closey22 (1981) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Oak aged bottle:
ruby brown with thin tan head; aroma is sweet malt hints of brown sugar cinnamon raspberry alcohol and wood= complex; flava is sweet sugary malt maple syrupy with notes of alcohol; feels light to medium slight fizz; finishes sweet malty syrupy tangy molassess DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle, cellared for 2 years, then shared with Grippitis and heavylaevy while watching the Ducks completely embarrass Florida State in the Rose Bowl-- wow! I believe that beer voodoo played a role in this record setting victory, because this beer was amazing. Deep orange-tinted amber, hazy, with a soft creamy off white head. Sweet toffee malts, chewy and rich, hints of plum and field flowers. There is an unexpected elegance to this barley wine-- absolutely loved it! swanmann (775) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 6, 2014
2013 bottle, label says 10.2%: Pours copper color with slight red tone, small amount of tan, quickly disappearing soapy bubbles, no lacing. It smells of toffee, chocolate, bourbon. After warming a bit, delicious flavor of lightly roasted barely, vanilla cookie dough, whiskey. It’s just a touch syrupy. It finishes sweet, with caramel, a touch of roasty bitterness, a hint of orange, with gentle carbonation.It’s a very fine barley wine. gene2002 (4) - Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2014 does not count
smells just like a fresh mash, yet has a gentle sweetness that manages to be very balanced with the carbonated bitterness that rolls along your tongue. Excellent beverage.! jflopsu (1626) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Pours a dark amber. Has a toffee and caramel aroma. Taste is sweet malts, some oak, and hard dark alcohol. Creamy and full beer.
buckaroobanzai (6) - - FEB 17, 2014 does not count
Have been following this beer for a few years now. Have cellared SIX 2008 vintage, 3 ’09, 3 10 and so on comparing and contrasting. Have to say at 6 years, the 08 is SMOOTH as SILK and utterly DELICIOUS! Notes of caramel and toffee wafting from the snifter as I imbibed on New Years day. Compared to a 2010 and AMAZINGLY, with the SAME formula, the NOTES were DRASTICALLY different....almost TROPICAL!! Coconut, Papaya and Mango very forward, but STILL with the smoothness consistancy that I’ve come to EXPECT from Schlafly. Can’t wait till my B.D. in September to compare/contrast again!!! (drink these bad boys only on THOSE 2 days!!! That, my friends IS RESTAINT!) Beardaxe (293) - - FEB 2, 2014
On draft at the schlafly tap room. Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful color. It's a hop forward BW, but not to degree of a hog heaven or flying mufflan. It's well integrated into the beer, along with some nice toffee and caramel chewiness and some lingering oak. The beer is a bit sweet as it warms and could be smoother. Still worthy of a glass.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jefcon (1878) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Rich orange amber int he glass with a fine, honeyed aroma. Tasting reveals pine and toffee, roasted peach, nectarine, and alcohol. Very drinkable, very lovable. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Brown pour with a light creamy head. Sweet up front, nice sticky caramel flavors, some brown sugar and honey. There are enough hops present to keep this from getting overly sweet and cloying lefossoyeur (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle at Bières & Saveurs. Copper amber with a small whitish head. Caramel, candy, barley sugar aromas. Very classic barley wine aromas. Thick, full body, sweet with a good backbone of bitterness, very smooth. Very nice classy BW.