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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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This beer is aged on new Missouri oak. The wood has a medium toast, which helps to caramelize the sugars in the oak and adds a nutty character to the beer as it soaks into the wood. Leave the corkscrew in the kitchen drawer and pop open a beer that will reward you with more flavors than most wines can dream of.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
750 ml. Maple and toast is the best way to describe the flavor. Some roastiness, some vanilla. I like this stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rictus (126) - Camdenton, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2008
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2007
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Rating #400.

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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 17, 2007
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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
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.


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