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RATINGS: 456   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2011
2007 bottle. Pours orange with no head and only a hint of carbonation - afraid past its prime. Aroma is Carmel, brown sugar, and ripe almost rotten fruit. Taste is all sweet malt with a fruitiness which blends to bitter which leads me to think lots of hops were once here. Would have rather had this 4 yrs ago I think.

Bill Becker (2005) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 8, 2017
From Mar 2008 I got this in a trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz! This is the 2007 vintage: It pours a clear deep amber/copper with about a 1" head of foam from a vigorous pour. Good lacing here. The smell is very fruity(dark fruit) and yeasty? I also get a touch of caramel and some alcohol. The taste is loaded with dark fruit...plum, black cherry, some fig, and they're pretty tart but tasty but I also get some sweetish notes from the malt and some tobacco. Nice. I think this is the fruitiest BWSA I've tried so far and it's a nice slant on the style me thinks. The mouthfeel is kind of on the thin side and the carbonation is low(appropriate for a BWSA)and it finishes on the tart side because of the dark fruit. Pretty tasty fresh and I could see this would be interesting as to where it would go with a bit of aging on it. I'm certainly glad I got the chance to try it!

gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2017
2011 Sisyphus on draft at Whip-In. Pours clear amber gold with no head. Honey, maple brown sugar oatmeal, raisin. Cardboard, butterscotch little to no carbonation. This beer has done exceptionally well.

TBone (18558) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2017
Tap at Whip in, Austin. Vintage 2013. Clear nut brown color, firm white head. Aroma is bready and hoppy. Medium to full-bodied. Sticky. Fruity, piney hoppy, a bit bready, sweetish. Covers its abv. Hop-dominating barley wine.

wchesser (2160) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Feb. ’14 bottle from Errl-thanks, Chris! In 12/16. Copper gold. Nose is slightly soapy hops, light oxidation, toffee. Taste is burnt toffee, astringent and bitter hops, on a malty sweeter base. Has held up well.

KamGoPro (228) - Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2016
2014 bottle, honey copper pour, no head. Clove, nutmeg, ripe molasses and malt nose. Dull malt/grains that go from brief bitter to long lasting alcohol and caramel

ICEatALAMO (1357) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2016
'10 Bottle. The pour is a hazy vibrant orange. The aroma is full of toffee. The taste is spot on barleywine. Smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

charule (2302) - New York, New York, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bottle thanks to Zinister. Poured amber orange with white head. Aroma malty sweet caramel juice. Light carb med bod. Taste juicy light bitter hop

wombat23 (2147) - Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Draft at the source. Amber color with small off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, plum, and honey. Taste is very malty, with some oak, spiciness, and dark fruits. Alcohol is quite noticeable. It’s okay, but in its defense, I’m not the biggest fan of barley wines, at least up to this point.

fletchfighters (1604) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2016
355 ML bottle Hazy but radiant light Amber color. Looks more like and IPA than a barley wine. Light white head that falls to a thick collar. Spotty lacing and big ABV legs. Nose is more English like. Big malt profile and very wooded hops. Spicy and woody. Big hop profile nose and smells chewy.m Taste is big wooded hop assault, very earthy but a huge malt profile to back it up. Complex and chewy. Think a cross between Bigfoot and a malt bomb from England. Very nice.

drsordr (2926) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle provided by alexsdad06 vintage 2009 pour lightly hazy copper with thin tan head. Nose lots of malt, toffee, caramel, slight dank. Some alcohol and light peppery spice. Taste lightly oxidized, but still reasonable barley wine. Toffee, burnt caramel, molasses and moderate alcohol.

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