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RATINGS: 455   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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3.6
bhensonb (15342) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2007 bottle from ericandersnavy. Thanks much for what, to me, is a beer from the middle of unknown lands. Pours reddish amber with a minimalist off-white head that didn’t stick around. Aroma is floral and caramel. Strong enough to pause my senses. Full bodied, and a bit sticky. Very slight carbonation. Flavor is caramel, with some dried fruit aspects. Hop is floral, mildly bitter. Still, it’s dryish. I type that while sugar swirls in my mouth. Still seems accurate though. Does make a great nightcap.

4.1
djd07 (15090) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
On tap at Flying Saucer. Pours a cloudy amber color with a medium light tan head. The aroma is a strong grapefruit and light hops. Good lacing on the glass. The taste is a very smooth sweet malt and very easy to drink for such a high alcohol percentage. An excellent barley wine from Real Ale.

4
Ratman197 (14958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle 2007 vintage thanks to chef201atc poured a cloudy copper brown with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of toffee, sherry, dark fruit and hints of carmel and spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of sherry, toffee, raisin, light carmel, light spice and a hint of smoke with a smooth dry lingering bittersweet finish. Paired very nicely with Chimay Grand Cru cheese and french bread!

3.7
Tmoney99 (14609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured clear copper color with an average off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit aroma. Moderate to full smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced flavor to medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer.

4.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2004
(2003) Light copper with small beige head. Aroma is sharply bitter grapefruit, some herbal, wort. Taste is grapefruit with solid malt backbone. Finish is grapefruit/herbal hoppy with medium alcohol. Medium-full body. Damn this is a fine barleywine. Many thanks to fly.

3.5
Lubiere (13954) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
2004: Orange amber with no head. Light raisiny malt aroma. Nice scotch malt with alcohol in mouth, with lingering hops, bitterness. Well balanced. Rich and oily mouthfeel. 7-3-8-4-15

2005: Sweeter than 2004, hazier, with thin white head. More hoppy and citrusy aroma, less oily mouthfeel. Lighter bodied, more like an I2PA. 7-3-7-3-14

3.2
Drake (13949) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2007 12 ounce bottle courtesy of mar. Thanks! Pours a hazy orangish brown color with almost no head. Aroma of toffee, caramel and citrus hop notes. Taste is toffee, big earthy and citrus hops and a cheesy note. Medium bodied.

2.9
BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours clear dark yellow with a spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), average hops (perfume, pine), average yeast (leather, earth) with notes of banana, dates, and butter. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness; grainy meal taste.

3.9
Dogbrick (13144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Thanks to legion242 for this behemoth. 2002 Bottle: Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head that disappeared rather quickly. Strong alcohol and malt in the nose. Flavor packs a real punch, especially as it warms. Fruity alcohol flavor with a decent malt balance. As strong as this beer tastes, I still think it is balanced quite well. I bet the cask-conditioned version of this beer rocks.

3.7
crossovert (13080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Did a side by side with a 2010 and 2008. The 08 was smoother, didn’t have as much bitterness in the after taste. The 10 was hoppier with a real grainy flavor. Both were loaded with caramel and rich maltiness.


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