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Schlafly English-Style Old Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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85
very good

28 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
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:
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

(Beer added by: KI9A on 11-29-2009)
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 14:56:52 | More by xnicknj
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taospowder

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-21-2014 15:05:50 | More by taospowder
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-25-2014 02:56:49 | More by ToddHolder
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-27-2013 17:00:51 | More by DIPAFAN
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falconxman

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

10-23-2013 03:21:43 | More by falconxman
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ggourde

Missouri

4.84/5  rDev +28%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-12-2013 04:21:31 | More by ggourde
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RickDeLucio

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-28-2012 20:49:42 | More by RickDeLucio
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tripelhops

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-08-2012 18:59:48 | More by tripelhops
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dav

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-03-2012 18:36:45 | More by dav
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paxchristi

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-01-2012 20:09:47 | More by paxchristi
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:51:55 | More by TheSarge
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radicalruckus

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-28-2011 05:37:09 | More by radicalruckus
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-28-2011 01:37:47 | More by hooliganlife
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 23:40:39 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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bugaboo416

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 01:50:47 | More by bugaboo416
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wnh

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 21:13:47 | More by wnh
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:38:23 | More by hwwty4
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zeff80

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 03:17:29 | More by zeff80
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:39:30 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Dave412

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 23:38:22 | More by Dave412
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skrib09

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:31:24 | More by skrib09
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Goliath

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red hued brown, or dark amber color with a thin layer of off white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a bit of soap like spottiness behind.

The aroma is really nice actually. There's a big fruit aroma up front with notes of banana and cherry. There's also some nice vanilla and caramel tones as well as a light yeastiness and a rich malt presence.

The taste is a bit weak. There's a bit of darker malt giving a roasty bread character and a bit of raw grain. A little bit of banana comes through and there's also a bit of a medicinal tone.

The mouthfeel is alright, it's medium bodied with an average carbonation level, nothing to call home about but nothing out of question for the style either.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is alright, but it's a bit boring for an old ale which isn't encouraging me to have more. The ABV is well incorporated which is a plus, but all in all I'm not super impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:15:34 | More by Goliath
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Tone

Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, spice (cinnamon and ginger), clove, yeast, and slight hops. Fits the style of an Old Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. The mouthfeel has a savory feel to it. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, spice (ginger/cinnamon), and yeast. Overall, a good blend and body. Very savory and warming, but at the same time very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 19:43:21 | More by Tone
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CMW

Missouri

2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, cloudy brown color that reminds me of river water. Large one inch head forms but dissipates quickly.

S - Some nice bready malt mixed with cinnamon apples. There is also a little bit of yeast noticeable as well.

T - This was a strange mix of sweet fruits, spices, malt, and yeast. I found my bottle to be quite boozy and somewhat undesirable.

M - Carbonation was on the heavy side and there was a little bite.

D - I found this hard to drink as I thought the taste was below par. However, this is a rarity for Schlafly and it might be the case of a bad bottle. I have another to try and if I change my mind I will update the review accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:14:25 | More by CMW
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birchstick

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish copper with a creamy, one-finger head

S - Smells spicy and fruity - green apples and some pears with some bready malts

T - Taste follows the nose. This has a lot of sweet malt and spices. The malts serve as a backbone for the spices and fruits to play off of. There is a lot of tart, dry fruit (tart apple and pear) with some brown sugar sweetness. There is a bit of toasted malt on the finish.

M - medium bodied that is decently carbonated. It has a dry finish; the 9% abv is very well masked.

D - This is a pretty good ale put out by Schlafly. I prefer the Barleywine over this one, however I always enjoy when Schlafly puts out a new beer. I will definitely purchase this again if they brew it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 23:20:18 | More by birchstick
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Schlafly English-Style Old Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.