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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1953) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2015
12 oz bottle from bytemesis. 2014 vintage. Aroma consists of whiskey, wood, coconut, vanilla, raisin, molasses, licorice, cough drop--wow, this is right up there with the best of the barrel aged malt-driven beers I’ve ever had. Smells like rum bread. Pours muddy brown with orange tints and a one finger beige head that falls into a ring and skiff of foam fairly quick; laces a little. Taste is nearly as good as the aroma, with all descriptors in place. The only thing pulling it back a little is its harshness; it’s fairly boozy and the licorice/cough drop aspect is dominant in flavor, nearly astringent. Carbonation is average, body is full. Really tasty, but it’s a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2093) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Brought back from WI by some friends. Big, big creamy bourbon,malty, vanilla,ripe fruits, some alcohol sting, a bit biscuity. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
starewich (168) - - FEB 23, 2015
Bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, maybe some chocolate. Heavy alcohol taste. Very thick and oily. Not accustomed to the style but I can see the appeal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - FEB 20, 2015
Look: pours a dark Amber. Hazy. Light brown head. Thick lacing. Smell: heavy oak barrel. Slight bourbon. Caramel. Sugar sweet. Light hops. Matt sweetness. Coconut. Taste: nice bourbon. Good oak flavors. Vanilla. Big sweetness. Caramel and butter toffee. Feel: extremely smooth. Medium low carbonation. Slight dry up front but sweet on the back. Overall: great beer. Easy drinker. Nicely balanced between hops, malts, barrel, and bourbon. First drank: home 2/20/15 Vintage: 2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (572) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottled. Pours a murky brown chestnut color with little to no head. Aroma is big bourbon aroma, toffee, caramel, vanilla, fig. Really nice. Flavor is a little bit of hops up front (nice, I wasn’t expecting that much from an English-style barleywine), bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Awesome. All the elements come through. The bourbon-barrel aging, the traditional English-style barleywine elements, and even some hops! That makes this a pretty awesome barleywine. Not too heavy on the carbonation (rightly so, any more carbonation would ruin it, imo). Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1255) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
2012 vintage 12 Oz bottle. Dark amber with ruby highlights, off white head that falls to a thick collar. Thick ABV legs and some spotty lacing. Nose is bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and coconut, under the barrel notes are soft dark fruits and prune. Lovely nose especially with the complexity. Taste is up front bourbon and notes from the barrel. Caramel, oak, vanilla and coconut. Under all that is the dark fruits. Juicy prune, strawberry, and brown sugar. Full beer, light carbonation, juicy and jimmy. Like how it is up front barrel and under that a really solid BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle split in the hotel room, Tacoma, thanks to Ferris 07/11/14. Dark chestnut brown with a decent beige covering that retains well. Nose is dark toffee fudge, nutty, light spice, dates, cake mix, bourbon rinse, tangy dark fruit peel. Taste comprises sweet licks, bourbon well evident, prunes, dark fruit, toffee fudge. Medium + body, dine carbonation, drying close caked in dark fruit rinds and sweetish licks finsihing with lightly warming alcohol. Solid BW - Bourbon evident but doesn’t take over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Bottle from jan 2014. Appearance: dark brown with slight ruby tint. Totally opaque. Small white rim of head. Aroma: heavy on bourbon. Boozy. Oak. Brown sugar. A little vanilla on the end. Taste: sweet up front. Slightly bitter in the finish. Big flavor. Palate: rich and full bodied. Long finish. Soft carbonation. Overall: Really nice. Rich and complex. Great flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2014
Red, murky no head. Nose is bourbon, malts, candy, crazy aroma. Taste is lots of bourbon, malt, caramel. Unbalanced but Superb. Best Barleywine, I have had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2014
Thnx to steacy! Pours murkey dark amber to brown no head. Smell is bourbon, wood, vanilla. Very nice. Taste is sharp, bit boozy. Sweet, grains. Much vanilla, oak, rather sharp. Love it!

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