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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

477 Ratings

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 41
Gots: 104 | 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very hazy dark brown color. There's about one finger of off-white colored head that retains itself superbly given the strength. Not much lacing is left behind, though.

S: This is very woody, especially when it warms up. Before that, it's dominated by a ton of fruitiness - mainly cherries, figs, and raisins. There's also a leathery undercurrent. It's a bit simple for a barleywine, but it's quite solid otherwise. It becomes quite good when it opens up sufficiently, hence the semi-high score.

T: It starts off dominated by toasted oak. It finishes with a lot of oak flavor, too. Sandwiched between all the woodiness lies some decent dark fruit flavors in the middle. Another great feature is that it strikes a great balance between being not sweet and being not alcoholic. In fact, the finish is a touch bitter. It really improves once it warms up, but its lack of depth prevents me from giving it a 4+.

M: Soft, creamy, but a bit too carbonated. Again, any problems from the feel can be alleviated by just letting it sit: it loses its carbonation and improves in flavor. While it finishes dry, it still has a long, caramel-laden finish. Make no mistake, this is quite dangerous: there's no booze to get in the way of just sipping the hell out of this.

O: Upon first sips, it was about a 3.25: serviceable, but far from great. Let it reach room temperature, and it becomes a 3.75: not quite legendary, but incredibly good. For that reason, I'd gladly drink it again, and I might even buy another bottle if I see it on the shelf.

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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.

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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.

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Schlafly Reserve - Barleywine Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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