Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Oak Aged BarleywineSchlafly Oak Aged Barleywine
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Schlafly Oak Aged BarleywineSchlafly Oak Aged Barleywine

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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 lonestar4lunch
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 Bottle. Really dig the color of this one, dark red with a tint of brown. Poured into my New Belgium snifter and a nice one inch head hangs around a while then slowly settles. Aroma is sweet of prunes and dark cherries along with hints of the alcohol inside.

When you take your first sip your mind is thinking this is going to be a hot mess of booze but surprisingly it mellows. The sweetness is not over powering and transitions very nicely into the oak finish.

This is very drinkable esp. given the alc% and was very enjoyable. Barleywines are one of my fav styles and this oak aged version is well done.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.2/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I think this 750ml was busted open by VinnieVanGogh. Anyways, thanks for sharing this one!

A- Pours a darker amber with hints of orange when held to the light. Half finger off white head shows low retention. Some light lace that falls back into the beer.

S- The booze on this really comes out in the nose right off the bat. Darker fruits come out next with hints of plum, fig, and darker cherry. Light vanilla with a big barrel tone comes out in the middle of the aroma. Ending shows some light yeast with a heavy dose of warming alcohol to tingle your nose. Very heavy on the alcohol which distracts the overall aroma.

T- Darker fruits in the front show more of plum forward flavor in the front with a strong hint of hot alcohol. Vanilla shows up as the next flavor mixing in with the darker fruity malts. Barrel notes come through next with light yeasty notes. Alcohol shows up next and sets the tone for the ending of the beer which just seems like alcohol and that is all. A hint of darker malts but mostly hot alcohol mess in the ending.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the style. Darker fruit, alcohol, and barrel notes are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly hot alcohol with a hint of darker fruit. Flavors were not very well blended as the alcohol kind of wrecks this one to me. There is some light oxidation in the form of off flavor. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a hot mess to me. The bottle from 2008 did not sit well with me. The alcohol came out a little too much and the barrel did as well too. The malts did not really balance out anything from the barrel. The ABV is high and the alcohol makes it seem a lot more higher. This one was a one and done for me. Don't think I'll be looking to try this one again for a long while.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jared. Thanks man!

The beer is clear and copper / orange hued, with a thin white head that generates fairly minimal lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma brings caramels, alcohol, malt, vanilla, and oak The flavor is enjoyable and well balanced, with sweet toffee and caramel candies. The beer has mellowed in the past few years but still brings with it a formidable sweetness. The feel is medium bodied with a healthy alcohol presence. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful clear mahogany color. It has very little foam. Great aroma...malt, day old hay, deep fruit and a little alcohol. Lots of wood. There are almost no hops in the aroma. The taste is great, sweet, oak...lots of oak. Woody, resiny, and tremendous malt. Traditional English style barleywine...nice bitter balance, but overall very malty. Full mouthfeel. It's soft and round....great body. Very nice beer.

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Photo of seagis
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be one of the best barleywines I think I've ever had.

I poured this from a bomber into a standard pub glass to sample with no food to alter my taste sensations. Just me and the beer, as it should be.

Appearance: Not as dark as some others but still nice. It poured up a very nice, ruby tone. It would be a nice color to paint the walls in my man cave. Let's put it that way. :-)

Smell: Indescribably good. There was a certain aroma that was very, very prominent that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I, quite literally, sat there for 10 minutes before I figured it out. I finally determined that it is a blend of caramel and what I believe to be cherries. Someone needs to manufacture a perfume that smells like this beer. They'd be billionaires within a week's time. I guarantee it. This is *the* greatest smelling beer I've ever purchased.

Taste: Very good. Despite the reasonably high (yet normal for a beer of this style) ABV, there aren't really any astringent characteristics at all. There is an undercurrent of something earthy. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but it isn't unpleasant. Its quite nice, actually. The same caramel and cherry tones that are so prominent in the smell are right there in the front as you taste it, but as you savor the taste it begins to rather fade into this solid, earthy taste that really helps to round out the flavor quite well.

Mouthfeel: Very good. Not thin at all, but not so full that you feel overpowered with every sip. It certainly isn't something you'd want to knock back quickly, but what barleywine really is, though? The feel of it is juuust heavy enough to make you *want* to savor it over a longer period. This isn't your standard barleywine.

Overall, I'm very, very impressed with this. Barleywine is one of my all-time favorite styles of beer, so I'm typically hard-pressed to find fault with most of them. Just the same, however, this one reallly - and I mean *really* - takes the cake. It's worth every penny you spend on it. I promise you that.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of kaips1
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 ml into an Anderson Valley tulip/snifter

a-dark brown to amber, slight head, more lace on the first glass than on a couple glasses later,looks lively still at 2 yrs old
s- very wine like, strong alcohol, strong malt, strong chocolate and sweetness
t- very similar to the smell, strong alcohol and lots of chocolate
m- slightly heavy, still very tingly on the tongue
d- this is a sipper, i dont see anyone taking big drinks of this repeatedly

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good friend of mine picked this beer up for me when he was traveling to Wisconsin one time and I have had it for at least a couple years. It has a 2006 date on it, so let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange color with a small 1/8" head of tiny bubbles that stuck around for a little while. You can't tell if there are any bubbles rising really, but the head sticks around, so there must be. There is a pretty good amount of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a decent amount of oxidation mixed with American hops and a healthy dose of sweet crystal malt. As the beer warms up some, the alcohol is contributing spice and the alcohol is getting more noticeable.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. It has a solid sweet malt that gets you started and then there are plenty of American hops giving a god bit of citrus and floral. The alcohol is not subtle in this beer and it is giving defined spice along with warming that lingers for some time after the sip. The balance is barely toward the hops, but only just to add a bit of dryness. There is plenty of malt in here to give balance.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I am enjoying the balance in that it has plenty of hops for flavor, yet they are reserved in the finish and let the malt and alcohol make a solid contribution in addition to the hops. All this said, there really isn't that much to set this beer apart in a very flavorful style. I am enjoying it and will certainly drink it all, but I doubt that I will be seeking this particular one out again.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage courtesy of Dave. Pours a hazy caramel with a sudsy, off-white head that dissipates into a thin froth across the shoulders. Great nose - sugary figs and prunes and light, toasted malts. Taste follows nose with the addition of toffee - perhaps a little more watered down than suggested by the nose, with a slightly hoppy bitterness and a bit of ethanol that comes out at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp carbonation - perhaps a little too assertive. A slightly oily texture reveals itself as the beer warms. A solid American Barleywine -really quite good; however, it could probably standard a couple more years to cellar.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish almost slightly brown colour with a creamy white head, into a brandy snifter. Tastes of oak and vanilla with a smooth malty finish with dark fruits lingering in there. Drinks down very easily for the high percentage too. Had no problem finishing a bottle of this myself. Tasty beer.

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Photo of uturn
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

A: It poured a deep opaque amber with a thin white head leaving an extremely thin & minimal lacing on the glass.

S: The nose was sweet of caramel, vanilla and oak.

T: The taste was initially sweet of caramel and candied apples, prunes and vanilla, near the end this brew became drier.

M: The mouthfeel was a medium body in which the sweetness never got out of hand to make it too syrupy.

D: The drinkability was as good as it gets for a sweeter 10.2% abv brew & is one in which you would like to enjoy a few sips at a time. This is one of the beers whose taste will improve as it warms up.

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Photo of seeswo
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 750mL bottle. Pours hazy brown with good tan head. Smells very earthy and oaky, with a faint hint of hops and dark fruit. Taste is faded hops that carry through, but stay in the back, mixed with more big earthy oak, a bit of caramel, dark fruit, and the faintest hint of vanilla. Maybe a slight bit thinner than expected, with reasonable carbonation. Drinkability is tied to the earthiness, and whether that wears on you. Booze is hidden at this point. Pretty good, but definitely not something to get too excited about. Arctic Devil 08 brought way more to the table.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2008 vintage, 10.2% abv. Fairly clear copper color. Frothy off-white head supported by a stream of very fine carbonation. Excellent head retention for a beer of this strength. Nice patches of lace. Great looking beer.

Wonderful nose, full of fogs, dates, ripe fruits, caramel, and a nice spicy/earthy oak edge. Layers of fruits going on here. Not much in the way of alcohol.

Sweet, candied fruit up front. Some caramel, and other ripe fruits. A bit of fig. Fruity flavors linger long on the tongue. A slight citrusy hop bite near the end that has faded a bit. A nice woody, and slightly toasty note at the end.

Medium body, with a great creamy feel. Carbonation is soft, but enough to keep things from being too sticky. Alcohol is very well hidden. The oak character is not overly strong, but lends a great subtle note. Nice to have an American Barleywine that is not overly hoppy. Very well done.

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Photo of ekardz
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 edition, picked up last year in Kansas City, been sitting on it for a bit.

Pours a deep reddish brown with little to no head, very hazy, average carbonation, looks delicious, and doesn't stop there. Smells of dark fruits, plums & raisins, boozy, some bourbon, picking up some oak and vanilla notes, smells of strong malts with some floral and resiny hops. Taste oak from the get go again with bready malt, bourbon, figs and raisins very sweet yet mellow. Mouthfeel is almost medium bodied, a little lighter than I would've liked. Slight dry finish with a slight booze burn, beer appears to have mellowed nicely, light carbonation. Awesome drinkability, good price, would love to try a different years vintage soon. Strong beer and you feel it fast. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 2008 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a dark orange color. Aroma is wood, vanilla, dark fruit, a touch of yeast, and booze. Flavor is a nice mix of malt, yeast, and hops, supported with plums, clove, spice, sugar, vanilla, and wood. Too much booze, in both the aroma and the flavor, just kind of overpowers everything. Expected better from this expensive bottle.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly Reserve, bottled version, 2007 vintage!!! Three or four years old now (2011). Big fancy box and blah-blah. Huge bottle, why so big?? Who needs a whole liter of barleywine??

Appearance: Pours very thick, glug-glug all the way down. A perfect one-finger head emerges, of a caramel-white color, very frothy, tons of bubbles. Retention is remarkable, and lacing is impressive. Color is ruby dark, raisin-y, classic barleywine.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, raisins, burnt sugar (as in oven-burnt, not creme brulee). Some citrus and cheesecake. Some bread and wood, but not a lot of oak.

Taste: More bread and nuts/dry fruits, this time more like a bread pudding soaked in booze (mostly amaretto). Sweetness all around. Some hops at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full flavor, low but adequate carbonation. Finishes dry and a bit sticky-sweet. The warmer, the better.

Drinkability: I swear I have never had a barleywine this drinkable. But! For an old, three-year-aged thing like this, it is too smooth. Should be harder to drink. Pleasant enough, but really, a little thin.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

185th review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Thanks to Cosmohophead for this one.

App- A murky hazy amber brown with a very nice craterous 2 finger head. Some very nice lacing lines the glass.

Smell- Very malty with wooden notes. Smells a lot like the darker fruits with a little booze mixed in. Had a mild sweetness as well.

Taste- A smaller barleywine but very taste. This 750 is a lot to handle alone. Its a bit mild but sweet with an alcohol tinge. Had a touch of vanilla and caramel.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a potent carb level to match. Leaves a feel on the tounge and a nice booze, vanilla aftertaste.

Drink- A very well done example. This was one hell of an extra. Thanks to Cosmohophead again for this one.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage.

A: Slightly hazy deep red color. A qurter finger of slightly off white head. A touch of visible carbonation.

S: Really interesting nose on this beer. The malt is fairly clear and up front. The oak is right there and gets bigger as the beer warms up. The alcohol is there but just a little bit. I also got a little bit of orange in the nose as well which was weird but ok.

T: Very malty. Then it has a nice sweetness to it. The oak is right there with it though. More like a stave than anything else. Lots of malt complexity for sure. Just a touch of lingering hops.

M: Maybe a little bit on the thin side for the abv and style.

D: Too drinkable? It is going down easy but I think it needs some more alcohol heat to balance things out. Granted this is almost 4 years old but it is really smooth.

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Photo of Zundo
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An amber body with less than one-finger tan head that recedes quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Figgy, raisin, nutty and slightly bready with some oak and caramel.

Taste: Bready and nutty, with some alcohol presence. There is some caramel and oak in the malt. The faintest hint of pine. Hops are figgy fruit and floral. Gets better as it warms, which makes sense.

Feel: This is not one of the heavier barleywines. But as another poster mentioned, its sweetness is better served by this medium/heavy body. There is a bit of chewiness on the palate, which is rather enjoyable. A good bit of carbonation present.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer, with good flavor and feel. The alcohol will slow you a bit, but this is more like a drinker than a sipper for those used to heavier barleywines.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into tulip glass - thanks to Wiid for sharing this one. 2007 vintage

Pours a clouded burnt orange with copper hues. A white head bubbles up and retains well with swirls of film and spotty lacing along the glass.

Somewhat potent nose with caramel and bready tones mixed with oaky vanilla, burnt sugar, some sweetness, and alcohol warmth.

Slightly bittersweet upfront with caramel and a touch of syrupy sweetness. Smooth woody and vanilla tones alongside a bit of leather. Slight pine hop bitterness is still apparent. Finishes with some smoothed out booziness and alcohol warmth.

Fuller body, smooth carbonation, approaching silky and creamy. Drinks nice as the booze has mellowed out a bit but the warmth is still present. The flavors were a little sweet for my liking but a decent wood aged barleywine.

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Photo of obywan59
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 version.
750 ml bottle. Aged in new American oak from Missouri.

Pours deep amber with a 2 finger off-white head that receded rather quickly leaving some light lacing. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen against a very bright light.

Smells of sweet malt, oak, caramel, pineapple, and a bit of vanilla.

Very sweet,plenty of sweet malt here. More caramel, and some substantial bitterness. I'm not sure if it's from hops or from the burnt oak. Maybe a blend of the two.

Medium to medium thick. Light carbonation giving just a bit of a prickly sensation. Syrupy, but not overly so. The body is nicely balanced with the sweetness.

Perhaps a bit thinner than other barleywines, but this increases it's drinkability. With the level of sweetness here, a thicker brew would be more cloying and in my opinion less drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/3/10. Thanks to Stormking47 for sharing this.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed copper color with a thin finger's worth of white head. Some spotty almost yellowish stained lace clings along the glassware and across the top of the brew once the cap fades.

The aroma of this brew is sweet like caramel malt and vanilla smoothness. There are some citrus rind notes along with a light twang of alcohol. There is a spiciness through the back minorly reminiscent of cinnamon.

The taste includes sweet caramel malt mixed with a tangy bit of alcohol. The caramel malt takes on a bit of nuttiness before the onset of herbal hops that linger and last inside the mouth. There is a light oxidized touch to this brew that adds some depth to the character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Quite a decent sipper to put you in the mood for slow consumption aside a fire on cold winter night. This particular brew is well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle, pours a nice reddish, amber color with a moderate amount of head that disappears a little too soon.

Smells like a barleywine. Strong, rich, sweet flavors of fruit, oak and vanilla. Very nice smell.

A nice taste of some dark fruits and vanilla with a decent amount of alcohol taste. A good taste but it is not as complex and layered as other barleywines.

Decent mouthfeel but it disappears too early for my liking. I wish the taste would linger a little longer.

A solid barleywine, one that I could find myself buying again.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a hazy deep amber color, with a small off-white head. Some red in there, nice looking beer.

Smells of alcohol and caramel primarily... very boozy.

The taste is more of the same, but much more complex... the booze is there, but there's a great caramel malt flavor blended with other spices and a slight hop bitterness at the end.

Pretty good mouthfeel too, syrupy and thick and boozy.

Very nice beer, I'd have another, if I had one.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled the 2008 vintage of this at Savor '10..sorry for the delay in reviewing. Poured reddish-brown, with a very thin off-white head, no retention, and average lacing . Smelled of very sweet dark fruit; raisin, date, and pineapple came to the fore. The flavor was sweet throughout, though the aging was evident in the finish, as the alcohol presence was nearly non-existent. Very smooth, non-carbonated, yet thick feel. This beer might benefit from a little more aging to eliminate some of the excess sweetness, as it still tasted a little young. That being said, the well-hidden alcohol content was impressive.

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Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 77.2% out of 100 with 584 ratings
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