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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
89
very good

456 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 40
Gots: 95 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

English-style Barleywine aged on Missouri white oak.

(Beer added by: Vancer on 12-31-2006)
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 edition from the bottle. Served in my 20oz imperial pint glass from Schlafly.

Pours a gorgeous amber-copper color, a little cloudy with tons of very fine rising bubbles, a good one finger head that lasted forever and left nice lacing.

Smell is excellent on this bottle, great fruitiness, gobs of malt, leather and tobacco, no alcohol on this batch, just plain wonderful, I can't stop sniffing the glass.

Taste is very, very good. I think the 2011 batch is the best I've had yet. There's a lot of the same characteristics from the smell, especially the fruity flavors, the pungent maltiness, and some great bitter hop balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the dry side for a barleywine, but the carbonation is silky and smooth, and it's pretty drinkable. There's a notable alcohol warming that finishes you off as you put this one away. Definitely a stay-at-home bottle of barleywine. You might not even get out of your chair after this one. Although it's august right now, this is definitely more of a winter sipper.

Even though this bottle is less than two years old, it's excellent. I suspect it could age forever and still remain excellent, but I was in a barleywine mood and this was what was on hand, so I drank it. Once again, I am not disappointed. Schlafly's premium bottles have never disappointed me, and they certainly make an excellent barleywine too.

I think that either Schlafly's barleywine is getting better every year, or I'm liking barleywine more and more every year, or possibly both. Why ask why? Just enjoy it. This ain't no punk beer, so barleywine fans look out, and everyone else beware.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:28:22 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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