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Schlafly's Oak Aged Barleywine is a deep copper color with intense malt flavors and assertive hops for balance. Fermentation with American ale yeast allows the caramel-flavored malt to shine. Barleywine is fermented for three months before being transferred to American-made, oak barrels which have been toasted over fire to their specification. It is aged in these barrels for another three months to create a smooth, luscious beer. While the beer is high in alcohol, the flavors develop and become smooth over time. Aging creates raisin and port wine characteristics in the finished beer.
Barleywine is a distinctly English strong ale. The term refers to a beer with the alcohol strength of wine and is usually vintage-dated. Barrel-aging is not a new brewing process, as all beer was aged in barrels before the use of stainless steel. Schlafly Beer is one of the first American breweries to start aging beer in wood barrels again, and is continually working with Missouri coopers to create different grades of wood toasting to get the best flavor during the aging process.
ABV: 10.2% | IBU: 50
Appearance: Deep copper
Process: Aged on new medium-toast Missouri oak chips for 3-6 months after primary fermentation and conditioning
Hops: Marynka (PL), Northdown (UK), Tettnang (DE)
Malts: 2-row malted barley, Munich malt, caramel malt, roasted barley
Yeast: American ale
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