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RATINGS: 457   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!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
coachd (745) - Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2015
2014 bottle. Has a sweet pumpkin pie aroma - I would have sworn its 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 (1169) - North Dakota, 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 (868) - , 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 (3123) - 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 (4659) - 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. Couldnt 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 (2697) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kemoarps (42) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2012 Vintage Orange rusty amber with a decent almond meat head. Simmers down to just a cap, laces decently. Smell is sweet initially, caramel and figs, toffee and a touch of green tobacco. Flavour follows suit. More of the tobacco leaves here. Sweet still. Honey and some mild dark fruits. A touch of hops still left, but not overly so. Mild carbonation, medium body. Sweet, but pretty drinkable. Wait, wat? 11.5%? Well that was masked well. I love barleywines. This is a solid one, but not particularly spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (1124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2014
On tap, poured into a snifter. A notable aroma of syrupy caramel and chocolate start first on the nose followed by milder notes of sugar, oak, alcohol, and even more subtler notes of nuts, citrus, and melon with hints of cream and rye bread late. It pours an opaque, murky amber brown color with a gelatin soft, off-white / yellow head. A medium thick, soft ring is retained with a light surface dusting. It starts by leaving a thick, sheet coating of lace, but tapers off by mid drink to leaving a thin dusting along the glass. The taste is a medium bitterness with a medium-high malty sweet tone. The chewy, sticky beer has a full body and creamy carbonation. Flavors of chocolate and caramel are most prevalent with a malty and grassy, alcohol warm finish. More caramel comes through as the drink warms up. The aftertaste is citrus peel, rye, and a strong woody character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (7380) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2014
(backlog) Bottle at a tasting at maxxdaddys. Brown pour with tan head. Oak, sweet malt, fruit, other sweet tones, and a hint of mineral flavors. Aromas of of sweet malt, fruit and a touch of etoh.

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