Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine | The Schlafly Tap Room

BA SCORE
89
very good
584 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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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:
584
Reviews:
274
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
101
For Trade:
4
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2.31/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Vintage 2008, courtesy of Mike. Opened for a video review, transcribed from the footage. Poured into a globe glass.

A: Hazy copper/red body with absolutely no head whatsoever. No lacing, no retention - horrible looking beer. And there's really not much else to say about it than that. This is going to be flat.

S: Dark sweet fruits, faint oak aroma from the barrel aging, some nice spice notes and light caramel malts on the back end. This had been chilled entirely too long, so I fear it may be masking a lot of the flavors. As it warmed though, it didn't improve much.

T: Extremely one-dimensional, oak, oak and more oak. Overwhelms the palate and doesn't really allow much of anything else to come through. The sweetness from the dark and red fruits come out towards the back end of the palate. Nothing horrible but pretty bad nonetheless.

M: Flat, completely flat. There's no body on this beer really at all. It's thin, watery and you can only get some bubbles by swishing it around in your mouth.

This sucked pretty bad if I'm being completely honest. I think I gave this a much better score in our review but after watching and remembering the appearance, aroma and taste I feel I can justify this score. I'm not sure if this was just past its prime, not cellared properly at the store or what - but this bottle is flat out bad.

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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish copper body with a creamy off white 1/2 finger head. Not much lacing.

Stewed plums, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, caramel on the nose.

Sweet and raisiny on the palate with more of the same from the nose. Tons of smooth oak, caramel, vanilla, and nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is the best part. Lush, creamy, and thick despite the deceiving pale colored body.

Notes:----

Aged on new Missouri oak chips for several months after primary fermentation and conditioning

Hops: Marynka (PL), Northdown (UK), Tettnang (DE)

Malts: 2-row malted barley, Munich malt, caramel malt, roasted barley

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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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

Okay, so this beer is marketed as a "Barleywine-style Ale." But, what does that mean, exactly. I have had many different barleywine "style" beers from many different breweries...and each one is a little different. It may be hoppy, it may be more malty, it may have a thick body, it may be a little too light. The term for the style seems vague at this point.

Plus, with the changing face of beer in America, breweries seem to be pushing the limits of what they can do within the boundaries of style anyway...and this barleywine seems to fit into that category.

For one, this beer is sour...which I like. It has the delicious qualities of a barleywine--it has the higher ABV, the near-perfect amber hue, even the balance between malt and hop. But, this barleywine is aged on oak...bourbon barrel, maybe, as there seems to be some elements of that here, too.

But, once you taste this beer (and this may be a fluke with this particular barrel...I've not had the bottle, only from the tap) you can't ignore the super sour, slightly sweet profile on the tongue. That sourness is backed by notes of vanilla, caramel, and caramelized brown sugar. You have your elements of dark fruit here, too...and a nice warming alcohol twinge.

Overall, I like what Schlafly has done with this style. It is delicious, and has just the right sour note to it to kick up what the oak aging does to this beer.

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.97 out of 5 based on 584 ratings.
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