Schlafly Double Bean Blonde Ale

I’m finally done with getting the blog current. This means that I can go back to scheduling posts! Let’s get started with this beer from Schlafly.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Darkness and romance lurk beneath the golden exterior of this ale that combines the prominent flavors and aromas of coffee and the smooth richness of chocolate. We use simple, straightforward malts and hops to keep the focus on the notable characteristics of the featured ingredients. After the beer is fermented, we let it rest on cocoa nibs sourced from Ghana—one of the world’s largest chocolate exporters. In the final stage of production we add a cold coffee toddy made from filtered water and finely ground beans roasted by St. Louis’ own Kaldi’s Coffee and sourced directly from the Shiwanda Estate in Africa’s southeastern Tanzania.”

Random: This beer is a special release from the brewery.

The beer poured with a two finger, very loose, slightly off white head. It dissipated quickly, but left very little lacing on the glass. The body was mostly clear and bright orange in color. It had a lot of floaties in the body. There was light carbonation visible. The nose had pale malt, chocolate shavings and light roasted coffee. The taste had slightly more depth than the nose, but not much. The chocolate shavings and light roasted coffee came through first. The pale malt came through next with some toffee as well. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee. A bottle of this was $2, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. I thought this beer was decent, but nothing mind-blowing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Schlafly Raspberry Hefeweizen

Good morning! Today’s beer is one that Val wanted a six-pack of and gave me one to review. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.1%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Raspberry Hefeweizen is a true fruit beer, not a fruit-flavored beer. We add pureed raspberries to our Hefeweizen during the primary fermentation process. Although we add no sugar, color or flavors, the resulting beer is a hazy pink color, with citrus aromas from the wheat and a flavor that is neat and tart. While this beer is low in bitterness, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, making it a thoroughly drinkable beer for the season. In Belgium, fruit beers are quite popular and brewers often include wheat, along with malted barley. While our Raspberry Hefeweizen is not a true Belgian fruit beer, we have carried on the tradition of adding real fruit to fermenting beer. Today, many beers with fruit character are made with a fruit extract; we prefer to use the actual fruit to avoid any chemical or artificially sweet undertones in the beer.”

Random: This comes in at 7.5 SRM.

This beer poured with a loose, one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with a pink tint from the raspberries and lots of floating material visible as well. I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with wheat and raspberries. To me, it smelled more like extract, but apparently this is actual puree. I kept sniffing for awhile and also got some bubble gum. The taste was intense for a beer of the style. It reminded me of a raspberry lemon-lime soda, but not in a good way. Wheat was there as well with bubblegum. There was no spice to the beer. The body was on the lighter side and didn’t have enough carbonation. It had a swift finish with raspberry notes. A bottle of this was $1.67, which came to $.28 per ounce. Although I have a soft spot for fruit beers, this was a bit of a miss for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Schlafly Coffee Stout

Two Schlafly beers two days in a row! This will be the 10th beer I’ve reviewed from them and the second stout.


ABV: 5.7%

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our coffee stout is a classic combination of a traditional stout and premium French roast coffee from St. Louis roaster, Kaldi’s Coffee. Roasted barley and coffee dominate the aroma, with the sweetness from the sotut balancing the acidity of the coffee. We use a unique cold toddy extraction process to brew a less acidic coffee for the beer. In the 1990’s, Kaldi’s staff started visiting the Schlafly Tap Room, asking for a pint of stout and a shot of espresso. Both Schlafly and Kaldi’s realized this was a match made in beer heaven, and soon started working together to find the perfect coffee blend to mix with our Oatmeal Stout. This collaboration continues today, with regular tastings to perfect the Coffee Stout.”

Random: This is a seasonal beer which is available November through March.

This beer poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation despite the dark color. The nose didn’t have enough coffee as I would have thought given the name. It did have some roasted malts and dark chocolate and some smoke. The taste had a lot more coffee. It manifested as really thin espresso. Dark chocolate came through too, but the beer wasn’t incredibly bitter. There was a mild vanilla note in there too with smoke. The body was thin with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with coffee and smoke. A single of this was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce), which is a really good price. But, I found that this beer wasn’t remarkable and I would have appreciated more flavor and a thicker body.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Schlafly Tasmanian IPA (TIPA)

Tonight’s selection comes from Schlafly. According to Untappd, I’ve had this beer before, although I’ve never reviewed it and can’t remember where I had it.


ABV: 7.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety that is different from traditional strains of the Pacific Northwest. Our brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple. India Pale Ales (IPAs) were first brewed in England during the late 1700s for export overseas to British soldiers in India. To keep their beer from spoiling during the long voyage, English brewers fortified their traditional pale ale recipes with natural preservatives: more malted barley, for a higher alcohol content, and more hops. In recent decades, with growing appreciation for highly hopped beers, American craft brewers have revived the style, embraced it, and incorporated new hop varieties. Our Special Release IPAs further those traditions and showcase the distinctions of hops from different hemispheres.”

Random: This beer has Galaxy and Topaz hops in it.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the pint glass. It also left a half a finger of crown. The body was a hazy, light orange color with lots of floaties in it. There was light carbonation visible. The nose wasn’t as fragrant as I would have assumed. It had grapefruit, pineapple and floral hops. The taste started with floral hops and quickly went into tropical fruits. I picked up mango and pineapple. Orange zest and grapefruit came through at the end with light amounts of malt. It had decent bitterness, but nothing overwhelming. The body was overly thin with carbonation that needed to be dialed up. The finish was quick with tropical fruits and bitterness. The beer was $2.00 a bottle, which came to $.17 per ounce. I liked this beer, but I wish it had more body and another handful of malt to back it up (which is rare of me to say).

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Schlafly Sessions IPA

When I went to make a beer run today, I got a very cool surprise. I got a key to the new brewery in Cherry Hill, Forgotten Boardwalk. I didn’t think that I could actually find one, so the fact that I found one by happenstance was pretty cool. Anyways, I picked up a pack of these brews last week. Let’s see if I enjoyed this one.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Sessions IPA is a smooth golden ale packed with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops. We crafted it in the spirit of the low gravity IPAs common in the UK where the style stands for hoppy, not heavy. India Pale Ales (IPAs) were first brewed in England during the late 1700s for export overseas to British soldiers in India. To keep their beer from spoiling during the long voyage, English brewers fortified their traditional pale ale recipes with hops as a natural preservative. Today, the term IPA is used for many full flavored beers along a wide array of recipes.”

Random: The one day my other half is gone, the Phillies have an off day. I have no words.

This brew poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly, yet left no lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a clear, moderately carbonated amber color. The nose was mild for the style with some grass and floral hops. The taste was even more subtle for the style. It had some grass, a touch of pine resin and light malt backbone as well. There was some citrus pith present as well, but it wasn’t the dominant flavor. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. The finish was pretty quick and was mostly towards the side of caramel malt. This was a really nice session beer and one that I see myself buying throughout the summer. This one is definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Schlafly Reserve – Imperial Stout 2010

Sometimes you have a really rough day and you just need to go down into the basement and pull something out that has been aging for a while. About two weeks ago, I had a day like that and grabbed this bad boy that had been aging for about 3 years. Let’s see if the aging helped this one.

ABV: 10.5%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is complex and strong, with rich chocolate and roasty flavors. The beer is brewed to have big malt flavor and hop bitterness to balance the sweetness of the high alcohol content. After primary fermentation and conditioning, the beer is transferred to freshly-emptied bourbon barrels and aged for several months before being carbonated and bottled. In the 18th Century, Imperial Stout was first brewed in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. The beer had to have a higher alcohol content to prevent freezing during transport. The process of aging beer in liquor barrels, however, is new; there is no tradition for this process, as beer and liquor production have traditionally been kept separate. We hand-select bourbon barrels from a micro-distillery in Bardstown, KY and transport the barrels immediately to St. Louis to ensure the barrels do not dry out before being filled with Imperial Stout.”

Random: I have a feeling it is going to be really cold out today.

This one poured with a hint of a tan head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was an inky black color with light carbonation visible through the body. The nose was just as I expected, big. I got lots of booze, bourbon, vanilla and smoke. So far, color me impressed. The taste was even better. It had a perfect balance between dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and smoke. I thought it was going to be a booze bomb, but the aged tempered a great deal of the heat out. After a few sips, I also got some tobacco. The mouthfeel was silky with moderate carbonation. I absolutely loved this beer. The age really helped the heat on it and the flavors were spot on. If you have one in your “beer cellar,” it may be time to pop it open.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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

Schlafly Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale

Another work day down. I’ve heard that we’re getting snow this weekend which is going to blow. I hate snow and I hate the fact that no one can determine a reasonable amount that we’re getting. I guess I better stock up on some decent brews to get me through the weekend. Here’s a brew that I was pretty excited to try since I’ve like a few from their brewery.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Dry Hopped American Pale Ale (APA) is charged with American hops to create a bold, aromatic ale. Assertive hop flavor joins the pine/citrus aroma characteristic of American hops to balance the full body provided by North American malts. After fermentation, the beer circulates through a bed of Cascade and Chinook hops, boosting the distinctive hop aroma of this satisfying ale. In the long view of the history of beer, American Pale Ale is a newcomer. Based on English Pale Ale, American brewers adapted this style into something new. Born out of the reverence English Pale Ales during the 1980’s American beer scene, APA is the bold, hoppier cousin of Pale Ale. With an emphasis on American hops, APA is gaining popularity with breweries racing to make these ales with such great hop characters.”

Random: Walking Dead is back in less than a week. I couldn’t be more excited.

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden color with a huge amount of visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant with grapefruit and floral notes. The taste had a generous amount of malt with some grass and grapefruit. Pine came through as well with some flowers and lavender. The body was thick with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with citrus and some caramel malt. I really enjoyed the flavors of the brew and would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Schlafly Biere De Garde

The week is almost over and I’ve really been lax in updating. I haven’t really done anything all that exciting this week, basically just working like crazy and such. Well, that and celebrating Kate’s birthday. I’m really hoping to bottle my beer this weekend and maybe brew another one. I have to get supplies for the batch after this. I was thinking a blood orange wheat beer or an IPA. So, this beer comes courtesy of Kate. She picked it up during one of her stops at Spirits Unlimited.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Biere De Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Bière de Garde is a traditional French farmhouse ale, with burnt-orange coloring. Four different types of malt create a toffee sweetness, while French Strisselspalt hops add a subtle spice flavor. The beer is fermented with a distinct French farmhouse ale strain, and is then bottle-conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks. Bière de Garde translates to ‘beer which has been kept or stored.’ This traditional, artisan farmhouse ale from Northern France was brewed in early spring and stored in cold cellars for consumption in warmer months. While related to its spicier, tarter Belgian cousin Saison, Bière de Garde is a richer, sweeter beer.”

Random: I’ve only had a few brews from them, but remember liking them.

This one poured with a thick, two finger high, off white head. It dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a light and hazy orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was orange, yeast and maybe even some wheat. I could tell that this was going to be a light and crisp brew, which I love during the summer. The taste was pretty yeast forward with some light citrus, specifically orange and lemon with some wheat thrown in at the end for good measure. At the end of the sip, I kept getting this metallic taste which was just general unpleasant. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. I was surprised that the body was so thick, especially for the style. The finish was lengthy and again, yeast dominant. This was a decent beer and went down without a problem, but I’ve had better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Schlafly Christmas Ale

Another review for the night. I was off today, so I had some time to get some reviews done. I was so productive today. I had a really good workout and got a lot of my errands done. Tonight was spent getting my Fire Academy homework done and watching a documentary about Elizabeth I. I have academy tomorrow, but it’s all classroom tomorrow and no practical work, so I can stay up a little later. Anyways, I know I’m a little late on the season of this brew and the weather right now reminds me nothing of Christmas, but let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 8%

Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Christmas Ale is brewed to encompass the tastes of the holiday season. Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added for spiciness. We use honey in the fermentation process, which raises the ABV without producing too much heat from the alcohol content. Many breweries produce richer, higher alcohol beers for the winter holiday season, bolder than their year-round offerings. The inspiration for this beer came from spiced holiday beverages such as wassail and mulled wines. Around the holidays, the sweet and spicy aromas, not to mention the booze, in such libations tend to smooth the rougher edges of enjoying each other’s company and spreading goodwill.”

Random: I’ve started saving my bottlecaps. I saw this site that put magnets in the back of them. I’m thinking once I get my own house and have my “man cave,” that would be cute to put on a beer fridge.

The brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that dissipated relatively quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with lots of carbonation on the brew. For some reason, this surprises me. Usually the Christmas beers that I’ve had tend to show lower levels of carbonation. This was definitely an interesting nose. Even though the brewery states that other things were involved, I got the juniper berries, cloves and cinnamon, which to me, does smell like Christmas.  The taste was definitely all Christmas. I got cinnamon, nutmeg and a crapload of cloves. After a few sips, I even got a bit of the honey sweetness that the brewer mentioned. The juniper berries weren’t there at all for me (not that I’m complaining as I find juniper in anything tends to overwhelm). The body was towards the thinner side with lower carbonation on the taste than I thought, given what I saw on the brew initially. The booze wasn’t at all apparent to me, even on the long, spicy finish. Even though I could only have one or two of these brews, it was really enjoyable, even though it’s not the holiday season. I will definitely search this one out next Christmas.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0