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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 89
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | 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:
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: 89
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got this one sent to me by hoppypocket for CanBIF Fall 2013. From notes.

A - Poured murkey dark red with a one finger creamy off white head. Decent carbonation. No lace, decent retention.

S - Raisins, hops, dates, sugar.

T - Dark fruit, sugar, booze, wood.

M - Good carbonation, medium body, scratchy finish.

O/D - An OK barleywine. Sorta plain and doesn't really jump at you, and the oak is largely lost, but it's enjoyable for the most part. Good, but definitely could have wowed. For a style I don't typically enjoy, this was a decent one. Well done.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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Photo of tviz33
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of MickeyD
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +1%

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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a typical barley wine....malty, boozy, woody, and strong. Mahogany in color, faint haze, thin head. The smell is refined and forceful. Malty. Full in body and warming.

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Photo of deford
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Beefytits4
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper colored brew with a huge, off white head that leaves thick, sticky lace all the way down the glass.

S: Oak... Oak... Oak...

T: Very sweet, malty base with huge oak flavor.

M: Leaves a heavy oak flavor on your tongue for quite a while.

O: Definitely my favorite oaked beer.

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
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