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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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very good

469 Ratings

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 41
Gots: 98 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Yabev15, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Reagan1984, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

eggboy, Jan 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.8%

beepthebot, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

hannaho, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good friend surprised me with this yesterday. Barleywine is one of my favorites and I have never had Schlafly Barleywine before.

Vintage 2008

Pours a beautiful brown red color with a decent head. Small off white bubbles appeared out of nowhere about 5 seconds after it was poured. Really a nice color.

Aroma really made this beer fun. Hints of bourbon and cherry and present from the beginning, but melds into a grain and vanilla aroma as you smell more. I also thought I could find the smell of fresh sweet cream in this one.

Taste was smooth as can be. I was really surprised that it was so smooth, since some barleywines can really show their alcohol character too up front. This did not. The age has made the smooth flavors come out- marshmallow fluff meets bourbon. My only 4 on this was the mouthful- just seemed a little small compared to the bold flavor and aroma. I suspect this came with age.

If I could by this by the case you can best be assured I would have one aging in my cellar right now. Great aged barleywine!


bitterbeerguy, Jan 01, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brown-amber beer with a reddish hue to the body poured with less than a finger of tan head and there was very thin lacing.

Smell: Wood like aroma with the malts really shining through. For the most part it mild for this style.

Taste: I thought the flavor was not as overpowering as allot of barleywines I had tried in the past. It had a good bit of charred oak to the flavor and some weak toffee tones to it.

Mouthfeel: It was milky and smooth there was not much for carbonation to it at all.

Overall: I think it is a good starter barleywines if you are one of those people that have to work your way into a style. I brought it to a Christmas party after aging it for four years in my cellar and allot of people really enjoyed it.

MTNboy, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

dav, Dec 23, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

DrDogbeer, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

headyhopzhead, Dec 11, 2011
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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.

ShanePB, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

starrdogg, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

MASPuros, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

ch473, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JimInTN, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

drn, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

joebry81, Dec 03, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish copper body with a creamy off white 1/2 finger head. Not much lacing.

Stewed plums, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, caramel on the nose.

Sweet and raisiny on the palate with more of the same from the nose. Tons of smooth oak, caramel, vanilla, and nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is the best part. Lush, creamy, and thick despite the deceiving pale colored body.


Aged on new Missouri oak chips for several months after primary fermentation and conditioning

Hops: Marynka (PL), Northdown (UK), Tettnang (DE)

Malts: 2-row malted barley, Munich malt, caramel malt, roasted barley

aficionado, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

kenm2118, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

djrn2, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
89 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.