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 (5096) - 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.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from Duane - Shared at Columbus Tasting V - Pours Dark amber with a short offwhite head and some light lace. Aromas of oak, grapefruit hops, alcohol, and toffee. Flavor is oak, caramel, grapefruit. Smooth body with a rather hot finish.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours fairly brown with very slight light tan head. Aroma is mostly oak, some grapefruity hops, and cooked sugars. There’s some fruit and hops in the flavor, but the alcohol warmth and oak makes this seem more like booze than beer. Its not a bad drink. Maybe it could improve with time. But for now, go with the BA Imp Stout.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium dark orangey brown with a decent lingering head. Smells of candy (caramel, brown sugar, raisin), citrusy hops, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet and spicy, with a noticeable alcohol zing. There’s more dark toffee and molasses in the flavor, with plenty of grapefruity hops to back it up. The alcohol in the middle gives it a sort of volatile, almost "mixed drink" flavor, but it’s not that offensive. There’s more alcohol flavor than I’d like, but it’s not all that bad. There are other strong tastes to concentrate on.
csbosox (1220) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Rating the last 4-5oz of the bottle, the first part helped me clean the kitchen, load the dishwasher, and make a 1000ml yeast starter. Pours reddish copper with a small, off-white head. Aroma is oak, raisins, brown sugar, oakish vanilla, and some bright notes, almost like distilled lemon wine. Taste is oak (it is forward, but non-agressive like the rest of the beer), alcohol, caramel, and tannic. Another Schlafly wood aged beer that is not outstanding, but very drinkable. The light flavored base barleywine seems to dance gracefully with the dominant, but non-overpowering oak barrel flavor.
wxman (1397) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 Pours a dark amber color with a minimal but lingering and glass-coating tan head. A soft aroma of bourbon and spice. Sweet toasted malt flavor along with vanilla and bourbon. Very warming and pleasant; alcohol is smooth and inoffensive. An excellent barleywine on a par with the original Schlafly product, though smoother and more velvety.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft, served in a stemmed snifter at the Schlafly Tap Room. floral nose with a hint of mediciney malt. color is a dark amber brown with a small but very creamy looking tan head which faded to spotty lace. flavor is nicely balanced and made for a great sipper of a drink while sitting at the bar with illini08. main drawback was the near lack of oak flavor, however it did have a nice buttery vanilla texture from the barrel it had a dry, bitter finish and hints of the medine flavor was lurking in the background, but was not much of a distraction. I really enjoyed this and considered getting a second glass, but instead went for some of the other tap brews. good stuff!
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The barleywine was much more well balanced and hopped than the previous raters indicate. Maybe it had something to do with the fact I had a bottle of Groth and a Belgian Tripel beforehand, but the very floral and well spiced aroma and malty sweetness of the beer actually surprised me. drmatt gave me lower expectations than I had previously had for the b-wine, but I must say that we were both surprised when we shared a couple of bottles at the Taproom. I think a re-rate is in order.