Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Style Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by screamking:
3.51/5 rDev -5.6%
750 ml bottle poured into snifter.
Pours hazy apricot with a thin white half finger head. The aroma takes me back several years, when I was a big scotch drinker, needless to say the scotch profile is very big. Sweet smoky peat is very prevalent, small hints of toffee and butterscotch, and some lemon squeaks its way in there. The booze in the nose is quite powerful.
The taste is surprisingly watery at first, then peat comes out and attacks your palate. The smokiness aside there are some oak notes, along with some citrus fruits, and a bit of toffee candy sweetness it the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. Way to thin for the amount of smokiness on display. ABV is noticeable yet not crazy.
I don't think scotch whisky barrels are the best for aging beers, but this was a decent attempt at it. I think with a better base beer it could work really well.
10-05-2013 01:25:46 | More by screamking
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4.53/5 rDev +21.8%
(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer pours the color of a dried orange peel with a sea of microbubbles supporting a bubbly rocky head of beige that last a good bit.
S- The dry caramel malt has a nice peaty earthy aroma to it with gentle smokiness to the finish. There is a nice buttery diacetyl hint that comes through as it opens.
T- This beer has a leathery peat flavor that is gentle and very pleasant blending with a rich malty flavor that has some nice dry toffee notes and a dry smoke quality to it.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol heat that compliments the malty flavor and a gentle fizz that cleans up the finish.
O- This is the best taste of peat in a beer I have had. It is mellow and rich and really compliments the malt as does the faint smoky hints that really capture what smoke should be and no trace of band-aids. Well built beer and very tasty.
03-27-2013 14:33:58 | More by rhoadsrage
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours honey colored with tan head. Average head retention, good lacing
S: Malty, peaty, some smoke
T: Follows the nose, some cakey notes & booze, some dark fruit as well. Oaky dryness, honey & boozey notes as this warms. Finishes fruitty, slightly boozey, peaty & somewhat dry
MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation, a bit hot
A sipper, has the chops for the style, but needs some more time. This will be better by far in 6-12 months. Was expecting more now to be honest
12-24-2012 01:32:19 | More by russpowell
4.34/5 rDev +16.7%
750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like whiskey, peat, caramel, oak, bready/grainy malt and some pears. The flavor starts off very peaty. There's also some bready malt/grain, oak, pears, candied fruit, iodine, honey and toffee noticeable too. I think the peaty and sweet flavors mesh well together in this brew, it tastes better and better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy and coating with moderate carbonation. I like this beer a lot, I'll have to see if I can find another bottle. Definitely worth trying! $10.99 a bottle.
06-29-2013 20:31:33 | More by bluejacket74
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
A-Cloudy deep orange, that clears up after a while, not much carbonation and a one finger head.
S-Scotch, lots of it. Very fruity and grassy, speyside lie. But too much alcohol in the nose.
T-Very scotchy here as well. Not much malt like other scotch ales, fruity, apples, some earthy tones. A lot of barrel flavor. But the alcohol flavor does not mix well.
M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation, alcohol heat.
O-I wanted to like this beer so much, but the alcohol presence was too much.
09-25-2013 20:50:59 | More by rlee1390
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
This is interesting. Only one type of malt is used here, Optic. Also with an English yeast strain and English hops. Oh ya, aged in Scotch barrels.
A: Pours a honey/amber color. At first a two finger white head forms, that initially sticks around. Though that fades to a ring that sticks throughout after a minute. Light lace.
S: Peat, wood, smoke up front in the nose. Followed by a bread and cereal grains. Quickly, fruits come into play. Apples and pears. Then finishes with a woody smokiness again. Excellent.
T: Wow, the peat, smoke, and wood is strong here. Toasted bread and light fruits. Though the peaty smoky flavor is the hole show here. Not as balanced as the nose. Still very good.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate and firm carbonation. There is a crisp bite here, but also smooth. There is some heat in the back, but still an excellent slow sipper.
Talk about a peaty monster. It threatens to become over barring, but never reaches that point. This reminds me vary much of Saint Arnolds Divine Reserve #8. Well done.
01-05-2013 00:55:07 | More by champ103
4.31/5 rDev +15.9%
Schlafly rings in the year of legality with a truly inquisitive ale that captures all of the complicated taste of scotch whiskey, but with little of the burn. Inquisitive "optic" barley and recently decanted scotch whiskey casks become the focus for flavor in their anniversary ale. This may be the most scotch-tasting beer that I have ever tried.
Opening with an amber-honey appearance, mild haze diffuses the back light and causes the bulb to glow. Calm carbonation gives the beer a nearly cask ale-like appearance: short-lived carbonation skirts the glass and laces casually for half the session before the beer succumbs to its malty and alcohol stressors. But a gentle swirl of the glass leaves brandy legging seeping onto its sides.
Rich malt aromas of bread, toffee, and honey give the beer a firm base for the decoration of scotch to come. The malty notes are wrapped in a cocoon of scorched earth,dusty oak, sweet smoke, mesquite, pecan, and peppercorn. Where the peat influence from scotch barrels are the centerpiece of the beer's aromas, this character comes on late and surprisingly, shyly balances the malt.
And doing the same in taste, the beer reserves its stronger scotch flavor for middle to late palate, allowing the rich toffee-ish malts to coat the mouth with its dripping and robust sweetness. Biscuit and honey saturate the palate with complex nutty tastes and showcases the seldom found optic barley very well. But then the barrels make their introduction with obvious smoke overtones. But the gentle smoky flavor is rounded by sweet mesquite, earthen peat, tobacco, toasted oak, scorched earth, and fresh cracked peppercorn to wrap things up. As the beer traverses across the palate, it sheds its malt sweetness and concludes dry and peppery to finish with an aftertaste of dry smoked peat.
Full, rich, and smooth, the beer flirts with cloying as its full creamy viscosity makes the beer much more of a sipper than a drinking beer. But as the peaty notes are known to taste, the beer trends toward a powdery dryness and peppery tannin spice that lightens the body and turns toward its malty-dry finish. Warm alcohols are soothing to the palate and stomach, but the beer never drinks like a 10+ percenter.
The beer causes me to step back as those bold scotch flavors are alive and strong- shocking and teasing the palate at the same time. It's a tremendous beer that I found an immense amount of enjoyment and pleasure in drinking.
01-08-2013 17:58:50 | More by BEERchitect
Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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