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RATINGS: 408   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (3910) - Carrboro, 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 O’s
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 (1961) - 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 (7001) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle sampled on 5/8/07: Clear copper orange with a nicely-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt with a touch of oaky wood and oranges. Body starts fairly full and toasty pale malty sweet with a slightly drier finish that hides the abv well. Has lots of fresh oaky flavor and some light fruity notes. A pretty nice barrel-aged barleywine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
2006 Bottle from Beerdrenched; been in the cellar for about a year! Aging well! Nose of caramel and plums (not very strong); Rusty colored with a big glass-lacing beige head; Flavor of oak, bourbony alcohol, and dark fruit; finish shows off the oak and some alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2007
At C-U Beer Club. Dark orange/copper with a fleeting fizzy head. Aroma of campfire, vanilla, dried cherries, molasses, hot toddy. Slight syrupy texture and medium to full bodied. The sweetness in the flavor was made less intense by the alcohol and wood. Not a bad drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
On tap at Rich O’s Publick House when I stopped on the way to Dark Lord Day. I assume this was left over from Gravity Head. Very clear dark amber body with a fleeting off-white head. The aroma is lightly sweet and begs for more complexity. The flavor follows the aroma and adds some oak.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Sample at Indiana Microbrewers Festival from a bottle - Aroma of hoppy caramel, oak and leather. Pours transparent brown with a small head. Flavor is woody, caramel, vanilla and a touch of earthy hops. Palate is smooth and sticky with the alcohol hidden well. A nice BW.


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