Rictus (126) - Camdenton, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Warm oaky malty smell. Clear dark amber with little head. Exquisitely balanced, a bit of alcohol and some bitterness with some sweetness to round it off. Some oak added to a whole bunch of unnameable fruits. Maybe some raisin maybe not? Schlaflyís normal beers may be boring but their "reserve" series is awesome. Moderately thick feel with little carbonation.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 (750ml bottle, 2006 vintage, sampled 10/07) Pours a deep amber body with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma of caramel, maple syrup, bread, citrus, pear, and light vanilla. Flavor of caramel malt, light cherry, wood, citrus, and some flaxseed.
(750ml Bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a cloudy amber body with an average beige head. Aroma of cherries, breadiness, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor of bready malts, caramel, raisins, figs, and vanilla with moderate bitterness in the finish.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. 2006. Enjoyed on New Years eve with friends. Amber pour with a light haze. Slightly off white head with lots of little carbonation. Sticky sweet aroma with hints of caramel & toffee with pine/citrus hop bitterness. Itís also got a bit of a boozy smell (sherry?). Very nice balance in the flavor. Light but there is an apparent sweetness that is not over done. Noticeable alcohol, caramel, toffee are also primary flavors. Well balanced and tasty. Wet creamy mouth feel with a touch of dry at the finish. Enjoyable and easily drinkable.
thedm (4851) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This2006 bottled brew from a bottle shop and rated at bigdi66ís rating party poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent softly carbonated light brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was malty vinous and bready oats. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and vinous. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from drmatt. Lookes like liquid honey with small head. Aroma of malt, caramel, light fruit, and light wood. The taste followed suit with good sweetness and light alcohol in the finish. Britsh style BW. Very good beer.
JMFG (1585) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy red-copper color with a light tan head. A lot of sweetness, a little oak and hops on the aroma. Upon first taste, it seems a bit more on the English BW side of things. So itís a little too sweet for me, but the oak is more apparent in the taste than the aroma. A decent BW, but too sweet for my tastes.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 batch on draft at the tap room. Drank this in the company of Duane, drmatt, xmarcnolanx, and vyvvy. Pours a nice clear dark amber color, no head to speak of. A bit of oak and caramel maltiness in the nose. I think this was served a bit cold, and the oak flavors were a bit subdued. Very well-balanced though. Malty, dark fruit sweetness, balanced by some slight hop presence. Some vanilla and tannin as this warmed up a bit. Very tasty, very drinkable.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, 2007 edition. Clear coper body topped by a moderate beige head that leaves some creamy and coating lace on the snifter. Aroma of vanilla, oak, bready and toasty malts, and earthy hops. Creamy, nearly full body with subdued carbonation. Taste is bready and toasty, with caramel and oak tones. Hops arenít assertive but provide an ideal balancing bitterness.Alcohol is hidden except for some welcome warmth. Excellent barleywine here, with a skillful use of oak conditioning.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of vyvvy. This is a nice brew cut out of a different mold than most bwís. Not overly sweet, malty, or cloying, this brew is much like Old Numbskull. Dry, salty finish w/ hints of oak and vanilla. Delicious.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 750 ml bottle via trade with mreusch - This was the second beer of the evening and went over pretty well with the non-beer geeks. Pours a hazy mahogany color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, oak, and light esters. Flavor is lightly sweetened toasted malt, faint vanilla, oak, and light esters. Alcohol is well hidden. A very smooth, easy drinking, medium body Barleywine. I think what I like best about this beer is that it doesnít kick you in the balls like a lot of BWís do. A very good beer. Thanks Matt.