mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from drmatt: pours a nice cooper orange hue with a white head some lacing. aroma is dark malts with a small dark fruit essences. definetley some caramel malt. hints of the oak and bourbon. flavour is very oaked and bourbon a nice caramel malt that fades into a great spicey yeast and some piney earth hops. real good finish.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bottle courtesy thedm and hotstuff: 06 bottle pours cloudy orange/brown with no head. Oaked citrus, bananas and floral hops in the nose. Dry, woodsy mouth feel leads the way to a sweet honey flavor with a mildly piney hop finish. Pretty good. Rerate: ’07 Bottle...more of a translucent copper color with a minimal cream head. Nose had notes of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, plums and some brown sugar. Hmmmm, so far much different than the ’06 bottle...flavor was intense caramel/toffee flavors with a strong oak presence, notes of vanilla and some light fruity esters present as well. Much, much better than the previous bottle. Rating reflects most recent bottle.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 75cl. Dark brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma of nutty malts, caramel, dark bread & cherries. Taste is malty with hops, berries and a tinge of alcohol.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice cloudy copper color with some real nice lacing.the nose on this was strange.Hints of smoke, cheese, vegetables, and wood.Flavor was a mild hopped brew with some wood notes.it finished off with a small crip bite.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dried fruity raisin and hops aroma. Dark opaque reddish brown color. Minimial head. Flavors of dried fruit, figs, sweet caramel, lightly bitter hops. Some chocolate. Good balance. Did not notice the alcohol. Mild palate, not overly thick. Nice and even overall. Very drinkable.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber pour, with a lot of lacing, not overpowered by oak, Some sweet fruit flavor, Wood, Vanilla, easy drinking for the style, very enjoyable.Thanks to Duane for the bottle!
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby-red, thin head, good lacing. Hoppy aroma, some sweet maltiness, and raisins. Taste is malty sweet w/ raisins finished off with bitterness. Full bodied. Really tasty.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy mcbackus or jayg. I know they both brought a bottle to Throwdown 3, but not sure which one I drank, so thanks to both for bringing it! Pours a slightly cloudy copper amber, with a small white head. Smells of bready yeast, dark fruits, caramel malts, and definitely got some oak in there as well. The flavor was alot of the same. Pretty woody as that oak seemingly did a number on it. I got alot of the caramel malts and yeasty flavors I usually get too. Not balanced perfectly, but still not bad. This was a decent brew.
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 2006 vintage. Aromas are weak for a barley wine, but the oak comes through nicely. A little bit of a honey-like sweetness is detectable, as well as some bourbon notes. Color is a lovely coppery brown with a pretty minimal head. Flavor is OK, but nothing spectacular. It has a bit of a tart edge to it that I didn’t see coming and it is fairly distracting. Also, the oaky notes are not in harmony with the sweet qualities and the tart edges and the whole thing just kind of seems like a symphony without a director or score. This disjointedness seemed to decrease as it warmed and breathed a bit. Mouthfeel is thinner than most and doesn’t have that lovely sticky syrupiness that I associate with barley wines. A
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage, capped 750 ml. bottle, short blurb on the back of bottle, a longer one on the box, sampled in a snifter. The box that the bottle comes in list the ABV as 10.5% and in the lower left hand corner of the front label, the ABV is listed as 10.2%. The website has no ABV information and I can’t remember if it stated it last winter.
Tarnished copper in color with orangey golden hues at the bottom of glass, small creamy off-white head and a little ringed laced sticking. Off to a good start.
The first things I noticed in the nose are caramel toffee and plums, followed by some vanilla woodiness. The second whiff brings sweet figs and flowery hops. Fruity esters in the alcohol, tame and mild.
I could have used a little more creamy richness in the mouthfeel, but still, a smooth mellow sipper. Sweet and mild toasted taste, the caramel toffee malts again, plus sweet dark fruits, figs especially, then plums and raisins. Toasted vanilla with light touches of oak. Floral, fruity hops add to the sweetness, delicate spiciness at the end. Caramel, fruits, vanilla and spice in the mildly dry finish. I have to say the alcohol is well masked, quite tame with no harshness, increasing the drinkability of this for me.
This is aging nicely, better than when I first tried this last January. I’m glad I have a few more bottles on hand to sample in the next few years, looking forward to the 2007 version. Another well done brew by Schlafly.