Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma is somewhat weak for a Barley Wine. Light notes of caramel, fruit, and alcohol. It pours a transparent amber with a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with caramel, vanilla, and some faint bitter chocolate. The finish has some subtle alcohol notes and light oak. The alcohol increases a touch as it warms.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body is a dark amber hue that is covered by a thin fizzy head for only a few minutes. Warming aroma - caramel, cherries, oak, vanilla, alcohol, light brown sugar, and a soft floral hopping. Smooth. Very fruity to drink but with a sweetness that’s cut by the alcohol, wood, mildly bitter nuts, and a quiet earthiness. Finishes somewhat sweet, sticky, with a low alcohol burn. Very decent beer.
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Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shame on you murawksi....Schalfly deserves some props...competing with AB in their hometown is no small feat. I will take a counter point to your review and say that as a Schlafly fan, I was as not impressed with the barleywine as I could’ve been. I had purchased this special request from my local liquor store for $8.99 for a 750ml. I found my bottle overly sweet with a banana flavor that I just couldn’t get used to. Bad bottle? Who knows....One good thing...the alcohol content was well masked by the flavor...as evidenced by my headache the next day...
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt amber, white fizzy head. Complex nose as it warmed with notes of candied tropical fruit, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, and soft booze. Fruity oak flavors throughout, touches of vanilla, coconut, and faint bourbon tones are well balanced by the high hop undertone. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, lightly sweet alcoholic finish. Thanks for sharing Hopscotch....
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Hazy, dark orange ale with a small, frothy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is of juicy tropical and citrus fruits, vanilla, coconut and oak. Well-balanced flavor. Boozy, with sourmash, caramel and coconut and medium bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with fizzy carbonation. Finishes warm and lightly sweet. Big THANKS to vyvvy for the bottle!
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is probably one of the worst barleywines ive ever tasted. Aroma had a little oak and some brown sugar. Sweet and had a taste similar to paper. I dont know what it was about this but i just did not enjoy it that much.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at Columbus Tasting V.Very sweet with brown sugar and oak in the aroma.Pours brown with a light head.Alcohol and sweet malt stand out in the flavors.Medium mouthfeel with a lot of alcohol in the finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Columbus Tasting V: Copper with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, oak, and brown sugar. Flavor, brown sugar, some bitterness to it, a bit of oak as well.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750 ml bottle I got in a trade with Duane. The body was light amber with a medium khaki colored head. The aroma was sweat, pears and caramel. There was also almonds and a hint of the oak. I like that the barrel aged character was relatively subtle. The taste had some toasted almonds with some toffee and light oak. There was a decent roasted finish. Another good one from Schlafly, but still not great.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Columbus tasting. Dark reddish brown. Spicy! Smelled great, taste was a lot of alcohol. Toffee, and grapefruit.