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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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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Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2007 12oz bottle. Maybe I should try this again at a higher temperature. It seemed to be holding something back.

Tabednar (139) - - JUN 5, 2012
Very potent as you would suspect. Strong palate with a thick nectar mouthfeel. Filling an high in alcohol. What's not to like? Cheers! -tabednar

DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2009
2008 bottle. Poured viscous and honey golden with minimal head. Aroma is honey and molasses with bright fruity hops, maybe guava, citrus, floral? Taste is sweet with syrupy mouthfeel but balanced with clean hops flavor. slight bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is very much covered up by the flavors. I am not a huge fan of barley wine but this is not bad for the style.

AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 2005 Bottle. Pours thick with no head and low carbonation evident. Looks like dark honey. Aroma of grapefruit.Tart and citrusy smell. First sip... This ainít no lightweight. Thick and gooey. Not much carbonation in this bottle at all. Some hoppy bitter aftertaste, I like that. Fair amount of alcohol warmth in this one. Overall, decent, though Iíd like a tad more carbonation (as this one is nearly flat).<P>Rerating another bottle from same batch, 10/24/05: My tastes in barleywine have improved since first rating. Pours thick with a 1/4" tan head. Aroma is rich in malts with a good hop touch. Mouthfeel is thick like honey. Flavor is strong malts, bitter citrus hops, with good warmth from alcohol. My early rating complained about carbonation - I didnít realize itís part of the style. There is ample in this one! I think Iím about to go clean out my local store of these for the winter...

JakeSparks (125) - Alvin, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2013
first had this in 03-04 i think, ages wonderfully. i like the sherry notes but havenít found the newer vintages

Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Rich and earthily mysterious like fruit fallen to the orchard floor then secreted away by sprites and then returned as wonderful sustenance from the heavens. Itís that good. Unexpectedly delicious.

Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Interesting beer, has a nice malty character with some hops to back it up. Very smooth brew, not overpowering considering the ABV.

HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Thin cream colored head atop a vivid orange opaque pour with suspended partiuclate matter (bottle conditioned). Loved the aroma! Spicey and rich like a heady perfume...citrusy aroma that made my mouth just water. Caramelly, vanilla sweetness with a good strong malt presence. Heavy hops,added a nice kick. Kind of a woodsy depth to it. Long lasting complex flavor. I would like this again.

GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Pours a clear, deep red with a decent off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Plenty of lacing though. Lots of pine with other wood notes. Some earthy sweetness comes through as well. Pine and spicy wood notes dominate with some malt sweetness coming through in the finish. Very well-balanced.

FriendOfBeer (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Orange, tangerine, hoppy taste. Very sweet, bitter aftertaste. Good alcohol presence, not too overpowering for 11.5. Overall pleasant beer, its sweetness is memorable, good bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

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