle 12oz. 2008 vintage. Consumed when about 1.5 year old. Sent to me by Blutt59. Thanks a lot Bob
The look: Partly cloudy golden body topped by a persistent off-white head
In long: No of a sweet dessert of some kind. Taste is way too straightforward. Pure sweetness (candi sugar), bland white bread, yeasty, no hops presence whatsoever. This doesn’t taste like a barley wine at all. Even the mouthfeel is wrong, it doesn’t have the corpulence of a real barley wine. This tastes and feels like one of those boring mega-sweet Belgian golden ales that too many small time Belgian breweries make. This is a another lazy Texas beer. This state needs to concentrate on producing beef. an essential element of post beer-long-beer-night hamburgers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Someone threw me this as an extra in an in-person trade late on DLD. Who? Hell if I know, I was shit-faced beyond shit-facedness. I probably traded a Cable Car vertical for this for all I know. I forced this on largadeer, bring, chswimmer, Nanoslug, Nick3, and Bubba83 at a tasting, despite cries of, "NOOO! Please don’t open that god-awful concoction!" Pours a great clear amber color with a nice lacey white head. Aroma is sweet. Lots of caramel, sugar, and some hops. Flavor is very sweet caramel and brown sugar. The sweetness overpowers just about everything else. Average palate for the style, but the sweetness gets to you. This was listed at 480 calories for the bottle, which is insane. You can feel every last calorie too in sugar and in alcohol, packing pounds on you as you down each drop. Decent, but not worth it if you’re on a diet...or if you’re not. Just drink an aged Bigfoot, like I did right afterwards, which was way better. Thanks for the diabetes, Sisyphus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
12 oz bottle, goblet. Grain, nutty, caramel and sweet dark bread malt (H); grapefruit hops (M); apricot, peach, brown sugar, toffee and a hint of hazelnut. Yeah, I guess that sounds pretty good, but it comes across sickeningly sweet like over ripened fruit. Deep ruby-peach body with an amazing, eggnong white, creamy, well lasting head. Extrememly sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish with a husky, astringent aftertaste. Heavy body, creamy texture, flat carbonation. The bottom line is: WAY too sweet, acidic...tastes like over ripened fruit...just makes me reel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
I don’t know if this was a bad bottle, but I’m afraid I won’t go to the trouble to get another to find out. Attractive, mahogany brown pour with halo of an off white head. The nose and flavor have some interesting complexities, but the most dominant by far in the flavor is burnt tire. Something has gone horribly wrong here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcwattsrugger (11855) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12oz bottle@Noogfest4.0-thanks tronraner–pours a an off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medicinal, sharp. Taste is medicinal, sharp, bitter, alcohol. Not right? Not my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Goodgrief (1964) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Pour was a deep reddish brown...or should I say brownish read...good head and some lacing. The aroma was sweet malt. The flavor was really sweet...sickly so, even though there was some bitterness to attempt to balance it. The bitterness didn’t seem to come from any hops, but rather some overdone kind of spice. The mouthfeel was extremely sticky...kind of like I was lowered into a vat of maple syrup. Caramel, fruit, vanilla and goofy odd spice...but not going well together. I like the rating below that said "overattenuated honey and urine"...that isn’t far off! I had trouble finishing this one.

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