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RATINGS: 455   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6525) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Bottle: Malty banana bread aroma with some hops and slight nose of alcohol. Pours a mostly transpaerent orangish-amber with a small white head that diminishes quickly. Nice malty caramel, banana bread, fruit, and raison flavor. A touch below moderate hops in the finish. Slight alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part, very well hidden. A very nice barley wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7476) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), heavily hoppy (resin), with a note of sherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. This one just didnt appeal to me at all...a very American (i.e., hoppy) barleywine, albeit fairly well balanced in the mouth. Fairly hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Cheers to Fly for procuring me a bottle of this rare Texas barley wine. Moderately aromatic, floral, fruity and quite lively with a nice equal balance between malt and hops along with a bouquet of apricot, pine, dough, more dough and baked bread. Rich malts (caramel, raisins, fruits) combine with a healthy hop level (pine, apricot, grapefruit, lemon, herbs) which leads into a superb, dry and lingering bitterness. After a quick vibration in the mouth, like a cell phone, more flavor consumes my palate. Its more of an apple/butter toffee flavor. Very well hidden alcohol. Creamy, coating mouthfeel. Im a sucker for a good barley wine and this one did it for me. Thanks again Fly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7614) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Muchas Grandes to Fly for supplying me with this. Year 2004. Murky, dark orange pour, fluffy, creamy white head with thick lacing. Sweet, sugary nose with a bit of alcohol seeping through. More hoppiness than maltiness in this Barley Wine. Some of the flavors coming though - raisins, dates, apricots, a little bit of rum. Clean, silky mouthfeel, improves as it warms. Looking forward to more from this brewer during my stay in Texas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Don't know the year, but my bottle says 11.2%. This is a very nice surprise to me. I picked this up when I was in Austin. Hazy orange-copper appearance with a thin foam covering on top. Aroma is excellent with caramel, apricot, dough (thanks to the previous reviewer) and just a little bit of some sort of berry. Flavor has a lot of apricot and caramel sweetness. Palate is medium. I never described a beer as chewy, but is definately chewy. Aftertaste has a nice hoppy bite to it, but not too much like some others I've had like Old Guardian. It's very well balanced. Im really digging it. Too bad I didnt bring back more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Cloudy with an amber-orange hue. Kind of light in a way, but it had a thickish chewiness as well. Thick and doughy malts. Big caramel sweetness complemented by a pretty big bitterness. Some acidity was detectable in my gums. Not too shabby, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Thin cream colored head atop a vivid orange opaque pour with suspended partiuclate matter (bottle conditioned). Loved the aroma! Spicey and rich like a heady perfume...citrusy aroma that made my mouth just water. Caramelly, vanilla sweetness with a good strong malt presence. Heavy hops,added a nice kick. Kind of a woodsy depth to it. Long lasting complex flavor. I would like this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2004
This is a decent barlywine. I expected little but was pleasantly suprised with the nice aromal of malt and heavy citrus and herbal hop aroma. As exepect the flavor was sweet and had noticable alcohol. (not well hidden in my opinion). The ffinish was highly bitter but decent to balance the intense malty profile. Decent palate and overall a nice barlywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Viscous, bright amber body with mild carbonation and a thin off-white head. Nose of alcohol, rich caramelized fruity malt, brown sugar, and woody hops. Candy flavor of caramel, butterscotch, peanuts, and fruit punctuated with a hop kick. Heavy residual sugar. Tastes like spiked high gravity wort. Warm, syrupy palate. Enjoyable as a sweet and nutty sipper. Thanks to Fly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12885) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
(Bottle, 2002 Vintage) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with floaties and a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, butterscotch, and cinnamon. Bitter palate. Sweet malt and hops flavor. Nice Barley Wine!

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