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Sisyphus - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

519 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%


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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robwestcott

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Poured cold to a heady topper stemless a deep, dark, murky copper, with a super thin, quickly dissipating tan head that leaves a thin rim on the surface of the beer.

Aroma of dark, buttery sugars and dark cherries.

Big bodied, little carbonation, smooth-ish, medium heat, sweet.

Dark sugars, sticky sweet, muted flavors. This one may be past it's sweet spot.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 01:34:20 | More by robwestcott
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kind of an orange tan color, little head or lacing, not that impressive to look at.

Aroma and flavor are pungently malty, bready, a touch of toasty, with a fair hoppiness and an overall sweet character.

Body is smooth and slick, low carbonation, alcohol fairly well hidden, although a nice warming is obvious.

It's tasty but I don't think it's amongst the top barleywines on my list. I think a bottle or two of this will get aged for a year or more.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 11:49:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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kojevergas

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with green label and simple label art acquired at a local HEB Grocery. The cap is a branded green pry-off pressure cap. 2013 vintage; bottled 06/06/13. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; I reviewed Real Ale's Blonde Barleywine last night and wasn't a big fan. No ABV is listed on the label so I can't confirm that it's 11.50%.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No liquid gushed out upon removal of the cap. Carbonation seems adequate.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Okay creaminess and thickness. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; it falls without sticking, so I guess it isn't true lacing per se. Head retention is pretty decent considering the high ABV - about 3 minutes; it's above average.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Looks about right for the style, but there's nothing unique or special here. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Amber malts, English pale malts, caramunich malts, caramalts, toffee, butterscotch (diacetyl?), and a surprisingly prominent floral hop presence. Also some orange rind citrus esters from the hops. Vague grapefruit. Plenty of residual sugars; this one is definitely on the sweeter side. Relatively low yeast attenuation is suspected; I'd guess an American yeast was used as the fermentation doesn't seem to have the clean feel an English barleywine yeast would impart. Vague alcohol. Fruit sugars. Fairly syrupy.

The aroma isn't great for the style, and suggests that syrupy alcohol sweetness I can't stand in barleywines. I'm not certain I'm going to enjoy this one. The aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Plenty of fruity alcoholic sweetness. Orange rind, rough grapefruit, tangerine. Some piney hop character. Generic floral hop character. Cane sugar, brown sugar. Plenty of biscuit malt, caramunich malt, and caramalt sweetness along with unwelcome English toffee character. Plenty of sugars bring this one towards the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum. This one could do with some age. The fruity alcohol is obnoxious. It's not a pleasant or approachable flavour profile by any means. Has a bit of cohesion, but it's far from gestalt, and I wouldn't call it balanced. I wouldn't say I like it. Lacks complexity and subtlety. There's no nuance or inspiration here. A pretty pedestrian flavour profile for a barleywine. Quite boring.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Above average intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through. Aside from the alcohol, there aren't any off-notes; the butterscotch suggested by the aroma never surfaces in the flavour profile.

Mf: Sticky, smooth, and wet. Too thick and syrupy. Overcarbonated, but not quite biting. Unpleasant, but not offensive. It's got too much alcohol warmth. The texture doesn't really suit the flavour profile too well, but it doesn't work against it per se. Bad presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: As pedestrian a barleywine as you'll find. Real Ale's shelf offerings have yet to impress me. I wouldn't get this again, nor would I recommend it to friends or trading partners. Its below average quality coupled with its alcohol presence makes it somewhat difficult to drink. Age would likely help, but I wouldn't waste the cellar space on this. Pretty boring, underwhelming, forgettable stuff.

High D+

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:58:30 | More by kojevergas
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/1/2012. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, apple, caramel, raisin, toast, brown sugar, toffee, floral, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:50:59 | More by superspak
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brurevu

Texas

4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From my tasting notes on a 2012 vintage: I know barleywines are usually better with some age, but the word on Sisyphus is it is incredible fresh since it is made with a load of hops. The bottle I sampled was about 3 months old according to the bottle date, which is not a lot of aging time for a barleywine. The pungent citrus hop aroma crept out of the bottle as soon as I popped the top. The beer poured a copper color with very little head. There was a nice citrus, grapefruit hop bitterness at the front that quickly dissipated into a smooth caramel and toffee malt body. It had a full mouthfeel and medium to full body that you would expect from such a substantial brew with no harshness and not overly boozy. It is definitely a hoppy Barleywine. Maybe the 3 months took a bit of the hop edge and bitterness out of the Sisyphus because I thought it was just the right amount without being overly biting. The typical barleywine flavors were allowed to assert themselves and play nicely with the grapefruit hop undertones. A really wonderful brew that keeps Real Ale on the forefront of the Texas brewing scene.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 13:55:44 | More by brurevu
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JGlitz87

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 Bottle

A: Slightly cloudy amber

S: Slightly sweet and floral

T: Nice progression. Starts smooth and with a hint of caramel. Finishes with a distinctly hoppy, but assertively hoppy finish.

F: Good

O: Good beer. Not too familiar with barleywines, so hard to compare this to others in the style. However, overall a very balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:42:33 | More by JGlitz87
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not sure who brought this one to the tasting, but thanks to whomever it was. 2011 vintage. Murkiness at an all-time high, making the body completely opaque like a solid, gold bar. No head here, just a beige collar, and I'm even hesitant to use the word "collar". So still, menacing, and somnambulant as it just steadily hangs out in the glass, just saying "COME AT ME BRO!"

My expectations for this beer do not exist, mainly because I've never heard of it. That being said, I'm pleasantly surprised as I lean my face in and my nostrils are assaulted by a rush of boozy and tart apples and plums that have been drizzled in warm caramel and rolled in a vat of burnt, brown sugar. Some mild nuttiness in the finish; pretty enjoyable for an "off the radar" barley wine so far.

On the palate, the booze aspect of Sisyphus seems mostly rum-like, but I don't believe this thing has ever been in any kind of barrel, right? So maybe it's just the flavors that have developed over time within the malts. Tart plums, sweet grapes, rum, toffee, brown sugar and molasses, with another touch of nuts in the finish.

Hops are relatively low for an American barley wine / DIPA (see what I did there?) but I'm guessing that can be attributed to the nearly two years of age this bottle has on it. Slight leafy notes hop in and out, but they don't contribute much offsetting bitterness, meaning this big, badass brew is pretty damn sweet. Thick, creamy, heavy, and sticky on the palate with minimal carbonation.

Sometimes, I really enjoy trying a beer that I've never heard of and have no expectations for, because I'm typically a sadistic pessimist and will often go into new, unknown beers thinking they're going to be the worst thing I've ever tasted, and when I try them and find out they're not (usually the case), then it's even more of a treat. Such is the case here - very good brew that I'd have again if it were available to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 11:45:44 | More by tectactoe
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darocny

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle.

Copper orange color. Small head that dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell of caramel, toffee, light fruitiness. Deeper inhalation brings a strong nuttiness and syrup soaked bread.

Taste follows the nose. Fresh 2011 was more hoppy than 2012, but a couple years has allowed the hops to mellow after two years. The sweetness of the beer really shows through here. Definitely not out of balance since some light hops coats the tongue, running on the surface of the sweetness.

Very creamy. Minimal carbonation. Perfect.

I've had Sisyphus fresh and aged up to 5 years. Both are very delicious. Sisyphus is a fantastic barleywine. With years on it, Sisyphus is a very special treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:22:24 | More by darocny
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage
12oz green label bottle served in a snifter.

A - Pours a bright reddish orange color with a few floaties. Small head vanishes but allows for a solid collar and a thin island of micro bubbles.

S - Candy caramel, old white bread, toffee, muted citrus hops, minor hints of oxidation(nothing bad) toast comes out as it warms, very nutty, toasted walnuts, woody strawberries, dry herbs, caramel cotton candy.

T - Dense nutty caramel, creamy toffee, fruity butterscotch, passion fruit. Very sweet but the has a toasted pecan like bitterness and notes of wood in the middle, counteracting the sweetness. Roasted barley comes in strong toward the end with some resinous hops, finishing dry.

M - Full bodied, thick and viscous, low carbonation kicks up quite creamy when you hold it in the mouth.

I haven't had a fresh one but this is an incredible beer with 4 years on it. Only slight oxidation that hardly detracts from the synergy of all the other components. Awesome mouthfeel that demands sipping. This is drinking fantastic right now and seems like it could handle a couple more years of aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 22:01:35 | More by StaveHooks
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BigBarley

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10.01.12
Pours like honey-colored motor oil, coming out to be a deep orange/ honey blend, with a nice, sticky, imperial white crown of foamy goodness. Looks like cloudy, delicious goodness.

Aroma is one of sweet, citrus hops, backed by a buttery, bready malt character. It even smells syrupy, but delicious and intriguing,

Indeed! Candy-like zest, lemon, orange, slight hint of grapefruit... citrus candy syrup all over a malty, buttered cracker. Alcohol is prominent, and gives a general spicy texture to the flavor. I bet that rounds out nicely after a little age. Not for someone who hates booze presence on the tongue.

Thick, thick and thick. Carbonation is explosive and lively, which works well with the alcohol spice to give it a real kick. Good fun to drink.

All around impressive barleywine, enjoyable on all fronts. I'm glad I took the chance and grabbed this local gem, it's pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 14:38:01 | More by BigBarley
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deg

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a good amber color, and I could smell the hops. The smell had a fruit tang, like citrus, more like orange than grapefruit. I could taste the hops. I could not pick up much of a malt taste. The beer had a creamy feel to it. I felt very little alcohol warmth. Since I don't like American Barleywine (I prefer English Barleywine when I get Barleywine style beers), I probably would not buy this again. If you are someone that likes American Barleywine style beers, this would be a good one to try out since it matches the style (with the exception of alcohol warmth) well.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 23:19:01 | More by deg
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charlzm

California

3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on January 24th, 2013. Bottle dated 3.24.12. Purchased Austin, TX in May of 2012 at Whip In. Poured into a Klokke Roeland goblet at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours a nearly-clear orange-amber. A bashful head of white foam becomes a ring around the edges in short order. This beer has some legs when swirled.

Aroma is sweet with vanilla and cane sugar notes.

Flavor is big and thick. As in nose, vanilla and brown sugar are up front. Fruitiness I can't pin down (Pears? Peaches? Raisins?) swims in a sea of alcohol warmth. Finish is oddly clean with only a little sweetness lingering behind. Not particularly bitter.

Mouthfeel is thick and still and a little oily.

Not my favorite barleywine, but a significant one. Damn, that's strong!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:45:04 | More by charlzm
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Sven_Darinski


4.66/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried the 2012 and first try was less than favorable as the alcohol seemed to overwhelm any flavor but for the sour hops. The second and third glass (not the same night) however changed my mind. Seems the hops tame over time and an added caramelized or sweet note balances the hops. But make no mistake the punch in this barley wine is not for a "sisy."

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:14:12 | More by Sven_Darinski
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

a murky orange with a finger of head (holy crap, carbonation!) which quickly diminished. nutty, malty, sweet caramel smells coming right up front.. almost an almond like scent. the taste is a complex mix of grains.. barley, i taste some oats, some rye as well.. holy crap this is like drinking a world class bread. not even tasting the abv at all on this one but i know it's high. very sweet, honey like hints, mixed in with bready flavors. best tasting barley wine i've had in a long time.

medium to full in body with a modest amount of carbonation for the style of beer this is.

a great sipper, a wonderful barleywine.. way breadier than most i've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 10:28:59 | More by facundoCNB
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davey101

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass and allowed to warm up a bit.

A - Pours a hazy dark red/orange body. Small one finger off white dissipates quickly into some thin edging. Solid lacing and retention.

S - Sweet caramel malt, dank hops, citrus, and raisins. The finish is a bit warming from the alcohol.

T - Similar to the nose with caramel malts and raisins followed by some dank and citric hops. Very much an American barleywine with the hops still clinging on with some light bitterness. Aftertaste is piney and grapefruit juice and slightly off putting.

M - Medium bodied and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is a bit too high. Alcohol isn't very noticeable.

O - A solid example of the American Barleywine. I'm really just not subscribed to the idea that they are worth aging though. Thanks for the chance to try this gtermi!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 05:13:32 | More by davey101
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BrewerB

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to miikezombie for sending this beer out via trade. Tonight feels like a sipping beer evening so I figured it'd be a good time to crack one open.

This is the 2009 version.

Pours a crystal clear medium orange with a thin off-white foam that couldn't keep it together. Slight wet cardboard notes in the early aroma hint at oxidation. Saltine cracker and toffee. Also detecting some dark fruity esters, blackberry. In the cup, I'm picking up citrus fruits, caramel, lightly toasted bread, and a small amount of butterscotch in the background. Touch of vegetal in the finish. Medium in body, carbonation is fairly low.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 06:20:27 | More by BrewerB
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gtermi

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice dark orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: There are tons of sweet malt on the nose, with a nice amount of caramel and a slight bit of alcohol.

T: The flavor has a strong amount of booze and also a strong amount of sweet caramel malt.

M: The beer is very smooth and has a nice full body. There is a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and tip of the tongue.

O: This is a solid beer. I bought several bottles so I can age them and see how they turn out with time.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 04:18:06 | More by gtermi
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KKB

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – It has that really nice really light brown, or dark orange with some yellow mixed in there, sunset aspect to it. Looks quite good, with some slightly off white, orangy colored head at the top. The head doesn’t last very long before receding with just a thin layer at the top.

S – You get peach and malt smells in the nose, with only the slightest pang of alcohol (has a slight brandy fragrance to it) witch is impressive considering the high ABV.

T – What a delicious taste. Sort of a candied light caramel sweetness/toffee in the start, with some bitterness and hoppiness with a biscuity quality and a wonderful alcohol warmth that flows down so easily.

M – Full-bodied, very light carbonation that lasts throughout. I has a gooey almost syrupy body to it that obviously makes it the barley wine that it is. Very nice mouth-feel overall.

O – Very good barleywine. I cannot believe the ABV, because you really cannot taste it throughout. It only has that nice alcoholic burn to it that indicates that it’s there. A lovely barley wine overall and it is different as well, not like barefoot that has that hoppy quality to it, this is much sweeter and has much more malt present. I will definitely be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:51:50 | More by KKB
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DRyan

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition poured in a Jester King Tulip glass

A: Copper yellowish orange with good white/very light tan head. The head “drips” cloudiness into the beer, as if all of the yeast were in the head and making their way to the bottom of the glass slowly. The head recedes slowly and laces nicely.
S: Almost smells like a farmhouse ale, a bit funky a bit sour-ish with a strong malt and a strong alcohol scent coming through
T: The malts play well with the hops in this one. There is a strong malt flavor to it, but it is balanced nicely with an aggressive hop profile that does not go over the top. The alcohol also makes an appearance. The aftertaste is first alcohol, then caramel and toffee, a bit sweet.
M: Smooth and velvety. The carbonation profile is mild and the beer itself goes down easily.
D: Very nice for a barleywine. Not too overpowering to be drinkable, but still not a summer afternoon chugger in any way.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:37:35 | More by DRyan
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch.

A: Super cloudy mahogany pour. Small tan head. Fades slowly with just a few spots of lacing.

S: Lots of toffee, and raisin with some molasses and a bit of caramel. Pretty boozy even with 3 years on it.

T: Super sweet caramel and toffee up front. Hints of molasses. More caramel and burnt sugar in the middle with the raisins kicking in. Finishes slightly bitter and drying with a little piney and resinous hops I think. Some spicy alcohol lingers between sips.

M: Heavy, thick, syrupy, cloying. Sipper for sure.

O: A nice mellow, sweet, slow drinking barleywine. Very smooth, though that might be the age. A little bit of nice bitterness to balance the sweetness. All good things. Just a little simple, that's what keeps it from garnering higher numbers. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:37:06 | More by Dope
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from KungFuMike quite a while ago. Cheers for the beers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Pink label

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a faint, swirly wisp and ring. Deep burnt orange in color, hazy, with no carbonation evident. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some small dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of caramel, toffee and melon aromas. Some pineapple and piney hops as well. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some melon and spicy booze at the swallow. Bold and persistent aftertaste of sweet caramel, nuts, honeydew melon, some piney, bitter hops and a touch of spicy alcohol. Loads of nice, balanced, bold flavors. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and burn at the swallow, finishing slightly mouth coating. Some heat lingers. This is a big, heavy, oily palate, though the burn is still a little much.

OVERALL: Great stuff! Big, bold, balanced and flavorful, this one drank away far too easily. Less alcohol burn would put this one onto another planet, but it was still fantastic. If you get the chance to try this vintage, don't hesitate. Very glad to have had a chance to drink this one KungFu. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 19:16:28 | More by Jeffo
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GregBlatz

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 - Bottled on 3/24/12

A - Cloudy orange color. The head grows very slowly but gets to 1/2" of thick off white foam.

S - Sweet fruity esters are the dominant smell. Citrus and maybe a little resinous hop aroma. Smells 'sticky'. Does not smell like a 10+% beer. More like a malty IPA with subdued hops. No alcohol warmth in the smell. A slight burnt caramel smell is in there as well.

T - Wow, OK, alcohol heat is smack in your face. I didn't get that from the smell at all. I should have known better. Very sweet but also very thin. It is way more balanced than those double or imperial IPA's. Caramel is the dominant flavor but the hops add both flavor and bitterness that balances out this barleywine much better than an Engish style IMO.

M - Thin and slick. Alcohol warmth is not hidden by any means.

O - Pretty darn drinkable. As I get older I'm not as crazy about high gravity beers as I used to be. This one is a very nice sipper. It is aggressive but pretty balanced. I'll take this over a Double IPA any day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:58:43 | More by GregBlatz
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to lnashsig for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a deep yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one as it was spot-on for the style and quite inviting while still letting you know that it packed a punch. The flavor seemed to follow suit, but didn’t really do anything else for me which was kind of a letdown. There was a nice touch of sweetness, but the alcohol presence definitely made itself known in it which hurt the overall appeal of this one for me. If you like Barleywines you owe it to yourself to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 10:52:22 | More by thagr81us
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled longneck into a 12 oz tulip. Bottling date 3.24.12.

Look- Hazy medium amber, three fingers of dense, frothy head that gets increasingly soapy-looking as it falls. Excellent retention and the lace is nearly opaque.

Smell- Faint white bread and green apple with a touch of bubblegum. Takes on a stronger cidery scent, almost vinegary as it approaches room temp.

Taste- Mellow, grainy flavor couples with caramel, buttered toast, navel orange and a bit of white chocolate. A hint of bitterness comes out on the finish. Aftertaste is lightly sour and vaguely fruity, perhaps brandylike.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, soft carbonation, slightly mealy texture. Something of a soft, juicy feel. Mild dryness on the end.

Overall- Mild, mellow, high drinkability, but malt isn't very complex and it's neither spicy nor fruity. Needs something to kick it up a notch. Worth trying, but I don't really see it developing much over time. I'll hang on to one and see if it proves me wrong, however.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 05:22:16 | More by Lawl3ss
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DavidST

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass, bottled on 3.23.12. This pours a nice copper / amber color with a small off white head. The smells are of caramel, citrus hops, alcohol. The feel is almost thick nice carbonation. The taste is pretty good nice amount of hops and grapefruit, along with a nice caramel / toffee good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:53:26 | More by DavidST
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