Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel AleSchlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The result is a smooth bourbon character balanced by caramel malt sweetness and classic English hops. Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale is a seamless blend of Schlafly Barleywine-style ale and our pale ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.

Added by BEERchitect on 06-12-2009

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 54
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of KYGunner
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tons of carbonation lead to tall head that eventually congeals into a thick creaminess. The color is a perfect pale ale mahogany/red/orange hue.

The scent is simple enough; oakey bourbon, strong but smooth. The taste follows the nose with bourbon tones but a touch of lemon in the end. The bourbon wins out but it's a high quality bourbon barrel, it would seem.

The feel is a little fizzy but it begins to iron out near the end. If your a real fan of this type of ale than this is a must have.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neck says special release, a blend of their barleywine and pale ale aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Bottled 10/17/12

Deep orange pour with 2 fingers of tan head. Not much retention. Nice lace strands.

Nose is an interesting mix of barleywine and bourbon. Ripe sweet cherries and English hops.

Expecting a strong bourbon flavor from the nose, but actually quite mellow. Bit of that cherry sweetness. The bourbon plays nice against the lighter malt body. Gets a bit syrupy towards the end. Bit of hop bite in the finish, but barleywine flavor really takes over.

Overall, pretty well done and probably worth trying if you are into barrel aged beers.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently its a blend of Schlafly Barleywine and their Pale Ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.

Looks a hazy amber. Bourbon and vanilla pour out immediately as it hits the glass. You get some ripe acidic fruits as well as alcohol in the nose too. Kinda clashes a little before becoming cohesive at the end of the nose.

The blend is a success by all means. Very low bitterness but well balanced. The ripe fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and slight alcohol all compact well.

Finishes wet with a subtle dryness.

10.99 a sixer - Party Town - Florence, KY

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This blending of barrel-aged barleywine and pale ale pours a murky amber, with a thick head of off-white suds. Lovely wisp of delicate lace, too.

Nose is complex, hinting at the bourbon barrel characteristics (vanilla), but this is dominated by a toffee and caramel maltiness (indubitably the barleywine). Needs more of the bourbony, oaky, vanilla vibe methinks.

Taste is a weird mix, as with the aroma. The boozy bourbon vanilla and charred oak is muted by a fruity character (again, the barleywine speaks loudest here). Though certainly not a bad beer, this one just lacks a more cohesive melding of tastes and styles.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours extremely hazy brown with hints of orange. A one finger off white head. Some alcohol legs in this one.

S- A lot of light bourbon notes. There is good deal of oak and vanilla. A little caramel. A super sweet smelling beer.

T- A surprising bitterness up front. Not very strong but unexpected. A sugary sweetness sweeps over. There is a ton of light caramel and toffee in this beer. The Bourbon is not too strong but provides nice flavors. There is a good bit of vanilla, rye and corn mash, a slight sourness, not as much wood flavor as I would like to see. Buttery biscuits.

M- Tons of feel to this beer, quite syrupy and smooth. Slight alcohol feel.

O- This is a pretty awesome brew, I may buy more to see how it fares with some age.

Also I don't know how this beer doesn't list an ABV. To be honest im surprised its legal to do so. Judging by the alcohol legs and feel of the beer its between 8-8.5% but who's to say.

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2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottles 12/09/2011

A- Short off-white head on a nearly opaque pinkish-hued red colored body. Leaves a collar. Pleasant looking beer.

S- Strange barrel aromas on this one. Fake vanilla, wood, cinnamon, weird fruit smells.

T- Woody cherries, coughdrop-esque. Hops factor in there somewhere. Almost has a wild ale tart feel to it for some reason, hmmm. Would guess this around 9%abv.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Very different. A lot of flavors going on here, I struggle to call this "complex" though. I wonder if this is what Schlafly was shoot for by mixing their barleywine with their bourbon barrel aged pale ale because that sounds delicious. I just didn't care for this one much.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 127 ratings