Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.81/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured into a clean tulip glass
A: Dark golden brown plenty of carbonation and three fingers width of head.
S: Spicy and oaky with rich caramel malt.
T: A really good spicy bite, with a sweet caramel taste.
M: slightly thick but still smooth and slightly creamy.
O: Very good beer. Because of the spiciness and its thickness it would be better to drink it in cooler weather but still very good
07-31-2013 04:10:10 | More by MickeyD
3.56/5 rDev -3.5%
Sweet and unusually spicy, Schlafly's English-style Barleywine places barley malt on a pedestal with its complex flavors and strong sweetness. But the balance of spice gives the ale something that's richly oaken and earthy.
Pouring a rich honey-amber color, the beer is lightly tawny even though a supple haze exists. The thickness of the elixir allows for a slowly forming head to accumulate above the beer with semi-strong retention and lightly lacing on the glass. I get the impression that the beer's own viscosity impedes its head and lace character.
Juicy malt aromas of caramel, honey and fruit swirl about with the intensity that would rival port and raki. Its firm fruitcake aromas borrow almond, sultan, cherry, apple and grape- all in dehydrated and condensed form. But the scent of oak is paramount as a mild scotch whisky scent springs to life above its herbal hop presence and its fruity ester complements.
Strong and sweet to taste, the ale's bold caramel, butterscotch, biscuit and marzipan-like sweetness invites fruit and herbal flavors of oranges, apples and peaches in marmalade form. Its sweet fruitiness fuses with tea-like hops for a taste of curing tobacco. Finishing with sweet scotch flavor, its booziness is met with earthy peat, coconut and maple wood. Its mild bitterness is woody and broad and the oak only facilitates that.
Its full and syrupy body is creamy and lifted a bit with its medium carbonation- providing a fuller effect on the palate. As the ale's sweetness pulls from its carbonation, the ale lightens moderately and allows the alcohol, hops and tannin to dry the ale to a semi-sweet level of drinkability.
Schlafly's newest Barleywine shares some attributes with their Single Malt Scotch Ale, but not as intense on the wood. Another bottle shared reveals a much different character- a more white or rose wine flavor and feel accompanied the sweetness. It was much drier, more tart and more tannin-dry. Perhaps much variation can be expected from bottle to bottle.
01-21-2014 18:17:23 | More by BEERchitect
Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.