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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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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 8.66%
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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Photo of LittleDon
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 8 oz. snifter at Hay Merchant on 7/25/2013.

Deep brown with a small head. Dried fruit and vanilla aroma. Similar in flavor to the Highlander but with considerably less sugar. Tastes more as if it has been aged in bourbon barrels than French oak. Mild sweetness with noticeable vanilla characteristics. Surprisingly dry for 11.5 ABV. Medium-light bodied. Exceptionally smooth for a relatively young barleywine.

LittleDon, Jul 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

brandon911, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

ilikebeer03, Jul 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

eldiablito, Jul 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

LtColFrankSlade, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +13.9%

MaddDogg84, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of truesolution
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

truesolution, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -8.9%

bbadger, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Gagnonsux, May 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

strib, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

SBoyar1, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

phishbone23, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Renegrenade, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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

Spaceangler, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

beesy, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

BeerHunter76, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

monitorpop, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

2378GCGTG, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of MisterGrizz
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano 03-09-2012

Initial first impression is love at first sight. Nice sticky 1/2 inch head that just hugs the inside of the glass. I mean this thing is like liquid candy. Cloudy dark amber color with a cream white head. Oh boy.

First smell reveals honey and loads of it. A second reveals biscuit-y malt, citrus, hint of clove, small bite of hops and a crazy balance between them all. Not one element overpowers the other and it just feels right.

Taste is loads of smooth honey up front. Just wow. A small piney hop bite follows and the creamy biscuit-y malt flavor I mentioned in the smell finishes it out. Fantastic. I could drink this all night till the cask was empty, but we all know that I wouldn't be standing if I were to go that route.

Overall, this is probably the best barleywine, aged or no, that I have ever had. The regular Sisyphus is quite good on its own, but the French oak treatment turns this into a completely different beer. Easily Real Ale's best offering to date. I want it bottled. Now.

MisterGrizz, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

videofrog, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -31.7%

drummermattie02, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.9%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus) from Real Ale Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.