Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Winter

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

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Ratings: 595 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Nov-19-2013 (Consumed Jan-19-2019)

Pours a crystal clear ruby with a finger of short-lived cream head. Meh retention; some lacing. (3.75)

Caramel, toffee, some oxidation, nutty. (3.75)

Caramel and chocolate, brown bread, light cherry sweetness as it warms. (4)

Fairly full body with carbonation soft carbonation and a smooth finish with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. (3.75)

A nice barleywine that has held up fairly well with the years.
It pours a clear red-almost-black with a whisp of head. The aroma is more oxidized than the flavor but is not intense. Both are sweetly malty with caramel/toffee notes and a nice, treacle finish. It is drinkable and sticky with well-hidden alcohol. The wood character is pretty much non-existent but that is to be expected after 7 years. A decent beer that I'd be curious to try fresh. (3.75)

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Photo of Boca-X
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, saving for a good time, for you Victor and Will
Thicker fizzy head, good retention and lacing, slight hazy reddish color

Nose smells like a very old vintage beer, tons of sweet malt, candy reddish malt, soft aged broken down beer, touch of oxidation perhaps, some toasted oak, some dark fruit, raisiny

Taste big malts, peppery notes somehow, big sweet malt, candy reddish malt, again the soft aged old malt, touch of oxidation but held up very well, plenty of toasted dark char oak, more dark fruits, raisin plum notes, candy sweet almost no booze, drier finish too, very smooth

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb for the age, no real alcohol presence

Overall this aged very well, delicious

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to jegross2 for sending this one! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the 2008 vintage, 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. Drank 7/29/17.

A: Hazy to turbid caramelly brown, with a very thin light tan head that fades quickly. A low level of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Sherry-like sweetness here as well, but I wonder if that’s some oxidation. Molasses and sweet, lightly toasted biscuit malts. I'm not getting any wood particularly on the smell.

T: Caramel, vanilla, and molasses. A good bit of dry oak tannins, and still some sherry sweetness. Brown sugar and mild toasted sweet biscuit malts. The finish is lingering sweet malts with woody dryness.

M: An average heft to the body with a sticky mouthfeel for style. Low carbonation sensation, though as expected with age. Alcohol present but not obnoxious for style.

O: This was fairly tasty, has held up to the significant age quite well.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage poured into a snifter
A: Reddish-brown with a thin head
S: Cherry, caramel, malt, yeast, a bit of oak
T: Matches the nose note for note
M: Full-bodied, a touch sweet
O: A decent barleywine that has aged well; the oak shows its presence nicely at this age but the beer is also a bit sweeter/maltier than I'd prefer

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Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DragonsMilk
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant well crafted brew but to me it falls short of its advertising, style, and price point.

(FYI I've had this beer numerous times but all from the same vintage, maybe other batches are different)

1. I do not detect any barrel influence.

2. I don't get any of the dark fruits typically associated with barelywines.

3. I do get all the characteristics associated with an Old Ale ie, heavy malt, honey, and toffee which Founder's does better with their Curmudgeon brand and for half the price. I paid in the area of 10.99 in 2014 for a 750ml bottle of Schlafly and no more than 12.99 for a 4pack of Curmudgeon 12oz bottles.

Huge malt bomb but nothing else significant going on here. If your in the mood for something really over the top in the same vein as this beer get a bottle of Avery Old Perseverance Old Ale.

This beer's huge malt backbone and relatively neutral everything else make it perfect for experimenting, I've used it to beef up Imperial Stouts that are heavy on flavor but thin in body. 50/50 with Stone Arrogant bastard is wonderful!

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Photo of hopkrid
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunuelian
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, cellar-aged. This is much better than I remember from a previous 2013 bottle enjoyed over a year ago. When served cold, I get some really nice, soft floral notes from the hops, along with orange-blossom honey and caramel. The flavors are subdued, subtle but well balanced. I prefer it that way; as it warms, I start to detect more oak from the barrel and some paper pulp from oxidation. Some more spice also comes to fore from the barrel-ageing, which is fine but doesn't make up for the other changes to the now-warmed flavor profile.

This is probably near its peak, based on my experiences and a quick scan of variations in ratings from other reviews noting the vintage.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2011 version that had obviously been aged for some time. Zero carbonation, reddish appearance, sweet, rather clean and very smooth, did not notice the alcohol at all. Grew on me as I continued to drink and as it warmed. Interesting try, will certainly try to age a few more barley wines and see what happens.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 2011 shelf beer found locally and finally getting to sample. For a English Barleywine it was a sort of sweet & sour thing going on, some hops i n the finish. Flat reddish body, malty smell, and a little thin for a 10% beer. It grew on me as it warmed but I think perhaps either its not a great barleywine or 5 years is a little too long to let it sit. Not sure. Probably wouldn't revisit with others out there I want to try or repeat.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 vintage pulled from the depths of the cellar.

A: Orange/brown color with excellent clarity. No head formation at all despite a vigorous pour. Tiny dots of lacing.

S: Thin caramel, toffee, graham cracker, toasty malts. Whiff of red fruit. Faded earthy hops. Some sherry and cardboard oxidation. Oak comes on a bit strong, meeting the base beer head-on and eventually becoming one of the main focal points.

T: Caramel, scones, toast, toffee. Undercurrents of red fruit. Faded hops bring a hollow bitterness and some faint earthy flavors. Strong sherry and honeyed malt notes from the apparent oxidation. Oak is thankfully more subdued than it was in the nose, and imparts a dusty woodiness that peaks on the back end. Drying oaky finish.

M: Thick body. Slick and chewy, though it feels like time has started to thin it out a little. There is still some light, tingling carbonation left.

O: I was given this bottle years ago, and admittedly have no point of comparison to a fresh bottle. However, experience tells me that this probably peaked a good few years ago. Hops have faded into almost nothing, malt flavors are beginning to degrade into that old thin honeyed flavor. Oxidation has kicked in. All of this has allowed the oak to ride up probably more than it did fresh. Still, it held up reasonably well given the time it has under its belt. I've had similar beers that fared a lot worse. There was still enjoyment to be had from it.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuanAlberto
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harrison8
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, burgundy, and topped with a medium sized off-white head. No lacing. A sweet, malty aroma. Taste is a smooth, sweet display of malts, with a slight tinge of oak. Mouth feel is smooth, and robust. It feels great. Overall, this is a good barleywine. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but certainly worth trying.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
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