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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style AleSchlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale

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471 Ratings

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 41
Gots: 99 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vancer on 12-31-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

English-style Barleywine aged on Missouri white oak.
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4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one at the taproom in STL.

A - Served in a snifter, this one is a ruby brown hue, clear with a one finger khaki head.

S - Bourbon, freshly cut wood, BBQ, sugar, and apple cider.

T - Big time hops are very fruity and biting. Lots of piny flavors too. The malts are an equal match for the hops and remind me of a good single malt.

M - Full bodied and muscular on the palate. Heavy and weighty, but spry and lithe due to the alcohol attenuation and massive hop attack.

D - Very drinkable! The ABV might put you on the floor, but this is an outstanding sipping beer that might even be sessionable as long as a session is defined as two or three.

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4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the 2004 and 2005 versions of this limited edition brew only available on tap at the Tap Room (this year it was not even available at the new Maplewood Schlafly Bottleworks bottling plant, only at the downtown location), and I will make an effort to grab a growler or two each year now.

The beer is not quite as heavy as some barleywines I've had (probably mainly due to the style difference in English Barleywines like Old Nick), but does certainly pack a punch. It has a wonderful lighter copper/burgundy color and a well balanced large malt/hop character (to style for American Barleywine), with a fruity sweet hop twinge that keeps me coming back (definite hop head, i am). The closest well-known beer that comes to mind is Arrogant Bastard- a really similar flavor, but with a bit more kick. A definite must for the St. Louis winters, even if they sometimes aren't that cold. Plus, a growler of this Barleywine costs the same as a growler of any other brew so it's some of the most cost effective Barleywine available. Perhaps its popularity will grow and necessitate a seasonal bottling?

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4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage sampled in 2009; a good amount smoother than the fresh version

A - nice dark amber almost ruby color with a good off white head and fair lacing

S - lots of caramel and sugar on the nose some apple aromas reminds me of the taste of dried apple some raspberry as well, good and complex

T - the caramel dominates the back end but there is a strong sweet red apple flavor and some raspberry flavors, very heavy feeling to these flavors that normal feel light; just a hint of the heat

M - nice and heavy like i expect and lively carbonation

D - very drinkable even with the high sweetness

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4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Thanks to xmarcnolanx for this one.

Pours a clear amber/ruby with a big white frothy head. Smell is hop dominant but malts are clearly present, some unique sort of woody smell in here too. This is oak aged, but it smells like maybe the barrels were fresh wood, unused. This is a very crisp and clean american barleywine with great flavor. citrus/pine hops are nice and clean, but not rip your palate into thirds type of hoppiness. Very very balanced with the malts. There is a kind of light flavor to this which i dig. Hop flavors rise on the finish and aftertaste, and the wood also makes its presence known here much more than in the nose. mouthfeel is on the thin side of things, but still very nice. The abv is absolutely undetectable here. This could be the smoothest american barleywine I've had. Very drinkable. Great, great beer! can't wait to see how the other bottle develops. Can't wait to try the impy stout! Radical. Props to Schlafly and a big thanks to marc for this one!

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4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz poured into pint glass.

Pours an intensely hazy caramel/honey colored body with a HUGE creamy, bubbly slightly off-white head. Pillow-like head retains fantastically, leaving tons of lacing along my glass. Absolutely delicious looking.

Smells of spiced up vanilla, with slight oak in there. Rich, liquor-like as well... can definitely sense this was aged in oak if it wasn't labeled. Outstanding smelling. An easy way to sum up the smell is of a freshly baked vanilla cake. Wow.

Taste is out of this world. Creamy vanilla, smooth caramel malts attack right away - followed by a slightly citrus-like, oaky, bourbon warmth. It finishes with a welcomed bitterness from the hops. Absolutely 100% perfectly balanced. Delicious. The hops are ever so delicate but bring such a great aspect to this brew. Carbonation is medium and it fits very well.

Feels creamy, crisp, and smooth on the palate, despite the ABV. It provides a little kick and nice warmth, but nothing overpowering. Thick, full-bodied brew - but in a very good way. Goes down extremely well - perfect sipper. Words cannot describe this beer... it's so complex it's an adventure. I picked this and the Reserve Imperial Stout up and I can't wait to try the Imp. Overall, this is a must buy. Top brew and top barleywine.

Edit: After this brew warmed up a few degrees, the previously mentioned flavors became accompanied by a nice honey character I didn't pick up before. Even better.

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4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle has been on quite a trip. I purchased it in St. Louis while there for my girlfriend's college graduation. Driven to Nashville via her parents while I went on a dig in New Mexico. Then, two weeks ago, her parents brought it to me in Raleigh, NC, as my girlfriend had forgotten it when she first moved out here. From there, I brought it to Huntington, WV where it was shared with my friend Josh (aka trep) after the WVU-Marshall "game". Phew...

2006 Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a dark, brown-amber body with hints of ruby red and a thin, tan head. Amazing retention, despite the dearth of foam. Aroma packs a smooth, vanilla nuttiness with a great hoppy balance. Notes of almond, chestnut, spices, fig, raisin, and alcohol blend together perfectly.

I was expecting alot of hops out of this barleywine, but there were none to be detected. And pleasantly so, despite the fact that I'm a huge hop head. The flavor was full of honey & vanilla, with sweeter notes of white chocolate, marshmallow, and yogurt-covered peanuts. Mouthfeel was smooth and well-carbonated for a beer packing a 10.2% ABV. I'm lovin' the oaken finish, too. This is probably the most drinkable barleywine I've ever tasted. It's complex, it's flavorful, it's....I could go on and on. Do not pass this by if you're ever in the St. Louis area. In fact, I might have to make a trip back out just to get another bottle or two.

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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 capped brown bottle, purchased from Party Town, poured into a tulip. Bottle from '07

A: Pours a glowing amber-orange with some deeper tinting. Medium head forms a bit frothy but has some retention before falling out. Leaves basically no lacing.

S: Lots of alcoholic dark fruits. Alcohol isn't too pungent or sharp, but nicely aged. American hops have been dulled and rounded out. Sweet but balanced.

T/M: Very tasty. The oak has done very nicely. Woody and earthy, a touch of the standard vanilla mixes in well with the pleasantly sweet malts. The alcohol has definitely gained further depth from the wood as well. The hops have a bit of bitterness left in them but have mostly rounded out and melded together nicely to make a wonderful boozy, fruity concoction. Cherries, fleshy plums, tangerines, mango, maybe a touch of less-acidic-than-average grapefruit. Body is medium full with smooth carbonation.

D: ABV is up there a bit, as is normal for the style, and the alcohol is proudly part of the mix, but pleasantly so. Drinkability could be dangerous :)

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4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from the 750 ml bottle into a pint - drank about 13 oz and shared the rest.

A - Big and red with some haze. Looked bold and awesome.

S - Mostly fruit, a good idea of the taste.

T - Wonderful. Big malts with a distinct taste of raisins. The maltiness was almost effervescent. Very smooth on the back end, I just wanted to keep tasting it forever.

M - Like the taste, out of this world. It bombed my tongue with flavor and went down my throat very warm. It was almost sparkling.

D - This is a big beer - but it's so totally bad ass. I wouldn't want to drink more than a couple pints because of the weight, but that is not the point with this beer.

Overall - A total victory. Schlafly is for real. This beer would be so completely awesome paired with all kinds of foods, especially cheeses. I almost want to move back to STL just for this brew. It's sooo good.

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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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