Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 2.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beefytits4 on 05-29-2013

Our Oak Aged Barleywine has a deep copper color and an intense malt flavor balanced by assertive hops. Fermentation with American ale yeast allows the caramel malt to shine. We age the beer on new, medium toast Missouri Oak to enhance its complexity and to develop its smooth, luscious character.

Barleywine is a classic English-style hearty ale. The term refers to a beer with the potency of wine and is often vintage-dated.

This beer will continue to age well in a cool dark place for several years, but it is ready to enjoy now.

40 IBU
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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 86
Reviews by Stevedore:
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml of the 2012 bottling opened up by Doug. Poured into a GLBC snifter today, 5/1/2014.

A- Typical barleywine. Caramel brown body, half finger white head with little retention, no lacing. Very placid.

S- smells like tapioca balls. Very toffee and butterscotch forward (in a good, non-contaminated way). Pretty mellow, no indication of big citrus hops as you'd expect from an American-made barleywine.

F- Kind of boring. Sweet, caramel and toffee forward barleywine without much balancing character to it. It's not bad, but it's fairly boring.

M- Medium to thin bodied, lower carbonation, quite on the sweet, slick and sticky end of the spectrum.

O- Not my favorite style and this is one of the lesser ones in the style. Give me Great or The K13 anytime... well that's not fair to Schlafly so I'll just say that I will skip over this if I ever see this again. (865 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of navband
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of JMS1512
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Schlafly Reserve Oak-aged Barleywine 2010 Vintage (cool!)

Poured hard into a Duvel snifter

Sight: Dark opaque brown with red hints when examined in sunlight. Tan red that when poured hard, develops into a nice inch-high cushion, but recedes to a thin film. Protein particles settle to the bottom. Should I have poured it with a softer hand? Lacing is one of icicles from the gutters and eaves of a house in Connecticut.

Smell: Much malt, bread and biscuit. I also smell a little booze, and dark fruit or raisin. Did they forget to put in hops?

Taste: More of the same I perceived from the smell. Malt, bread, biscuit… a touch of caramel? A touch of caramel. Some people mentioned butterscotch off a 2012 vintage, but I didn’t get it from its 2 year elder. Hops are only slightly evident, and show up late to the party. We’ll call this a dark-fruit malt bomb. Almost like a Belgian Quad… and I like it.

Mouthfeel: As a somm might say, “medium plus.” It’s coating and a bit of really tiny bubble, not Ian Anderson thick-as-a-brick.

Overall: I feel fortunate to have an aged beer, but not highly sought after, like others out there. I think I may have had my fill of English-style barleywine, but I still haven’t had Mother of All Storms… my white whale. (1,294 characters)

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4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +3.1%

The flavor in this is quite delicious with caramel, coffee, malt, maple, molasses with a turn to chocolate. The chocolate is more profound near the end with hints of bitterness. It's issue is in the feel with an inappropriate thinness but that plays into its deceptive ease. At over 10% it is very easy to drink. (312 characters)

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Elicoleman
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of deford
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2012 bottle poured from a 750 into a FW snifter.

L- Nice and dark, kinda burnt looking...very murky.

S- Sweet sugar plums, toffee, caramel, dark fruits and a little oak....maybe some bread.

T- Oaky caramel, toffee, dark fruits...wow, I really like it! Age has mellowed it substantially and allowed the flavors to meld somewhat, but they are still distinguishable if you really think about it and focus. Just the right amount of sweetness up front with a slightly bitter finish.

F- Just right, enough carbonation to feel but not enough to tickle.

O- Very good Barleywine, would definitely grab if I saw again. (615 characters)

Photo of CraigTravor
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jlee185
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Skyjmpr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of tviz33
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was the 2008 vintage. Not going in to detail because I had it a few days ago. Underwhelming, but still an enjoyable brew, and my first from Schlafly. (154 characters)

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
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