English-Style Old Ale
The Schlafly Tap Room

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Old Ale
Ranked #117
Ranked #34,557
3.71 | pDev: 11.59%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Very Good
English-Style Old AleEnglish-Style Old Ale
Notes: Our English-Style Old Ale is a bottle-conditioned, English-style ale brewed at The Schlafly Tap Room on 21st Street for Culinaria, a Schnucks market. This ale is a collaborative effort by the brewers of Schlafly Beer and our friends at Schnucks to celebrate the ongoing revival in the City of St. Louis. The Schlafly Tap Room opened in 1991 and was one of the first efforts of the modern revival. Culinaria, opened in 2009 on 9th Street, brings a fine food and beverage market back to Downtown St. Louis.

English-style Old Ale is a rich, amber-colored ale that pairs well with a wide variety of meats, cheeses, and desserts. Traditionally brewed in the winter months, an Old Ale is quite dark but not as dark as a stout. It is a celebration of English brewing tradition.

40 IBU
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This caught my attention in a Schnuck's store I rarely frequent. The one I normally go to didn't have this one...

I had this set up so yeast shouldn't over power the clarity. Poured this one into a 33cl mini Guinness glass and it produces a finger thick head of light tan color, and the body is reddish brown in color. The head retains great lacing.

The aroma is very metallic, arid, and slightly citrus. There may be a hint of fig here too, along with some white wine nuances.

In the taste I detect vanilla, woody flavors, and some dates.

Feels pretty crisp for a full bodied brew, meaning it goes down too easy and it's almost thirst quenching. Seems to go good with the cheese I'm eating, but I don't remember what kind of cheese it is. Anyhow, pretty decent beer here.

Dec 28, 2011
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kemoarps from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle I picked up when I lived in StL. "Bottled with love on 11/05/13"

Aggressive pour yields a toffee-brown body with a decent little fluff of yellowed parchment head. Decent fuzzy retention after an initial swell, and some small islands of lacing.

Nose is sweet candied raisins and some fig. Elements of caramel and a hint of molasses. Some cherry. Malty as all hell and I love it.

Flavour leans into those same old dried fruits... tons of fig, maybe some caramel and some light molasses. Rum raisins but without the rich depth of those flavours. Or like sherry hints but not as sharp.

Medium body and heavily carbonated. Finish is mostly dry and a touch bitter... like leather or young dried tobacco minus the spicy bit.

I like old ales when they're done well and this one is solid though doesn't blow me away. I would prefer just a touch more depth/rich character to it, but it's quite enjoyable. I don't have a fresh bottle to compare it to, so I can't speak to any difference now vs fresh vs even just less time laying down, but bottom line is I'm enjoying this bottle now and it has reminded me to keep a look out for old ales because I generally enjoy them.

Nov 09, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a murky brown color. It has a serious have and is a brownish chestnut color. The smell is fruity...apricot and plumb. Malt and hops are present, but sit behind. Then taste is sweet, with a mat backbone and just a little stale sourness ( which I assiume is intentional). Full body. For the style, it is just okay.

Jan 10, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a three-finger, dark khaki colored head of thick foam. It was long-lasting and left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of rich, sweet bready malts. There is a mild floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sweet maltiness with an earthy hop bite. It was a little boozy on top of the sweet caramel malt.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that finished fairly dry.

D - This is a really nice old ale. I think mine was a fresh batch and it was really quite good.

Dec 21, 2010
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peabody from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly cloudy brown liquid with three fingers of very foamy off-white suds.
Smell is very spicy and yeasty. The burning of the nose means there is strong yeasts and mabey some sharp hops.
Taste is sweet and very refreshing for an 8%er. Malt and caramel sugars with pumkin spice and a slight bready flavor. This hides the alcohol very well.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky but as sweet as this is ,it is very enjoyable.
Drinkability is OK here. Very well hidden alcohol and a sweet easy drinking brew. However, this is a little one sided flavor-wise. Could use some more spice or hops or something.

Dec 25, 2009
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Tone from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, spice (cinnamon and ginger), clove, yeast, and slight hops. Fits the style of an Old Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation. The mouthfeel has a savory feel to it. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight hops, spice (ginger/cinnamon), and yeast. Overall, a good blend and body. Very savory and warming, but at the same time very drinkable.

Dec 31, 2009
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle on Christmas Day a hazy dark tea color with orange highlights. The one finger of beige head was rich and creamy.

Aroma of sweet caramel malts, molasses, and green apple.

The taste is bright with sweet caramel malts, green apple, cherry, and a light yeasty funk. The 8% alcohol is well-hidden.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

An enjoyablee Old Ale for the Holidays from Schlafly. I'm going to age a bottle or two and see what happens.

Dec 25, 2009
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hooliganlife from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty brown and old copper. No head.

Light caramel, some cherry, malty.

Malty through out with a slight sweetness. Some cherry and cherry and faint apple. Slightly boozy.

Nice slighty chewy body with a bit of a bite.

Overall, bottle is way better.

Dec 28, 2011
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KI9A from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

300 case one time release, to commemorate the new Schnucks Market, and the revival in Downtown St.Louis.

A: Deep hazy brown, with sediment floating. Huge creamy tan head, lasting into puffy lace on the side of the glass.

S: Sour cherry, some roasty malt. Green apple.

T: Tart cherry, again, green apple, pear, sweet toffee. Some funk. Some slight hop bite at the back. Awesome.

M: Not as much carbonation as shown by the huge head. Medium body, some alcohol burn going down.

D: Wow, I can get past the sipping part, and turns into a quaffer pretty quick. ABV is hidden too well. Certianlly my favorite Schlafly beer, got to get back and pick several more up. This beer is flat out great. Nicely done on 2 fronts: The beer, obviously, and the hats off to downtown. The Taproom helped this along, albeit a few blocks west of downtown, back in the early '90's. Cheers, Dan & Co.!

Nov 29, 2009
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EvanWilliams from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 11, 2015
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birchstick from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish copper with a creamy, one-finger head

S - Smells spicy and fruity - green apples and some pears with some bready malts

T - Taste follows the nose. This has a lot of sweet malt and spices. The malts serve as a backbone for the spices and fruits to play off of. There is a lot of tart, dry fruit (tart apple and pear) with some brown sugar sweetness. There is a bit of toasted malt on the finish.

M - medium bodied that is decently carbonated. It has a dry finish; the 9% abv is very well masked.

D - This is a pretty good ale put out by Schlafly. I prefer the Barleywine over this one, however I always enjoy when Schlafly puts out a new beer. I will definitely purchase this again if they brew it again next year.

Dec 25, 2009
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CMW from Missouri

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark, cloudy brown color that reminds me of river water. Large one inch head forms but dissipates quickly.

S - Some nice bready malt mixed with cinnamon apples. There is also a little bit of yeast noticeable as well.

T - This was a strange mix of sweet fruits, spices, malt, and yeast. I found my bottle to be quite boozy and somewhat undesirable.

M - Carbonation was on the heavy side and there was a little bite.

D - I found this hard to drink as I thought the taste was below par. However, this is a rarity for Schlafly and it might be the case of a bad bottle. I have another to try and if I change my mind I will update the review accordingly.

Dec 28, 2009
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hwwty4 from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while trying to pick up some beer before Amateur Wrestling in Soulard. Found it hidden in the wine case. Poured a capped 750ml into my Hennepin globe. This beer pours a tarnished copper with a massive 4 inch head that leaves some soapy lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is dates and prunes with just a bit of overripe pears and apples. Just a bit of toasted bread comes through on the tail of the aroma. The flavor is fairly similar with prunes and dates in the fore front. Sweet malts and green apples. Just a bit of yeasty bread and a hint of toffee. Very little hops are present. Very malt forward. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin for the style. I wish it was a bit more viscous. For bigger malt forward beers, I just want a little more mouthfeel. My overall thoughts are that it just needs a bit more. Its a good attempt at the style and I'm glad that Schlafly is making a effort to try other styles.

Feb 02, 2011
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Goliath from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red hued brown, or dark amber color with a thin layer of off white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a bit of soap like spottiness behind.

The aroma is really nice actually. There's a big fruit aroma up front with notes of banana and cherry. There's also some nice vanilla and caramel tones as well as a light yeastiness and a rich malt presence.

The taste is a bit weak. There's a bit of darker malt giving a roasty bread character and a bit of raw grain. A little bit of banana comes through and there's also a bit of a medicinal tone.

The mouthfeel is alright, it's medium bodied with an average carbonation level, nothing to call home about but nothing out of question for the style either.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is alright, but it's a bit boring for an old ale which isn't encouraging me to have more. The ABV is well incorporated which is a plus, but all in all I'm not super impressed.

Jan 01, 2010
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dav from Missouri

3/5  rDev -19.1%

Jan 03, 2012
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wnh from Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 2/1/2011. 750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a brilliant golden-copper, walnut brown around the edges, topped by a huge foamy tan head.

Nose is what I'd expect--notes of rich toffee, mild earthy hops, candied citrus, nuts, a touch of cocoa powder. Quite balanced. Smells generally English.

More of the same on the palate, kind of surprisingly so. I expected this to taste a fair bit bigger than it smells, but with the exception of the noticeable addition of alcohol it doesn't. More rich toffee, mixed nuts, candied citrus. Earthy on the whole.

Medium bodied, but full of tiny prickly carbonation bubbles that make it feel lighter, not unlike a Belgian quad. Quite easy to drink, perhaps dangerously so. Not a spectacular beer, but this is good.

Apr 12, 2011
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Classy, simply painted bottle. No date, but this was from last winter. Opening it on the first really cold night this year.

Appearance: Really pretty bright burnished copper beer with fairly high levels of carbonation and an ivory cap which shows pretty good retention

Smell: Tons and tons of sticky caramel and toasty, grainy malt at first. Almost a bit too much toast for this style, and I like toasty beers. A swirl or two brings out a toasted nuttiness as well. Maybe a very light vinous fruitiness as well, but it seems to come and go.

Taste: Much more vinous fruit than the aromas would lead me to believe. Almost grape-like dark fruitiness, with some light notes of brown sugar as well. The alcohol is not overpowering, but definitely lets you know its there, even after a good deal of time in the bottle. Not much at all in the way of hop flavor, but there is a fairly firm, clean bitterness that keeps this from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a letdown here...this beer might have done a bit better overall if it was a bit more viscous/heavy.

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: I'm really glad I picked one of these up, and it's probably a better beer than this review suggests. Something about it just didn't quite do it for me. I think maybe the fairly high bitterness, paired with the vinous/dried fruit notes coming out way ahead of the caramel just didn't quite add up to stellar for me. Overall though, not a bad holiday ale.

Nov 06, 2010
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skrib09 from Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear brown ale with plenty of hefty head up top.

malt and alcohol on the nose immediately. slight hints of hop aroma but barely detectable. a lot of roasted nut tones.

dark roasted flavor. nutty and burnt sugar on the palate.

medium mouthfeel. average drinkability.

Jan 06, 2010
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dec 06, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 bottle.

Appearance - Deep copper body. Big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Fruity. Slightly buttery. Lots of caramel.

Taste - Fruity. Lots of caramel. That's kinda it. It's got a little scotch ale element to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very uneventful.

Dec 09, 2014
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 20, 2015
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into Central Waters snifter - thanks hooliganlife

Caramel auburn pour, slightly hazed with a beige, toasted tan frothy head topping the brew. Nice retention, filmy residue and spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly sweet and warm in the nose with hints of candied dates, raisins, brown sugar and roasted malts. Booze-soaked dark fruit with burnt sugar.

Nice layering of malted sweetness, roasted caramel and burnt sugar up front. Dark fruit punctuates the profile with dates and raisins, coupled with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Finishes with brown sugar and residual sweetness.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, creamy and chewy on the tongue. Super tasty old ale with nice depth of flavor without becoming too boozy or sweet.

Jun 11, 2013
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Dave412 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I recieved a couple of bottles of this from family for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised as I had not seen/heard of this before then. Usually I'm up to date on Schlafly releases. Anyway, had one Christmas night and another just recently.

A. The color is a brownish amber; it poured a large head. Overall a solid looking old ale.
S. I mostly picked up alcohol and brown sugar on the smell. This smells like a very sweet brew.
T. The taste up front was similar to the smell. The alcohol was present. Very sweet up front, Not a bitter finish but was long.
D. This was a good beer, but I didn't find myself craving another glass after one. Thought it was slightly unbalanced. It was filling and sweet enough that one glass was enough. It's a good choice for the end of the night, a cold night, when you want one more drink and are looking for something a lttle different.

Jan 25, 2010
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falconxman from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Oct 23, 2013
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taospowder from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Mar 21, 2014
English-Style Old Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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