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RATINGS: 456   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Great looking beer, dark cloudy amber with white head.. nice aroma with citrusy hops, orange, honeyed sugary character... pleasant mouthfeel, quite viscous, rich, complex, well-balanced.. distinct hoppy finish.. great effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16853) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Tap at Whip in, Austin. Vintage 2013. Clear nut brown color, firm white head. Aroma is bready and hoppy. Medium to full-bodied. Sticky. Fruity, piney hoppy, a bit bready, sweetish. Covers its abv. Hop-dominating barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (2033) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Feb. 14 bottle from Errl-thanks, Chris! In 12/16. Copper gold. Nose is slightly soapy hops, light oxidation, toffee. Taste is burnt toffee, astringent and bitter hops, on a malty sweeter base. Has held up well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KamGoPro (220) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2016
2014 bottle, honey copper pour, no head. Clove, nutmeg, ripe molasses and malt nose. Dull malt/grains that go from brief bitter to long lasting alcohol and caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ICEatALAMO (1329) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2016
'10 Bottle. The pour is a hazy vibrant orange. The aroma is full of toffee. The taste is spot on barleywine. Smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (2218) - New York, New York, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bottle thanks to Zinister. Poured amber orange with white head. Aroma malty sweet caramel juice. Light carb med bod. Taste juicy light bitter hop

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wombat23 (1167) - Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Draft at the source. Amber color with small off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, plum, and honey. Taste is very malty, with some oak, spiciness, and dark fruits. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Its okay, but in its defense, Im not the biggest fan of barley wines, at least up to this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fletchfighters (1482) - 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 (2551) - 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 (886) - 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 (731) - 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.

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