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Sisyphus - Real Ale Brewing Company

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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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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-01-2011 11:35:26 | More by mhenson42
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jheezee

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-14-2011 04:48:50 | More by jheezee
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DeSoto

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-18-2011 07:04:53 | More by DeSoto
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ATXRyan

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-17-2011 19:22:06 | More by ATXRyan
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IpeeA

Missouri

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-15-2011 03:47:50 | More by IpeeA
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brett606

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

07-04-2013 06:40:27 | More by brett606
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masterhomebrewer

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 bottle received as an extra in trade from JosephLondon. Thank you, kind sir.

A -- Bottle gushed minimally. Pours a beautifully clear, copper-golden color with one-inch head. Really, really pretty.

S -- Wow, what a surprise. Big, huge Brett funk right up front followed by bready malts. Just an outstanding surprise. I glanced at other reviews and see no mention of Brett, so I must assume that this was unintentionally infected with Brett. But it smells goood....

T -- Holy god. Huge Brett funk, dark fruits, salty, delicious, earthy, tobacco-y complexity that finishes with a perfectly-balanced bitter bite. A multitude of flavorful delights that all seem to work in unison to create one of the most interestingly complex tasting experiences I have ever enjoyed. I am just blown away by the way the (unintentional?) Brett has added to the complexity and perfectly tied together all the diverse elements of this beer. The 11.5% alcohol is not even noticeable.

M -- Creamy and smooth. Just delightfully warm and tingly with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D -- Exceptional. It's such a delicious taste experience that I can imagine drinking two of these every night for the remainder of my days. Unfortunately, since this beer is not available in my area, and I seem to be the only one who got the Brett-infected bottle, this appears to be a one-night love affair, sadly.

Edit: I see now that a couple of others have picked up a wild Brett influence. If you have 2007s of this, drink 'em or send them my way!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 02:04:25 | More by masterhomebrewer
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Daveychu

California

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-30-2011 20:08:14 | More by Daveychu
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joefuzz

New York

5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing 2009 and 2010 vintages side by side both sent to me as extras by a very generous Jefferz5000...Thanks Jeff

09-5- Pours a very nice hazy gold with a way larger than expected off white head for the ABV with great retetion.
10-5- Pours same hazy gold as as the 09 with a larger more suddy lumpy off white head great retention and lacing

09-5- Smells of apircots and sweet caramel with a suprising hop presence.
10-5- Fairly large hop presence for the style upfront with rasins and sweet toffe

09-5- Slight hop taste up front that quickly gives way to caramlized sugar and sweet plum tastes
10-4.5- Little larger hop taste than the 09 with lots of sweet candy sugary aftertaste not much fruit presence

09-5- Mouthfeel is perfect creamy and smooth the huge head led me to believe this would be pretty over carbonated but its just right.
10-4.5- Mouthfeel is pretty on point with a fresher barleywine not as creamy as the 09 and a little thinner and more carbonated but still pretty stellar

09-5- Overall very happy with this beer, one of the best barleywines i have had recently.
10-4.5- Overall great beer as well, prefer it with a little more age on it. its nice to see what a beer turns into with a little age.

Thanks again Jeff

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 05:56:46 | More by joefuzz
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derbledraught

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +27.2%

07-10-2013 00:32:02 | More by derbledraught
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ldookmariot

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-29-2013 14:30:28 | More by ldookmariot
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starkmarvelo

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

08-22-2012 17:02:34 | More by starkmarvelo
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kbub6f

New York

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage, fresh.

The head is small, thick and creamy white. The beer is amber-copper-brownish and a touch hazy. Wow! Huge, sweet, buttery, caramel, syrup, fruity nose. Unbe-freakin-lievable. Sweet butter-caramel syrup in front. Super thick, fruity, caramel middle. Substantially bitter finish with alcohol kick. A very bitter aftertaste. Man, this is freaking awesome: so buttery, caramely. Sweet, but not too sweet for me (I'm pretty sensitive to over-sweet beers). Big hoppy finish. Absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 21:46:53 | More by kbub6f
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deadliest

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage.

A: Poured hard, producing 2 fingers of creamy head that lasts a good while and leaves attractive lacing down the walls of my Duvel tulip. Body is cloudy medium amber.

S: Caramel maltiness, toffee and biscuit.

T: sweet caramel malt and bready toffee, but unlike with the smell the hops are more present. The piney hop bitterness is a great compliment to the more dominant sweet/rich flavors up front.

M: Silky smooth. Still has the carbonation it takes to keep the feel from laying a little too heavy.

D: Just about perfect drinkability for either a barleywine or any 11.5% beer for that matter. The taste of alcohol has been aged into the other flavors while still having a warming presence.

Just incredible.

(Also tried a 2009 recently as well and while it was pretty good, it wasn't nearly on the same level as the 2008. Either 2008 was an especially good batch, or this ages incredibly after 2+ years goes by. Definitely recommend buying some of this up and drinking it after it's 2 or more years old.)

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 00:43:47 | More by deadliest
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thugherman

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-08-2013 22:37:50 | More by thugherman
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-10-2013 20:57:50 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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phishbone23

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-25-2013 14:00:18 | More by phishbone23
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ATX117

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-03-2013 00:40:56 | More by ATX117
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stumac

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007, aged, cracked open April '08

Pours a murky orange with very delayed, great ivory colored 1 inch head. Head quickly melts away into an uneven layer of bubbles. Great lace staying all over my Duvel glass. The weight of this beer is tremendous and obviously screaming "I'm so damn full bodied!"
Aromatics of faint, citrusy hops, sweet malt characters, notes of caramel.
Taste is great! Light tangerine flavor, sweet caramel that sticks to your lips, slight spicy hops, floral hops, slight alcohol spice, mellow carbonation, long long long lingering finish.
A great beer. Masks the high alcohol fantastically. You can tell that aging this beer for a really long time will be in order. Snatch the '07 while you still can!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 22:16:18 | More by stumac
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LiveOakMarket

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I have had this beer. It was quite amazing. Beautiful color, feel, taste, smell. Everything about it was gooood. I'm very happy that Real Ale is finally bottling up more of their beers. I have a lot of people that love the Real Ale company and I think it's about time that they all get to taste them on the go. 2008 was the year of Sisyphus that I had. Gold label.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 19:49:12 | More by LiveOakMarket
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 2007 bottle courtasy of gford217

Poured from a brown longneck into a pub glass. The pour produced a 1'' tan head. The beer itself is a buetiful unfiltered redish copper, very hazy, not at all transparent, glows well when held to light. Retention is stellar with a quarter inch of milky foam and thin streaks of lace.

Aroma is ultra sweet with grains and honey. Caramel and biscuity bread tones. Faint grapefruity hops. This smells absolutly delicious, very rich and malty.

Mouthfeel is super thick and creamy, with a slickness to it. Probably the best mouthfeel to any barleywine I've ever had. Exceptionally thick and creamy! If 6 were an option for the feel on this, then a 6 it would get.

Taste upfront is more sweet and pronounced cereal grains,with honey and carmelised sugars. Just a touch of warm alcahol into the swallow, there really is no heat on this and thats also quite remarkable for an 11% beer.
Finishing with sweet malt and plenty of grains and buttery caramel rolls. Hops still do live and provide some balance to this ultra sweet delight. A bit of bittering grapefruit, not a whole lot, but its noticeable and not sudued. So, yes, this has done well with age, I have nothing to compare it to as far as a fresher bottle, but for a 2 year old bottle it is damn good.

Thanks Grant!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 23:18:06 | More by Buebie
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Sven_Darinski


4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
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 +18.3%
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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burnerfinger

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought myslef a single bottle of this having no idea what I had found:

A: poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet. Thin yellowish head leaves, well, heroic lacing. nice oraange-amber hue - noticable sediment at the base of the goblet

S: HMMM! nice, sweet malt (caramel?)

T: (think of Mr. Burns) Excellent! Nice tart showing of hops, with a huge malt backbone.

M: lots and lots of body here. easy on the carbonation - almost no ABV burn.

D: this is the best example of a barelywine that I have found!! really, reallyl great. But I cant honestly give it hi marks for drinkablility - what with the hi abv and huge body this is just too rich for sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 16:27:56 | More by burnerfinger
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Petrol Station in Houston. It's a clear golden color with a thin cap of foam. The thin cap looks appropriate for an American barleywine, but the light color surprised me a little bit.

Really nice aroma, well hopped but not over-hopped. The hops come across as grassy, maybe a little floral, rather than citrusy. Really nice sweet malty notes beneath that, lighter rather than caramelly, maybe a hint of ethanol. Am I starting to come around to this style of beer, or is Sisyphus just my style of barleywine? Probably the latter more than the former. And probably due to a combination of non-citrusy hops and non-caramel malts.

Same in the flavor, this is excellent stuff. All kinds of delicious, there is just not a bad flavor in this barleywine. I so wish I had bought some bottles to take home, damn this is delicious.

As drinkable and approachable an American barleywine as I have come across. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 01:18:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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Sisyphus from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.