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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
bu11zeye (13029) - 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!

3.7
hopdog (12673) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
12oz bottles. Whaleman brought over the ’03 and I popped open an ’05 acquired in trrade with (thanks!). Poured a medium amber (the ’03 was hazy and the ’05 was clear) with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus, and some dark fruits. The ’03 was definitely more caramelly (is that a word). Tastes of the same with some pine hops noted in the ’05 that was not in the ’03. Light alcohol burn in the finish. The ’03 wins.

3
j12601 (12668) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Bottle at Max’s impromptu tasting. Pours a clear gold. Sweet malt, toast and malt. Old and bitter, lots of earthy bitterness. Meh.

2.3
jcwattsrugger (12434) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
12oz [email protected] tronraner–pours a an off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medicinal, sharp. Taste is medicinal, sharp, bitter, alcohol. Not right? Not my taste.

1.9
Sammy (12347) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Small bottle, stored many months, gotten in a trade with the tradeable Texans. Barnyard alert! And a superfoamer. After that, medium yellow with white head, and lot of lace. But barnyard smell and somewhat dishrag and hops taste. Understated carbonation. 2007 edition.Drank most of it, for mouthfeel.

3.5
madsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottled: Orange coloured. Dusty. No head. Alcohol, herbs, light spice, hops and some sweet fruits in the aroma. Falvour is grassy, alcoholdense, has berries and is dry. Is medium bodied and quite complex. Dense hoppy alcoholend. Is very warming. The alcohol is very dominating, which in my book slightly blur the overall impression.

3.6
deyholla (11749) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2010
A 2008 bottle thanks to Maltomeal. Pours a clear amber gold with an off-white head. Looks like a lighter ale but pours quite thick. Aroma has a nice balance of malts with sweet grains, bread and caramel with a slight undertone of citrus hops. Flavor is a bit dry with note of caramel and sweet bread and a nice bit of hops in the finish.

3.8
hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Bottle... Cloudy, apricot-colored ale witha small, fizzy, white head. Cotton candy and caramel nose with tropical fruit esters. The flavor is all candy and super sweet up front, followed closely by blinding alcohol and hop bitterness. Full-bodied and syrupy with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Kudos to boboski for sharing this one!

3.6
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of mar. Thanks man. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color. Nose has some honey spices citrus and I detect notes of apple pie. Flavor is sweet with honey apples spices yeast spicy and floral hops and syrup. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but this is pretty good overall.

3.5
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Date: 01/11/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Vintage: 2007

Appearance: hazy dark copper, fine beige head,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a nice fruity character balanced by earthy hops,
Flavor: dark caramel malt flavor, a touch of fruity sweetness is well balanced by a big earthy character, lasting bitter finish,
-------- /> Date: 04/05/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007

Aroma: picking up a spicy mint character in the aroma,
Flavor: lots of astrengent earthy flavor with a heavy spicy edge, balancing tartness to go with just a touch of the caramel sweetness,
Overall: not right
-------- /> Date: 05/10/2008
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.4 to 3.5
Words: cellar party

Aroma: developing lots of ripe fruit in the aroma as the caramel sweetness is slowly drying out,
Flavor: dark caramel malt flavor with just a touch of sweetness, fruity character is slowly growing, earthyness is present and balancing but not over powering

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4


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