Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus)
Real Ale Brewing Company

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American Barleywine
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 69 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by tjkinate:
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4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Whip-in

A: Pours a brownish red and displayed a subtle off white head that had little retention, only leaving a ring in its wake and some lacing.

S: Much different smell than the regular Sisyphus. Lots of oak, accompanied by vanilla, fruits and spices. I imagine this is what a boozy Chardonnay (my favorite white wine) would smell like.

T: Very similar to the smell, although the fruit characteristics are more prominent. Could taste cherries and apples wrapped in potent oak, quite an experience. Still shocking how different it tastes.

M: Medium bodied, silky on the front, dry on the backend.

O: A great beer that I really enjoyed drinking, although I must say that I was content after finishing my half-pint glass. Love to see the creativity from one of my favorite Texas breweries.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An 08 vintage, on cask at the Gingerman in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A wispy, one finger, white head forms and sticks throughout. Some lace is left behind.
S: This is awesome. Vanilla and a dry oak/wood aroma up front that is incredible. Sweet caramel malt and dark fruits. A light bitterness lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of vanilla and oaky/wood flavors. Caramel and dark fruits. As this warms a little bitterness comes out.
M/D: A full body that is creamy and smooth. So easy and smooth to drink. I wish my glass would have never ended.

All around excellent. This is near perfect on cask, and the French Oak is awesome. Hurry up and get some while it lasts. I highly recommend this.

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

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The barrel aging added some wonderful scents to this the oak and vanilla was an excellent addition to the sweet malt and dark fruits

T - Follows the nose sweet malt with some dark fruits upfront then the barrel aging flavors come out has an alcohol finish

M - On cask this beer has a perfect creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - This is about as drinkable as you can get for a barleywine this is a beer you have to be on the look out for and when you see it on cask you need to jump on it and get a glass

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

Sampled on tap at the Freetail-Real Ale barrel-aged festival in San Antonio.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is sweet caramel with some brown sugar and oak mixed in. The flavor is very heavy on the oak. I also get a lot of brown sugar, caramel malt, alcohol and some hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a murky, dark amber note with a small white head.

S: The oak is super strong and really provides most of the aroma to the beer. A lot of spicy oak notes, a bit of char, and some sweet vanilla. Quite a bit of fruit, perhaps some black cherries that have a subtle tartness.

T: A big time fruit character on the flavor with a lot of cherry as well as some raisins, maybe a touch of green apple. The oak is again very strong and adds a nice tannic and spicy note. Plenty of vanilla to go with it, and a slight char/smoke flavor. Even with all of that going on, there's still some of the base sweetness of Sisyphus.

M: The body is medium and the is light carbonation.

D: Sisyphus is one of my favorite beers from Real Ale, so this was a real treat. A really nice beer.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An 8 oz. snifter at Hay Merchant on 7/25/2013.

Deep brown with a small head. Dried fruit and vanilla aroma. Similar in flavor to the Highlander but with considerably less sugar. Tastes more as if it has been aged in bourbon barrels than French oak. Mild sweetness with noticeable vanilla characteristics. Surprisingly dry for 11.5 ABV. Medium-light bodied. Exceptionally smooth for a relatively young barleywine.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -31.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an 8 ounce tumbler at the Whip In.

Appearance: Pours a brownish-red with an off white head about a centimeter thick that leaves a thin ring around the center.

Aroma: Big oak and vanilla aroma with spicy cinnamon and subtle fruit notes and caramel malt.

Taste: Oak and vanilla up front with candied fruit and caramel malt and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel with a noticeable alcoholic finish.

Overall: I've wanted to try this one for a while. I'm glad I finally got to and I enjoyed it. I really wish they would bottle this series.

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4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Meddlesome Moth in Dallas.

A - Cloudy opaque dark amber colour with a ring of cream coloured head.

S - Lots of oak with a nice toast character. Toffee, caramel and a candy-like sweetness.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel. Toasted oak with some astringency. Candy sugar, nuttyness. A warming ABV throughout.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus) from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 69 ratings