Serve in Snifter


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 526   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
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (890) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2015
bottle poured into a tulip glass..amber/copper with a thin off white head..aroma of bourbon,caramel,vanilla,wood,brown sugar..tastes of bourbon,caramel,brown sugar,vanilla..good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1532) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2015
light beige head leaves lacing. darkbrown colour. aroma is oxidised, nuts, bourbon, vanilla, boozy. taste like aroma, sweet, very boozy, ash, bitter chocolate. dense syrupy mouthfeel, rather soft carbonation. delicious! bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5103) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Black poorly from 12oz bottle at home. Nose is bourbon, carmel, butterscotch, and cocoa. Sweet wine, bourbon, slight fruits and coconut, and just pretty strong. Very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12156) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle @ home thanks to Mista. Slightly unclear red to dark red color, small to average sized beige to light brown head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, sugar, alcohol, bourbon, wood. Taste malts, quite boozy, strong bourbon but a bit alcoholic instead of smooth soft and sweetish vanilla wood flavors, sugar. A hint of bitter in the finish. Full body, suitable medium carbonation. Nice, but too boozy to be top notch imo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierenjoyer1 (91) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Malt with some bourbon scents, pours coppery red and clean with a thin tan foam that stays throughout. The taste is very nice with malt, bourbon, vanilla, with a alcohol burn at the end of the bourbon like palette. This is really good beer that purchased about 6 months ago and I will buy it again in next year’s vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1023) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2015
12-ounce bottle (2015 vintage marked) purchased at Bread & Honey in Manhattan while on a NYC business trip. Pours into shallow hotel glass a muddy dark amber / brown hue with a half finger of tan foam. AROMA of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, marshmallow, brown sugar, and candied dark fruit. FLAVOR of sticky caramel, smoky vanilla, oaky bourbon, pip tobacco, and some light chocolate. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. The really big ABV is very well concealed here. Not quite as nuanced (or outright bourbon-y as I prefer) as others in the BA Barleywine style, but this is still readily drinkable and enjoyable. (491, 968)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (889) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
From bottle into snifter. Brown opaque body with some yeast floating around, medium sized tan head reduces to nothing fairly quickly.Very nice caramel roasted malts on the nose, intense cereal, hints of bourbon, vanilla, some raisin, dried dates. Smooth medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, sweet body through to the finish, some bitterness on the finish. More dried fruit on the finish with lots of caramel, some burnt brown sugar. Slightly warning. Smooth beer, a bit too sweet for me, maybe some more time in the cellar, still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c1raider (118) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
UPDATED: APR 24, 2015 Complex, toasted coconut, malt, barely. Excellent! The heat shows more than is desirable. Would buy again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1563) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 12, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz 2015 bottle. Aroma has a lot of dark caramel and toffee notes with some burnt toast and a light chocolate note. Moderate raisin, fig and prune. Medium light oak and bourbon. Pours a murky brown with a bit of a copper hue and a small, fairly thick, tan head that exhibits decent retention as it recedes to the edges where it lingers. Medium lacing and legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with quite a bit of caramel and toffee. Some toasted bread and nuts with a hint of chocolate. Lighter fruit than the aroma, but still quite a bit of raisin and fig with lesser plum and prune. Some moderate oak with medium light bourbon. Medium high bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer with a great aroma, but the flavor finishes a bit rough with too much bitterness and oak tannins. Nice malt presence, but could use a touch more bourbon as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (6001) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle, 2012. Pours hazy reddish hazel, medium creamy tan head, that dissipates slowly leaving nice residual and decent lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark sugars. Flavor follows, medium sweet, and light plus bitter, lots of dark sugars and bourbon vanilla flavors, a bit of oxidation. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 53

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50