Oak Aged Barleywine
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Barleywine - English
Ranked #128
Ranked #8,369
3.98 | pDev: 12.56%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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 by GbVDave:
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a capped 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to HOMEBREWHAWK for the trade and hook up!

2007 version

A: Pours a hazy ruby-brown color. Off-white/eggshell colored head sadly leaves only a tiny amount of lace.

S: Aromas of vanilla, caramel, coconut, toasted nuts, toffee, and caramel apple. Delicious!

T: See everything above and then add the incredible flavor of alcohol soaked over-ripe dark fruit.

M: Sticky, spicy, sweet, with a compelling dryness. Touch of alcohol vapor.

D: Incredible! Covers all ends of the Barleywine spectrum. One of Heathers' favorites!

Jul 12, 2009
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darktronica from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Aug 25, 2016
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

Pours a copper color with a one finger light beige head, with good retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel, citrus, oak, and vanilla. Smells nice.

Tastes sweet with caramel, toffee, citrus, vanilla, and dark cherries. The alcohol is noticeable, but not intrusive. Has a nice warming effect on a cold winter night.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, with a caramel and toffee aftertaste. Overall a nice beer. Too bad it is listed as retired. I would like to try this again.

Jan 30, 2014
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GreyGhost4 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jun 29, 2014
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Lawnboy33 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.6%

Nov 14, 2011
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ctc862 from Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Sep 01, 2012
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swid from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2009 bottle.

This has held up surprisingly well; a little thin, but still quite drinkable. Good flavor with a hint of raisins.

Dec 15, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, since there's another package on its way from beandip right now, I figured we ought to take this one out, immediately, to close out his last box. Nice big 750ML bottle split with my wife, her happy-to-be-home-with-good-beer-beer. 2007 vintage.

Pours an odd color, a muted amber/red mix. Smell is a powerful mix of barrel & sweet malts.

Schlafly Reserve Barleywine is much earthier, much more subdued that I imagined from the smell. The barrel is fairly prominent, but there's a strong Mother Earth component, very fall-rain, fallen-leaves kind of thing. Low levels of vanilla, the creepy beginnings of oxidation, & scatterings of toffee & raisins. Alcohol still prominent after four years in the bottle. Quiet in the glass, a swirl brings no head. Too big & boozy to be terribly drinkable, but I can certainly hack through this half-bomber.

Overall, pretty good beer, but doesn't stand out in the constellation of barrel-aged barleywines. Enjoying it, but I really dig their Reserve Stout, & this one just isn't in the same class.

Mar 17, 2011
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robwater from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Apr 12, 2013
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javincik from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Feb 18, 2012
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Lare453 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 31, 2015
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naterock from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a fluted tasting glass, Deep reddish amber witha one finger rocky head with good retention.

Smells of rich candy-like malts, a kiss of earthy hops and a hint of oak in the background.

Tastes overpoweringly sweet with a dark vine fruit essence lingering, just enough hops to support the bitterness but this is a showcase of malt variety.

Mouth is slightly viscous and oily, medium to low carbonation. Drinks slow but I wouldn't want to drink a fast barleywine.

May 24, 2009
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iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Dec 30, 2013
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Nov 25, 2011
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ChadT89 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 12, 2012
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cvstrickland from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Bottling

The drink pours a deep, dark garnet with a mocha cap that retains great and leaves plenty of webby lacing on the glass.

Smell is oaky and malty with with a big bourbon note.

Taste is sweetly mellow with crisp notes of dry sherry accented with a bit of caramel and molasses.

Smooth and wonderful, the drink is definitely a sipper.

Jul 20, 2008
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jwmarcum from Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 15, 2012
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bum732 from Lesotho

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle.

S: Caramel and toffee maltiness, some herbal with a touch of oxidation.

L: Cloudy brownish orange, white head that dissipates to not much.

T: Rich toffee and breadiness. A pleasant coconut flavor and sweetness. Medium low bitterness leading to more rich toffee and coconut. Finishes fairly clean with some alcohol spiciness and fairly clean dryness with some toffee.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Alcohol somewhat present.

Loved the coconut, maybe from the oak? A little thin for the style, not bad, but not great.

Nov 18, 2011
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Archimedes from Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 19, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark copper with ½” fine off-white head and some columns of carbonation. Puts up a lasting film on the glass.

Gives off a light, oaky bourbon with rich aromas of plum pudding and nuts.

Overall, well balanced, but leans toward the sweet on entry. Dark fruits with some bitterness and a hint of bourbon. The alcohol is clear, though far less than 10% would suggest. The finish is lightly acidic with a hint of wheat bread.

A medium to full body with smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Alcohol is drying and this vintage 2007 is quite mellow. There is lots of residual stickiness on the lips.

This sipping beer is easily approachable with a cigar and conversation but would also work with a meal.

Jan 29, 2012
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beergorrilla from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Nov 12, 2012
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chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 2011 bottle.
Pours clear dark copper with a decent head.

A faint tart note along with low sweetness distinguished this from other barleywines in a tasting session.

O: Excellent but not superb in all respects.

Jan 04, 2015
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alwaysplayin from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Aug 27, 2013
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dav from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Dec 23, 2011
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neckbracesub from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Mar 07, 2012
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