MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint but has a wood and malty scent. Flavor is malty with a definite wood flavor to it. Finish is caramel with a definite alcohol taste. One of the better Schlafly offerings, although maybe not worth the price.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, moderate head with solid lacing and retention. Aroma is wood, caramel, vanilla, light hops. Medium to heavy body with a fairly sweet finish. Alcohol hidden well. Enjoyable but not big/complex enough to make me go whoa.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at DLD.This was a very good oak aged BW and i was very lucky and happy i got to try.This had a copper tone to it and a very malty and sweet taste to it.The abv.was very present and the oak taste was there.CHEERS to the person who gave me a glass at the party.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating 1046, special thanks to Beerdrenched for bringing this to the Chicago gathering in Champaign. Clear copper brown with a thin white medium lasting head that goes to a rim. Nose is mostly bourbon and vanilla. Just a bit of toasted malts. Taste initally has lots of alcohol but is crisp with lots of sugar and more malts. Caramel. Very good.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml bottle, 2006 vintage) medium amber, generous white head that settle fairly quickly, some lace. Aroma is malt, caramel and whisky. Flavor is oak, caramel malt (slightly sweet) with noticeable alcohol in the finish.
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 re-rate from a bottle 2006. Brown pour with light tan head and lace. Aroma is dried fruit, sweet malt, a tad of oak, and abv. Flavor mirrors the aroma with just a hint vanilla. Full bodied and well carbonated. Very nice beer.
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rich Oís. Pours a bold amber color with a small white head. The nose is very caramelized with strong bourbon character. Iím thinking this one isnít gonna be subtle. Yep, loads of bourbon in the flavor but it is very, very creamy and smooth. Plenty of charred oak, vanilla is present with a sweet and slightly fruity finish like dates or apricots perhaps. Though it did draw a lot of flavor from the barrel aging, it hasnít become completely one sided. Iím getting a little more undertones like Wertherís candies, maybe a little earth. Hey, itís pleasant but nothing to seek out.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 sample from bottle at DLD. pours clear copper with tan head. nose of caramel and oak. flavor was sweet caramel, vanilla, pretty hoppy, and oaky. nothing special.3.0.
6/26/08, 750ml bottle. 2007 vintage. thanks to johncorkscrew for this pours caramel color with tight tan head. aroma is oak, vanilla, caramel, toasted malt with a pnw hop character to it. flavor is much of the same, a bit sweet and sticky but rather tasty too. i bet this would age well.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle sampled at DLD. Pours a clear amber with a tall beige head. Red fruits in the nose, candied sugars, toffee and carmel. Fruit flavors, lots of carmel, some heat and a weird bitterness. I pucker my lips to figure out what it is. The oakiness and earthiness with hop bitterness .... something about it makes me not want to drink it anymore.