pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml (2006 vintage) from a trade from way back when.....pours a semi-cloudy medium amber brownvwith a thin creamy off-white head..... chewy caramel malt and fruit, not necessarily of the dark variety, and a touch of sour oak and wood but nothing too apparent.... smooth straighforward flavors of fruit and sweet sugars and a little alcohol bitter bite in the finish. silky smooth body that makes drinking it enjoyable. wish the barrel would have been more forward but still pretty nice.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in trade from mreusch. Thanks!
Pours a medium maroon to amber color with a light beige short lived head. Smell is sweet bourbon, malt, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is malty, lightly bourbony, vanilla and slight oaky dryness. Bit thin bodied with medium carbonation. Nice drinkability but the flavor falls a bit short of what I hoped for. Still a nice beer.
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 (5892) - 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 (1503) - 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 (8598) - 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 (298) - 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 IBUís which for a barlywine is minimal I suppose. Alcohol does more to balance. Itís still a little hot, and thereís 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, itís a little hot, but there are very minimal off flavors from fermentation. In fact, in comparison to the last barlywine I tried, itís 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 Iíve ever tried, and I must say, itís a nice addition. It really adds an earthy quality, thatís quite surprising. It is ever so slightly thin for a barleywine, but other than that thereís not a damn thing wrong with it. Props to the folks at Schlafly, because this just gets better with every sip.