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RATINGS: 531   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 4, 2010
12 oz bottle (2009) from beernbourbon. Pours deep dark mahogany/brown with a thick creamy off white head that lingers a very long time. Aroma of toffee, oaky bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. Very sweet caramel and toffee with some vanilla oak and light boozy bourbon. Full body with mild carbonation and a sugary sweet mouth feel. After seeing and smelling this one I was very excited, but the sweetness detracts a bit in the flavor and definitely in the palate. Still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4216) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Clear, muddy red-brown body. Egg-shell colored head. Slight retention with real spotty lacing. S: Lots of caramel, warm, toasty malts cap a delicate bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. Only slightly boozy which is a plus. Real enticing. T: Simply outstanding. Lots of caramel malts with the same delicate bourbon presence from the nose. More vanilla than oak. The more I tasted this the more I was getting a rich alcohol-baked cake taste. Sweet without being overbearing. A real winner. M: Nice hearty body with a silky feel. Low-medium carbonation. Well hidden booze. O: I am absolutely pumped that I managed to snag 8 bottles of these. Will drink one or two more this year with the rest to age a range of years. I really can’t imagine a much better american barleywine... Kudos to Central Waters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Pours a medium brown with no head. Aroma is sweet boozy caramel. Taste is boozy alcohol, with sweet malts. Pretty good. Palate is good with medium body. Good warming ability. Overall a really good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6244) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
This poured a darker amber to mahogeny color with a medium beige head. Aroma was lots of bourbon and some caramel and coffee. Flavor was a nice smooth barrel and bourbon character, with a good bit of toffe and caramel barleywine taste underneath. Pretty good beer, but the high amountof heat and booziness keeps it from being great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 15, 2010
’09 and ’10 side by side. 09 - dark brown pour with a bit of garnet edges. Aroma is caramel stickiness, barrel wood, booze, toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slippery, mellow booziness melds well with the woodiness, caramel and toffee sweetness mingle with creamy vanilla bourbon notes. Delicious. -10 - The major difference here was the hotness, unsurprisingly. booziness masks some of the vanilla and caramel. Let this sit for a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6926) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Draft on tap at Brickhouse BBQ (Madison, WI). Pours a dark reddish brown, murky, small offwhite head dies to nothing. A few bubbles line the edges. Aromas are rich toffee and caramel, biscuits, deadened florals and orange marmalade, a touch of hazelnut, bourbon spirit and oaky vanilla. Initial is heavier bodied, toffee and caramel, loads of vanilla, flavorful spirit mixes with a decent warming alcohol kick. Sweet malts, biscuits and dried fruit, a touch of orange marmalade. Full on the palate, flavorful with decent kick of bitterness on the backend. An interesting beer, tasty and well executed barrel elements. Pretty surprising bitterness on the backend still kicking around. A nice beer by Central Waters here. Well aged and flavorful, really hides it’s ABV well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle thanks to Chad! Poured a clear very deep amber with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was quite nice with smooth bourbon that combined nicely with a caramel note. Flavor began with very sweet caramel, burnt sugar, creme brulee and mellows with a bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Amber in colour with low carbonation. Huge cereal grain aroma upfront, backed by notes of toffee and mild bourbon. Very malt and chewy in the mouth with bourbon, vanilla, and apricot elements. Heavy mouthfeel with a long sweet finish. Not much bitterness or hop influance to speak of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
A: The pour is a crystal clear copper color with a mild white head. S: The first sniff gives off plenty of sugary goodness. Caramel and burnt sugar lead the way and as the beer warms up, a very pleasant vanilla note comes through. Just a bit of bourbon and some nice dark fruits as well. T: A really fantastic combination of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, and vanilla comes through right away. The bourbon/barrel character is there, but not overpowering at all. There is, once again, a mild (but very ripe) fruit component that works quite well. M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation. D: Even at 11.5%, plus barrel aging, there really isn’t too much alcohol to this beer. One of the best barrel aged barleywines I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2793) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Decent head and lace. Clear copper red hued ale. Nice bourbony nose and sweet malts, clean wood and fruit. Body is med/full, silky on the palate, nicely oily and gently chewy. Sweet malts and strong whisky notes, light vanilla and wood with some hidden fruity notes. Finish is lightl;y sweet and just a tad boozy. ABV is fairly well hidden. Gotta go against my tasting brother eaglefans rating (which is rare) that was somewhat scathing. Would enjoy another shot at it. Props to motortoddhead for sharing the goodness, thanks Todd!

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