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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
Flavors of bourbon, malt, and hops meld quite good
Served at cellar temp like it should
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Charlie now comes aged in wood!

An American Barleywine Ale aged in used oak Bourbon barrels, this beer develops rich flavors that deepen over time. Winner of the GOLD Medal in 2008 at the Great American Beer Festival!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonshawn (1049) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 12oz bottle from central ave liquor with commonmac during March madness. Plum with small white head. Very boozy aroma. Sweet, actually not as boozy as it smells initially, but alcohol burn hangs with you after. Complex. Full flavored. Oily liquor mouthfeel. Definitely bourbon throughout. More alcohol as it warms. Burns in your chest a bit. Good stuff, but maybe best enjoyed in small doses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (1045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
12 oz bottle picked up at Central Ave Liquors and consumed on Day 3 of March Madness at the house of commonshawn. Aroma helps to build the anticipation of a high alcohol, big bourbon barreled beer. Caramel and malt. Copper/mahogany in color. Off white head quickly dissipates. Taste is definitely aggressive. Tons of sugar/caramel/toffee elements. Strong alcoholic/boozy presence throughout the mouthfeel and especially at the finish. There are bourbon fingerprints all over this one. A box of cereal I really like comes to mind but I can’t quite determine which one it is. I would advise consuming in moderation but definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (278) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Nice beep copper color, small khaki colored head fades quickly leaving a small ring. Bourbon dominates the aroma, which is ok by me. Flavor is caramel, toffee and raisin. Texture is smooth, almost creamy. Nice big boozy finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jflopsu (1198) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Pours a dark amber. Has a strong caramel, malt, and fruit aroma. A strong taste of dark fruit, malts, caramel, and light vanilla. A lingering dark alcohol and dark fruit flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2459) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 12 oz bottle. The pour is a nice dark copper color, almost brown, with a larger bubbly khaki colored head that falls to a collar leaving a couple spots of lace. The aroma is really heavy on the sweet bourbon. There isn’t a whole lot of barrel addition, and even the dark fruits and caramel seem to be missing. The caramel pokes through a little, but it’s just overshadowed by the sweetness of the bourbon. The flavor is a bit better. There is a nice molasses and caramel to go with a decent woodiness from the barrel. Not really any vanilla or char additions, and the bourbon flavor itself is still strong. The mouth feel is a little thinner, but it’s got a good balance. The carbonation is also a little sharper than I’d like to see. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and carries a hint of booziness. I’m not a big Central Waters fan, but this is definitely better than the BA stouts I’ve had from them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Moderately dark brown/ruby color. Lightly carbonated. 1/2 inch tan bubbly creamy head that recedes slowly leaving thick lacing. Sweet whiskey aroma with hints of chocolate. Initial taste matches the aroma: sweet and bourbon. Thick and creamy mouth feel. The alcohol is detectable but not overbearing. Smooth taste with whiskey dominating, transitioning to some bittering in the finish. The aftertaste is moderately bitter bourbon that hangs around just the right amount of time. Excellent. Well done, CW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (2798) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
Aroma of grape and some booze. A little sweet but nice barley wine wih a strong boozy finish. Can really taste the bourbon. Pours reddish brown. Had at Antioch liquors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Nice mahagony to chestnut color. Thin vanilla white head. Very, very sweet caramel flavor for my palate in the initial start of the tasting. A bit of agressive dry and tannic finish for my preference. Nice big bird tap handle tho.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (6037) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle: (2015) Cloudy, medium brown with a spotty, off-white ring. Big, bourbon-soaked oak aroma. Taste is bourbon, caramel malt, wood. Surprisingly mild alcohol presence. Woody/leafy bittering. Big and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkebrewer (6) - MENOMONEE FALLS, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2016 does not count
Aromas of burnt sugar, molasses, with slight hints of bourbon. Has a hot alcohol smell. Initial taste is sweet and raisiny with an oak aftertaste. Very complex. Medium bodied beer that gets better as you drink it. Definitely a beer for a cold day as it will warm you up in a hurry!

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