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RATINGS: 413   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2007
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 didnít 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 doesnít have that lovely sticky syrupiness that I associate with barley wines. A

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2007
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 canít 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. Iím 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Poured a clear deep orange amber color with a medium sized off-white head. The malty aroma was very fruity. Oranges dominate. Hint of the barrel. Lightly tart. The flavor was malty with moderate fruitiness and a citrus finish. Medium bodied. Silky with a light carbonation. Warming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2007
Bottle supplied by my buddy Paul. Thanks dude. Sorry to see you go. Pours a dark amber with off white head. Nose and flavors include sweet malts, brown sugar, lots of oak, and some caramel. For such a big beer, it lacks complexity. Finish leaves a lot to be desired.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009
Name: Schlafly Reserve Barley Wine
Date: April 26, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Rich Oís
Appearance: clear dark amber, big dense creamy head, lots of fine lace
Aroma: sweet caramel and bourbon aroma with a hint of alcohol upon warming
Flavor: rich sweet caramel malt flavor with lots of fruity character, nice oak comes in to add character and leaves a touch of bitterness behind, the bourbon hides behing the caramel and fruit and accents it rather than covers it, gets a little winey at the bottom of the glass

Name: Schlafly Reserve Barley Wine
Date: May 08, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
same sweet fruity bourbon flavor, follows draft pretty well,

Name: Schlafly Reserve Barley Wine
Date: March 20, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: hot caramel aroma, touch of vanilla sweetness, very fumey
Flavor: sweet caramel candy flavor, vanilla sweetness, oak adds just a touch of balance

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Toncatcher shared this 750 ml bottle from a trade he made. Interesting flavors in this barley wine. I enjoyed it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2007
750 ml bottle shared with toncatcher. Mostly clear caramel color with aromas of molasses, raisin, prune, other dried fruit. Flavor were similar with touches of alcohol in the background. A nice sipping beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2007
2006 bottle thanks to ththresh! Poured a clear, fiery reddish-orange with a nice initial cap of beige head that settles down to a thin film after a few minutes. The aroma was on the heavy side with sweet darker fruits, vanilla, and booze-laden toasted oak all upfront with subtle nuances of buttered toffee, pine tar, and herbal notes surrounding.. quite pleasant. The flavor had smoky caramel, toffee, and an array of mixed toasted fruits with strong, alcohol-fueled herbal bitterness riding through the finish.. tasty, but a bit sharp at the very back. Heavier-bodied with a creamy, well-carbonated middle and a long sweet herbal finish. Very good stuff.


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