BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. Maple and toast is the best way to describe the flavor. Some roastiness, some vanilla. I like this stuff.
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
thedm (5551) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.