Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine

Two hours until “The Walking Dead” starts. This means 2 hours to get 7 more reviews done and be completely caught up. I think I can get that done. I have a special beer to review tonight to celebrate. Anyways, I was having a barleywine craving with the impending snowstorm, so Kate picked this one up for me.

ABV: 10.2%

Style: English Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine has a deep copper color and an intense malt flavor balanced by assertive hops. Fermentation with American ale yeast allows the caramel malt to shine. We age the beer on new, medium toast Missouri Oak to enhance its complexity and to develop its smooth, luscious character. Barleywine is a classic English-style hearty ale. The term refers to a beer with the potency of wine and is often vintage-dated. This beer will continue to age well in a cool dark place for several years, but it is ready to enjoy now.”

Random: Kate’s one cat has been sleeping in the same spot for at least four hours. This cat is ridiculous.

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated crazy slowly and left lots and lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark, mahogany color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was pronounced oak, caramel, booze, toffee and some tobacco and vanilla for good measure. There was definitely a lot going on here. The taste was just lovely. I got oak that tamed the booze a bit and was pretty well hidden, given the ABV. Then some vanilla and caramel came through with brandy sweetness as well. The sip finished with a touch of bitterness. The body was heavy with higher than expected carbonation, yet it wasn’t cloying. The finish was long with oak. This could be one of the best brews that I’ve had of this style. Get this before winter’s end.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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