Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Style Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by grumpy on 11-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a globe glass)

A- This beer pours the color of a dried orange peel with a sea of microbubbles supporting a bubbly rocky head of beige that last a good bit.

S- The dry caramel malt has a nice peaty earthy aroma to it with gentle smokiness to the finish. There is a nice buttery diacetyl hint that comes through as it opens.

T- This beer has a leathery peat flavor that is gentle and very pleasant blending with a rich malty flavor that has some nice dry toffee notes and a dry smoke quality to it.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle alcohol heat that compliments the malty flavor and a gentle fizz that cleans up the finish.

O- This is the best taste of peat in a beer I have had. It is mellow and rich and really compliments the malt as does the faint smoky hints that really capture what smoke should be and no trace of band-aids. Well built beer and very tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.36/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like whiskey, peat, caramel, oak, bready/grainy malt and some pears. The flavor starts off very peaty. There's also some bready malt/grain, oak, pears, candied fruit, iodine, honey and toffee noticeable too. I think the peaty and sweet flavors mesh well together in this brew, it tastes better and better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's chewy and coating with moderate carbonation. I like this beer a lot, I'll have to see if I can find another bottle. Definitely worth trying! $10.99 a bottle.

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4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly rings in the year of legality with a truly inquisitive ale that captures all of the complicated taste of scotch whiskey, but with little of the burn. Inquisitive "optic" barley and recently decanted scotch whiskey casks become the focus for flavor in their anniversary ale. This may be the most scotch-tasting beer that I have ever tried.

Opening with an amber-honey appearance, mild haze diffuses the back light and causes the bulb to glow. Calm carbonation gives the beer a nearly cask ale-like appearance: short-lived carbonation skirts the glass and laces casually for half the session before the beer succumbs to its malty and alcohol stressors. But a gentle swirl of the glass leaves brandy legging seeping onto its sides.

Rich malt aromas of bread, toffee, and honey give the beer a firm base for the decoration of scotch to come. The malty notes are wrapped in a cocoon of scorched earth,dusty oak, sweet smoke, mesquite, pecan, and peppercorn. Where the peat influence from scotch barrels are the centerpiece of the beer's aromas, this character comes on late and surprisingly, shyly balances the malt.

And doing the same in taste, the beer reserves its stronger scotch flavor for middle to late palate, allowing the rich toffee-ish malts to coat the mouth with its dripping and robust sweetness. Biscuit and honey saturate the palate with complex nutty tastes and showcases the seldom found optic barley very well. But then the barrels make their introduction with obvious smoke overtones. But the gentle smoky flavor is rounded by sweet mesquite, earthen peat, tobacco, toasted oak, scorched earth, and fresh cracked peppercorn to wrap things up. As the beer traverses across the palate, it sheds its malt sweetness and concludes dry and peppery to finish with an aftertaste of dry smoked peat.

Full, rich, and smooth, the beer flirts with cloying as its full creamy viscosity makes the beer much more of a sipper than a drinking beer. But as the peaty notes are known to taste, the beer trends toward a powdery dryness and peppery tannin spice that lightens the body and turns toward its malty-dry finish. Warm alcohols are soothing to the palate and stomach, but the beer never drinks like a 10+ percenter.

The beer causes me to step back as those bold scotch flavors are alive and strong- shocking and teasing the palate at the same time. It's a tremendous beer that I found an immense amount of enjoyment and pleasure in drinking.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is interesting. Only one type of malt is used here, Optic. Also with an English yeast strain and English hops. Oh ya, aged in Scotch barrels.

A: Pours a honey/amber color. At first a two finger white head forms, that initially sticks around. Though that fades to a ring that sticks throughout after a minute. Light lace.
S: Peat, wood, smoke up front in the nose. Followed by a bread and cereal grains. Quickly, fruits come into play. Apples and pears. Then finishes with a woody smokiness again. Excellent.
T: Wow, the peat, smoke, and wood is strong here. Toasted bread and light fruits. Though the peaty smoky flavor is the hole show here. Not as balanced as the nose. Still very good.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate and firm carbonation. There is a crisp bite here, but also smooth. There is some heat in the back, but still an excellent slow sipper.

Talk about a peaty monster. It threatens to become over barring, but never reaches that point. This reminds me vary much of Saint Arnolds Divine Reserve #8. Well done.

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Photo of daledeee
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer aged in barrels is all the rage; single malt barrels this time.

Opened this and poured it into a wide top glass. Not a great amount of head but good lacing. Kind of a cloudy orange.

Nose is well....scotch. Throw in some candied fruit to boot.

Taste is like drinking scotch too and I do say intense scotch taste. There is some apricot and malts with some spiciness too like anise.

Mouth feel is somewhat carbonated, but I found this beer to not be very heavy bodied almost watery. Somehow it is intense flavored. The booze is all over the place too.

I like this but I think it could be more balanced with more depth of flavor.

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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a dark honey color with ecru colored head. The head sticks to the sides of the glass leaving a nice web of lacing. This smells like a wonderful scotch whiskey. The character of the barrelsreallycomes through with a wonderful wood scent.

At first sipim waiting for that usual whiskey burn, but it isn't there. It tastes very much like whiskey, thou slightly subdued. There at notes of iodine, grass, and peat smoke. It is a heady and enjoyable experience. The carbonation is subtle, yet the mouthfeel is firm and medium bodied. A very slight hop tang on the finish. A unique and enjoyable brew.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Style Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.87 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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