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Sisyphus - Real Ale Brewing Company

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88
very good

548 Ratings
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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 39
Gots: 119 | FT: 2
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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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 6/16/10

2008 vintage

Courtesy of mhewes

Sisyphus is a nice crimson-amber color; there's a little bit of cloudiness. An inch of foam was manifest, though after several minutes it has dissipated to a skim of bubbles, leaving pretty good lace. Swirling revives a good bit of foam. Lacing thins over time.

There isn't a shortage of sweetness in the aroma. Toffee, caramel & brown sugar are all in abundance. Stray notes of candied malts. Faint notions of butterscotch. Hints of toasted bread are seated in the back. After swirling, effervescent notes of rum-soaked raisins creep in, adding a slight booziness.

Grittiness greets the tongue, a ghastly apparition of hops since faded; certainly not a bad thing for the style (not to mention age). Sweet notes of toffee, brown sugar & caramel are prominent but never cloying. Subtle hints of raisins way in the back. Toastiness is apparent throughout; in conjunction with the grit, it gives the flavors something of a rough edge.

Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is rather low; pretty much spot on. The aforementioned grittiness is definitely a plus in my book. Not too much in the way of appreciable alcohol heat. Toasted, sugary malt residuals linger.

Sisyphus is a heck of a barleywine, especially as far as drinkability is concerned. It's engaging enough to be a fully enjoyable drinking experience & a quick one at that, since it isn't particularly intense. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:30:05 | More by Ryan011235
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Sisyphus from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.