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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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!

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3.8
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle.2004. 11.2% abv. Pours a beautiful medium copper with a thin head and some lacing. Malt nose with notes of raisin, earth and citrus. The malt/raisin flavor hits you first than a large hop bitterness. Very silky in texture and huge in body.Very nice barley wine. This has aged nicely. I will have to try it after some more age. Next I will try 02 and 03.

3.7
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Pour is deep brown with a thin tan head...smell is caramel, sugar, dirt, windex?...taste is remarkably well balanced...sweet and sticky up front, followed by a touch of bitter and then alcohol...pretty good! Rock on Real Ale!

3.8
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Draught. Hazy brown with ring of bubbles. Smells like straw and honey but with a raw edge. First flavor notes-bitter-not alot of bitter, but bitter. Notes of honey, brown sugar, and straw come out. Overall this is pretty heavy, but enjoyable. I think this is one of those BW’s that could benifit drom some cellar time.

3.7
Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - MAR 28, 2005
tap. cloudy orange brown. aroma is orange grape with alcohol, plums, herbs and fresh wet potato peels and sugary orange kool aid. something tells me this is gonna be sweet. taste is like a liquid version of the candy orange slices with sweet caramel and fudge; MMMMM FUDGE. bitter and mean like some women i know and love. very acidic and strong with some light banana notes that come through in the finish. very hop heavy throughout this. i would love to try a 2 year old bottle of this. but fresh, it still ain’t bad. surprisingly clean mouthfeel from such a strong beer. i enjoyed this, but i expect it to improve with age.

4.2
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Thanks to my co-worker Subbu for hookin me up here. 2005 bottle - Turbid ambers and browns, creamy khaki colored head. The nose on this was that of an aged BW. Rich notes of sweet citrus, caramel, brown sugar, light apricot, and a hint of aged hop mustiness. Sweet toffee notes hit up front, but are quickly replaced by the semi-musty, sweet citric hop tones. Just a great balance with only minor alcohol intrusions that hint of 10.7%. Full bodied, light carbonation, bittersweet finish. A very nice surprise coming from the Lone Star state...

3.9
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Fly sent me both a 2004 and 2005 bottle. 2005 first: Orange/gold, hazy, short head, good lacing. Aroma is strong citrus and woody hops. Taste had a strong alcohol edge at first, but that quickly turned into a sweet malt and then was quickly overpowered by a very assertive grapefruit/pine hop that really dried out the finish. At the end the flavors linger and bounce off of each other - dry, pine, summer fruits, apricots, grapefruit, etc. Very nice, but I’m anxious to try the 2004 and see if it mellowed out any. (will rate that soon)

3.7
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Bottled 2005... Poured an orange color with a small head. Had a very hoppy aroma with a bit of malt.. The flavor was much more malty.. Sweet with a nice bitter at the end and a mild hop aftertaste. The alcohol flavor is there but definitely not overpowering. Great Barleywine..

3.2
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2005
On tap @ Flying Saucer. You can really taste the 11%ABV. Orange appearance with no head. Like a waterdowned Scotch. Nice sipping beer.

3.4
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Bottle, from trade with 123456green, Good nose, citrusy, pinneapple and grapefruit, with a little raisin. ABV hits you too. Hazy reddish orange color, no head. Bitter flavors, ABV, more grapefruit instead of pineapple, little wheat, like the crust of a loaf of wheat bread. Little coffee too. Medium bodied, lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish with a hint of smoke or ash. Nice brew, see if I can sit on one for a year, Thanks 123456green.

3.6
3fourths (9347) - 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.


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