KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Smell of nuts, dark fruit, oak, bourbon, caramel and alcohol. Taste of bourbon, hops, pine, malt, brown sugar and dark fruit.
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at the Savor DC event. Pours a translucent, copper orange. Aroma of grapes, raisins and honey. Flat flavor with honey and pollen. Average at best.
jefcon (1385) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A thoughtful beer, first and foremost -- in everything but the coloration of the brew and the alcohol content, there is a delicacy and a balance. Nicely oaked, not too bourbon-y, though there is a great nutty vanilla expression to the beer. Molasses and light chocolate. Lots of toasted malts and a slightly slick, warm finish.
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 vintage poured from a bottle haz a light haze to the dark plum and burgundy body. Dry oak and dried fruit are first noticed, some dry, tannic cherry skins, caramel malt (muted), candy sugar sweetness at times, and completed by a really well-formed silky palate finished by a small bite of alcohol, with some pear brandy and maraschino cherry sweetness. Well-made, interesting and complex.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of barleypops. 2006 vintage. Mahogany with film for head. decent caramel aroma, old aged hops in the background. Flavor has a huge caramel kick up front, slight oxidation, faint candy/residuel sugar flavors, old hops. Definately English style BW, but sort of dig it.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a clear, dark ruby. Thin, white head. Wonderful aroma of oak, vanilla, and hot alcohol. Flavor is very smooth with notes of dark fruit, molasses, vanilla, some sweet sugars. Finish is full of alcohol. It made the hairs on my arm stand up. This is a great, complex beer. I look forward to seeing what more time does to this beer.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bomber. 2006. Pours a dark, hazed copper with a thin off white head. Decent, but restrained aroma of roasted nuts, toffee, perfumy hops and alcohol. Clean and crisp and fairly simple for a barley wine. Lots of toasted almond and cashew, toffee, a touch of butterscotch and some darker, candied fruits. Medium bodied, creamy with a big presence of wood tannin on the finish. Thanks Matt!
thefederalist (286) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 75 cl Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Pours clear tawny brown. Minimal head even when chugged. Still leaves some lacing, however. Rich booze aroma. Flavor is sweet, but not overpowering - balanced by minimal hop bitterness, say 35-40 IBU’s which for a barlywine is minimal I suppose. Alcohol does more to balance. It’s still a little hot, and there’s a nice alcohol burn that goes down the back of your throat like a good whiskey. Which, BTW, is exactly what this looks like. Comes in a cool scotch-box type box with ornate gold lettering and a map of the Mississippi River in the background. So yeah, it’s a little hot, but there are very minimal off flavors from fermentation. In fact, in comparison to the last barlywine I tried, it’s almost not noticable. I think this would age VERY nicely (oh, well. Maybe next time.) I should add that to my knowledge, this is the first oak aged beer I’ve ever tried, and I must say, it’s a nice addition. It really adds an earthy quality, that’s quite surprising. It is ever so slightly thin for a barleywine, but other than that there’s not a damn thing wrong with it. Props to the folks at Schlafly, because this just gets better with every sip.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a pristine mahogany with smallish beige head. The aroma is lots of caramel and raisin, along with quite a bit of oak, some vanilla, and a little bit of cookiedough. The flavor is also heavy on the caramel, but with a woodier and earthier feel than the nose would suggest. There is a bit of herbal and earthy hop bitterness in there, but not much. The finish is tannic in a red wine sort of way, with a pretty obvious oak quality. This goes down quite smoothly, too. Not too shabby.
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle received via trade with tjthresh. Pours mahogany with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, nutty, cookie), light hops (perfume), average yeast (dough) with notes of dates, prunes, wood, and wine. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a dry, bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.