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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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.


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 18:17:23 | More by BEERchitect
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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +22%

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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-02-2014 19:43:55 | More by duceswild
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

09-30-2013 14:42:27 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:22:15 | More by tbeckett
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Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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MinorThreat

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

09-09-2013 17:16:21 | More by MinorThreat
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2014 04:30:48 | More by Stevedore
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +22%

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
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