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Sisyphus - Real Ale Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 550
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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very cloudy orangish brown color with a small dense head at first pour that fell pretty quickly to a small ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma: Boatloads of citrusy hops! There is definitely some malt in here, but the hops rule the aroma. They have more support from the alcohol derived spicy aromatics than they do from the malt.

Taste: Boy, this beer packs a wallop! There is a bunch of citrus that you notice at the first part of the profile. This is quickly replaced by an astringent bitterness that is both hop derived and from the alcohol. If you can manage to get over the alcohol, you can pick out a few other fruits like some mild plum and a hint of cherries. As it warms, you can notice the cherries more. Every sip leaves a warm feeling in the back of the throat.

Opinion: This is a no kidding around kind of beer! This beer comes across as big to me the whole way through. Don’t get me wrong, I like big beers, but this one is almost over the top. The flavor is so assertive with hops right now that your palate is ringing...this doesn’t let you taste much else. It would probably be pretty darn good after two+ years when the hop character mellows out to let the malt through.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 06:17:00 | More by SkeeterHawk
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition

Sisyphus pours a slightly hazy orange. There was no head just a ring that surrounded an ominous looking swirl that looked like a hurricane with one bubble in the middle that depicted the "eye" of the storm(no shit!!)

The smell is dominated by clean, fresh, tangy hops. Good sweet citrus aroma of orange/lime peel.

The taste moves from being tangy in the front, fruity in the middle, into a nice bitter hop finish. Balanced with a nice malty undertone, not over the top like some other American BW's.

This BW has good drinkability now and I think it will improve. Nice warming effect. The liquid is very smooth and it slides right down. Good local beer and one I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 03:41:53 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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grumpy

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2005 poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.
Have previously sampled the 2003 and 2004, and find this to be the best of the bunch.

Appearance: cloudy, dark amber with a cream-colored head leaving moderate lacing.

Aroma: dark fruit, caramel malt, and hops.

Taste: More a classic American Barley Wine (has America been producing Barley Wine long enough to employ the term "classic?") than the previous vintages. Substantial malt presence this time around, and good malt/hop balance. The hop blend prevents me from picking out any individual variety with my limited skills in that area. It struck me as tasting more aged than previous offerings. The flavor seemed like a blend of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Bell's Third Coast Old Ale - and that's high praise in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: I would prefer a bit more body. I like my Barley Wines fairly syrupy in texture.

Drinkability: As concentrated as the flavor is, the overall effect is mellow and easy to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 15:22:12 | More by grumpy
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HardTarget

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2005
Bottle Inspection: Standard Real Ale brown 12 oz bottle, only real info is the 10.7% abv.

Aroma: Very hoppy, standard American Barley wine in that respect. Mostly citric and floral hop notes and the underlying butterscotch-like malt base. Not a whiff of alcohol.

Appearance: Thick amber orange glass that held a small white head longer than expected, but dropped to a thin collared and laced just a touch.

Flavor: Hops on top, but quickly fade away to a sweet pillow of sugary malt. It has just the slightest hint of alcohol that serves to intensify the flavors with spiciness, but has no burn whatsoever. Bright orange juice notes with an allspice and noble hop whispers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body with a thick syrupy texture. Alcohol slowly evaporates into a clean finish a good 15 seconds after the swallow.

Overall Impression: Man, DANGEROUSLY drinkable. One of the easiest barley wines in this respect. Have to consciously slow down and take enjoyable sips. Alcohol can be noted, but only in a playful way that seduces you into a happy buzz. Flavor is very enjoyable. Me want more. The 12 oz bottle went way too quickly. I normally like to age the Sisyphus a bit, but this one is a gem fresh.
Another reason to be proud of Texas brews!

Vintage 2007 (sampled July 2008)
Bottle Inspection: Considerable sediment at the bottom of the bottle. A careful pour into an oversized pint glass left most behind.

Aroma 4.5/5: Fairly phenolic, a musty floral element, heady with alcohol vapor and a caramel orange candy base.

Appearance 3.5/5: Dark amber copper, murky clarity, only a trace head with a thin halo.

Flavor 5/5: Dried citric peel, orange, lime, grapefruit, hops are still sappy and potent. This was made in the days when hops were cheap and barley plentiful. Real Ale house yeast comes through a bit. Malty caramel sweetness supports all the above and keeps everything fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel 4.5/5: Medium heavy body dries quickly to an airy finish. Warm alcohol numbs a touch. Some carbonation holds through the glass, but the body grows and takes a syrup like quality which gets a bit phlegmy.

Overall Impression 5/5: Holding up nicely. Checked this bottle due to reports of problems with this batch; this bottle is just fine. Heavy handed, full flavored, lots of hop flavors holding, no oxidation noted, hope the rest in my cellar are fairing as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 04:43:12 | More by HardTarget
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beerdiablo

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Thick, hazy amber/copper.
Thin head with nice lace as the glass slowly empties.

Smell – Sweet caramel-butterscotch with some raisin, date overtones

Taste –A thick but balanced dancing sensation of sweet and bitter.
Those intimately familiar with Real Ale’s Full Moon Pale Rye Ale will detect a slight bite of rye in this in addition to a bit of hops.

The highlight is the sweetness, which will only get better with time.
Light bits of butterscotch and caramel highlight the malt overtones.

Mouthfeel – Standard for a barleywine: thicker body, little carbonation with a slight warming sensation via the alcohol content.

Drinkability - Smooth with a slight edge due to the alcohol “attack”.
As Sisyphus warms, the edge lessens and the sweet flavors become more pronounced. I prefer the serving at 55 degrees fahrenheit.

I’d recommend this after any grilled entrée but a nicely grilled steak would be best, it’s a good after dinner beer.

Beer Cellaring potential –Sisyphus ages incredibly well. I’ve had a 2yr.old bottle and it was rich with heavy butterscotch flavor, better than most new and aged barleywines I’ve tasted. Wait a year at least as I've noticed no difference at 6 months.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 04:03:16 | More by beerdiablo
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Gusler

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, over the years I have heard many good things about this beer, but was not able to find it anywhere until TPoling showed up in Phoenix to interview the mayor, so we met up for a few pints at Papago, and of all the beers in the world, guess what he brung? Dat’s right a “Sisyphus 05”, and “Hell Yeah” I am going to drink it as it’s my 2000th beer on “BA”.

The beer after its reluctant departure from the 12-ounce bottle sets in my “Stone Arrogant bastard” glass as this bad boy deserves a special glass, a deep hazy orange with a minimal frothy light tan head and as it evanesces, the residual lazy a fine sheet to surround the glass. Nose is heavy with fusel alcohol, sweet with malt and hints of sugar, light hop spiciness also noted, and a sure presage of what’s to come, start is sweet with a thick grain presence and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops strong and the 10.7 percent ABV makes itself known in the dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste, a real hoot this one and one well worth waiting for, my thanks to Travis for this bottle, “WOW”!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 19:47:56 | More by Gusler
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the 2004 along with a 2005. This rating is the 2005 offering.

Appearance: Orangey and hazy (got the bottom half of the sample this time).

Smell: Similar to his older brother, however this one has a more floral hop outline, with a bit of pineapple and honey along with the caramel.

Taste: This one the malt took a back seat, the sharp finish is a lot more pronounced, on that teetering limit between Barleywines and I2PAs. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you. It's filling, rich, and displays a creamyness as you swallow but once it goes by your uvula the gripping bitter aftertaste lasts a good long time.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 00:27:28 | More by Goldorak
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to AKSmokedPorter for sharing this.

Color is a cloudy-ish copper in color. Barely any off-white head to speak of. Lacing? Nada. Aromas are almost overwhelmed by the distinct medicinal alcohol fumes that boil up. ETOH-soaked fruits and cotton candy abound, with some caramel squares left behind. Flavor, as was the nose, is laced with alcohol. Not a raging inferno, but certainly noted on the palate. A little much. Lots of sweetness in the taste as well. Surprisingly dry and abrupt finish. Full-figured and slick on the palate. Alcohol notes more noticeable as it warmed. Certainly a bottle to share...the small serving size was just right.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 22:14:59 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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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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mgdeth

Montana

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2005 batch, with silver label and red lettering. Slightly hazy, light to medium amber in color, with hints of copper. Thin head, but good retention. Not much lace to speak of.

Smell - This one is mostly about the malt. I cannot detect a hoppy smell, but there is an unusual fruitiness to it - like papaya and (red) apples mixed together.

Taste - Strong bitterness follows a tropical fruity taste. Quite strange, but tasty. There is distinct alcohol flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Thick body, and sticky, with light carbonation. Good for am American Barely Wine.

Drinkability - Smooth overall, despite the kick of alcohol. It gets better as it warms.

Comments - This beer makes me think of lightly fizzy apple juice blended well with alcohol (without being cidery). This stuff should improve well with age (and the taste score will probably go up as well).

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 03:21:25 | More by mgdeth
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karst

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finding good craft beer in Texas, or any state your not familiar with, is like being condemmed to the futile and hopeless labor of Sisyphus, who was thought by Homer, to be the wisest and most prudent of mortals.

Not as wise, perhaps, I found beer available only in 6 packs. Consuming 6 Lone Stars, 6 Pearls, 6 Ziegen Bocks (AB), 6 Shiner Bocks, 6 Shiner Blondes - I nodded off wondering if this was hades - Texas heat and thirst and only hopeless beer (by the six-pack) that was drinkable only by virtue of ardent labors.

When I returned from nearby San Antonio's Central Market / H.E.B. (AKA Gucci-B) with singles of local craft brew, I felt like Pluto had permitted me to return to the joys of sea shores, warm sands and springtime sun. The 2005 Vintage 10.7 ABV pours a murky tea color. Stong hops in the aroma with, of course, alcohol. Satisfying medium to heavy mouthfeel in its rough but big bold Malt and citrus 'Cascade' hop blend that for at least an hour put Death in chains. A very drinkable barleywine that probably wants 6 months more aging.
I highly reccomend you try it.

Tomorrow's visit to Brooks Army Medical Center would soon reveal why Pluto, not able to endure the sight of a deserted, silent hades, dispatched the god of war to liberate Death. Our young soldiers returning from Iraq were hanging out to enjoy the warm spring sun. Upstairs WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam vets struggled with their horrors of past battles as they contemplated their death.

Like Sisyphus with his stone at the top of the mountain, no longer able to hold on - the enevitable force of gravity wrestles life from our grasp.

Carpe Diem

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 21:16:31 | More by karst
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow'golden copper with a small off-white head that fades to nothing. Spots of lace stay on the edge of the glass.
Aroma is caramel syrup, dark citrus fruits, dates and figs and a hint of grainy alcohol. A really resined hop note also appears as it warms.
Flavor is citrus fruits, caramel and spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is actually a tight light for style. Just doesn't cover the palate the way I would expect but does leave a sharp alcohol hint of the finish almost like a vodka shot. Pretty strange actually. Sweetness really starts to overtake the sharp resined bittering as it warms
Drinkability is good. Really well constructed ale, with some more work this beer has serious potential.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 03:40:04 | More by CRJMellor
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained this in a trade from HardTarget. Thanks for letting me sample this tasty brew!

Appearance: Pours a syrupy cloudy amber with a wispy thin white head.

Smell: Mayple syrup, sweet dried cheeries, rum, and raisins. Good smelling stuff.

Taste: Syrup and raisins, dried peaches, and honey. Sweet but not cloying with a tight dry finish. Some cloves or slightly bittering hops leave a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and slightly carbonated. Coats the throat and warms the cockles.

Drinkability: Suffers some just because it's a big beer. This one should be sipped and enjoyed like a fine port. This is a fine barleywine.

Thanks again to HardTarget for exposing me to all the wonderful beers at Real Ale!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 19:05:06 | More by mattcrill
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003... approximately 2 years old at tasting.

A gentle pour from a longstanding bottle delivers a hazy, reddish-amber body beneath a creamy head of ivory colored foam. As far as barleywines go, the head retention is good, and it leaves some nice splashes and spots of lace about the glass. The nose is bright with floral, fruity and leafy hops over a rich, sweet, light-caramel and biscuity maltiness. It's quite smooth and creamy in the mouth with a full body and a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation from bottle-conditioning. Malt and hops balance each other superbly in the flavor! Gently caramelish malt is peppered with spicy and piney hops; and then softened by floral hops; always backed by a solid bitterness. It's not overtly complex, but it's rich and satisfying in a big way. Alcohol, however, starts to become apparent after a few sips; and bitterness begins to build in the throat beyond that. Still, it's well worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 01:29:23 | More by NeroFiddled
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer poured a clear golden amber with a low white persistent head which laced the glass.

The aroma was a mixture of herbal, floral and alcohol. The floral component was one that you find quite often, but not one you could put your finger on to identify.

The flavor was alcohol. Along with the alcohol came a hoppy and very nice bittering. The hop flavor was well mingled with caramel maltiness and that same very floral flavor and a nice malt sweetness.

The finish was eventually dry with a huge warming alcohol into the aftertaste...burning even. The body was full and viscous.

12 ounce bottle, marked 11.2% ABV. There was quite a bit going on in our old buddy Sisyphus, but he just could not get that rock up the hill and score on the drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 21:29:14 | More by GCBrewingCo
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kindestcut

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 vintage:

I give you the Real Ale Sisyphus, the only barleywine offered by a Texas brewer.

The Sisyphus pours a burnt orange with a thin head. It's a dark(ish) beer but it doesn't look imposing. However, the aroma tells a different story. This smells like a strong beer. The alcohol is front and center along with a hoppy/malty combo.

The taste is sweet with an alcohol burn and ends with a hoppy finish. There is nothing subtle about a barleywine and the Sisyphus is no different. I would put the flavor somewhere between a Bigfoot and an Old Foghorn...not as hoppy as the former and not as sweet as the latter.

All-in-all a very good barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 15:54:29 | More by kindestcut
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Crosling

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Fly for procuring me a bottle of this rare Texas barley wine. Moderately aromatic, floral, fruity and quite lively with a nice equal balance between malt and hops along with a bouquet of apricot, pine, dough, more dough and baked bread. Rich malts (caramel, raisins, fruits) combine with a healthy hop level (pine, apricot, grapefruit, lemon, herbs) which leads into a superb, dry and lingering bitterness. After a quick vibration in the mouth, like a cell phone, more flavor consumes my palate. It’s more of an apple/butter toffee flavor. Very well hidden alcohol. Creamy, coating mouthfeel. I’m a sucker for a good barley wine and this one did it for me. Thanks again Fly.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 23:37:48 | More by Crosling
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber. Nice aroma, very hoppy with notes of honey and maple. I love the smoky feel in mouth which accompanies well the lemon, peaches, caramel and salt. Very hoppy as it warms, coniferous bitter aftertaste. This seemed a bit underrated to me. Now you're talking Joet!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 22:09:46 | More by Rastacouere
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 Edition sampled on 7/29/04

Paid $2.49 for a 12 ounce bottle at Whole Foods in Austin.

Sisyphus pours a nice amber-orange hybrid. Head is light brown and almost non-existant. Aroma is the best thing about this beer, the smell of roasted malt reminds me of dark chocolate. Sip starts out with malty chocolate taste, but unfortunately ends with strong flavor of alcohol. Taste reminds me of vodka for some reason. I expected some alcohol taste in this high percentage brew, but this was a little much and ditracted from the overall expirience. Despite that small problem, I enjoyed this as a nightcap, but the cost is pretty high for everyday drinkage.

Appearance- 4.0
Smell- 4.5
Taste- 3.5
Mouthfeel- 3.5
Drinkability-3.5

2004 Edition Sampled on 08/18/04

Sisyphus 2004 pours an attractive shade that is somewhere between amber and orange. Head is very short and light brown. Once again, I enjoyed the aroma of Sisyphus the most. Smell is again of dark chocolate, maybe just a little weaker this time. Taste is more balanced this time around, alcohol is tasted throughout and not just strongly in the finish. Flavor isn't as malty as in 2003. I think I'll buy another one and celler it to see what happens in a year or so. Overall, both years of Sisyphus get a similar score, but I believe I enjoyed 2003 a little bit more.

Appearance- 4.0
Smell- 4.0
Taste- 3.5
Mouthfeel- 3.5
Drinkability-3.5

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 02:29:56 | More by Gagnonsux
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TPoling

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In anticipation of the new harvest, I pulled out my next-to-last bottle of 2003 Sisyphus from the cellar. OK, the cellar is a closet filled with books, 17 years of newspaper clippings and a few fine ales. Humor me.

The aged Sisyphus poured a slightly murky, but bright gold and orange, and very little head.

The 10.7 percent alcohol in the ale was obvious in the nose, but didn't have quite the same warming effect in the mouth as North Coast Old Stock, tasted earlier in the evening. There had been some maturation of the flavors with age. The bitterness and floral flavors from the edgy hops still stood out from the malt, but melded into something almost reminiscent of an India Pale Ale with a kick.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 17:51:09 | More by TPoling
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nomad

Kansas

2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a murky color mixing amber, orange, and caramel. Had a light, thin head with a surprising amount of carbonation underneath.

Smelled of deep, rich caramel and toffee, hints of butterscotch, and spicy hops. Left a good impression of English malts: husky, sweetish, and full of body, but slowly the alcohol showed up too much. Also, smelled of some nascently fruity esters with time.

Taste is very spicy, of astraight-up alcohol mostly with some hops as well. Very little malt at all, though a small sum had a roasted quality. The alcohol flavor and effect is supremely dominant, hitting you quickly and continually. Quite drying in the finish as oily, nasty hop bitterness turns over while the alcohol pulsated with heat on my tongue. Then again, a wondefully thick mouthfeel.

Maybe it shouldn’t be aged... but thanks to aracauna for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 03:14:41 | More by nomad
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sad to say, my notes on this impressive ale were taken after a hefty session of others, (I was really thirsty for a barleywine!) and therefore lacked technical precision or minute dissection of any kind. We can only arrived at the barest conclusions, but yet I offer them up...
"Appearance: bright, bold, reddish hue, nice, finely toasted head.
Aroma: rich, fruity, bready, bold, flavorful, delicious and delirious, holding all the right notes that a barleywine ought to.
Delicious, full flavored, happy, fantastic hops, lush, earthy, fruity, hoppy, malty, perfect
Oh!!! Rich, tasty, delicious, satisfying..."
and there it trails away, penmanship becoming more atrocious and alarmingly indecipherable. This bewildered, stream of consciousness train wreckage can only prove that it was a damn fine barleywine and did the trick, doublegood.
Not a bit of futility involved in the production of this great beer. Now to try it under more optimum conditions, to reconfirm this inebriated appeciation.
thanks to kbub6f

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 02:51:07 | More by feloniousmonk
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this behemoth thanks to a trade. 2002 Bottle: Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head that disappeared rather quickly. Strong alcohol and malt in the nose. Flavor packs a real punch, especially as it warms. Fruity alcohol flavor with a decent malt balance. As strong as this beer tastes, I still think it is balanced quite well. I bet the cask-conditioned version of this beer rocks.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 08:56:23 | More by Dogbrick
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Pegasus

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow-brown with lots of suspended sediment. Head is fairly large, off-white and perhaps an inch thick; several minutes after pouring at least a quarter of an inch remains with quite prominent thick lace. The aroma is utterly dominated by the strong alcohol, strong bitter grapefruit hops notes are also present, along with fruity esters. Taste yields sweet malt flavors, fruit flavors (pears?), quite rough alcohol notes and bitter grapefruit hops which linger on long past the end of the taste. This particular sample has been cellared for about six months; so it seems that if it is to mellow, some greater inverval of time will be required. Still, as a Texan, I have to admire the fact that a Texas brewery has taken up the challenge of producing a barleywine ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 22:49:08 | More by Pegasus
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aracauna

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy medium brown with a moderate head. Fades to a nice weather patten. I'm not seeing the presence of alcohol in the aroma like has been mentioned by others. A seet malt dominates the nose along with somethign like strawberries past their prime and maybe a slight bit of banana. The alcohol kicks in a bit in the flavor and seems unbalanced at first combined with the bitter grapefruit peel hops but fades into the malt further into the glass. The alcohol is only truly noticed by the mild burn as it travels to the stomach. The mouthfeel is actually a bit soft and with the alcoholic warmth make this a comforting beer, great for relaxing. The only real drawback is the malt is slightly unbalanced by the bitterness of the alcohol and hops. I'm glad that I have two bottles so that I can see how this turns out in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 00:12:03 | More by aracauna
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Sisyphus from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.