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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
750ml bottle, 2006 vintage, served in my NB worthy glass and received from Tom, THANKS!

Rich mahogany hue topped by a nice frothy head which left excellent lacing upon the glass. The aroma has wonderful notes of marzipan, caramel, vanilla, toast, plumcake, oak and vinous (maybe Sherry) vapours with a dash of herbal hop still dancing around the edges.

The taste starts malty sweet and fruity but is not cloy or overpowering. Nice contrast on the palate provided by the wood and the alcohol. A very minor note of pepper and juniper found on the finish. The mouth feel is surprisingly sprite and refreshing as much as a 10% Barley Wine can be. A woody dry finish gets you really for the next drink.

Vastly under rated, this is drinkable now and still has many good years left in it. A classic English styled barley wine that should be a must try for anyone whom likes the genre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
Thanks to maxxdaddy for bringing this one out. Deep amber orange beer, thin head. Aroma is quite oaky. Sweet rich malt, a bit of toastiness and some rich sweet oakiness. Sweet and chewy with rich vanilla and caramel character. Excellent integration of oak and sweet chewy maltiness. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle, thanks to maxdaddy. Amber pour. Aroma is rich malt, fruit like other barleywines, some alcohol and mild citrus flavor. The flavor is of some mild oak, vanilla, rich / fruity caramel malt, and some lightly roasted malt also. Very good.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, 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? Schlafly’s normal beers may be boring but their "reserve" series is awesome. Moderately thick feel with little carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, 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. It’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5797) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
This2006 bottled brew from a bottle shop and rated at bigdi66’s 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.

   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.

   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 it’s 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.

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