Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
89
very good

257 Reviews
THE BROS
74
okay

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 485
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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!

Cheers! (1,043 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.72/5  rDev -7%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
2.31/5  rDev -42.3%
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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of aficionado
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Notes:----

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 (599 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

S: Caramel and toffee maltiness, some herbal with a touch of oxidation.

L: Cloudy brownish orange, white head that dissipates to not much.

T: Rich toffee and breadiness. A pleasant coconut flavor and sweetness. Medium low bitterness leading to more rich toffee and coconut. Finishes fairly clean with some alcohol spiciness and fairly clean dryness with some toffee.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol somewhat present.

Loved the coconut, maybe from the oak? A little thin for the style, not bad, but not great. (540 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okay, so this beer is marketed as a "Barleywine-style Ale." But, what does that mean, exactly. I have had many different barleywine "style" beers from many different breweries...and each one is a little different. It may be hoppy, it may be more malty, it may have a thick body, it may be a little too light. The term for the style seems vague at this point.

Plus, with the changing face of beer in America, breweries seem to be pushing the limits of what they can do within the boundaries of style anyway...and this barleywine seems to fit into that category.

For one, this beer is sour...which I like. It has the delicious qualities of a barleywine--it has the higher ABV, the near-perfect amber hue, even the balance between malt and hop. But, this barleywine is aged on oak...bourbon barrel, maybe, as there seems to be some elements of that here, too.

But, once you taste this beer (and this may be a fluke with this particular barrel...I've not had the bottle, only from the tap) you can't ignore the super sour, slightly sweet profile on the tongue. That sourness is backed by notes of vanilla, caramel, and caramelized brown sugar. You have your elements of dark fruit here, too...and a nice warming alcohol twinge.

Overall, I like what Schlafly has done with this style. It is delicious, and has just the right sour note to it to kick up what the oak aging does to this beer. (1,388 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage, picked up in Topeka, KS.

This is a turbid pour, or very murky. Tawny, brown, mahogany. Capped with an off-tan head about 1 finger. Dissipates quickly to a collar.

Nutty aroma with some caramel and vanilla. A bit boozy and hot. Subtle notes of earthy hops, wet grass.

Caramel and vanilla are the two main factors in the flavor. This seems to start out as a malt-bomb, but the flavors don't linger too long. The booze thins them out. A light, yet dark breadiness serves as the backbone. Some grassy hops and faint nutiness rounds out the flavor.

This beer isn't bad, yet a bit thin. With the abv where it is I expected more, but the booze thins. Carbonation is a bit low and adds to the thinness factor. Good flavors, falls a bit short (754 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend who grew up in St. Louis. Time for a tasting!

Poured this into the favorite glass. Remember, this is a 2008 aged bottle. The head was not much but it was a dark cloudy brown and it poured with rather heavy gravity.
Nose was not as hoppy as others, but I suspected that. I could smell the caramel and sweetness.

Taste is way malty. I suspect if you drank this at a young age, the hops would be much more in your face but instead I got a really nice sweet malt monster with hops to balance it out. The mouth feel was nice and heavy. Not much carbonation, but not flat either.

Overall, about as good as you would expect from your American barleywine class. (676 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a dark amber, an aggressive pour creates a finger of delicate head that fades out quickly.
Aroma has a more earthy and nutty nuance then typically given off by a barleywine, there is some mild sweet malt notes but overall this appears to be more well attenuated it seems, some heat and some light connecticut cigar wrapping.
Taste and feel are indeed both a bit lighter body and lower in stickiness, helped out by the oak cutting it down some. The normal barleywine malts here most identify with a toffee character, and earthy almonds. There is heat, and some other flavor on the finish i cant nail down, but it is slight off putting.

I am led to believe this one is not improving lately, and peaked a year or two ago. Not bad, but simply mediocre at this point. (772 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 750ml bottle at The Beer Trappe in Lexington for $11.49. Seemed like a pretty good value on an aged beer in a large format bottle.

2009 vintage. Poured into a snifter.

This beer appears a ruddy plum color collected in the glass, though when held to the light I am seeing decent clarity on a brilliant dark ruby colored barleywine. The head is about 2 fingers tall at its peak, frothy, though not particularly long-lived. Sticky lace smears the glass randomly.

The aroma is really nice. Fresh white oak melds with wonderful caramel and toffee, layered along with a hint of booze. Sweet light pipe tobacco brings another layer of rich complexity to this brew.

I am really impressed at this point. I was debating whether it was wise to crack this whole bottle to myself tonight, given that it is my first sampling of it, and the strong abv. Luckily the beer is exceeding all of my expectations.

The flavor begins sweet - with caramel apple and grainy oak. Light hues of vanilla tease the palate, while lingering hop bitterness foretells of a once stronger hop profile. Caramel malt sweetness ranks supreme though.

The oak is pleasant. No need for this brew to be put into bourbon or whiskey barrels... the oak is plenty to add a lovely character to this barleywine. Soft texture, with low carbonation. I am getting alcohol warmth all the way down my esophagus, though it is mostly pleasant rather than uncomfortable.

Overall I am very impressed, and am glad I chose this over the barrel-aged stout. I love an oaked barleywine, and I love this beer. I have yet to be disappointed by a beer from Schlafly. Goddamn do we need these guys in Ohio... (1,665 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1 Pt.9.4 Fl Oz. bottle of this from Schnucks in Webster Groves, MO for $12.99. Poured from the 2010 Year Labeled bottle with a Compass around the Schlafly label and says "Ale Aged on Oak" on the front into a 16oz Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass. No bottled/freshness date.

Aroma- Definitely has the barrel aged aroma and whiskey in here. Tons of malt and strength. Tremendous barleywine character!

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger, off-white head that has medium retention. The body is a dark copper color and has good clarity. Minimal lacing.

Flavor- Has a strong malty taste and light whiskey from the beginning. The finish has a high strong hop bitterness. Tons of character throughout it and intense.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, and leaves good malt/strength on the palate.

Overall Impression- For the second time around, this one is a great Barleywine! I'm still very excited to enjoy my 2008 Schlafly Barleywine and see how it compares to both this bottle/tap version. Enjoy!

Enjoyed a 2008 Version of this brew as well. Bought @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $10.99. Poured into a 16oz Christmas Seidel Glass. No bottled with love date on this as well.

What I found differently from the 2010 version was much more alcohol warmth, nutty/caramelized flavor, and much more complexity! Will be aging another 2008 Version to see how it turned out in a year or so! (1,416 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage bomber picked up at the Schlafly Taproom and poured into a tulip. Deep, amber colored body that is a little hazy, with a one-finger off-white head. Only a little lacing.

Strong malty aroma that comes across as very sweet. Minor notes of hops and alcohol. Caramel and toffee notes blend in to the overall mix and remain very prominent throughout the glass.

Very malt-forward flavor; sweet maltiness with a bit of hop bitterness. Tasty notes of caramel and toffee, and a definite notice of the alcohol.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel and noticeable alcohol presence. This has aged very well and is a good representation of the barleywine style. (663 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml brown painted bottle, nice presentation. 2009 vintage. Poured in smallish increments into my Black Sheep half-pint chalice. Thanks to my wife for getting me this last Christmas!

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange/amber hue with a substantial antique ivory cap which fades after a few minutes to a thick, sticky, patchy film which provides some nice lacing. Some slow, steady, lazy carbonation. Really attractive looking beer.

Smell: Wonderfully rich, sweet, sticky aromas of fruity alcohol, caramel coffee cake, and orange liqueur. Some caramelly maltiness as well. Nothing much in the way of oak that I can pick out, and not much in the way of an American hop aroma, though I'm wondering if the hops (almost 2 years old now) are contributing the nice orangey notes. As it approaches room temperature, I'm gettings something slightly herbal in here as well. With the second glassfull, I get slight hints of rich vanilla custard as well.

Taste: Definitely an oaky presence in the flavors, which was totally lacking in the aromas. American (Missouri, actually) oak dukes it out with sweet, sticky caramel in the forefront. The woodsy flavors are dry and ever-so-slightly tannic. There's not a ton of depth to the flavors, but they're actually quite pleasant. As this hits room temperature, the oak fades just a bit to become secondary to the sticky caramel/toffee notes. Just a bit of herbal hop flavor in the background, and a medium hop bitterness. A bit of fruity alcohol as well, but (after 2 years) it's not intrusive at all.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium; this is actually quite drinkable; glad I got out the small glass. Otherwise, this might have disappeared too quickly.

Overall: While not in the same league as the truly world-class examples of the style, Schlafly's offering, especially with a bit of age on it, is unique and quite tasty. The dry, lightly-tannic oak melds well with the big caramel notes and hints of fruity alcohol. Not English in style, yet not the typical American citrus hop-bomb either. I might pick up one or two of these from each vintage from now on to sip on when the days grow shorter and the wind colder. Well done, Schlafly. (2,202 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up on a business trip to Nashville, TN

2009 vintage

Poured a beautiful ruby red with glowing edges all the way around. 1.5 fingers of foamy light tan head. One of the best looking beers that I have ever seen

Great oaky notes along with great caramel and toffee. The caramel and toffee really take charge once this beer begins to warm. The oak also starts to give off some good vanilla characteristics as well. Amongst all of that, the hops start poking their head out once this beer got closer to room temp. Oily and sticky! Very nice touch

The taste is very similar to the smell. Great caramel and toffee notes with some soild oaky notes. The vanilla comes out once the beer starts to warm. Some raisons and honey too boot perhaps...

Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. More syrupy than thin. Great viscosity for the taste for sure. The hops really come out in the aftertaste. Semi dry finish.

Overall this was a hell of a treat. I liked everything about this barleywine. Very well balanced, great aroma, great taste and adequate mouthfeel. I highly recommend this beer and am glad I grabbed two (1,140 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive, slightly reddish, amber with about 1/4 inch of just off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly left just the slightest trace of lacing. The beer was very clean and clear.

Even at 2+ years old the alcohol was very much at the front of the aroma. Underneath, there was nice malt and grain with a bit of a sweet, caramelish scent. On the first sip the alcohol just dominated. After a couple more sips to adjust, the malt was prominent. For all the malt, there wasn't as much grain on the tongue as the aroma had lead me to expect. There was a nice caramel taste as well.

The body was thinner than many examples of the style, but was still nicely full and well-rounded. Drinkability was pretty good for a big beer. Overall, a very nice take on the style. I didn't have it fresh, so I have no reference point, but it was pleasant to have an "American" BW that wasn't just stupidly over-hopped. You should try this when you can. (1,000 characters)

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of the 2008 vintage that I picked up in 09 and has been stored in my cellar since. Decided that I might as well drink it tonight.

The body is clear and crisp; the color a rich coppery garnet red. The only head, if you can even call it that, is a small circle of bubbles that forms around the point of the pour. It is coarse and wispy. A swirl leaves oily legs.

The aroma is pretty average. There is a light toasty undertone to the caramel, hints of booze, but a nice underlying nutty sweetness. Vanilla comes in once this hits the palate. The toasted oak notes also come through to complement the caramel notes. Some brown sugar also comes through with some light esters of dates. It is still a bit hot, even after 3 years in the bottle.

Somewhat thin, as the carbonation is significantly higher than the appearance would have indicated. The body doesn't have enough to stand up to the high level of carbonation. Slick on the palate and dry in the finish, which is surprising. A solid beer, but with the abundance of very good barleywines out there, I think I would pass on it next time I see it on the shelf. (1,121 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage provided as a gracious extra by amphion1065. Thanks Jason!

One of the many bottle that were drank today at a bottle share. We were more focused on socializing rather than being geeks and taking notes. I made sure to take some decent notes on this one and remember this one vividly since I enjoyed it so much.

The look on this beer was outstanding. A glowing ruby red body with a 1" off white head that leaves spotty lacing. It has a very bright glow around the edges that produces an almost orange color.

Smells quite oaky with some orange zest, toffee, and vanilla bourbon. I'm sure the 3 years on this beer has pulled most of the oak out of the nose, but it is still very much present.

Taste is of dark fruits, toffee, candied apples, and oak. It all flows in to a very nice dry finish that I wasn't expecting. It helped make this very drinkable.

Fairly thin for a Barleywine, but still a creamy coating on the mouth. Very drinkable considering the 10.2% ABV.

Very happy I got to try this. We also had a bottle of the '08 Imperial Stout so it was nice to see the similarities in the 2 reserve series offerings. (1,131 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage sampled in 2011.
A: This poured a cloudy copper with a bit of off-white head.
S: It smelled like oranges and vanilla and oak and toffee, with a little roasted walnuts and raisin.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and toffee and nutty malts, with orange and vanilla and oak and raisin. It had a smooth and clean aftertaste that was mostly sweet with a bit of alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with some carbonation. Nice and fully and slick body.
D: This was a delicious barleywine, with nice oak character, but not over the top. Age has likely helped mellow and smooth and balance this beer. But it still had nice complexity and decently hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. However, it's worth sipping to really enjoy. I'm not sure if further age would help or hurt, but at 3 years this brew is highly recommended. (843 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jecker aka Josh for bringing this one to Ffej of July IX. It was an '09 bottle.

A - Pours hazy copper / amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malts, toffee, dulled oak astringency, and a touch of spicy hops. Based on some of the other reviews I was expecting a bit more barrel in this one but it really only played second fiddle to the sweetness.

T - The taste is very similar to the nose. Starts off with a good bit of caramel sweetness slowly giving way to a mix of toffee, vanilla, dry oak tannins, dulled spicy hops, and some light herbal quality? It is pretty sweet but it never gets to the point of being cloying. The finish is a bit dry with plenty of sweetness, lingering for some time. The booze starts too creep in as the beer warms up.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice and smooth feel with plenty of sweetness lingering through the finish.

O - Not too bad. I think if they could tone down the sweetness just a touch it would be even better. Glad I got to try it. (1,094 characters)

Photo of neobob187
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage.

A: Deep amber color, reddish hues, very pleasant under a light.

S: Bourbon and oak round out a very sweet nose, not hugely complex, but it definitely smells good.

T: Big bourbon notes, sweet vanilla and oak flavors hide any alcohol that I expected. For a barley wine that's 10.5% this goes down very smooth, with very little alcohol heat.

M: Lightly carbonated with a bit of lingering bourbon on the back tongue.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this barley wine, but it didn't over exceed my expectations. (519 characters)

Photo of rrski198
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A: Big huge off white head that disapears quickly. Murky deep brown color. Little to no lacing.

S: Sweet toast and bread. Alcohol next followed by a distinct nuttyness.

T: Rich creamy toasted malt followed by spicy booze and sweet caramel. Not much in the way of hop bitterness, just a touch of grassy hops. The booze comes through as it warms.

M: Thick, rich, chewy. Average carbonation. Oily and syrupy.

O: A very nice offering from Schlafly. I would like to have sen a little more hops to balanceout the sweetness but overall, this is a quality beer, especially for the price. I would purchase again. (625 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. 2008.

Pours an amber copper. Finger of tight, creamy, light khaki head. Some lacing around the edge. Nose of treacle, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and a little oak.

Sweet caramel and toffee malts up front. Light, woody, tannic bitterness around the edges. Rummy fruits in the middle, with more toffee and light butterscotch. Strong vanilla, toasted coconut, and woody oak presence throughout. Warming toffee and fruit notes in the finish. Lingering oak tannin bitterness. Full-bodied, with a slightly slick feel, low-carbonation feel. Nice! (569 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the 2007 vintage, I had cellered it for a few years, maybe should have given it another year.

pours a hazy dark amber with a half finger off white head, little retention and light lacing.

Aroma of oak barrel, alcohol and a slight caramel sweetness.

Taste followed the nose a nice oak barrel flavor with alcohol and then a very slight caramel vanilla sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth with a strong alcohol warming.

Over all this is a nice drinking barley wine, it is missing the hop bitterness, however, the alcohol more than compensates. (595 characters)

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle. Really dig the color of this one, dark red with a tint of brown. Poured into my New Belgium snifter and a nice one inch head hangs around a while then slowly settles. Aroma is sweet of prunes and dark cherries along with hints of the alcohol inside.

When you take your first sip your mind is thinking this is going to be a hot mess of booze but surprisingly it mellows. The sweetness is not over powering and transitions very nicely into the oak finish.

This is very drinkable esp. given the alc% and was very enjoyable. Barleywines are one of my fav styles and this oak aged version is well done. (614 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
2.2/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I think this 750ml was busted open by VinnieVanGogh. Anyways, thanks for sharing this one!

A- Pours a darker amber with hints of orange when held to the light. Half finger off white head shows low retention. Some light lace that falls back into the beer.

S- The booze on this really comes out in the nose right off the bat. Darker fruits come out next with hints of plum, fig, and darker cherry. Light vanilla with a big barrel tone comes out in the middle of the aroma. Ending shows some light yeast with a heavy dose of warming alcohol to tingle your nose. Very heavy on the alcohol which distracts the overall aroma.

T- Darker fruits in the front show more of plum forward flavor in the front with a strong hint of hot alcohol. Vanilla shows up as the next flavor mixing in with the darker fruity malts. Barrel notes come through next with light yeasty notes. Alcohol shows up next and sets the tone for the ending of the beer which just seems like alcohol and that is all. A hint of darker malts but mostly hot alcohol mess in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Darker fruit, alcohol, and barrel notes are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly hot alcohol with a hint of darker fruit. Flavors were not very well blended as the alcohol kind of wrecks this one to me. There is some light oxidation in the form of off flavor. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a hot mess to me. The bottle from 2008 did not sit well with me. The alcohol came out a little too much and the barrel did as well too. The malts did not really balance out anything from the barrel. The ABV is high and the alcohol makes it seem a lot more higher. This one was a one and done for me. Don't think I'll be looking to try this one again for a long while. (1,801 characters)

Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
89 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.