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 (9733) - 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 (858) - 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 (5129) - 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 (1866) - 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.