As most of you know, I celebrated the halfway to 1000 beers point with a bit of an online celebration – giving away bike chain bottle openers and cards. The other thing I did was have a poll to select which beer I should enjoy for #500. Withe the help of a tweet from @Schlafly, this beer easily cruised to the top spot. So, as promised, I cracked this one open at the end of the celebration week and enjoyed the halfway mark.
The bottle says, “This barleywine-style ale was aged on Oak adding a nutty-roasty flavor to the sweet bready character of the ale. This 2008 vintage will age well for several years but is ready to drink now. Enjoy it with spicy dishes and grilled meats especially game to bring out it’s best flavors.
Location: Poured into a Schlafly snifter glass from the 750ml bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 10.2% ABV, 315 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s brick red in color and extremely clear. It had a thin head, and as I was pouring it, it fell quickly – almost like a soft drink. However, there appears to be quite a bit of carbonation in it. The aroma is noticeably boozy with some charred oak and sweet caramel maltiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is full, and the mouthfeel is very smooth with a bit of a carbonation tingle. There was a… (More on St. Louis Brewery / Schlafly - 2008 Schlafly Reserve Barleywine Style Ale Aged on Oak)