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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 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 (13015) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (4129) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
2002 Vintage. Red with a thin head. Candy, sweet, fruity, huge, aroma. Grape flavor, warming, rich, though some alcohol obviously present. Thick palate. Lingering, moderate bitterness. Thanks for saving a bottle for a coupel of years, TChrome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours thickly. Amber color with reddish hints. Head is white and somewhat slow to form. Rich malty sweet aroma, caramelish. Mouthfeel is full, slightly syrupy. Taste is big malts, sweetish. Long hop finish after a somewhat harsh beginning. I think this will age nicely. 2004 bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Sad to say, my notes on this impressive ale were taken after a hefty session of others, (I was really thirsty for a barleywine!) and therefore lacked technical precision or minute dissection of any kind. We can only arrived at the barest conclusions, but yet I offer them up... "Appearance: bright, bold, reddish hue, nice, finely toasted head. Aroma: rich, fruity, bready, bold, flavorful, delicious and delirious, holding all the right notes that a barleywine ought to. Delicious, full flavored, happy, fantastic hops, lush, earthy, fruity, hoppy, malty, perfect Oh!!! Rich, tasty, delicious, satisfying..." and there it trails away, penmanship becoming more atrocious and alarmingly indecipherable. This bewildered, stream of consciousness train wreckage can only prove that it was a damn fine barleywine and did the trick, doublegood. Not a bit of futility involved in the production of this great beer. Now to try it under more optimum conditions, to reconfirm this inebriated appeciation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
2003 Bottle. Thanks to 123456green for this. Lighter than I expected. Dark orange to very light brown with little head and a golden glow. The aroma is biting, sour, bitter and full of aging fruits. There is also almost a soapy character to the aroma which is unique, but a little unexpected. Large feeling and character. Its smooth sharp bitterness at the back of the throat gives it a lightness while a noticable alcohol presence sits fully at the front of the toung. This was a very unique feeling and finish. As it warms up some spices become noticable as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Bottle 2003, 10.7% abv: Pours a murky copper brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is bold and hoppy with lots of caramel toffee and some alcohol. Starts rich and lightly syrupy with a smooth and mild sweetness. The floral hoppy bitterness seems a tad subdued, most likely from a year of aging. The sweetness and bitterness are well balanced though and the alcohol hidden fairly well. This could use a little more complexity and maybe a little more sweetness toward the dry finish, but this is a nice barleywine nonetheless. Many thanks to TChrome for this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Bottle(2003) pours caramel, small milk-froth like head, with soft carbonation and spotty lacing. Lovely aroma of butterscotch, caramel, and malts. Fairly sweet, slightly buttery, with a wierd White Grape juice as well. Forwardly hoppy on the tongue, slighty malty/bready, but no big sweetness as I had smelled prior. Slight alcohol warming as it goes down too. FInishes with a huge hop flavor, reminiscent of Old Crusty. Great example of a PNW Barleywine, but I prefer mine a bit more malty and a bit sweeter. Still, not bad, albeit a bit rough. Thanks goes out to TChrome for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival 04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2003 Vintage. Pours a murky light caramel color. Large head that lingers, cream-tan in color. Aroma is of butterscotch, light caramel, and faintly of cattle feed. Yeah, seriously. Sharp piney hop flavor but not really much alcohol considering the percentage. Round malt sweetness. Medium-full body, creamy and effervescent. Finish is sharply hot, very long but a bit strong. Interesting play of carbonation and sharpness. Could mellow to something great with a little time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2004
2003 Bottle - Slightly cloudy orange with a very nice dense light tan head. Caramel malts and bitter hops rule the show. The flavor is quite nice, caramel with lots of hoppy bitterness. Very well put together. Full body. Very nice and very drinkable. Thanks to argo0.

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