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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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very good

470 Ratings

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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 256
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:
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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1/5  rDev -74.8%

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1/5  rDev -74.8%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of alleykatking
2.17/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I think this 750ml was busted open by VinnieVanGogh. Anyways, thanks for sharing this one!

A- Pours a darker amber with hints of orange when held to the light. Half finger off white head shows low retention. Some light lace that falls back into the beer.

S- The booze on this really comes out in the nose right off the bat. Darker fruits come out next with hints of plum, fig, and darker cherry. Light vanilla with a big barrel tone comes out in the middle of the aroma. Ending shows some light yeast with a heavy dose of warming alcohol to tingle your nose. Very heavy on the alcohol which distracts the overall aroma.

T- Darker fruits in the front show more of plum forward flavor in the front with a strong hint of hot alcohol. Vanilla shows up as the next flavor mixing in with the darker fruity malts. Barrel notes come through next with light yeasty notes. Alcohol shows up next and sets the tone for the ending of the beer which just seems like alcohol and that is all. A hint of darker malts but mostly hot alcohol mess in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Darker fruit, alcohol, and barrel notes are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly hot alcohol with a hint of darker fruit. Flavors were not very well blended as the alcohol kind of wrecks this one to me. There is some light oxidation in the form of off flavor. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a hot mess to me. The bottle from 2008 did not sit well with me. The alcohol came out a little too much and the barrel did as well too. The malts did not really balance out anything from the barrel. The ABV is high and the alcohol makes it seem a lot more higher. This one was a one and done for me. Don't think I'll be looking to try this one again for a long while.

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2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of ShanePB
2.3/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Vintage 2008, courtesy of Mike. Opened for a video review, transcribed from the footage. Poured into a globe glass.

A: Hazy copper/red body with absolutely no head whatsoever. No lacing, no retention - horrible looking beer. And there's really not much else to say about it than that. This is going to be flat.

S: Dark sweet fruits, faint oak aroma from the barrel aging, some nice spice notes and light caramel malts on the back end. This had been chilled entirely too long, so I fear it may be masking a lot of the flavors. As it warmed though, it didn't improve much.

T: Extremely one-dimensional, oak, oak and more oak. Overwhelms the palate and doesn't really allow much of anything else to come through. The sweetness from the dark and red fruits come out towards the back end of the palate. Nothing horrible but pretty bad nonetheless.

M: Flat, completely flat. There's no body on this beer really at all. It's thin, watery and you can only get some bubbles by swishing it around in your mouth.

This sucked pretty bad if I'm being completely honest. I think I gave this a much better score in our review but after watching and remembering the appearance, aroma and taste I feel I can justify this score. I'm not sure if this was just past its prime, not cellared properly at the store or what - but this bottle is flat out bad.

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.5/5  rDev -37%

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2.7/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml into an Anderson Valley tulip/snifter

a-dark brown to amber, slight head, more lace on the first glass than on a couple glasses later,looks lively still at 2 yrs old
s- very wine like, strong alcohol, strong malt, strong chocolate and sweetness
t- very similar to the smell, strong alcohol and lots of chocolate
m- slightly heavy, still very tingly on the tongue
d- this is a sipper, i dont see anyone taking big drinks of this repeatedly

Photo of ChadQuest
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a dark amber, an aggressive pour creates a finger of delicate head that fades out quickly.
Aroma has a more earthy and nutty nuance then typically given off by a barleywine, there is some mild sweet malt notes but overall this appears to be more well attenuated it seems, some heat and some light connecticut cigar wrapping.
Taste and feel are indeed both a bit lighter body and lower in stickiness, helped out by the oak cutting it down some. The normal barleywine malts here most identify with a toffee character, and earthy almonds. There is heat, and some other flavor on the finish i cant nail down, but it is slight off putting.

I am led to believe this one is not improving lately, and peaked a year or two ago. Not bad, but simply mediocre at this point.

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2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 reserve. Average head, amber color. Nothing exceptional about the appearance.

Sweet, malty, sugary smell. And the taste is sweet, and creamy. You're drinking a malty, flat, syrupy concoction. Maybe it's the style, but it ain't my thing.

Not much carbonation in the mouthfeel. Tough to drink, too sweet at first. The sweetness becomes overwhelming quickly.

Photo of mntlover
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
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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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2009 vintage opened New Year’s Eve 2012. I opened this bottle with an open mind thinking I might actually like it. It was fine except for the bitter finish. That killed it for me and turned me off to it. I poured the balance of the bottle down the sink. I have the new 2012 vintage now in the cellar aging. Hopefully it will be an improvement from the 2009.

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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2006 Vintage.

Deep amber tea colored...foggy...with a nice off white head that seems to stick around a long time and leave sticky lacing in it's wake.

Aromas are brown sugar sweet amber malts with only a hint of oak...maybe some mincemeat.

Taste us sweetly candied dark malts with brown sugar, dark raisins and other dark fruits, and only a hint of oak or maybe boubon.

Still too sweet and lacking a comforting balance to be either drinkable or even 'enjoyable' for more than merely a glass.

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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Churchkey in our nation's capital. Served in a snifter.

A - Deep, golden copper with a thin, lively off-white head and delicate lacing. A great-looking barleywine.

S - Great bouquet of fruity aromas and baking bread. Plums, oranges, a little bit of cherry.

T - Starts wonderfully, with flavors present in the nose hitting right away. However, these are quickly replaced by what I assume is the oak barrel, but in this tasting it came across as an almost coconut-like flavor. A very jarring transition, and it completely changed my experience with this beer after just a couple of sips.

M - Decent texture, but the alcohol burn soon becomes prominent, and not in a very pleasant way. Very dry in the back of the throat. Low carbonation isn't masking the increasingly unpleasant taste at all.

D - The coconutesque flavor of the oak and the booze overwhelm the more subtle flavors as the beer warms. I finished it rather quickly, but not because I was particularly enjoying it. Highly disappointing.

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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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