Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by MJR:
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours deep ruby with perfect clarity. A thick, dense tan head sits up top and holds strong all the way to the bottom, leaving sheets of lace clinging to the sides.
Aroma is rich and sweet, with lots of cherry and strawberry fruitiness on top of a chewy backbone of cotton candyish and toffee malts. Faint raison and plum. Not so fast! Malt doesn't completely rule the day though, as there's a considerable amount of fresh green hops well integrated into the whole. Little to no alcohol detectable on the nose.
Here comes the flavor...
A complex and rich barrage of cherry, plum, strawberry, pomegranate, raison, cotton candy, toffee, resiny hops, and alcohol level a full frontal assault on my taste buds. It leans slightly towards the sweeter side of the balance spectrum, but not nearly as much as in previous years. Many of the offerings from Schlafly have a distinct malt signature, and it's certainly here, adding yet another dimension of complexity.
I find myself licking my lips often with this beer, as its thick and dextrinous mouthfeel leaves plenty of residual sugars for my tongue to explore. Just a hint of dryness on the finish hints at the hefty strength hidden within.
While good and easily drinkable in years past, they really knocked the ball outta the park with this one. Upping the hop presence all around (bitterness, aroma, and flavor) really added a needed balance to this barleywine. Despite that, it still sits towards the English side of the style. I just wish they would bottle some, 'cause this would be absolutely beautiful after a few years rest. Dangerously drinkable just begins to describe it...
Serving type: on-tap
01-14-2005 05:28:17 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle: 2010 vintage. This one pours a hazy coppery color. Pretty much no head on it. This has a really nice nose. It’s got a bit of caramel malt, some vanilla, oak and some fruitiness also. The taste is also very good. It has a subdued sweetness from the caramel malt, notes of the vanilla, oak, some faint cherry. This is really an excellent barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 22:15:18 | More by Boto
4.16/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a copper color with a one finger light beige head, with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel, citrus, oak, and vanilla. Smells nice.
Tastes sweet with caramel, toffee, citrus, vanilla, and dark cherries. The alcohol is noticeable, but not intrusive. Has a nice warming effect on a cold winter night.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation, with a caramel and toffee aftertaste. Overall a nice beer. Too bad it is listed as retired. I would like to try this again.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2014 04:05:01 | More by hardy008
Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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