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Reserve Oak Aged Barleywine by Schlafly Beer
American Barleywine
10.20 % ABV

Review by rhoadsrage on 04/09/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2012
(Served in a teku)
A- This beer pours a dense deep caramel body that glows a bit garnet at the base and a sticky beige film is supported by a few slow strands of microbubbles trailing up the sides of the glass

S- The caramel malt has a toasted oak note in the finish with some fresh sawn oak qualities growing as it opens.

T- The rich slightly dry caramel malt blends with some green wood notes and a slight tartness in the finish. There is a nice woody oak flavor and some pine hops nip in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight little fizz and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is luscious but a bit dry and tart in the finish. It has a nice full support of oak and hops which add good depth to the beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 5 8 2007

2007 Vintage

I just recently got this bottle from Redwood21 in Secret Santa '08, thanks again David! Schlafly's Reserve Barleywine fills this snifter of mine with a mahogany brew. The body is slightly hazy with orange highlights when directly backlit. Carbonation rises from all over the bottom of the glass and keeps the head in good standing. The dense, off white head never falls below a finger throughout the entire drink and leaves sheet lacing down the glass.

The nose is all kinds of interesting. Caramel apples, peach juice and a myriad of other fruitiness that I can't quite pick out, jump from the glass. The base of this beer is solid caramel and wrapped tightly around the buttery oak from the barrel aging. There isn't any vanilla like what's found in other barrel aged brews and that's just fine with me. A mild and superbly clean alcohol flutters underneath the big nose on this brew.

Now this is how a beer should be barrel aged. The buttery oak compliments the brew instead of taking over like so many other examples. Smooth caramel backbone never quite reaches sweet while the hops bring along a nice bitterness on the finish. Pine, non-distinct stone fruit and citrus show up mid=palate and ride through the finish. The alcohol adds some spiciness but is fairly clean and adds to the overall flavor of this big barleywine.

The barrel aging has dried this one out slightly with a little help from the alcohol. This dryness helps the hoppy finish bring a solid bitterness. The body is a little lighter than I thought it would be which fits very well in this case. The body is dull but leans toward the middle instead of being sticky and heavy. This beer just flows through like velvet.

The drinkability of this big barleywine is surprisingly high. The velvety feel, fairly hidden alcohol and semi dry finish keep the glass tilted in my favor. My first snifter is disappearing far too fast.

This is a very well made barleywine with the barrel aging done just right. No single flavor overpowers the others while they're all in great balance. Vancer sent me a bottle of this awhile back that will be hanging out in the cellar for a little longer so I can see what changes it brings. In the meantime I'm very happy with my first sampling courtesy of Redwood21, thanks guys!

Reviewed: 12/20/08

Served In: Snifter

Review by mr. furley on 11/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 11 16 4 7 2006
2006 courtesy of rsyberg from a DL Day '07 trade.

ruddy dark yellow almost red colored body. chill haze is a good description so i'll steal that from TT. head thinned out quickly.

mostly fruits present here. not much in the way of vanilla anymore and the oak has faded out. dangerously smooth.. no alcohol is evident anymore. this thing could go down very quickly if you're not careful.

not a terribly special beer on the whole. solid but probably past its useful prime in my opinion.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 01/10/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
2006 Vintage

A - Pours a dark honey colored body with a very slight chill haze to it. Head is light tan and about one inch thick. The foam is thick and made up of tight bubbles. Super retentions here.

S - Big time toffee and caramel malts on the nose. Very light booziness and surprising light remnants of the Barrel Aging here. Nice vanilla notes, but very little woodiness.

T - Starts out with a lot of malty sweetness. Toffee and caramel mingle together and make for a great mix. Some light red fruits come in, ripe and flavorful. Vanilla pokes it's head through. Oak aging is minimal, I wonder how young the oak was that they used and if it held anything beforehand. Flavors of plum and fig come along before a clean finish.

M - Medium to full bodied. Lower carbonation and very smooth.

Overall - I am really enjoying this beer a lot. There is very little alcohol present and it goes down surprisingly easy for a 10.2% brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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