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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: 40
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

BigJim5021, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

tom10101, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of tpaetow
4/5  rDev +0.8%

tpaetow, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of kbrown
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage purchased at the Brewpub while stopping through St. Louis after a family wedding in Catoosa, OK in May. Aged on 'new, medium toast Missouri Oak'.

Appearance- Brown bourbon color, clear with a retain white rim.

Smell- Cinnamon, fig, maple, caramel- overall sugary sweetness.

Taste- Toasted caramel malt all the way- in a good way. Not too sweet; balanced out nicely & surprisingly by the hops. Some needed fig & berry fruit in the middle to add complexity.

Mouthfeel- Caramel taste/feel slides on the front of tongue and then hits the back. Smooth.

Overall- Enjoyable. Not too syrupy or sweet like some other barleywines.

kbrown, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

johnnnniee, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Stokes_
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Stokes_, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Flabbyjandro, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of alwaysplayin
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

alwaysplayin, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +0.8%

valkyre65, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Kahlerbock, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage; 750mL poured into 22oz snifter. Pours a deep ruby/garnet red with a moderate white head that fades quickly into a rim of foam, no lacing. Smell is boozy fruit; raisins, cherries, prunes...barrel character has oak and vanilla, slight tannin and bourbon. Poured a bit too cold, so I'll let it warm a bit before continuing. Now that it's warmed a bit, smell hasn't changed much although the sour notes are a bit more present. It's not undesirable, but it's not what I was expecting. As I pour a bit more into the snifter, some lightly bitter herbal hops are detectable riding on the booze. Moving on to taste; alcohol hits the palate first, carrying some tart cherry and plum. Some vague barrel/oak character next, with oaky vanilla and lighter sweetness hiding beneath the sour. The sour flavors fade in and out, and seem to be diminishing as it warms further. Mouthfeel isn't extremely full but seems to be sticky and dry at the same time.
Overall, I'm not crazy about the sour character in this beer; reading other reviews I don't see anything about that, so maybe I got a bottle that had gone a bit lactic. It's still not bad; sour barleywines are a thing; it's just not what I was expecting. I'd certainly pick a few of these up again and see how it fares fresh, and with even more age on it.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

2beerdogs, Jul 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Sazz9, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

montrealbcr89, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

YeastEnthusiast, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

bsuedekum, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

moarmare, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

throwback, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Slatetank, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

n00blar, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

megamass, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

BAsbill, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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.

mntlover, May 16, 2013
Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
89 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.