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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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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notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
2007 bottle from lb4lb - so for a while I was drinking this, and thinking that it wasn’t entirely awful, and then Larry (goldtwins) had to go and say that it tasted like orange juice, and it all went down hill from there - it really is tangy and citrusy, like OJ, or even Tang - remember Tang? - it’s what the astronauts drink - anyway - the aroma was kind of doughy, with notes of fig and cherry - quite doughy in flavor, yet thin-bodied at the same time - some dried cherries and oranges (Tang!) - odd - drinkable, but not that good.

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heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2008
1007 Bottle. Deep golden. Nice sweet malt aroma, with some juicy hops and hints of liquorice and a bit of earthy hop dust. Medium-full bodied, some juicy hops and a weird bubblegum-liquorice flavor that kind of takes over everything else. Well structured, but the bubblegum flavor is certainly distracting.

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Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2008
2004 bottle. Poured crystal-clear lighter orange with a short, but sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up very nice rich caramelization with toffee and dark fruits providing the most intriguing notes.. raisins and dry, dusty herbal notes surround.. showed some oxidation in the form of light cardboard and pleasant sherry notes. The flavor was a tad farther degraded.. toffee and tacky dark fruits at the core with deeper sherry laced through there.. picked up an oaky sour presence that got in the way and left a grainy feel on the finish.. hot at the back with no real tangible goodness to grasp on to. Heavier-bodied on the palate and syrupy upfront.. transitioned to a slow, scratching grainy feel on the back that didn’t carry any great flavor elements but almost slowed the drink to a stop.. long sour impression on the finish. I think this probably hit its peak a while back.

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tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2008
At Noogfest Four-O. Pours orange with beige head. The aroma is fruity with mild caramel and sourness. The flavor is very grainy with some orange and some general bitterness. A bit pedestrian, methinks. Thanks to TexasJeep for sending it my way.

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llcooldave (1224) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 My first Barley Wine... First off it pours very thick almost like motor oil. At first I didn’t think it was going to have a head but it showed up a few seconds after pouring. Aroma hit me immediately with hints of Christmas spices, cinnamon, cardamom, & clove. Reddish brown in appearance and slightly cloudy. Flavor is rather a delicate balance of dried fruit and a hops bitterness. Overall it’s not my cup of tea, but it would be nice for the wintertime to help warm you up but not really that great in the Texas heat in August.

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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.

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cgarvieuk (25992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2011
bottle at home ... copper ... thin lacing ... sweet toffee fruit malt nose ... very sweet honey malt nose... american malt i dont like ... again honey ... very sweet ... hint of green raisins ... ok .. little too heavy for me

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Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
12oz bottle ’07,from BlackForestCO I believe, thanks Jake. Big murky orange pour with a white head. Fruity apple aroma, might be infected, there was a little gushing happening when I opened the bottle. Sweet and a little fruity, some caramel, not bad, but I would like to get a fresh bottle for comparison. (1699)

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j12601 (13123) - 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.

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dzimm27 (143) - - MAR 5, 2012
Heavy malty nose, orange/brown body. Thick, sweet, malty. Hops are well behind the malt profile, only hit the back of your mouth. Hops seem a bit at odds with the malty profile, don’t blend as well as you would hope. Good but not great.


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