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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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462 Ratings

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 40
Gots: 97 | 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 carln26
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

It pours a deep brown color, with orange highlights. It’s very hazy and is topped by a thin tan head that recedes quickly, yet leaves a delicate lace on the glass. The aroma is mainly malt. It has hints of dates, sherry, and a little black cherry. There is just a touch of citrus on the finish. The flavor reflects the aroma. Sherry, dates dark berries all come across early, then a distinct bitterness on the finish. Not much true hop flavor, but nice bitterness. The mouth feel is slick and mildly smooth. There is a little alcohol warming. Nicely drinkable.

carln26, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of grumpy
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Sampled on tap seasonally at the pub, with consistent impressions.

Appearance: Copper/ light amber, fairly clear, minimal head and lace.

Aroma: Sweet malt, hops, a little fruit.

Taste: A very tasty beer. Definitely an American style Barley Wine, though not as huge as some, and more balanced than others. A nice blend of sweet, fruity malt, floral and piney hops, and an alcohol bite on the end.

Mouthfeel: Again, not a huge Barley Wine, so you won’t find cloying syrup or mouth-puckering hops. Viscosity is medium, as is carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably a little too easy to knock back a few pints of this, especially considering the 10% ABV. But at $9 a growler, who can resist?

UPDATE: No sooner do I submit a review stating that this Barley Wine is consistent over the years, they seem to have changed the recipe. The Dec 2005 release was much darker in malt profile and color, and was considerably sweeter. Also, substantial fruity and chocolate flavors were present. Quite tasty, but perhaps not quite as drinkable, due to a near-cloying lack of balance toward sweetness. Oh well, best not to have more than a couple of pints anyway, right? Now if only I were able to live by that credo...

grumpy, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of ericburnley
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

I've had the 2004 and 2005 versions of this limited edition brew only available on tap at the Tap Room (this year it was not even available at the new Maplewood Schlafly Bottleworks bottling plant, only at the downtown location), and I will make an effort to grab a growler or two each year now.

The beer is not quite as heavy as some barleywines I've had (probably mainly due to the style difference in English Barleywines like Old Nick), but does certainly pack a punch. It has a wonderful lighter copper/burgundy color and a well balanced large malt/hop character (to style for American Barleywine), with a fruity sweet hop twinge that keeps me coming back (definite hop head, i am). The closest well-known beer that comes to mind is Arrogant Bastard- a really similar flavor, but with a bit more kick. A definite must for the St. Louis winters, even if they sometimes aren't that cold. Plus, a growler of this Barleywine costs the same as a growler of any other brew so it's some of the most cost effective Barleywine available. Perhaps its popularity will grow and necessitate a seasonal bottling?

ericburnley, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of karst
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

Nearly perfect appearance as far as can be determined in the confinds of the St. Louis City Museum (11% ABV according to brewmeister) @ Schlafly's Winterfest. Truly awsome Barleywind. Its aroma of blended hops, malt, and fruit to its full spectrum of blended tastes - that should only improve with age! Well worth the trouble of driving 100+ miles to taste. One of the top styles loved by many that I talked with. Believe it or not the Burbon Stout surpasses it IMHO !

karst, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of amicar
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Got to taste the new release 2005 Barleywine....

Poured off tap a clear brown/ tarnished copper color with a small but present white head that lingered a bit. The smell was wonderfully complex- undertones of aged bourbon beneath the sweet hoppiness and sharp bite tingling the nose. The taste is very nice; lots of roast 'something' in this one balanced nicely by the sweetness; although it's a little sticky, it works well. The alcohol doesn't really let you know it's there until you feel it on the throat. Nice and full and malty in the mouth. I can see (slowly) sipping on this one all night by the fire..

Overall, very nice. The only thing I can say is that it could be a little smoother- maybe some more age to it would be helpful? Not sure; I do recommend this one; get somebody to send a growler or stop by if you're in the neighborhood. It's pretty damn good.

amicar, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

Very much the biggest beer Schlafly makes. In an pinch it could probably fuel your car on the way home from the tap room. The hops are hige in the aroma. The taste is sweet with malt with a great hip finish. This one bears a lot more resemblance to English barleywines than it does American. And by that I mean it is balanced, not a IBU contest. This one is dangerously drinkable, be careful.

Note: this one may come back to haunt you the next day.

swamiswamu, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of MJR
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%


Pours deep ruby with perfect clarity. A thick, dense tan head sits up top and holds strong all the way to the bottom, leaving sheets of lace clinging to the sides.

Aroma is rich and sweet, with lots of cherry and strawberry fruitiness on top of a chewy backbone of cotton candyish and toffee malts. Faint raison and plum. Not so fast! Malt doesn't completely rule the day though, as there's a considerable amount of fresh green hops well integrated into the whole. Little to no alcohol detectable on the nose.

Here comes the flavor...

A complex and rich barrage of cherry, plum, strawberry, pomegranate, raison, cotton candy, toffee, resiny hops, and alcohol level a full frontal assault on my taste buds. It leans slightly towards the sweeter side of the balance spectrum, but not nearly as much as in previous years. Many of the offerings from Schlafly have a distinct malt signature, and it's certainly here, adding yet another dimension of complexity.

I find myself licking my lips often with this beer, as its thick and dextrinous mouthfeel leaves plenty of residual sugars for my tongue to explore. Just a hint of dryness on the finish hints at the hefty strength hidden within.

While good and easily drinkable in years past, they really knocked the ball outta the park with this one. Upping the hop presence all around (bitterness, aroma, and flavor) really added a needed balance to this barleywine. Despite that, it still sits towards the English side of the style. I just wish they would bottle some, 'cause this would be absolutely beautiful after a few years rest. Dangerously drinkable just begins to describe it...

MJR, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

I sampled this barley wine on tap at the brewpub in Dec. 2003.

This barley wine poured a slightly hazy, deep chestnut color with off-white foam that coated the glass well and left some lacing. The smell was moderately sweet with a nice, piney hops aroma. The taste was slightly sweet and malty with flavors of piney, citrusy, grapefruit hops, and some dried fruit, and finally some bitter resinous hops. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and hoppy with full body and low carbonation. That aftertaste was a pleasant, lingering hoppy and sweet malty flavor. This was a very drinkable barley wine. Tasty indeed.

UncleJimbo, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a beautiful ruby color with enormous off-white head that receds rather quicklybut leaves sheets of lace on the glass.
Aromas of dark fruits (figs) , sweet caramel malt and floral and citrus hops are noticed.
Flavor is dark malt, citurs and other dark tropical fruits with some honey or molasses thrown in. Very flowery and lightly bittered hops on the end.
Mouthfeel is soft and sweet on the palate with minimal bitterness and not really alcohol hit. ABV, whatever it is is hidden well.
Drinkability is very high within the style. I can usually only have 1-2 of barleywines but this one is very good and smooth for a relatively high ABV item

CRJMellor, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

1/2 gallon growler. An attractive bright amber hue, off-white head, decent lacing noticeable throughout. Sweet malts, raisins, some port and alcohol noticeable. Medium-full bodied. Huge malt based body, thin hop detection. Thick, very sweet and a bit of syrup flavorings. Flavors emerge as she warms, one darn fine barleywine, a great session winter warmer.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

A very nice barley wine, the Schlafly version is some what lighter and more drinkable than many others. The body is a dark copper, light bronze look with a minimal head, yet decent lace effect from the light white layer. The nose is quite malty, caramel for the most prevalent aroma and it comes through in the taste as well. A full, rich malt flavor with just a touch of a hop edge. The feel is full and creamy, but not overly thick and heavy. The drinkability is better than expected though the alcohol percentage is clearly quite high.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of maxpower
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

Copper color, full body, thick sweet syrupy mouthfeel, sweet malty aroma, very malty with a nice hop bite, balanced with more hops. It gets alot better after aging for at least a year.

maxpower, Nov 22, 2002
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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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