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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine - The Schlafly Tap Room

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268 Reviews

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Reviews: 268
Hads: 564
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 18.64%
Wants: 42
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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: maxpower on 11-22-2002

Our Oak Aged Barleywine has a deep copper color and an intense malt flavor balanced by assertive hops. Fermentation with American ale yeast allows the caramel malt to shine. We age the beer on new, medium toast Missouri Oak to enhance its complexity and to develop its smooth, luscious character.

Barleywine is a classic English-style hearty ale. The term refers to a beer with the potency of wine and is often vintage-dated.

This beer will continue to age well in a cool dark place for several years, but it is ready to enjoy now.

40 IBU
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Reviews: 268 | Hads: 564
Photo of mlockman
3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not much oak flavor to speak of, and while there is little to no hop-flavor, there is neither an accentuated malt profile as to be expected of this style.

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Photo of tviz33
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was the 2008 vintage. Not going in to detail because I had it a few days ago. Underwhelming, but still an enjoyable brew, and my first from Schlafly.

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Photo of dar482
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 2010 Vintage.

The beer offers sweet bourbon, toffee and carmael sweetness on the aroma.

The flavor hits with a pop of bourbon up front, then onto rich toffee sweetness, some spice from the bourbon that hits on the back end and the beer dries out. The beer offers a medium mouthfeel.

A decently complex beer that drinks above its rating.

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Photo of deford
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2012 bottle poured from a 750 into a FW snifter.

L- Nice and dark, kinda burnt looking...very murky.

S- Sweet sugar plums, toffee, caramel, dark fruits and a little oak....maybe some bread.

T- Oaky caramel, toffee, dark fruits...wow, I really like it! Age has mellowed it substantially and allowed the flavors to meld somewhat, but they are still distinguishable if you really think about it and focus. Just the right amount of sweetness up front with a slightly bitter finish.

F- Just right, enough carbonation to feel but not enough to tickle.

O- Very good Barleywine, would definitely grab if I saw again.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 2011 bottle.
Pours clear dark copper with a decent head.

A faint tart note along with low sweetness distinguished this from other barleywines in a tasting session.

O: Excellent but not superb in all respects.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Bottle: Poured a brown color ale with a medium size off-white foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized malt with some toffee notes and some residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some light toffee notes with quite a bit of residual sugar with light oak notes. Body is a bit light for style with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol. Not bad overall but too much residual sugar for my own taste.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +0.8%

The flavor in this is quite delicious with caramel, coffee, malt, maple, molasses with a turn to chocolate. The chocolate is more profound near the end with hints of bitterness. It's issue is in the feel with an inappropriate thinness but that plays into its deceptive ease. At over 10% it is very easy to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -3%

Deeply caramelized malt, dark fruit, and muted citrus form the aroma. Fairly sweet, but toasted oak and light grapefruit provide contrast in the flavor. It's a bit underwhelming in flavor. Wish it matched the aroma more closely.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Schlafly Reserve Oak-aged Barleywine 2010 Vintage (cool!)

Poured hard into a Duvel snifter

Sight: Dark opaque brown with red hints when examined in sunlight. Tan red that when poured hard, develops into a nice inch-high cushion, but recedes to a thin film. Protein particles settle to the bottom. Should I have poured it with a softer hand? Lacing is one of icicles from the gutters and eaves of a house in Connecticut.

Smell: Much malt, bread and biscuit. I also smell a little booze, and dark fruit or raisin. Did they forget to put in hops?

Taste: More of the same I perceived from the smell. Malt, bread, biscuit… a touch of caramel? A touch of caramel. Some people mentioned butterscotch off a 2012 vintage, but I didn’t get it from its 2 year elder. Hops are only slightly evident, and show up late to the party. We’ll call this a dark-fruit malt bomb. Almost like a Belgian Quad… and I like it.

Mouthfeel: As a somm might say, “medium plus.” It’s coating and a bit of really tiny bubble, not Ian Anderson thick-as-a-brick.

Overall: I feel fortunate to have an aged beer, but not highly sought after, like others out there. I think I may have had my fill of English-style barleywine, but I still haven’t had Mother of All Storms… my white whale.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

big barleywine. boozy, lots of oak. caramel and toffee, not too exciting though. decent barleywine but nothing special. mild body. mild carbonation. wouldnt be too thrilled if i was offered this again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml of the 2012 bottling opened up by Doug. Poured into a GLBC snifter today, 5/1/2014.

A- Typical barleywine. Caramel brown body, half finger white head with little retention, no lacing. Very placid.

S- smells like tapioca balls. Very toffee and butterscotch forward (in a good, non-contaminated way). Pretty mellow, no indication of big citrus hops as you'd expect from an American-made barleywine.

F- Kind of boring. Sweet, caramel and toffee forward barleywine without much balancing character to it. It's not bad, but it's fairly boring.

M- Medium to thin bodied, lower carbonation, quite on the sweet, slick and sticky end of the spectrum.

O- Not my favorite style and this is one of the lesser ones in the style. Give me Great or The K13 anytime... well that's not fair to Schlafly so I'll just say that I will skip over this if I ever see this again.

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Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

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.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 vintage. Popped this baby open tonight. 3 years of age on it. Never had a fresh one so I really have nothing to compare it to, but oh well. Pours nicely into my tulip glass. Smells nicely of Barleywine-like stuff. Oak, vanilla, sweet caramel. Taste is similar, but has a little more booze flavor than I'd expect after three years. Mouthfeel very nice, thick and creamy. Overall very solid. Too bad this is retired.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this one sent to me by hoppypocket for CanBIF Fall 2013. From notes.

A - Poured murkey dark red with a one finger creamy off white head. Decent carbonation. No lace, decent retention.

S - Raisins, hops, dates, sugar.

T - Dark fruit, sugar, booze, wood.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, scratchy finish.

O/D - An OK barleywine. Sorta plain and doesn't really jump at you, and the oak is largely lost, but it's enjoyable for the most part. Good, but definitely could have wowed. For a style I don't typically enjoy, this was a decent one. Well done.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very hazy dark brown color. There's about one finger of off-white colored head that retains itself superbly given the strength. Not much lacing is left behind, though.

S: This is very woody, especially when it warms up. Before that, it's dominated by a ton of fruitiness - mainly cherries, figs, and raisins. There's also a leathery undercurrent. It's a bit simple for a barleywine, but it's quite solid otherwise. It becomes quite good when it opens up sufficiently, hence the semi-high score.

T: It starts off dominated by toasted oak. It finishes with a lot of oak flavor, too. Sandwiched between all the woodiness lies some decent dark fruit flavors in the middle. Another great feature is that it strikes a great balance between being not sweet and being not alcoholic. In fact, the finish is a touch bitter. It really improves once it warms up, but its lack of depth prevents me from giving it a 4+.

M: Soft, creamy, but a bit too carbonated. Again, any problems from the feel can be alleviated by just letting it sit: it loses its carbonation and improves in flavor. While it finishes dry, it still has a long, caramel-laden finish. Make no mistake, this is quite dangerous: there's no booze to get in the way of just sipping the hell out of this.

O: Upon first sips, it was about a 3.25: serviceable, but far from great. Let it reach room temperature, and it becomes a 3.75: not quite legendary, but incredibly good. For that reason, I'd gladly drink it again, and I might even buy another bottle if I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of kbrown
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage purchased at the Brewpub while stopping through St. Louis after a family wedding in Catoosa, OK in May. Aged on 'new, medium toast Missouri Oak'.

Appearance- Brown bourbon color, clear with a retain white rim.

Smell- Cinnamon, fig, maple, caramel- overall sugary sweetness.

Taste- Toasted caramel malt all the way- in a good way. Not too sweet; balanced out nicely & surprisingly by the hops. Some needed fig & berry fruit in the middle to add complexity.

Mouthfeel- Caramel taste/feel slides on the front of tongue and then hits the back. Smooth.

Overall- Enjoyable. Not too syrupy or sweet like some other barleywines.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage; 750mL poured into 22oz snifter. Pours a deep ruby/garnet red with a moderate white head that fades quickly into a rim of foam, no lacing. Smell is boozy fruit; raisins, cherries, prunes...barrel character has oak and vanilla, slight tannin and bourbon. Poured a bit too cold, so I'll let it warm a bit before continuing. Now that it's warmed a bit, smell hasn't changed much although the sour notes are a bit more present. It's not undesirable, but it's not what I was expecting. As I pour a bit more into the snifter, some lightly bitter herbal hops are detectable riding on the booze. Moving on to taste; alcohol hits the palate first, carrying some tart cherry and plum. Some vague barrel/oak character next, with oaky vanilla and lighter sweetness hiding beneath the sour. The sour flavors fade in and out, and seem to be diminishing as it warms further. Mouthfeel isn't extremely full but seems to be sticky and dry at the same time.
Overall, I'm not crazy about the sour character in this beer; reading other reviews I don't see anything about that, so maybe I got a bottle that had gone a bit lactic. It's still not bad; sour barleywines are a thing; it's just not what I was expecting. I'd certainly pick a few of these up again and see how it fares fresh, and with even more age on it.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clean tulip glass

A: Dark golden brown plenty of carbonation and three fingers width of head.

S: Spicy and oaky with rich caramel malt.

T: A really good spicy bite, with a sweet caramel taste.

M: slightly thick but still smooth and slightly creamy.

O: Very good beer. Because of the spiciness and its thickness it would be better to drink it in cooler weather but still very good

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Photo of Beefytits4
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper colored brew with a huge, off white head that leaves thick, sticky lace all the way down the glass.

S: Oak... Oak... Oak...

T: Very sweet, malty base with huge oak flavor.

M: Leaves a heavy oak flavor on your tongue for quite a while.

O: Definitely my favorite oaked beer.

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Photo of mntlover
2.92/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish brown with a nice two finger tan head, it falls to a ring. Some light lace left behind not as much as the head would suggest.

Aroma is nice, dark fruits that are over ripe good barrel notes nice vanilla alcohol notes mingled underneath it all. Smells lightly boozy which is fine but not as huge in the malt department as you would expect.

Taste is little hot alcohol notes upfront dark fruits and plenty of barrel notes. Seems little simple and not in a good way. No great big malt flavors that are even present in American Barleywine might less English ones. Just little one sided.

Mouthfeel alcohol makes it seem lighter then it probably is, carbonation is good though.

Overall blah wouldn't even recommend trying this one. Sad it smelled alright not great but alright.

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Photo of rudzud
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2009 Vintage, recieved as an extra in a trade.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark coppery red hue with a one finger earthy head that faded to a thin halo and light wisps.

S - Strong sweet malts, brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, SUPER light oak.

T - Taste is pretty solid for what it is. Nice caramel and toffee with some light soft vanilla and sweet malts rounding everything out. Light bourbon, brown sugar. Its quite tasty for what it is.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for the style. Not nearly as boozy as I thought it would be.

O - Not a bad barleywine. Think its a good "starter" for ones cellar, as its somewhat easily attainable. For those with a deep cellar though its really not worth the space. I have a bottle of 07 down there as well. Wonder how that is.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a dense deep caramel body that glows a bit garnet at the base and a sticky beige film is supported by a few slow strands of microbubbles trailing up the sides of the glass

S- The caramel malt has a toasted oak note in the finish with some fresh sawn oak qualities growing as it opens.

T- The rich slightly dry caramel malt blends with some green wood notes and a slight tartness in the finish. There is a nice woody oak flavor and some pine hops nip in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight little fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is luscious but a bit dry and tart in the finish. It has a nice full support of oak and hops which add good depth to the beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby two finger head, not much carbonation.

S-Caramel, coconut oak and molasses.

T-Similar to the nose, oak, molasses, caramel, tad bit of coconut and slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-A good barleywine, nothing stood out as amazing though. Very enjoyable and no glaring flaws, just not great.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. 750mL kept at in box and at cellar conditions since 2010. poured into taster.

A: pours pretty clear. light, more of an amber than a copper hue. looks flat.

S: smooth, more oak than bourbon, maybe no bourbon at all. caramel and toffee. sweet, smells more like a doppel or scotch than a barleywine. mild fruit.

T: no heat, super smooth. a bit of toffee, slight diacetyl. a little bit of smoke. slight scotch flavor. complex, all over the place.

M: mellow, carb is a little low. full bodied.

D: definitely smooth, time has helped mellow any heat this body has once had. may have picked up a little diacetyl over time as well. anyone still hanging on to this puppy should go ahead and drink it.

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