Sisyphus 2007

Sisyphus, an American Barleywine from Real Ale Brewing Co. in Texas, was another in the care package sent to me by Larry at I cannot thank him enough.

Sisyphus Barleywine 2007

As the post title suggests, this brew has been aging for 3 years, and age well it did. It gushed out of the bottle, just dying to be poured and tasted. Cloudy and amber-hued, I couldn’t see through it at all. In fact, if a sandstorm were beer, it would be Sisyphus 2007. The head was only about a ¼-finger high, yet creamy all the same. It dissipated rather quickly, which I attribute to its age, but has great legs. Tons of lacing on my glass.

The aroma of Sisyphus is very complex; floral hops, clover honey, orange, yeast and alcohol. There’s a LOT going on in this brew. Its carbonation is small-bubbled and light, tickling the tip of my tongue, but smoothing out to medium-heavy as the beer slides to the back of my throat. Nice body; not syrupy at all.

Tastes of the floral hops balanced with a caramel-like malt, with orange and a hint of raisin. There’s also a fair amount of yeast in the flavor. Despite the alcohol in the nose, it’s nearly non-present in the palate, making it hard to believe it weighs in at 11.5% ABV. Quite deceiving AND deliciously well balanced.

Thanks again to Larry for sending this little lovely along.



  • Kegworks Blog Reader April 1, 2010 @ 10:26am

    I’m sure Sisyphus is good and all…but I’m a little disappointed that theres no April Fools post 🙁 I’m going to cry myself to sleep now….Good night

  • Hannah April 1, 2010 @ 11:32am

    well, the day’s not over yet. we’ll see if we can come up with anything that might pull one over on ya.

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