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Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus) - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus)
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 03-25-2010)
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a murky, dark amber note with a small white head.

S: The oak is super strong and really provides most of the aroma to the beer. A lot of spicy oak notes, a bit of char, and some sweet vanilla. Quite a bit of fruit, perhaps some black cherries that have a subtle tartness.

T: A big time fruit character on the flavor with a lot of cherry as well as some raisins, maybe a touch of green apple. The oak is again very strong and adds a nice tannic and spicy note. Plenty of vanilla to go with it, and a slight char/smoke flavor. Even with all of that going on, there's still some of the base sweetness of Sisyphus.

M: The body is medium and the is light carbonation.

D: Sisyphus is one of my favorite beers from Real Ale, so this was a real treat. A really nice beer.

womencantsail, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is sweet caramel with some brown sugar and oak mixed in. The flavor is very heavy on the oak. I also get a lot of brown sugar, caramel malt, alcohol and some hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 20, 2010
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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Meddlesome Moth in Dallas.

A - Cloudy opaque dark amber colour with a ring of cream coloured head.

S - Lots of oak with a nice toast character. Toffee, caramel and a candy-like sweetness.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel. Toasted oak with some astringency. Candy sugar, nuttyness. A warming ABV throughout.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

425, 425, 425, 4, 425

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

drummermattie02, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An 08 vintage, on cask at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A wispy, one finger, white head forms and sticks throughout. Some lace is left behind.
S: This is awesome. Vanilla and a dry oak/wood aroma up front that is incredible. Sweet caramel malt and dark fruits. A light bitterness lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of vanilla and oaky/wood flavors. Caramel and dark fruits. As this warms a little bitterness comes out.
M/D: A full body that is creamy and smooth. So easy and smooth to drink. I wish my glass would have never ended.

All around excellent. This is near perfect on cask, and the French Oak is awesome. Hurry up and get some while it lasts. I highly recommend this.

champ103, Mar 25, 2010
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Gagnonsux, May 25, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The barrel aging added some wonderful scents to this the oak and vanilla was an excellent addition to the sweet malt and dark fruits

T - Follows the nose sweet malt with some dark fruits upfront then the barrel aging flavors come out has an alcohol finish

M - On cask this beer has a perfect creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - This is about as drinkable as you can get for a barleywine this is a beer you have to be on the look out for and when you see it on cask you need to jump on it and get a glass

armock, Mar 29, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus) from Real Ale Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.