Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus) | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by champ103 on 03-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at Whip In in Austin, TX. Served in a small snifter. Very clear amber in color, little dark floaties, no head, little lace on edge.

Nose is of scotch, caramel, malts, yeast, spice and wood. Tongue is of the same. Yellow raisins, reminds me of raison d'extra a bit. woody spiciness is incomparable to much, also reminds me of this years SA utopias a bit, thick, sticky, and absolutely delicious, leaves me wanting more, but is limited to one small serving per person.

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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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Poured into a snifter at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano 03-09-2012

Initial first impression is love at first sight. Nice sticky 1/2 inch head that just hugs the inside of the glass. I mean this thing is like liquid candy. Cloudy dark amber color with a cream white head. Oh boy.

First smell reveals honey and loads of it. A second reveals biscuit-y malt, citrus, hint of clove, small bite of hops and a crazy balance between them all. Not one element overpowers the other and it just feels right.

Taste is loads of smooth honey up front. Just wow. A small piney hop bite follows and the creamy biscuit-y malt flavor I mentioned in the smell finishes it out. Fantastic. I could drink this all night till the cask was empty, but we all know that I wouldn't be standing if I were to go that route.

Overall, this is probably the best barleywine, aged or no, that I have ever had. The regular Sisyphus is quite good on its own, but the French oak treatment turns this into a completely different beer. Easily Real Ale's best offering to date. I want it bottled. Now.

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Kraken (French Oak Aged Sisyphus) from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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