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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11888) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (11796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Did a side by side with a 2010 and 2008. The 08 was smoother, didnt 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11612) - Sborg, 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Sammy (11487) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10919) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10761) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10686) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ home. 2010 vintage. Cloudy, ruby orange appearance with a light brown head. Very rich, dark fruity, red plum, caramel, toffee, and booze in the nose. Very rich caramel malty, toffee, dark berry, piney hoppy, somewhat boozy flavor. Not bad but very rich and strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10205) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Big thanks to fly for this. 2004 bottling. I was impressed by my first Real Ale offering, the rio blanco pale, so I cant wait to try this one. I must sadly admit to not knowing who Sisyphus was. Beer mail me if you know. Knowledge is power. It pours turbid copper/orange, with a medium white head (certainly a much bigger head than most 11-12% ABV beers). Aroma of huge malt, caramel, tons of dark fruit, cognac, scotch, cabernet, peaches, cheddar cheese. I dont see how you can give this less than an 8 for aroma. Tastes malty, fruity, with a firm, dense palate. The finish is on the dry side, with a big hop, cognac, and apricot presence. The finish is slightly acrid and dry, but complex. The alcohol definitely appears, but never overshadows the beer. This one is part Impy IPA, part Thomas Hardy, and part Full Sail barleywine. Me likey likey. In my opinion, this is underrated.

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