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: Winter

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Added by aracauna on 12-18-2002

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from KungFuMike quite a while ago. Cheers for the beers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2009
Pink label

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades to a faint, swirly wisp and ring. Deep burnt orange in color, hazy, with no carbonation evident. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some small dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bolder nose of caramel, toffee and melon aromas. Some pineapple and piney hops as well. Pretty nice.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some melon and spicy booze at the swallow. Bold and persistent aftertaste of sweet caramel, nuts, honeydew melon, some piney, bitter hops and a touch of spicy alcohol. Loads of nice, balanced, bold flavors. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth, goes down fine with a bit of a scratch and burn at the swallow, finishing slightly mouth coating. Some heat lingers. This is a big, heavy, oily palate, though the burn is still a little much.

OVERALL: Great stuff! Big, bold, balanced and flavorful, this one drank away far too easily. Less alcohol burn would put this one onto another planet, but it was still fantastic. If you get the chance to try this vintage, don't hesitate. Very glad to have had a chance to drink this one KungFu. Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 - Bottled on 3/24/12

A - Cloudy orange color. The head grows very slowly but gets to 1/2" of thick off white foam.

S - Sweet fruity esters are the dominant smell. Citrus and maybe a little resinous hop aroma. Smells 'sticky'. Does not smell like a 10+% beer. More like a malty IPA with subdued hops. No alcohol warmth in the smell. A slight burnt caramel smell is in there as well.

T - Wow, OK, alcohol heat is smack in your face. I didn't get that from the smell at all. I should have known better. Very sweet but also very thin. It is way more balanced than those double or imperial IPA's. Caramel is the dominant flavor but the hops add both flavor and bitterness that balances out this barleywine much better than an Engish style IMO.

M - Thin and slick. Alcohol warmth is not hidden by any means.

O - Pretty darn drinkable. As I get older I'm not as crazy about high gravity beers as I used to be. This one is a very nice sipper. It is aggressive but pretty balanced. I'll take this over a Double IPA any day.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to lnashsig for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a deep yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one as it was spot-on for the style and quite inviting while still letting you know that it packed a punch. The flavor seemed to follow suit, but didn’t really do anything else for me which was kind of a letdown. There was a nice touch of sweetness, but the alcohol presence definitely made itself known in it which hurt the overall appeal of this one for me. If you like Barleywines you owe it to yourself to try this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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2.84/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled longneck into a 12 oz tulip. Bottling date 3.24.12.

Look- Hazy medium amber, three fingers of dense, frothy head that gets increasingly soapy-looking as it falls. Excellent retention and the lace is nearly opaque.

Smell- Faint white bread and green apple with a touch of bubblegum. Takes on a stronger cidery scent, almost vinegary as it approaches room temp.

Taste- Mellow, grainy flavor couples with caramel, buttered toast, navel orange and a bit of white chocolate. A hint of bitterness comes out on the finish. Aftertaste is lightly sour and vaguely fruity, perhaps brandylike.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, soft carbonation, slightly mealy texture. Something of a soft, juicy feel. Mild dryness on the end.

Overall- Mild, mellow, high drinkability, but malt isn't very complex and it's neither spicy nor fruity. Needs something to kick it up a notch. Worth trying, but I don't really see it developing much over time. I'll hang on to one and see if it proves me wrong, however.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass, bottled on 3.23.12. This pours a nice copper / amber color with a small off white head. The smells are of caramel, citrus hops, alcohol. The feel is almost thick nice carbonation. The taste is pretty good nice amount of hops and grapefruit, along with a nice caramel / toffee good stuff.

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Sisyphus from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 645 ratings.
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