#20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy | The Schlafly Tap Room

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#20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy#20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange amber hazed body with a slightly off white head.

A- Sweet aromas with a nice sour funk. Honey and lemon.

T- Initial tart sweet flavor, lots of honey flavor. There is a bitterness, but the citra flavor is largely aged away. Nice hit of alcohol heat just like a hot toddy, and it sticks around. Finishes and keeps an aftertaste much like a hot toddy.

M- Medium body moderate carbonation.

D- A very interesting beer, not what I expected at all. The similarity to a hot toddy is interesting. Wish I had one fresh to compare with.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel aged, dry hopped, wheat wine: not exactly a combination of flavors that exude confidence in flavor, but remarkably the flaovrs come together in such a way to remind me of- pineapple upside down cake.

Pouring a color that hinges on the orange side of amber or copper, the beer carries a medium haze and a dainty white topper of foam. Dense and creamy, the head character and lacing are slight.

Aromas of caramel, citrusy hops, tropical hops hit the nose first. But then the malt rich wheat bready notes come through with some vanilla, rum-like alcohols, and a more toffee rich element.

Flavors of wheat, toffee, and almost peanut brittle strikes the front of the tongue while the sweetness of barrel aging brings on reinforced caramel, vanilla, nutty oak, and amplifying alcohols gives the rich notion of caramelized sugars. Citrusy and tropical hops contribute background notes of pineapple, tangerine, red grapefruit, and orange zest. The balance and meldedness of flavors come together in a much more rounded way that I ever would have expected. Very well executed and daring in recipe and techniques.

Fully textrued early due to the low lying carbonation that allows the full weight of beer to rest on the front of the tongue and mid palate. But the beer's alcohol thinness and lighter finish allows for a much more drinkable than the flavor spread would suggest.

No mistakable as a very ambitious and obscure plan for a beer. But its the imagination of the recipe that makes the beer challenging to the palate and rewardable at the same time.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from a 750 bottle.

Copper orange coloration, an inch or so of foam that settles quickly into a tight layer of skim on the surface though there's no lasting lace.

Lemony smell, a somewhat citrusy hop with a malty backup, and a bit nondescript for advertising the bourbon barrel on the label. Honestly it doesn't come across with any barrel character in the aroma.

Smooth feel, buttery and viscous with a honey-like texture. Hard to tell if the butteriness is oak-derived, or from a creeping diacetyl element. Finishes dry, but sticky on the lips. Abv is somewhat hidden, though there's a little bit of heat creeping through. Doesn't feel like 9%. The intention to mimic a Hot Toddy is evident, and somewhat successful. Cheers to the experimental impetus here, though the flavors seem to be at odds a little.

Overall though, the potential diacetyl presence makes me think it could be starting to turn. Drink 'em if ya got 'em...

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with an exceptional amount of carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There's a solid inch of creamy light beige head on top. The aroma is of lemon, honey, and wheat. The leading flavor is lemon, but I can taste the sweet bourbon and the wheat. The honey and bourbon barrel aging give it a dry, yet crisp finish.

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Photo of bort11
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip. A mild cream colored head has a crisp carbonation sound. Not a lot of lacing on the glass. The color and body density is like raw honey. There is a glow about it, but you cannot see through the beer.

As soon as the cap came off, there was a sweet whiff of lemon and honey suckle. It is very sweet, but avoids being cloying. The citrus of the lemon cuts the sugary floral honey. The taste is very sweet, but not sticky or syrupy. The honey and lemon juice has been dissolved well. The aromatic honey comes in strong and floral. The lemon is very tart and the Citra compliments it perfectly. I do not get much of the barrel aging. All together, I get a lemoncello experience.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and easy to drink, which is dangerous. The 9% is hidden too well. There is no alcohol heat to give the ABV away.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 Tulip. Poured a light copper with a finger of white head. Very fragrant with lots of tropical fruit, mangoes in the aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied. More tropical fruit in the flavor. Barrel comes out in the finish with vanilla, but it is pretty well intergrated. Some hops flavor but not a lot of bitterness. Very drinkable. Very original. I thought this was fantastic. I wish more people could have had a chance to drink it as it was a very limited release.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear orange/amber color with a small off-white head of bubbly foam. It left random rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and honey with a caramel sweetness.

T - Sweet wildflower honey hits you at first sip. There was a mild spiciness with sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sneaky, strong ABV.

O - This is very tasty strong ale. I'm glad I got to try it on tap.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy orange body with a white head.

Whiskey is the primary aroma, with honey and citrus adding secondary notes.

Hop Toddy is about as weird, muddled and messy as the label would have you believe. Whiskey, wheat, lemon, citrus, honey, sweetness, bitterness, more whiskey. Strange, but in an odd way, I think it works. The flavors are different and layered, like an everlasting gobstopper. And yet, in its own way it is balanced.

Medium to full body with lowish carbonation.

I enjoyed Hop Toddy. I didn't know what to expect, but I did like it. Complex, flavorful, bizarre, but tasty.

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Photo of gford217
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy deep orange with a creamy beige head and some clingy lacing.

Aroma is very sweet with honey, caramelized sugar and A good bit of lemon zest. There are some citrus hops as well, though the sweetness is more dominant.

Whoa, the taste is far more interesting. There is an initial vanilla and bourbon burn which I didn't get at all in the nose. That is immediately followed but the honey and wheat sweetness. There is also some tart lemons in the finish and a big alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and seriously sticky on the palate, a bit too thick and sweet for my liking.

This is certainly a unique beer with a whole bunch of flavors competing in the taste. It didn't come together completely for me but it did start to grow on me as it warmed.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from the Wine and Cheese Place via mail order.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet pale malts with good amounts of breadiness and hints of toffee. Also present are mild amounts of light citrus and herbal hops and even milder amounts of oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Pale malts up front are joined quickly by moderate amounts of bready flavors and citrus hops. Midway through the flavor profile dries out a bit with the addition of heavier herbal hops and oak that carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I had higher hopes for this beer but even so it was nothing if not interesting. Not worth seeking, but if you happen across it it’s worth a shot.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very murky amber/copper color with a medium white head. Lots of light carbonation can be seen coming from the bottom.

Smell: Very good. Caramel, citrusy hops as well as a hint of some floral hops. I also get a hint of something sweet like pineapple and some lemon.

Taste: Wheat grass and lemon zest. I also get a little bit of sweetness from the honey. It kind of falls a bit flat in the mouth though and the hops fall a bit flat as far as the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Feels creamy and smooth even with 9.0% ABV but I was not overly impressed.

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Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kier for this bottle, popped open to celebrate Great Taste of the Midwest Eve. Well, eve of Eve. Possibly the best holiday of the year!

Interesting description on the label...don't think I've seen words put in that order before. Wheat, bourbon barrel, honey, Citra, wow. Pours a fogged orange in the mid-translucent range. Even allowing for warming, not much in the smell category except a distant wheat field overgrown with grass gone to seed.

Hop Toddy is...unique. A wheat field dappled with honey, & there's a few small oak seedlings dotting the landscape. Plenty of lemon to feed my burps & allow me to taste it twice. Nice spicy hop twang on the backside, almost a rye feel to it. No barrels appear to have been harmed in the making of this brew. Nice, nice drinkability for a big beer dominated by wheat. Goes down like half its ABV.

Very good beer, enjoy both the off-beat strangess as well as its easy-drinking nature.

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

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a unique rose-tinted amber topped by a moderate but fleeting foamy light tan head.

Honey and citrus dominate the nose, but are not overpowering. Notes of wheat and a bit of warm spice give this a hint of witbier quality. The hops add a mixed fruit aroma, not unlike Juicy Fruit gum. Alcohol is noticeable but tempered by the lemon.

Surprised me on the palate. There's a blast of tart lemon up front, followed by the pungently sweet honey. Has the flavor and texture of an American wheat ale mid-palate, then fades into a rich, brown-sugary bourbon note on the finish. Quite well balanced, if only because there's a bit of everything in this. Lingering citrusy hops with faint accompanying bitterness.

Full bodied, mostly soft and rounded but with a pretty good bite from the combination of lemon juice, bourbon, and bitter hops. One of the more uniquely tasting beers I've had the pleasure of consuming, but somewhat difficult to drink at the same time.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of bld81
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Riot Room in Kansas City, MO.

Appearance: hazy, golden, generous head, very little lacing

Smell: passion fruit and mango, honey, soft wheat

Taste: rich wheat texture, great honey sweetness, with orange and passion fruit

Mouthfeel: very crisp, biting, refreshing, stickiness on the lips and tongue

Overall: Originally had this rated lower, but very memorable for me. Great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of heyta
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The beer equivalent of a Hot Toddy" as warned by the text on the bottle. Quite the sweet and unusual concoction...

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped bottle. Screen-printed label with a simple retro look noting the brand and celebratory digits. Back narrative offers an overview of the celebratory occasion, background of the brew, and main description. Notes 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour, frothy head, medium to low retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Sweet and somewhat medicinal nose, like a cough lozenge… but not in a bad way. Lemon and suckle honey, which...

T - …are carried all the way to the palate. The range is quite complex an unusual. But the medicinal candy theme continues with the honey, lemon, a complexly sweet sense of pineapple coated the overall sweetness. The bourbon aging as such is unperceivable, or the wheaty characteristic, at least in any common way. There a sense in the citric sweetness with some vanilla and a hint of spiced texture that could reflect on the grain and barrel.

M - Medium body with generous prickly carbonation that aims to hold up the otherwise predominantly lemony sweetness that lingers in the mouth.

O - Intriguing, an unusual sipper. An acquired taste for sure.

Notes: Quite a praiseworthy experimental offering. Now, they play rather well with the notion that this is a beer take on a Hot Toddy and they do that with provocative dexterity. But Hot Toddies are really not my thing, never were. So while the brew is fun, and worth the try, on a personal level it did not quite do it for me.

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Photo of FanofHefe
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy, light amber body, with some orange hue. Two-finger off-white head. A little retention and a little lacing. Looks like a DIPA.

Very sweet aroma of floral hops and sweet honey. A little caramel malt but no notice of the bourbon in the aroma, even though the bottle says it is aged in bourbon barrels.

Yuck. Sorry, but this is sickenly sweet. I should have seen it coming as the label says it is meant to imitate a hot toddy. The honey is dominant and a slight note of the bourbon in the flavor mix. I let it warm a bit but there is still no real notice of the hops coming through in the flavor.

I am a HUGE fan of Schlafly and appreciate the experimentation, but this is so cloyingly sweet that I can't enjoy it. I hope fans of extremely sweet beers will like this. My expectation of American Strong Ales falls along the lines of Stone Arrogant Bastard. But, this one is not very drinkable. Good try but a miss for me.

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Photo of rrski198
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nicely sized off white head on top of a orange/amber lightly colored ale. Average lacing.

S: Lemon and hops right up front. Super sweet/sugary floral scent. Kind of like a nectar.

T: Citrus zest hits me first followed by a spicy hop bitterness. Slight oak aftertaste but I wouldn't know it without them telling me. Almost tastes like an aged hopslam with the honey.

M: Thick, creamy, velvet, spicy, mild bitterness. Full mouthfeel from the carbonation.

O: Hops are huge for the 22ibu, excellent use of dry-hopping. The oak aged part seems a little uneccesary. I would like to have tried it without it being "oaked."

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to copper and pretty cloudy, head was two fingers and fluffy, dissipated somewhat slowly, and left sheets of lacing that rejoin the brew after a bit.

Smelled very nice! Wow lemons, lots of them, along with an interesting citrus hops component, and a light bit of sweet malts.

Taste wise you can tell they added honey, but it's not overpowering. Lemon and orange flavors are ever-present, especially dried lemon peel. Some wheat flavors are evident. Hops add a nice citrusey, floral component. A sweet malty background seals the deal.

Feels slick and sweet, with a lemony, floral aftertaste. Body is medium and carbonation is light.

I served it at fridge temperature and it was nice, but as it warmed the texture improved, becoming more honey-like, and the flavors seemed to come out more. Oddly, I never really detected too much of the bourbon-barrel aging. It was there, but didn't really add a whole lot of bourbon flavor to the brew.

Overall it's a very interesting beer and a great experiment gone right. Schlafly is one of my favorite breweries and this strange brew just adds to that sentiment. An excellent experiment!

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Photo of colt45n
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle.

A: Nicely sized off white head on top of a orange/amber lightly colored ale. Average lacing.

S: Honey/Lemon and hops right up front. Super sweet/sugary floral scent. Kind of like a nectar.

T: Citrus zest hits me first followed by a spicy hop bitterness. I don't get any honey upfront but the aftertast!! Oh wow strong honey taste in the back of my mouth, is this real?? I love it.

M: Thick, creamy, velvet, spicy, mild bitterness. Full mouthfeel from the carbonation.

Overall: This being my 1st schlafly, I really enjoyed it, never experienced an aftertaste like this and that is what really did it for me!

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Photo of kansascitytrader
2.36/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to my brandy snifter.

-Pours a deep orange, little to no head. No lace.

-Smells very sweet. Honey. Some tartness.

-Tastes like a sour skittle coverd in honey.

-Mouth fell is thick, and sweet sugar and honey.

-Overall I had high expectations for this beer. I realy wanted to like it but its too much of a sweet mess. I finished one glass and poured the rest down the drain.

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Photo of Aiptasia
1.72/5  rDev -55%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I got this beer from Jmagnus87 in a great beer trade. While i'm very appreciative of everything in the trade, this was not the beer for me. I'm not a fan of sours, so i'll do my best to review the beer with that in mind.

A) It pours beautifully golden honey amber with a perfet 2" head in a glass beer stein. Decent retention and short legs with modest lacing.

S) Sour notes of clover, lime and almost brett funk. Missing the whiskey barrel notes advertised on the bottle.

T) Sour bomb and brett, lemony funky biscuit was such a clash of tastes I couldn't hang with it and wound up pouring it out. I don't fault the style so much as a personal dislike of the flavor combos.

M) Mouthfeel was fine. Medium bodied and fizzy.

O) Sorry, just didn't like it. Heres to hoping the other Schlafley styles are more appealing to me.

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Photo of BigJarv79
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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#20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 30 ratings