Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Oak Aged BarleywineSchlafly Oak Aged Barleywine

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of jar2574
2.89/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 reserve. Average head, amber color. Nothing exceptional about the appearance.

Sweet, malty, sugary smell. And the taste is sweet, and creamy. You're drinking a malty, flat, syrupy concoction. Maybe it's the style, but it ain't my thing.

Not much carbonation in the mouthfeel. Tough to drink, too sweet at first. The sweetness becomes overwhelming quickly.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Thanks to xmarcnolanx for this one.

Pours a clear amber/ruby with a big white frothy head. Smell is hop dominant but malts are clearly present, some unique sort of woody smell in here too. This is oak aged, but it smells like maybe the barrels were fresh wood, unused. This is a very crisp and clean american barleywine with great flavor. citrus/pine hops are nice and clean, but not rip your palate into thirds type of hoppiness. Very very balanced with the malts. There is a kind of light flavor to this which i dig. Hop flavors rise on the finish and aftertaste, and the wood also makes its presence known here much more than in the nose. mouthfeel is on the thin side of things, but still very nice. The abv is absolutely undetectable here. This could be the smoothest american barleywine I've had. Very drinkable. Great, great beer! can't wait to see how the other bottle develops. Can't wait to try the impy stout! Radical. Props to Schlafly and a big thanks to marc for this one!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. Fuzzy orange with a generous splash of cherry juice. The beige colored cap is large and is wonderfully thick and rich. It melts in appealing fashion and is leaving much more and much better looking lace than expected given the ABV. Very nice.

The nose keeps things positive. It smells like the malt will be roughly equal parts pale and caramel. Is the oak aging apparent? Sure, why not. In addition, the beer has an orange peel fruitiness and hides its alcohol pretty well.

Barleywine-Style Ale is intensely flavored, even if it isn't as complex or as deep as some of the world's best. Unlike the nose, the flavor is incredibly oaky. Tannic even. There's a big blast of wood that leads to an incredibly dry finish. Barrel-aging usually results in good beer, but less time in the the oak might have worked out better in this case.

The flavor profile consists of oak staves saturated with triple sec, caramelized sugar, toasted nuts, unripe peaches, dried cherries, vanilla beans and a generous splash of Stolichnaya. Bitter and sour are at least as prominent as sweet. That's odd for a barleywine that's almost two years of age.

The mouthfeel could be bigger, smoother and slicker. Even so, it's close enough to optimal to earn the above score. The acidity, the puckeriness and the amazingly arid finish keep things interesting. Carbonation? Laid back, baby. Laid back.

Schlafly Reserve Barleywine-Style Ale is a unique American barleywine that probably won't appeal to everyone, even those who love the style. I'd be open to giving other vintages a shot, just to see if the brewery changes things up from year to year.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 batch

a: Clear copper body, with a thin off-white head. Small amounts of lacing.

s: Sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, figs and oak.

t: Similar to the nose, toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, some breadiness (as advertised on the back of the bottle), figs, floral hops and noticeable oak/vanilla/bourbon from the barrel aging.

m: Good warming feel. Medium body, medium carbonation.

d: Seems to taste different each time I have it. This time I was quite impressed. Not as aggressively hoped as many American Barleywines, a much more mellow version. A good sipper, excited to try the 2006 bottle I've been aging. Another good one from Schlafly.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to vancer for this fine brew! 2007 release, noted as oak barrel aged on the bottle, jim beam barrel on the box. So, how'd it fair?

A - crystal clear orange / brown in color with a nice frothy white head.

S - bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet caramel malts

T - taste follows the nose with the bourbon staying in a strong but complimentary balance to the other flavors. Some light bitter hop presence but it's all secondary to the bourbon and malts.

M - medium / full bodied, nicely carbonated. Very clean smooooth finish.

D - very approachable, very drinkable barleywine. Quite a tasty treat indeed!

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Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head. I poured more aggressively on my second attempt and achieved a larger more luxurious head.

Aroma holds sweet caramel, toasted bread, and alcohol.

Taste is slightly bitter on the finish, but starts with sweet caramel and bready notes.

Mouthfeel is boring, it is thick and syrupy and lacks carbonation.

Drinkability is relatively low due to both the ABV and the strength of its malt and hop profiles.

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Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL capped bottle from czoch75.

A: The ale opens without a hiss, motionless until a white plume of gas seeps out of the mouth. The ale is a dark orange-brown color that shows off bright red highlights when light is focused on it. A voluminous head resulted from the pour and appears to lace around the glass.

S: The aroma is malty, definitely barleywine, with some hoppiness protruding. The barrel aging is not evident.

T: The hops of the barleywine have gently faded (I am assuming, as I did not have it fresh). They are present in a bittering bite at the front of a sip, but they are quick to hide amongst the malt. Within the malts, which are grainy with a fruity undertone. There is a small measure of oxidation but it rarely makes its way through the oak and malt. That oak, which really wasn't noticeable in the nose, adds a buttery vanilla flavor that cuts into the harshness of the malts.

M: The oak could be a little stronger and the metallic taste could be a little weaker. Other than those two, this is a nice sipper that doesn't push things too far.

D: The abv is too high to make this a go-to beer. One bottle, shared with my wife, is a nice end to the weekend.

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Photo of klewis
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A; Pours a hazy copper with a big foamy head. Moderate sustain, but little lacing on the snifter.

S: Sweet smelling, but non-descript. Just OK.

T: Malty, sweet, and a bit cloying. Slightly fruity but with a flavor that is mostly sugary and candy-like.

M: Full-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Worth $10 for a 750ml, but it falls short of its contemporaries. I like sweet barleywines, but his one is too sugary for me. If I hadn't shared the bottle, it might have ben undrinkable.

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

2006 750ml from Metallitone1, thanks! This was an orange, hazy beer with a decent head for a barleywine. The smell and the taste had a "woody" accent that was actually complimentary. This beer seemed more on the malty side. This was a very unique tasting barleywine and I was very impressed by my first Schlafly brew.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one at the taproom in STL.

A - Served in a snifter, this one is a ruby brown hue, clear with a one finger khaki head.

S - Bourbon, freshly cut wood, BBQ, sugar, and apple cider.

T - Big time hops are very fruity and biting. Lots of piny flavors too. The malts are an equal match for the hops and remind me of a good single malt.

M - Full bodied and muscular on the palate. Heavy and weighty, but spry and lithe due to the alcohol attenuation and massive hop attack.

D - Very drinkable! The ABV might put you on the floor, but this is an outstanding sipping beer that might even be sessionable as long as a session is defined as two or three.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage.

The body has a deep reddish caramel tone, with nice clarity before the last dregs are poured out. Some spotty lacing appears in an irregular "stalagtite" formation.

Faint aromatic & floral hops, very malty, a touch of alcohol, becoming mellow and tea-like overall. Notes of vanilla, oak, and tea leaves, with a big caramel toffee flavor that dominates. Richly malty, with some very mild earthy hops lingering underneath. Slightly sweet, not overly so. Any bourbon-barrel characteristics are very subtle, the main attribute being vanilla.

Buttery oak makes it smooth, with a fullness from the large amount of malt. Low level of carbonation encourages sipping, but the alcohol never becomes overwhelming. While I shared the 750, it was very drinkable and mellow.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage that I finally got around to drinking.

Pours a nice, deep copper, quite clear, decent head that lasts a fair amount of time before fading to a small lace that holds on throughout the pour.

Aroma is very sweet, with a good base malt smell coupled with a pretty decent sized caramel aroma. Not much in the way of hops in the nose, as one would expect from a barleywine. Yet for all that, it's not *too* sweet smelling. Rather appetizing, to be honest.

The taste is excellent. There's a malt sweetness up front, with a good deal of bitterness. It doesn't lean to the bitter side, but this barleywine is in no way cloyingly sweet. The hops cut through and make this eminently drinkable. The finish is a subtle hop ending, drying a sweet beer out to the point where you really want to take another drink, rather than the usual "I think I'll wait awhile" you get from barleywines. Fruity, sweet, a dry finish, not a lot of higher alcohols in the flavor... this is nicely done.

The mouthfeel, as to be expected, is on the heavy side, but is in no way syrupy or oily. Again, the dry finish makes it seems less than what it is, but mid-drink, you know you're drinking something. Again, very good, and quite appropriate for the style.

Overall, this is a fine barleywine. I would like a bit more hoppiness, but not every barleywine is Bigfoot, nor should it be. This is a fine example of the style, and should be sought out whenever possible. Great job by Schlafly!

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Photo of Riggsy
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle courtesy of rsyberg01 in Secret Santa '06 served in Chouffe goblet.

A: Pours a murky amber, one finger off white head with good retention.

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and bready malt.

T: Malt sweetness accompanied by bourbon, woody oak, vanilla, alcohol and plums.

M: Medium full to full with enough carbonation to not make the beer cloying.

D: A nice sipper,not a session brew. Thanks to Rick for the opportunity.

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Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 2007 edition. Pours a clear copper body with a creamy beige head. Sticky lacing adheres to the snifter in sheets.

Aroma is bready and toasty with oaky vanilla and some raisins.

Mouthfeel is quite good, with a nearly full body, subdued carbonation and a lot of creaminess.

Taste, like the aroma, is toasty and bready. Not as malty as expected but caramel plays a central role. Alcohol is well hidden but for appropriate warming. Hops aren't assertive but lend a pleasant balancing bitterness. Plenty of oak presence in this one, adding an interesting woodiness.

Very nicely done. I'm interested to see how this does with a couple years of aging.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a deep, clear amber with highlights of orange. Pours a solid head which fades to an eighth of an inch. Very little lacing with this one.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of molasses and alcohol.

The taste is very smooth with sweetness of the malts, raisins, and fruit along with the warmth of the alcohol. Not much bitterness at all which I've with many other barleywines.

Medium mouthfeel with an oily slickness to it and very light carbonation.

I really enjoyed this barleywine from Schlafly. It's one of the easier-to-drink barleywines for sure. Enjoy.

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Photo of charlesw
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting and not bad. Not exactly what I'm looking for - I want more body, more flavor and more bitterness. It's interesting that the bottle says that this one would age well... It doesn't need to age and may not even benefit from that at all - it's already very mellow and even. Mellow and even... Enough not to really be a barleywine, IMO. At least it's not syrupy like an English BW (syrupy without the bitterness) but... It's just so much less intense than a BW should be. IMO IMO IMO.

I think this would make a decent winter warmer but for a BW I want so much more in terms of everything!

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Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice clear dark ice tea color with one finger of slightly off-white suds.
Smell is caramel and malt and sugar with just a slight aroma of yeast. There is a little grape smell in here as well.
The bitterness of the first taste is mixed with a caramel sweetness and raisin.
Mouthfeel is clean with a slight bitter aftertaste. The sugars come through after the alcohol has passed the tongue.
10% abv is just a slight bit high for a session brew so this is a beer for an occasion. Warming winter night occasions.

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3.32/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour reveals a maple syrup colored body with some carbonation bubbles sticking to the glass. Head is a light tan standing at an inch and a half that leaves signifagant lace. Nose is a sweet mix of yeasty malt with creamy fresh fruity notes, almost mellon like. A faint initial zesty fruit feel quickly yields to the huge overpowering oak palate. The shoe shine woodsy taste of the oak is so dominant it is almost like sucking on a piece of wood. Mouthfeel is an oakey bitter. Drinkability is harmed by the overaly oak feel for me. I cant imagine that this is the extreme they were going for. Does mellow a bit as it warms to room tempature.

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Photo of mikescags
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quickly becoming my favorite beer. It is so incredibly complex. Smell is overwhelming of caramel and malt. The taste is the same along with the taste of vanilla from being aged on the oak. Be careful with this beer though, the high abv can really sneak up on you as it is masked very well. This is a tough to find brew, but if you spot it def dont pass it up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly's can really put these big, barrel-aged beers together. Another superb offering with this beer. A seriously strong, malty pour forms a thick, foamy, tan blanket of bubbles on top of a deep ruby beer. The beer proved to lace well and show light legging on the glass; looks like a true cognac. Aromas are largely focused on molassas maltiness, but not without a serious challenge from a good dose of citrus and pine flavored hops. Alcohols swirl around in the nose with low fusal or boozy qualities. Flavor are as strong as aromas and gather around the molassas, brown sugar, cherry and berry flavors. Again the pine hops swell into balance, but never cause distraction from the malt center. Full and round to the palate, but not thick or syrupy textured. Growing alcohol sensations compete with the fruits, sweetness, and hops, but never dominate. Finishes warm and sweet and with an underlying pine flavor. Very good beer that shows lots of complexity and few deterants.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This bottle has been on quite a trip. I purchased it in St. Louis while there for my girlfriend's college graduation. Driven to Nashville via her parents while I went on a dig in New Mexico. Then, two weeks ago, her parents brought it to me in Raleigh, NC, as my girlfriend had forgotten it when she first moved out here. From there, I brought it to Huntington, WV where it was shared with my friend Josh (aka trep) after the WVU-Marshall "game". Phew...

2006 Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a dark, brown-amber body with hints of ruby red and a thin, tan head. Amazing retention, despite the dearth of foam. Aroma packs a smooth, vanilla nuttiness with a great hoppy balance. Notes of almond, chestnut, spices, fig, raisin, and alcohol blend together perfectly.

I was expecting alot of hops out of this barleywine, but there were none to be detected. And pleasantly so, despite the fact that I'm a huge hop head. The flavor was full of honey & vanilla, with sweeter notes of white chocolate, marshmallow, and yogurt-covered peanuts. Mouthfeel was smooth and well-carbonated for a beer packing a 10.2% ABV. I'm lovin' the oaken finish, too. This is probably the most drinkable barleywine I've ever tasted. It's complex, it's flavorful, it's....I could go on and on. Do not pass this by if you're ever in the St. Louis area. In fact, I might have to make a trip back out just to get another bottle or two.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark reddish/brown color with a foamy, tan, one-finger head. It left nice traces of lace.

S - It smelled spicy and malty. There was also a hop smell.

T - It tasted really malty. The spiciness was quite mild. A good nut flavor was present. Also, you could taste the alcohol.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - A really good barleywine. It does not overpower your senses.

Edit: Just had a 2007 on 2-6-10. It improves quite a bit with age.

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

Bottle. Poured a slightly cloudy copper color with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint but has a wood and malty scent. Flavor is malty with a definite wood flavor to it. Finish is caramel with a definite alcohol taste. One of the better Schlafly offerings, although maybe not worth the price.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost pegged this one as an English Barleywine its so sweet. However the hops are bold enough that it might fit an American. Deep ruddy copper color with a slight head and mild lacing.
Smells nicely sweet, citrus hops, caramel malt.
Taste is very mellow, mild hops with caramel malts, sweet dark fruit, raisin, mild cherry, toffee, and the oak comes through really nice in the finish. Really nice taste.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich and this is a very drinkable brew. Slightly dry finish due probably to the oak. Wish I had more.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vancer for this bottle for the BA Anny Club. I got a second bottle from boolshot which I may age a bit. Amber pour with a slight head. Smells of the barrel aging, malt, and booze. Malty with some sweetness in taste. Mouthfeel is smooth but it has a slight burn from the 10.5% ABV. A nice barleywine. I am curious to see how this ages.


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