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RATINGS: 450   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!

3fourths' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8885) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2005 Poured into a small snifter, this barley wine has a dark cloudy orange and brown appearance. The nose is offered copious amounts of smoky old fruit, sweet pineapple notes popping up sporadically, a surprisingly strong presence of wood, and a sharp burning bite of alcohol, which is pretty screaming at my tongue that this beer is too young to be opening. Sweet on the lips and the front of the tongue, but mildly bitter across the back, with a citric acidity similar to a fresh Bigfoot. At times it is almost meaty in the flavors. Young, hot hops abound in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1326) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2016
355 ML bottle Hazy but radiant light Amber color. Looks more like and IPA than a barley wine. Light white head that falls to a thick collar. Spotty lacing and big ABV legs. Nose is more English like. Big malt profile and very wooded hops. Spicy and woody. Big hop profile nose and smells chewy.m Taste is big wooded hop assault, very earthy but a huge malt profile to back it up. Complex and chewy. Think a cross between Bigfoot and a malt bomb from England. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1895) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle provided by alexsdad06 vintage 2009 pour lightly hazy copper with thin tan head. Nose lots of malt, toffee, caramel, slight dank. Some alcohol and light peppery spice. Taste lightly oxidized, but still reasonable barley wine. Toffee, burnt caramel, molasses and moderate alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (473) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Originally rated on 2/4/08. This is the only barleywine i have sampled so i dont have much to judge this stuff against. It was a dark amber with a thin head. Smelled and tasted very malty and thick, sticky sweet citrus and caramel flavors aplenty. Overall i thought it was pretty good and is worth a try especially on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
coachd (437) - Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2015
2014 bottle. Has a sweet pumpkin pie aroma - I would have sworn it’s a pumpkin ale. The description says it is packed with hops, but I cannot detect any in the scent. Smells a lot like Avery Rumpkin. Very nice. Beautiful looking see through amber color. Tastes sweet and somewhat hoppy with a lot of those pumpkin pie spices coming through. Hoppy and almost bitter aftertaste. Weak palate; I really wanted more in that category. Overall, this was a good and unique barleywine. I truly cannot say I have had anything like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 11 Aug 2012 -- a Delightful beer drinking in San An.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (685) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Cloudy orange with a thin head. Rich sweet aroma. Full bodied and very sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2531) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2015
Lightly hazy amber with a thin yellowish head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Taste is sweet with a surprisingly bright fruitiness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Homer321 (3554) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle labeled 2007 in 2015. Poured into a snifter. Nose is immediately dried fruit with a highly oxidized paper character. Literally no head and a hazy deep orange to light brown color. Taste is immediately a malt mess with cardboard, paper, and staleness. Couldn’t get down more than a few sips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle: 2011 vintage. Super murky, swampy toasted golden-brown body. Opaque. No real just, just a timid beige collar. Strong, boozy Granny Smith apples on the nose, backed with caramel drizzled plums, burnt brown sugar, & a rush of toasted chestnuts. The booze on the palate comes off as rum-like. Not sure why, but it does. Semi-tart plums, grapes, rum, sticky toffee, brown sugar, molasses syrup, & again, a nice bit of roasted nuttiness that lingers in the finish. No real hop character left, unsurprisingly. Thick, creamy body, minimal carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2544) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 10/21/12 from a capped 12oz bottle. Pours clear copper with a thin, bubbly beige head that dissipates quickly. The nose is sweet caramel and toffee with a hint of bitter aged hops underlying. The flavor is a bit more bready and bitter, with more burnt toffee than the nose. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long caramel and bitter hops finish.

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