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RATINGS: 486   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
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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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10794) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2010
2009 bottle, labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, from NickD717. Thanks! Dark brown color. Malt, oak, bourbon and a hint of dried fruit in the aroma. Malty sweet, oaky flavor with bourbon, orange liqour, earthy hops and dried figs. Well balanced yet very powerful. Yum!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3594) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
12oz bottle labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a small off-white head. Great aroma with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor is similarly awesome, very bourbony but not too much som with caramel and toffee, raisin and prune, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, not too boozy. This one really kicks ass overall. Phenomenal BBBW, up there with Perfect Storm.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, alchol, malt, and bourbon. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle:   Deep dirty caramel, thick, hazy, head is off-white, moderate, foamy, with clingy lacing.   That nose is so delicious, sweet malty goodness, Bourbon, Vanilla, and hints of caramel and brown sugar. &bnsp Fiery on the tongue, big Bourbon.   When they said this is barrel aged, they weren’t kidding. &bnsp Huge Bourbon and Vanilla flavors on the backside.   Full bodied, good mouthfeel, a little sticky and heavy.   Finishes with lingering Bourbon and Vanilla.   This was solid... great stuff!   Wish I had more to put down for a bit.   Thanks Bob for the bottle!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a deep copper with thin head. Nose is heavy with bourbon, toffee, and caramel. Taste is fruity, raisin, peach, bourbon, toffee, caramel, lots of alcohol heat and sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Thanks bvc! Stinging aroma but I go back for more. Deep wood, floral and velvet. Tawny caramel, thin. Great wood on the palate, strong toasted hazelnut, classy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6468) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
12 oz. pours a slightly hazy ebony with caramel at the edges. no head or lace. big bourbon, wood, roast, and vanilla nose. creamy, somewhat sticky thick body. nuts, cola, earth, tobacco, and heaping helpings of bourbon and wood on the mid palate. some tannic bite. long oaky bourbon finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1178) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
12oz bottle labled ’2009 Bourbon Barrel Barleywine’ from Ughsmash. Sticky sweet bun rolls, vanilla, prune...really bready and sweet. Brown sugar, raisins, prunes, tons wood...that has a toasted/charred taste. Also showing some oxidation already with a bit of tobacco-port as well. Super sweet and big...up my alley. Thanks Jason for this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1357) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle for rating #300. Pour is dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. aroma is rich toffee malt, vanilla, caramel, light bourbon, very faint hop, and a pleasing subtle coconut flavor. My goodness, this smells amazing. Flavor is rich toffee, slightly more hop presence than expected, nice vanilla bourbon flavor, rich creamy malt, light wood, and light butterscotch. This is a sleeper. I did not expect it to b bad, but I did not think it would be this good. The aroma is slightly better than the flavor, but it’s great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (5416) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Bottle number 71193. Pours a translucent copper, amber with a cloudy tan head. Nose has coconut, tropical fruits, a little bourbon, a little wood. Flavor is sweet, caramel, sticky fruits, wood, vanilla, lots and lots of sweetness. Very full bodied, slightly astringent, slightly salty.


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