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Sisyphus - Real Ale Brewing Company

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very good

564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
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 litheum94
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. 2010 vintage. Reviewed 11/9/11.

Slow, to form, very small, off-white head that disappears in an instant. Amber body. Nothing special.

Sweet nos, with caramel malts, toffee and some tropical fruit. Light spicing as well, with some bready malts. Like a winter dessert loaf. Good amount of floral hops as well.

Very malty at first, with flavors of caramel and bread. Toffee sweetness leads into a hop profile, redolent of flowers and pine, with a smattering of citrus.

Slightly above average. There are so many better barleywines out there, I couldn't see myself reaching for this too often.

litheum94, Nov 16, 2011
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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle of the 2009 vintage. Pours a very hazed copper color with a yellowish, tight-bubbled foam. Contiguous lacing is pretty nice.

Nose is caramel and candy sweet malts with still a bit of floral hops. Fruit is pretty low and a little oxidation has crept in here and actually enhanced the aroma.

Wow, this is a very smooth beer at this point! The ABV is well hidden and the beer leans sweet, but is not cloying by any means. A little hop scrubbing on the finish does wonders for the drinkability. Rich and semi-complex, it really offers a fun ride all the way through. I am shocked at how much I am enjoying this bottle and will have to pick up more than the one or two I do each year. I have had this at a few different stages including a 6-year old version on tap, I think this might be the best bottle I have had. Maybe 2 and a half years is right in the wheelhouse? Hmmmm, more research is in order I do believe!

twiggamortis420, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

Pours a roasted tan color, like darkened straw. Caramel would be apt, as it also describes some of the aroma and flavor I picked up. There’s a wonderful smell to this that’s sweet and complex. Some earthy leather that balances the sweetness, just enough effervescence to keep it light, a malt backbone to mellow things out, and no discernable alcohol despite being a strong beer.
I’m looking forward to my planned vertical down the road, and I’ll be sure to update my tasting notes at that time.


2011 vintage (reviewed Dec 2011)

I don’t know if this should have a separate entry for each vintage. But I just found out that the recipe has gone through some changes over the past few years. Apparently the rye bill has dropped, but it’s still present. For 2011’s vintage it pours a light caramel color. There’s some light, pleasing aromas, a delicate hoppiness, with a chew, big DIPA flavor. It’s piney and slightly sweet, not warming for it’s ABV. More hoppy but with a touch of rye spice. It warms exceptionally well and I can only imagine it improving with age.

elNopalero, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of MEsquandoles
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5 for 9oz snifter at Black Star Co-op. 2010 vintage, kegged Jan 2011.

Gorgeous orange-amber with an abundance of fine bubbles. Great head retention.

Very English, but with a higher hop presence than a standard English Barleywine. Earthy. Toffee, orange marmalade, apricot, other fruits carmelized with Brandy. Taste lingers for an impressive while.

Feels creamy and full. Not too sweet. Rich.

Incredibly smooth, incredible drinkable given the ABV and style. Drinking very nice right now.

MEsquandoles, Nov 07, 2011
Sisyphus from Real Ale Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.