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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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

473 Ratings

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 41
Gots: 102 | 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: maxpower on 11-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

English-style Barleywine aged on Missouri white oak.
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of zep9865
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into new Belgium snifter. Pours a brownish-amber with a quarter-Inch of foam head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Raisins, apricot, vanilla and bourbon. Smell is very smooth with very little detection of alcohol.

Beer is very rich with lots of dark fruit, bread, bourbon, and a little bit of booze.

Beer is very smooth from nose to mid-palate to backbone with lots of nuances.

Very surprised with this beer. Great effort from Schlafly that I will surely buy to share with the fam

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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is the 2008 vintage. This beer pours a medium bodied and decently syrupy orangish brown in clor with a thin white lacing around the glass. The aromas are very sweet yet complex. It smells of sweet cherriies, sweet peaches, bubblegum, and just has a fresh fruitiness about it. The favors consist of oak, a fresh fruit cocktail, slight butter from the oaking, and some alcohol. It's nice but doesn't have the punch that the nose has. It drinks medium in body and is sweet but not too sweet. For an aged barley wine it's very solid.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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1/5  rDev -74.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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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!


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3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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2.31/5  rDev -41.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
89 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.