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Schlafly English-Style Old Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KI9A on 11-29-2009

Our English-Style Old Ale is a bottle-conditioned, English-style ale brewed at The Schlafly Tap Room on 21st Street for Culinaria, a Schnucks market. This ale is a collaborative effort by the brewers of Schlafly Beer and our friends at Schnucks to celebrate the ongoing revival in the City of St. Louis. The Schlafly Tap Room opened in 1991 and was one of the first efforts of the modern revival. Culinaria, opened in 2009 on 9th Street, brings a fine food and beverage market back to Downtown St. Louis.

English-style Old Ale is a rich, amber-colored ale that pairs well with a wide variety of meats, cheeses, and desserts. Traditionally brewed in the winter months, an Old Ale is quite dark but not as dark as a stout. It is a celebration of English brewing tradition.

40 IBU
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a murky brown color. It has a serious have and is a brownish chestnut color. The smell is fruity...apricot and plumb. Malt and hops are present, but sit behind. Then taste is sweet, with a mat backbone and just a little stale sourness ( which I assiume is intentional). Full body. For the style, it is just okay.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - Deep copper body. Big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Fruity. Slightly buttery. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Fruity. Lots of caramel. That's kinda it. It's got a little scotch ale element to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very uneventful.

Photo of taospowder
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of t8dd
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of falconxman
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into Central Waters snifter - thanks hooliganlife

Caramel auburn pour, slightly hazed with a beige, toasted tan frothy head topping the brew. Nice retention, filmy residue and spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly sweet and warm in the nose with hints of candied dates, raisins, brown sugar and roasted malts. Booze-soaked dark fruit with burnt sugar.

Nice layering of malted sweetness, roasted caramel and burnt sugar up front. Dark fruit punctuates the profile with dates and raisins, coupled with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Finishes with brown sugar and residual sweetness.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, creamy and chewy on the tongue. Super tasty old ale with nice depth of flavor without becoming too boozy or sweet.

Photo of ggourde
4.82/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful deep, clear ruby. Little head and no effervesce (as is natural for a cask). Despite a long journey from the bar toffee and vanilla notes are present (perhaps some time spent in oak?). Flavor is remarkably vanilla, yet not in the least bit cloying. No hints of hop or bitterness, a clean finish. The mouthfeel is wonderful! So creamy! Of late it seems that Schlafly wants to hop up everything, glad they left this one alone. Very tempted to go back there before the cask is gone.

Photo of RickDeLucio
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tripelhops
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dav
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of paxchristi
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TheSarge
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This caught my attention in a Schnuck's store I rarely frequent. The one I normally go to didn't have this one...

I had this set up so yeast shouldn't over power the clarity. Poured this one into a 33cl mini Guinness glass and it produces a finger thick head of light tan color, and the body is reddish brown in color. The head retains great lacing.

The aroma is very metallic, arid, and slightly citrus. There may be a hint of fig here too, along with some white wine nuances.

In the taste I detect vanilla, woody flavors, and some dates.

Feels pretty crisp for a full bodied brew, meaning it goes down too easy and it's almost thirst quenching. Seems to go good with the cheese I'm eating, but I don't remember what kind of cheese it is. Anyhow, pretty decent beer here.

Photo of radicalruckus
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty brown and old copper. No head.

Light caramel, some cherry, malty.

Malty through out with a slight sweetness. Some cherry and cherry and faint apple. Slightly boozy.

Nice slighty chewy body with a bit of a bite.

Overall, bottle is way better.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not especially fancy looking, brown and clear, not much head or lace.

Smell is very wine like. Lots of fruity barleywine like characteristics. The wine character is less obvious in the taste, it's more heavy malts and a little bit of wine.

Body is a bit notable on the alcohol, medium and semi-sweet followed by a dry finish.

It's an interesting choice, a bit odd but you should probably try at least a four ounce pour if you're at the taproom.

Photo of bugaboo416
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Ale? Never heard of it so lets see how it compares.

A: cloudy copper/orange/amber in color with a short but long standing head and medium legs

S: spice, belgian yeastiness, malty sweetness

T: highly carbonated and malty and sweet like some double bocks. Really got to swirl this to get rid of the CO2, ending notes of chocolate and brown sugar.

M: too bubbly, but other than that, medium body.

O: It's an old ale. I'm still not too sure what that means. I think reminds me of a double bock in style with a bit more complexity. It's a nice sipping beer to share with frieds but I wouldnt' drink a pint of this. I can't compare to other "stock" ales so I wil say this is a very good quality malty double bock with some nuance to it. Not a must have unless you like the style.

Photo of wnh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/1/2011. 750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a brilliant golden-copper, walnut brown around the edges, topped by a huge foamy tan head.

Nose is what I'd expect--notes of rich toffee, mild earthy hops, candied citrus, nuts, a touch of cocoa powder. Quite balanced. Smells generally English.

More of the same on the palate, kind of surprisingly so. I expected this to taste a fair bit bigger than it smells, but with the exception of the noticeable addition of alcohol it doesn't. More rich toffee, mixed nuts, candied citrus. Earthy on the whole.

Medium bodied, but full of tiny prickly carbonation bubbles that make it feel lighter, not unlike a Belgian quad. Quite easy to drink, perhaps dangerously so. Not a spectacular beer, but this is good.

Photo of hwwty4
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while trying to pick up some beer before Amateur Wrestling in Soulard. Found it hidden in the wine case. Poured a capped 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a tarnished copper with a massive 4 inch head that leaves some soapy lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is dates and prunes with just a bit of overripe pears and apples. Just a bit of toasted bread comes through on the tail of the aroma. The flavor is fairly similar with prunes and dates in the fore front. Sweet malts and green apples. Just a bit of yeasty bread and a hint of toffee. Very little hops are present. Very malt forward. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin for the style. I wish it was a bit more viscous. For bigger malt forward beers, I just want a little more mouthfeel. My overall thoughts are that it just needs a bit more. Its a good attempt at the style and I'm glad that Schlafly is making a effort to try other styles.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, dark khaki colored head of thick foam. It was long-lasting and left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of rich, sweet bready malts. There is a mild floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with an earthy hop bite. It was a little boozy on top of the sweet caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that finished fairly dry.

D - This is a really nice old ale. I think mine was a fresh batch and it was really quite good.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classy, simply painted bottle. No date, but this was from last winter. Opening it on the first really cold night this year.

Appearance: Really pretty bright burnished copper beer with fairly high levels of carbonation and an ivory cap which shows pretty good retention

Smell: Tons and tons of sticky caramel and toasty, grainy malt at first. Almost a bit too much toast for this style, and I like toasty beers. A swirl or two brings out a toasted nuttiness as well. Maybe a very light vinous fruitiness as well, but it seems to come and go.

Taste: Much more vinous fruit than the aromas would lead me to believe. Almost grape-like dark fruitiness, with some light notes of brown sugar as well. The alcohol is not overpowering, but definitely lets you know its there, even after a good deal of time in the bottle. Not much at all in the way of hop flavor, but there is a fairly firm, clean bitterness that keeps this from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a letdown here...this beer might have done a bit better overall if it was a bit more viscous/heavy.

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: I'm really glad I picked one of these up, and it's probably a better beer than this review suggests. Something about it just didn't quite do it for me. I think maybe the fairly high bitterness, paired with the vinous/dried fruit notes coming out way ahead of the caramel just didn't quite add up to stellar for me. Overall though, not a bad holiday ale.

Photo of Dave412
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recieved a couple of bottles of this from family for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised as I had not seen/heard of this before then. Usually I'm up to date on Schlafly releases. Anyway, had one Christmas night and another just recently.

A. The color is a brownish amber; it poured a large head. Overall a solid looking old ale.
S. I mostly picked up alcohol and brown sugar on the smell. This smells like a very sweet brew.
T. The taste up front was similar to the smell. The alcohol was present. Very sweet up front, Not a bitter finish but was long.
D. This was a good beer, but I didn't find myself craving another glass after one. Thought it was slightly unbalanced. It was filling and sweet enough that one glass was enough. It's a good choice for the end of the night, a cold night, when you want one more drink and are looking for something a lttle different.

Photo of skrib09
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear brown ale with plenty of hefty head up top.

malt and alcohol on the nose immediately. slight hints of hop aroma but barely detectable. a lot of roasted nut tones.

dark roasted flavor. nutty and burnt sugar on the palate.

medium mouthfeel. average drinkability.

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Schlafly English-Style Old Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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