Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Style Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Single Malt Scottish Style AleSchlafly Single Malt Scottish Style Ale

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by grumpy on 11-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 86
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, this one is interesting.
Appearance is slightly cloudly, with a lighter than amber hue. Vigourous pour brings a solid inch head that trails off to a moderate froth shy of a 1/2 inch.
The nose comes pff with a smokey dominance, followed by a hint of peat.
Flavor is more peat than smoke, slightly breadt sweet. A bit like a single malt scotch, but usually I like a peat in my scottish ales. Somehow this one comes in and out of the "I think I like it" zone. It's a bit perplexing. It has the flavor of scotch, yey it's very lite on the heat.
Mouthfeel is lite & thin.
Finish has me a bit confused. Not bad, but, well...I'm still thinking.

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Photo of screamking
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

Pours hazy apricot with a thin white half finger head. The aroma takes me back several years, when I was a big scotch drinker, needless to say the scotch profile is very big. Sweet smoky peat is very prevalent, small hints of toffee and butterscotch, and some lemon squeaks its way in there. The booze in the nose is quite powerful.

The taste is surprisingly watery at first, then peat comes out and attacks your palate. The smokiness aside there are some oak notes, along with some citrus fruits, and a bit of toffee candy sweetness it the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel leaves a lot to be desired. Way to thin for the amount of smokiness on display. ABV is noticeable yet not crazy.

I don't think scotch whisky barrels are the best for aging beers, but this was a decent attempt at it. I think with a better base beer it could work really well.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

A big beer, the whiskey from the barrels dominates the malt. Definitely worth a taste, although it would be markedly better using older, aged Scotch barrels to produce a more mellowed taste profile. The nose is probably the best aspect of this beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy deep orange, that clears up after a while, not much carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Scotch, lots of it. Very fruity and grassy, speyside lie. But too much alcohol in the nose.

T-Very scotchy here as well. Not much malt like other scotch ales, fruity, apples, some earthy tones. A lot of barrel flavor. But the alcohol flavor does not mix well.

M-Lighter, tad watery, not much carbonation, alcohol heat.

O-I wanted to like this beer so much, but the alcohol presence was too much.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The. Had settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Sweet malt, with some barrel notes of oak, spice, and a touch of smoke.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front with sweet fruity apple notes. Rum like spice in the middle and a finish of sweet malt clove, and a bit of vanilla.

M - A thick, sticky sweet body, and fairly low carbonation.

D - Not bad, the aroma is far better than the flavor. The excessive sweetness hurts not only the drink ability but also dulls the flavor.

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Photo of emyers
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy medium amber with a thick white head dissipating quickly into lacing.

Smell: Peat, smoke, vanilla and oak notes. Some toffee. Really dominated by the scotch barrel.

Taste: Very heavy on the scotch. In fact, it's pretty much all scotch. Strong peat and smoke flavor, oak and vanilla. A little bit of caramel is really the only contribution from the malt. A bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, mild carbonation. Quite smooth going down, but I'd like a little more body to hold up to the barrel character.

Overall: If you like scotch, you'll like this beer. It's essentially scotch in beer form. Ultimately I'm looking for more malt complexity, but it is a single-malt beer, so I guess I shouldn't expect that. It's definitely a good beer either way (but if you don't like strongly peaty scotch, steer clear).

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a tulip. Poured a hazy reddish gold with a finger of fine bubble off white head. The scotch jumps right out at you in the aroma. Peaty smoke, also some caramel malt. The peat is also the first thing you get in the flavor. It hits you right off the bat. Then there is some malt sweetness in the middle. Long lingering peaty finish. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol isn't evident. Pretty easy drinking if you like Scotch. Appears to be bottle conditioned. If peaty Scotch whiskey is your thing, you will like this beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with tan head. Average head retention, good lacing

S: Malty, peaty, some smoke

T: Follows the nose, some cakey notes & booze, some dark fruit as well. Oaky dryness, honey & boozey notes as this warms. Finishes fruitty, slightly boozey, peaty & somewhat dry

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation, a bit hot

A sipper, has the chops for the style, but needs some more time. This will be better by far in 6-12 months. Was expecting more now to be honest

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Minimal head on a cloudy burnt orange with a golden hue when held up to the light. Aroma is as advertised with excellent scotch malt presence which warms the nostrils with additional notes of candied fruits, oak and excellent caramel note. Flavors are actually much more subdued than the aroma would foreshadow. Although the somewhat sharp, scotch notes are evident, there is a balance if sweetness with mostly yellow apple, caramel, oak, resins and bready malts. A bit watery with a semi dry finish and light carbonation. The alcohol is strong here but you actually get used to it quickly and it's not overbearing. This is definitely worth trying for its uniqueness but I would split the bottle with someone.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a clear and golden-bronzish straw color with a nice whispy white cap, a little bit of dirtiness to it with some good head retention at first but then fades leaving a small ring around the glass and minimal bubbles

S: Spot on. Caramel, peat, some molasses and light booze sting coupld with some old barrel influences

T: Upfront I get some moderate heat with peat, like Laphroig and Lagavulin peatiness which is balanced with a caramel sweetness, perhaps some syup, a good amount of sweetness. There is an old wooden barrel presence on this beer throughout. The finish has a rather sweet, dry but drawn out peat, booziness to it

M: Medium bodied, a bit thin I felt for a Wee Heavy. Carbonation was good to go and the mouthfeel was full of peaty Scotch flavor for sure.

O: Well done. A must try for anyone with a palate for good Scotch

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light copper color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled like scotch. It really did.

T - Tasted like scotch with some alcohol burn. Good scotch ale flavors, too - peaty, earthy and toasty. Sweet with just enough spice.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty scotch ale. Schlafly scores again.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 Ml poured into a snifter

This beer poures s surprisingly light color. It is a burnt orange and very hazy. The nose of this beer is somewhat smokey, A bit like a barley wine and has an impressive whiskey presence. The taste of this beer is surprising to say the least. A big bourbon presence at first. Followed by a ton of smokey flavors. The beer really smells like sausage or bacon and roasted BBQ. There is also peat flavors and sour mash from the barrels. There is a good alcohol presence in this one, a tad hot. A bit of coffee, toffee and caramel which is drowned by the smokey nature but there in spirit. This beer is not easy to drink, it is smokey, sweet and slightly boozy and its probably best I split my bottle in 3rds. Overall, it's pretty good. It is very smokey and woodey and different but it did keep my interest.

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Photo of grumpy
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tough beer to review. Scotch barrel-aged single malt (Optic) beer, hopped with Northdown and Pilgrim. The nearly clear, straw color is not to style for most any interpretation of Scottish Ale. Somewhat thin mouthfeel (for a big beer) and rather zippy carbonation. Nice aroma of peat and iodine. Taste follows suit, and shows a bit of malt sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, and it's easy to quaff if you appreciate Laphroig or Lagavulin.

I enjoy this beer, but depending on how you judge your brew, and whether you like peaty Scotch whiskey flavors, well.... I just don't know.

Props for being unique.

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Photo of Jmamay22
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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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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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 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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
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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