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Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged On Oak

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
This beer is aged on new Missouri oak. The wood has a medium toast, which helps to caramelize the sugars in the oak and adds a nutty character to the beer as it soaks into the wood. Leave the corkscrew in the kitchen drawer and pop open a beer that will reward you with more flavors than most wines can dream of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2016
appearance: slightly murky, reddish copper, one finger of creamy tan head shrinking to a thin collar. aroma: treacle, vanilla, coffee, molasses, toasted wood. taste: sweet, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, wood, and a hint of bourbon. finish: very smooth, lingering sweetness, a subtle slow heat building. notes: Very good barleywine; malt heavy of course, and doesnít have a lot of the very strong hopping that some US versions seem to employ. Enjoyable. 2012 Vintage courtesy of Zoltan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Got this in a trade with gregwilsonstl...Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes. Thanks Greg

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5553) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2015. Comes reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (2119) - Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2015
2011 vintage bottle - small foamy head, pretty very dark Amber color, boozy malty aroma and flavor, definite oaky and vanilla notes, earthy hops, pretty smooth finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (4334) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber pour, thin beige head. Aroma is quite fruity, caramel, tropical, plum, ripe fruits and some sugar. Flavor is sweet, heavy malts, nice spicy bitterness and smooth vanilla oak. Lovely balance, heavy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travisís house on February 21. The pour was a ruby-brown gem (haha) with a nice small egg shell colored head. The aroma is heavy on caramel with a little woodiness and a bit of dark fruit. Itís pretty plain. The flavor mimics it. The malts and barrel kind of fight over a dominating flavor with the fruits taking a back seat. The mouth feel is a little thin and oily with a sporadic carbonation that I think might be a bit too forceful. The aftertaste is lightly bitter with a touch of vanilla. Itís not bad by any means, but this one could be a lot better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark brownish red pour with khaki colored head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, oak, and vanilla into some brown sugar, touch of dark fruit into a bit of earthy notes into a bit of yeast. Taste was a nice mix of grass, bread and toast into caramel, vanilla, oak with some dark fruit, finishing sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
2013 bottle from Bruisin. Deep mahogany pour with a small off white head. Aroma was sweet caramel malts, vanilla, touch of oak, candied fig. Flavors were in line with lots of caramel, bittersweet fruits, more vanilla and an oaky finish. Plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter woody finish, more vanilla. Really tasty Barleywine. Man I love this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2015
2009 Bottle ordered online from Missouri. A: Dark mahogany color with a creme colored head that sits and stays. Some lacing - not as much as Iíd like from a barleywine. N: Toffee, caramel, some soy, oak, vanilla, a hint of oxidation, burnt brown sugar, hazelnut and walnut. Toast and some licorice. Hops lend a peppercorn and citrus element - not in an intense amount, but just enough to be noticed. T: Very sweet, with an oaky bitterness that lends balance without taking down the English barleywine character. M: Heavy body, creamy carbonation, alcohol is there but restrained. O: A refined barleywine that has aged very well, (My memory of it as fresh was that it is quite hot and unbalanced). If you have the cellar space, this seems to be one to lay down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (7714) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Huge oak in this. Bigger than the beer. If you want a glass full of barrel, this is your thing. Or maybe just order a whiskey. Pours reddish amber with ok head and lacing. Finishes with oaky bitterness. A hint of caramelized malt behind the oak. Tap at Scion.

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