jefcon (1276) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich orange amber int he glass with a fine, honeyed aroma. Tasting reveals pine and toffee, roasted peach, nectarine, and alcohol. Very drinkable, very lovable.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with a light creamy head. Sweet up front, nice sticky caramel flavors, some brown sugar and honey. There are enough hops present to keep this from getting overly sweet and cloying
lefossoyeur (394) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BiŤres & Saveurs. Copper amber with a small whitish head. Caramel, candy, barley sugar aromas. Very classic barley wine aromas. Thick, full body, sweet with a good backbone of bitterness, very smooth. Very nice classy BW.
punkska101 (713) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle A: butterscotch, caramel. App: clear dark brown beige head. T/p: full body with long sweet finish. Licorous. Itís sticky. O: nice like the mouthfeel and overall balance of the beer.
BOSSbrewer (1018) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Along with their imperial stout this is one of my favorite beers. Nice malty flavor with lots of toffee and caramel. Not roasty at all. Just a fantastic beer.
ration (1839) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rated 9.4.2011 at HBF. Transferring here. No Text review available so this is a placeholder.
ads135 (2330) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just tried the 2010 aged a few years. Slightly flat and you can tell the hops had mellowed, but still outstanding. Dark caramel color, minimal head, plum and a thickish body. Courtesy of Jess.
jandd1983 (1880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the 2012 Heritage Festival. It poured a dark tan color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, some biscuit, citrus hops and alcohol. The taste was similar to the aroma. A very good Barleywine.
Nickls (1702) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Cap of slightly tan head on a very hazy/murky dark copper hue. Raisins, toffee, dark fruit and slight oxidation. Flavor is slightly sweet wig tore and dark fruit. Warming and fruity, and not bad. Thicker body with soft carbonation.
alcaponejunior (427) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2012 Re-reviewing the 2011 bottled, non-barrel aged version.
2011 edition from the bottle. Served in my 20oz imperial pint glass from Schlafly.
Pours a gorgeous amber-copper color, a little cloudy with tons of very fine rising bubbles, a good one finger head that lasted forever and left nice lacing.
Smell is excellent on this bottle, great fruitiness, gobs of malt, leather and tobacco, no alcohol on this batch, just plain wonderful, I canít stop sniffing the glass.
Taste is very, very good. I think the 2011 batch is the best Iíve had yet. Thereís a lot of the same characteristics from the smell, especially the fruity flavors, the pungent maltiness, and some great bitter hop balance.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the dry side for a barleywine, but the carbonation is silky and smooth, and itís pretty drinkable. Thereís a notable alcohol warming that finishes you off as you put this one away. Definitely a stay-at-home bottle of barleywine. You might not even get out of your chair after this one. Although itís august right now, this is definitely more of a winter sipper.
Even though this bottle is less than two years old, itís excellent. I suspect it could age forever and still remain excellent, but I was in a barleywine mood and this was what was on hand, so I drank it. Once again, I am not disappointed. Schlaflyís premium bottles have never disappointed me, and they certainly make an excellent barleywine too.
I think that either Schlaflyís barleywine is getting better every year, or Iím liking barleywine more and more every year, or possibly both. Why ask why? Just enjoy it. This ainít no punk beer, so barleywine fans look out, and everyone else beware.