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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Beefytits4 on 05-29-2013)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Casey3236, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Gonzoillini, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

spycow, Nov 01, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +7.7%

JJOVa, Oct 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

flyersfan900, Oct 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

oldvines, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

KYGunner, Oct 22, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Deeply caramelized malt, dark fruit, and muted citrus form the aroma. Fairly sweet, but toasted oak and light grapefruit provide contrast in the flavor. It's a bit underwhelming in flavor. Wish it matched the aroma more closely.

barczar, Oct 16, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

JMS1512, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Washuffizi98, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Houser, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 24, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Elicoleman, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

KevinGordon, Aug 15, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

big barleywine. boozy, lots of oak. caramel and toffee, not too exciting though. decent barleywine but nothing special. mild body. mild carbonation. wouldnt be too thrilled if i was offered this again.

Axnjxn, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ToddGingerich, Aug 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Ristaccia, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Rosiex7, May 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Odysseyalien, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

lunarbrew, May 05, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Stevedore, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Dave1999, May 01, 2014
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AWB3, Apr 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

sweemzander, Apr 22, 2014
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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.