Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine | The Schlafly Tap Room

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89
very good
582 Ratings
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Schlafly Oak Aged BarleywineSchlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: English 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

Added by maxpower on 11-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
582
Reviews:
274
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
101
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 582 |  Reviews: 274
Photo of raffy313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of AmitC
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of 1fastz28
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from my brother as a Christmas gift. Pours a cloudy amber color without much head at all, little carbonation is present. Nose is complex, has hints of cranberries in it. Taste is strong of alcohol, it is a very dominate feature of this beer, but at 10% its to be expected. Once you get past the sting you have an aftertaste that is hard to describe, i cannot put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is rich and thick. Overall this is a good beer, but i do not think Barleywine's are a style that i can appreciate.

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Photo of vissai
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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1/5  rDev -74.8%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle. Wow - almost 5 years old.

Pours medium brown with a slight head that disappears. Some slight lace and some alcohol tears.

Rich dark fruit, dates and figs, some brown bread in the nose, hint of alcohol.

Dark fruit, brown breadcrust bitterness balanced with sweet malt with some slight nutty notes in the aftertaste. Vanilla, some alcohol, a bit of toffee round this one out. This drinks like a fruity candy bar. Alcohol clears the palate but does not get in the way.

Full bodied and mouth coating. A real winner and aged just right. Not hot at all. Found in on the shelf this age, and I was lucky.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 release poured from a 750ml bottle into snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, bourbon, caramelized malts, some fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in. There’s a complementary creamy oak essence in the background. The hops presence is decent and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to sip on for a long time and it seems to have held up well for over 5 years.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Reserve served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Poured almost a beet red color, very cloudy, and with a nice finger or so head that still managed to stay a miniature toxic waste dump on top of the liquid below it.

S: Lots of candi sugar, along with some apple, oak, and plums. So far, this is not a hop bomb, nor is it a dank, dark beer. Really nice!

T: Smooth in terms of bitterness (not much hop left, after all is said and done) sugary, oaky, and almost complete devoid of a fruit component whatsoever. Also, this was really missing that "Ahhh" factor on the finish. On the great BWs, even though they are heavy and meant to be sipped, there is a certain refreshing bookend to the finish. That was sorely lacking here.

M: Thick, sugary, syrupy, but not boozy. I got a minor prickle from the carbonation, which was totally appropriate, but I got quite a bit of solvent on the tail end which I didn't find desirable.

O: This beer was off to a great start, but to my mind, it wasn't worth the 5-year wait.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head without lacing on a clear, deep amber body.

S: smokey, lots of caramel malt, burnt toast, resin and toffee.

T: oak, caramel and toasted malts, brown sugar, light candied fruit.

M:medium body an moderate carbonation .

Overall: nice aroma, full flavored and complex and easier to drink than many barleywines, even for an English barleywine.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not sure if this is the right one, the list said vintage barleywine from 2010, aged in oak barrels, not on oak chips, but i dont see the other, this is reserve series too, and how many damn barleywines can one place make at 10.2% abv right. it must be this one. pours a real redish color, hazy and ruby glowing, brown just a tad, and a smallish but sturdy and lasting off white head. the nose is oaky as hell, dark dried fruity, and real alcoholic. some dates and figs or something come in to rock the flavor and round it out. some spice too on the back end, and a brown sugar sweetness that is quite memorable. the oak is the lasting flavor for me, fresh and strong, like the white oak from the bruery, really, its that good. a big barleywine too, lots of body, lots of bubbles, and lots of booze. the three b's right? overall a beer you should share, the dried fruit and date thing gives it an almost indian feel or something. the nose is the best part, but the whole thing will delight any discerning palate. get it.

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Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

A - Pours a deep copper that's somewhat clear and a very light brown head.

S - Toffee, bready malts, vanilla and oak.

T - Good helping of malt, leather, vanilla, tangy oak and also with some light hops on the finish.

M - Thinner body than expected, good amount of carbonation.

O - It's good, but not top tier good. Would easily grab this over some other barley wines.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage. Orange/amber, active, modest tan head with some retention and more than patchy lacing. Very dense looking, but I don't detect floating yeasties, but it just kinda looks thick and dense.

This smells really nice. malty sweet, mildly boozy (wonder how much that dissipated in 4 years?), lightly fruity, and accented nicely by the oak staves. There is some very, very faint sort of sour like element as well, intended or not. If there is any hop presence, I'm not finding it. Again, really nice. It all works well together.

The oak is stronger in the taste than the nose, and it has some slight bitterness. Of course the malty sweetness is solid, but it tastes much less sweet and malty than it smells. The fruitiness of the nose is faint in the flavor. Impressive taste, but not quite as unique and special and the aroma. Very oaky, and not as balanced as the nose.

Plenty carbonated, thick full body, very gentle warming, highly viscous, with a lightly bitter finish. Whicked smooth after 4 years.

Well done, Schlafly! Damn, I wish I had more of these in the cellar, but I don't. If I see any more on the shelves I will certainly be grabbing some to lay down for a few years!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into snifted at the taproom in stl. Pours a deep ruby brown with slight tan head. The board says "vintage barleywine" im not sure if its the same but the abv matches. This is a 2010 vintage age over a year in new oak barrels.

Great sweet toffee dried fruit aromas. Some earthy wood.
Taste is just fantastic. Amazing toffee and a lot of dried fruit and grape vine and oak. Marshmallow and chocolate notes. Wow. Super easy to drink and just amazing flavor. Such a good brew!

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Chico1985
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 vintage.

Pours a light amber with purple tones and a haze. A thick bubbly off-white head retains pretty well leaving good lace, impressive for the age/alcohol content.

Smell is straight up grapes, with bread, sweet malts and more fruit coming out with warmth. Reminds me of fermented fruit juice.

Taste brings out more flavor. Red grapes first and foremost, toffee, light+dark fruits, toasted oak, bread+butter malt, apple?, notes of white and red wine. Very sweet and fruity.

Slick mouthfeel with medium carbonation, a bit thin for a barleywine. Feels big not too bad as far as booziness goes.

This is quite an odd barleywine, not sure if the age has come into play here, but the big ol grape presence threw me off. It'd probably be best to split this 4-5 ways.

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Photo of cbutova
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2008 vintage thanks to Chico1985.

A- Orange-red body to a beer poured into a pint glass. Big creamy white head has good retention and a nice texture. Good webs of lace around the glass.

S- A sweet raisin and grape fruit feel is the main thing in the aroma for me, wine-like. Vanilla, toffee and oak provide a nice backing to the fruits.

T- Grapes and that wine profile make up the main flavor for me, it was dominant to begin with but seems to mellow after a few sips. The addition of oak provides a nice vanilla and toasty wood presence which only gets better with each sip. Bread, yeast spice and sweets as well.

MF- Very thinned out for a Barleywine, doesn't provide that thick oily body. Carbonation is moderate and there is a spicy bitterness. A bit watery.

Definitely unique for a Barleywine, thinner and more fruity than most. The oak is the best thing about this one.

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.97 out of 5 based on 582 ratings.
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