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Sisyphus - Real Ale Brewing Company

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very good

584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 42
Gots: 123 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aracauna on 12-18-2002)
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Photo of nizzle8287
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7-31-14, consumed 12-19-14. After agitating the sediment in the bottom of the bottle, it was then poured into a tulip at 60 degrees. It poured an opaque rust-reddish-orange with about an inch of creamy off-white colored head that dissipated into a thin film, leaving nice and sticky flecks of lacing all around the glass. Smells like pear, apple, apricot, sweet malts, and a slight hint of alcohol. Medium thick and creamy mouth feel with light carbonation, and it's definitely a sipper. I taste malty sweetness blended with ripe pears and apricots, followed by a mild lingering hint of toffee, with mild hop bitterness staying on the palette for a while. This beer is less than 5 months old and the hops and malts work together nicely, but I can imagine this beer might become overly sweet with too much age. Alcohol is noticeable but it blends well considering that it's 11.5%. Overall this is a very good barleywine, and I will be ageing the other two bottles from this four pack.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Bottle from 2011

A: poured into a snifter to a clear gold with a small light tan head that fades quickly to a small collar
S: smells of well faded citrusy hops and orange marmalade with some caramel sweetness and a little alcohol
T: taste is bready malt, some stone fruits, caramel sweetness, faint citrus and pine oil hoppiness. swallow is more faded oily piney hop with lingering caramel sweetness. slight alcohol is noticeable as well
M: fairly full in the mouth with soft carbonation that is just right. finish is pretty drying.
O: I probably should have drank one of these a few years ago when they first came to me, but this beer is drinking really well. Flavors are good and it's aged gracefully. Hops are much more apparent on the nose than on the palate and it aged gracefully.

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2014 vintage

A - Pours an amber/orange in color body with a thin eggshell head.

S - Caramel, honey, sweet malts, citrus and a buttery essence.

T - Citrus forward at first with sweet malts, caramel and a slight hoppy ending.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth body.

O - Tasty, different, and citrus forward. Can't say I've had a barleywine like this. It's good, but not something I'd reach for often.

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Sisyphus from Real Ale Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.