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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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Flavors of bourbon, malt, and hops meld quite good
Served at cellar temp like it should
Unified in one voice, Our fans can rejoice
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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2010 2010 bottle from ba extraordinaire Levifunk! Rerate. Reddish chesnut with tiny head. Aroma of burnt sugar, toffee, toast, alcohol, and caramel. Hot hops. Resinous hops, caramel, toast, prune and fig. Big malt. Big booze. Much better this go around. Hot finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
(12oz bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut, and cherry. Flavor of cherry, caramel, bourbon, raisins, and vanilla with a dry finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 12, 2010
A dark amber pour holds a thin head. Smell of Cherries, currant, vannilla bourbon, sweet malt . Taste is big with dried cherry, currant flavor and sweet malt. Great vannila from the bourbon barrell and a warm alcohol flavor. A super beer, really super. Oh yeah, and a little scary how drinkable it is.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11, red amber colored pour with thin white foam, aromas of whteout and maple syrup, flavor of caramel and cashew some vodka heat, peach syrup, nice finish

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2010
"Beautiful amber brown body with a thin, filmy white head and spotty lacing. Mellow aromas of woody vanilla, figs, red grapes, cereal and bourbon. Lush mouth feel, damn drinkable and very soothing to the system. Flavorful with lots of caramel/toffee and bread notes. Mixed dark berries, vanilla and bourbon soaked wood. Very, very good."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5782) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
(12oz bottled 2/2010) Pours clear rich orange-brown with a nice ring of lasting bubbles. Nose of grass, bourbon, caramel. Taste of bourbon/alcohol, fusels, brown sugar, very hot, hair spray, but this beer is complex. Once it ages it’s going to be fantastic. Better as it warms. Creamy and oily body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
2010 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a fading off-white head over a hazy maple colored body. Aroma of alcohol, barrel, spicy, wood, vanilla and caramel. Taste is a ton of alcohol. Quite boozy. Raisin, vanilla, barrel and tannic. This one should age for a couple of years. Really hot, creamy carbonation and the impression of being decently attenuated by the barrel tannins. Pretty tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle. Labeled as Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Pours a murky reddish-brown with a white head. The aroma is bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, alcohol and molasses. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. An excellent barleywine that is enhanced by the bourbon-barrel aging.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours deep red with thin non-lasting white head, aroma is big bourbon mixing with some sweet malt and some floral hops. Taste up front is a bit of floral hops leading into the bourbon taste, mixing well with the vanilla, oak, and caramel notes that end with some nice sweet hints of chocolate and more bourbon. Excellent barleywine, first BBL aged version I’ve had and it works exceedingly well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 ( my 100th Wisco rate!) 12oz bottle that I completely forgot about. 2008 Vintage. I feel slightly bad for opening this rarity all by myself when I feel like it should be shared with some other raters... but my cellar is out of stuff to rate! Pours a slightly murky reddish brown with a dense thin creamy white froth. Aroma of oxidized hops but not in a terrible way, sweet cotton candy, ambrosia, strong coconut and faint bourbon, nice. Flavor is strong well melded coconut and bourbon, wow, this is surprisingly awesome and I think I opened this at the right time, after the bourbon and coconut, aged piney hops, touch resinous, begins to thin out a bit with some typical nutty cherry aged malt notes, rich caramel and cotton candy, medium bitterness and medium strong sweetness, lightly warming from the alcohol, thins out the more I drink and as I get used to the bourbon and barrel, which is unfortunate because it was the best in the first couple sips. Medium bodied, fluffy, sugary, light carbonation, thins out the more I drink. Pretty damn good. Take a second to let my palate rest, ahhh there’s that coconut and bourbon again... hops are salty this time like in Bigfoot... man I want Bourbon Barrel aged Bigfoot now... P.S. I love that the fill-lines are so different in that pic haha


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