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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

459 Ratings

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 95 | FT: 7
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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Photo of champ103


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Pours an amber brown color. A small bubbly beige head forms that leaves patchy lace.
S: Wood, caramel, honey, bread, and a slight hop aroma.
T: Follows the nose. A large caramel malty flavor with a substantial wood/oak flavor. Very sweet with some honey again. Just a very light hop twang as the taste lingers.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation side. Very creamy and rich. For the style, very easy to drink. A very enjoyable beer to sip on.

I really enjoyed this. The Schlafly Reserve series has another hit. Highly recommended.

10-27-2008 03:07:33 | More by champ103
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nice amber color-has some great ruby highlights tucked in there. Good mellow and malty aroma-slightly boozy. Solid malt flavor with an underlying oak and somewhat smokey hint to it. Some decent vanilla notes. Slight bourbon taste. Decent mouthfeel. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Couldnt do a lot-nice after diner drink or a fire side sipper.

10-12-2008 02:55:31 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of hoppymeal


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

2006. Pours a hazy dark copper to amber in color, a large buttery cream colored head rests atop and very slowly recedes. Aroma is a fruity hoppiness, citrus notes mixing with some sweet berry malts, caramel and bread. Taste shows a nice yeasty breadiness mixing well with some caramel matiness and a good dose of aged hoppy notes. Very much like a hoppy strong ale, ala db, that has a little age on it. Some woodiness from the oak is evident but is very mild. Body is medium to heavy with just a bit of spiciness and dryness towards the finish. Pretty good beer, but not great, maybe just different than I expected. Not sure that this will improve a ton with age, but there is still a strong hoppy citrus profile that may be interesting to see what comes forward as this continues to fade.

10-04-2008 01:48:06 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of srandycarter


4/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pours a dark thick caramel, lots of cascading bubbles on the sides, decent head reduces to ring with webbing gobby lacing. I love that.

S - Big sweet caramel core, wood, alcohol and citrus.

T - Taste follow smell. Nice high volume malt balanced well with citrusy hops. Either the wood or the hops give it a slight sour end that is my only detractor.

M - Big, coating, carbed, medium to full bodied. Can't complain.

D - Huge beer that would get tiring on several levels.

10-01-2008 04:09:38 | More by srandycarter
Photo of AMo


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Schlafly Reserve Ale Aged in Oak Barleywine Style Ale 2007 pours a rubyish amber with a nice froathy head. The smell is medium strong and pleasant of barley and malt. Taste is strong, complex, and dominantly malty. The oak really comes through in the background with a nice vanilla touch. Mouthfeel is a perfect medium dense, with a moderate amount of carbonation giving an ultimate silky smooth feel. The overall drinkability is very good. It's nice and smooth with a strong flavor and oaky kick. Very well balanced and highly enjoyable barleywine.

09-11-2008 21:41:44 | More by AMo
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

2006 Bottling

The drink pours a deep, dark garnet with a mocha cap that retains great and leaves plenty of webby lacing on the glass.

Smell is oaky and malty with with a big bourbon note.

Taste is sweetly mellow with crisp notes of dry sherry accented with a bit of caramel and molasses.

Smooth and wonderful, the drink is definitely a sipper.

07-20-2008 21:13:17 | More by cvstrickland
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber color with a spumy ecru head - tight bubbles and a veritable curtain of lace

Smell: Candied apples, underripe peaches and grapefruit pith

Taste: Bready for a moment, and then the candied apple sweetness kicks in, along with a growing peach and grapefruit flavor by mid-palate; after the swallow, instead of all hell breaking loose, there is a nice woody layer of caramel that settles down all of the battling flavors that appeared on the sip

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slightly creamy, with moderate to low carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nice sipper, but consuming a 750 ML is a bit of a challenge

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

07-08-2008 00:59:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of Traquairlover


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

750ml bottle, poured into snifters. 2007 vintage.

A = Clear caramel, big frothy bone white head which dissipates slowly leaving medium lacing.

S = Various spices are prevalent in the smell, also some amount of bitter herbs, all with a solid malt ball backgroun underneath.

T = Tastes of toasted malts, herb buttered toast, floral bitterness but with a solid sweet malt backbone. Quite well balanced.

M = Medium-heavy body, very good mouthcoating, pleasant level of carbonation.

D = An easy drinking American barleywine, great for a relaxing drink by a quiet fireplace.

05-17-2008 16:55:43 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of ppoitras


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

750ml bottle obtained via NoBS BIF v3 from Vancer. Thanks for the opportunity... 2007 vintage.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" ecru head over the slightly cloudy copper brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with leggy, slow-falling lace. Aroma is dominantly sweet, with booze apparent. Taste starts with the malt sweetness as well, lightly fruity in the middle, and a clean finish. Note that moderate wood character is evident throughout the tasting experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, with enough carbonation for a barrelled brew, and drinkability is great. Happy to have had the chance to enjoy this one.

05-14-2008 01:15:24 | More by ppoitras
Photo of IntriqKen


3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

04-16-2008 03:33:56 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of jar2574


2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

04-05-2008 02:36:10 | More by jar2574
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.68/5  rDev +17.9%

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!

03-31-2008 06:50:06 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

2006 vintage. Fuzzy orange with a generous splash of cherry juice. The beige colored cap is large and is wonderfully thick and rich. It melts in appealing fashion and is leaving much more and much better looking lace than expected given the ABV. Very nice.

The nose keeps things positive. It smells like the malt will be roughly equal parts pale and caramel. Is the oak aging apparent? Sure, why not. In addition, the beer has an orange peel fruitiness and hides its alcohol pretty well.

Barleywine-Style Ale is intensely flavored, even if it isn't as complex or as deep as some of the world's best. Unlike the nose, the flavor is incredibly oaky. Tannic even. There's a big blast of wood that leads to an incredibly dry finish. Barrel-aging usually results in good beer, but less time in the the oak might have worked out better in this case.

The flavor profile consists of oak staves saturated with triple sec, caramelized sugar, toasted nuts, unripe peaches, dried cherries, vanilla beans and a generous splash of Stolichnaya. Bitter and sour are at least as prominent as sweet. That's odd for a barleywine that's almost two years of age.

The mouthfeel could be bigger, smoother and slicker. Even so, it's close enough to optimal to earn the above score. The acidity, the puckeriness and the amazingly arid finish keep things interesting. Carbonation? Laid back, baby. Laid back.

Schlafly Reserve Barleywine-Style Ale is a unique American barleywine that probably won't appeal to everyone, even those who love the style. I'd be open to giving other vintages a shot, just to see if the brewery changes things up from year to year.

03-27-2008 22:26:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

2007 batch

a: Clear copper body, with a thin off-white head. Small amounts of lacing.

s: Sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, figs and oak.

t: Similar to the nose, toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, some breadiness (as advertised on the back of the bottle), figs, floral hops and noticeable oak/vanilla/bourbon from the barrel aging.

m: Good warming feel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

d: Seems to taste different each time I have it. This time I was quite impressed. Not as aggressively hoped as many American Barleywines, a much more mellow version. A good sipper, excited to try the 2006 bottle I've been aging. Another good one from Schlafly.

03-08-2008 03:06:17 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +4%

thanks to vancer for this fine brew! 2007 release, noted as oak barrel aged on the bottle, jim beam barrel on the box. So, how'd it fair?

A - crystal clear orange / brown in color with a nice frothy white head.

S - bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet caramel malts

T - taste follows the nose with the bourbon staying in a strong but complimentary balance to the other flavors. Some light bitter hop presence but it's all secondary to the bourbon and malts.

M - medium / full bodied, nicely carbonated. Very clean smooooth finish.

D - very approachable, very drinkable barleywine. Quite a tasty treat indeed!

02-15-2008 17:16:01 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of Goliath


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head. I poured more aggressively on my second attempt and achieved a larger more luxurious head.

Aroma holds sweet caramel, toasted bread, and alcohol.

Taste is slightly bitter on the finish, but starts with sweet caramel and bready notes.

Mouthfeel is boring, it is thick and syrupy and lacks carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively low due to both the ABV and the strength of its malt and hop profiles.

02-13-2008 04:00:36 | More by Goliath
Photo of akorsak


3.73/5  rDev -6%

A 750 mL capped bottle from czoch75.

A: The ale opens without a hiss, motionless until a white plume of gas seeps out of the mouth. The ale is a dark orange-brown color that shows off bright red highlights when light is focused on it. A voluminous head resulted from the pour and appears to lace around the glass.

S: The aroma is malty, definitely barleywine, with some hoppiness protruding. The barrel aging is not evident.

T: The hops of the barleywine have gently faded (I am assuming, as I did not have it fresh). They are present in a bittering bite at the front of a sip, but they are quick to hide amongst the malt. Within the malts, which are grainy with a fruity undertone. There is a small measure of oxidation but it rarely makes its way through the oak and malt. That oak, which really wasn't noticeable in the nose, adds a buttery vanilla flavor that cuts into the harshness of the malts.

M: The oak could be a little stronger and the metallic taste could be a little weaker. Other than those two, this is a nice sipper that doesn't push things too far.

D: The abv is too high to make this a go-to beer. One bottle, shared with my wife, is a nice end to the weekend.

01-27-2008 22:27:33 | More by akorsak
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3.28/5  rDev -17.4%

A; Pours a hazy copper with a big foamy head. Moderate sustain, but little lacing on the snifter.

S: Sweet smelling, but non-descript. Just OK.

T: Malty, sweet, and a bit cloying. Slightly fruity but with a flavor that is mostly sugary and candy-like.

M: Full-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Worth $10 for a 750ml, but it falls short of its contemporaries. I like sweet barleywines, but his one is too sugary for me. If I hadn't shared the bottle, it might have ben undrinkable.

01-27-2008 04:18:55 | More by klewis
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

2006 750ml from Metallitone1, thanks! This was an orange, hazy beer with a decent head for a barleywine. The smell and the taste had a "woody" accent that was actually complimentary. This beer seemed more on the malty side. This was a very unique tasting barleywine and I was very impressed by my first Schlafly brew.

01-17-2008 06:04:09 | More by ArrogantB
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4.85/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

01-15-2008 05:30:39 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

2006 vintage.

The body has a deep reddish caramel tone, with nice clarity before the last dregs are poured out. Some spotty lacing appears in an irregular "stalagtite" formation.

Faint aromatic & floral hops, very malty, a touch of alcohol, becoming mellow and tea-like overall. Notes of vanilla, oak, and tea leaves, with a big caramel toffee flavor that dominates. Richly malty, with some very mild earthy hops lingering underneath. Slightly sweet, not overly so. Any bourbon-barrel characteristics are very subtle, the main attribute being vanilla.

Buttery oak makes it smooth, with a fullness from the large amount of malt. Low level of carbonation encourages sipping, but the alcohol never becomes overwhelming. While I shared the 750, it was very drinkable and mellow.

01-14-2008 14:49:03 | More by emerge077
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

2006 Vintage that I finally got around to drinking.

Pours a nice, deep copper, quite clear, decent head that lasts a fair amount of time before fading to a small lace that holds on throughout the pour.

Aroma is very sweet, with a good base malt smell coupled with a pretty decent sized caramel aroma. Not much in the way of hops in the nose, as one would expect from a barleywine. Yet for all that, it's not *too* sweet smelling. Rather appetizing, to be honest.

The taste is excellent. There's a malt sweetness up front, with a good deal of bitterness. It doesn't lean to the bitter side, but this barleywine is in no way cloyingly sweet. The hops cut through and make this eminently drinkable. The finish is a subtle hop ending, drying a sweet beer out to the point where you really want to take another drink, rather than the usual "I think I'll wait awhile" you get from barleywines. Fruity, sweet, a dry finish, not a lot of higher alcohols in the flavor... this is nicely done.

The mouthfeel, as to be expected, is on the heavy side, but is in no way syrupy or oily. Again, the dry finish makes it seems less than what it is, but mid-drink, you know you're drinking something. Again, very good, and quite appropriate for the style.

Overall, this is a fine barleywine. I would like a bit more hoppiness, but not every barleywine is Bigfoot, nor should it be. This is a fine example of the style, and should be sought out whenever possible. Great job by Schlafly!

01-13-2008 21:26:20 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of Riggsy


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

750ml bottle courtesy of rsyberg01 in Secret Santa '06 served in Chouffe goblet.

A: Pours a murky amber, one finger off white head with good retention.

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and bready malt.

T: Malt sweetness accompanied by bourbon, woody oak, vanilla, alcohol and plums.

M: Medium full to full with enough carbonation to not make the beer cloying.

D: A nice sipper,not a session brew. Thanks to Rick for the opportunity.

01-01-2008 02:15:41 | More by Riggsy
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

750 ml bottle, 2007 edition. Pours a clear copper body with a creamy beige head. Sticky lacing adheres to the snifter in sheets.

Aroma is bready and toasty with oaky vanilla and some raisins.

Mouthfeel is quite good, with a nearly full body, subdued carbonation and a lot of creaminess.

Taste, like the aroma, is toasty and bready. Not as malty as expected but caramel plays a central role. Alcohol is well hidden but for appropriate warming. Hops aren't assertive but lend a pleasant balancing bitterness. Plenty of oak presence in this one, adding an interesting woodiness.

Very nicely done. I'm interested to see how this does with a couple years of aging.

12-17-2007 21:23:27 | More by merlin48
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a bottle a deep, clear amber with highlights of orange. Pours a solid head which fades to an eighth of an inch. Very little lacing with this one.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of molasses and alcohol.

The taste is very smooth with sweetness of the malts, raisins, and fruit along with the warmth of the alcohol. Not much bitterness at all which I've with many other barleywines.

Medium mouthfeel with an oily slickness to it and very light carbonation.

I really enjoyed this barleywine from Schlafly. It's one of the easier-to-drink barleywines for sure. Enjoy.

12-15-2007 20:39:28 | More by Monkeyknife
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