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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ [ Ulfborg Tasting ].[ As Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine ].
[ Trade by Papsoe ]. Clear dark amber color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off- white to light brown head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, dark berry, raisin, prune, date, wood, oak, vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and smooth, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20081202]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
2009 bottling - Pours a slightly hazy ruby color - somewhat earthy oakiness in the aroma, with notes of vanilla, bourbon, toffee, cherries - the flavor is heavy with coconut and toasted oak - the wood dominates much of the beer, especially in the finish, where is starts to taste like sucking on a barrel - through the middle it tries to overcome this flaw, with sweet toffee, treacle, caramel, chocolate - but these flavors get washed out by the strong oak and peppery alcohol in the finish - less time in the barrel next time and this will be a lot better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours a dirty almond color with a medium off-white creamy head which fades thinly and leaves a few streams of lacing. Aroma is grassy hops, toffee, caramel, and light brown sugar. Taste is heavy bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light oak, and light grassy hops. Creamy mouthfeel. A solid effort, but a bit too much alcohol up front.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2009
Pours to a chestnut colored body with a moderate light beige head. The aroma is significantly sweet toffee and caramel. Grassy hops and light oak. Deep kettle caramelization! The flavor has a lot of bitter grassy hops, sweet caramel, light oak, and vanilla. Subtle barreling. The palate is super creamy, lightly peppery from the alcohol, and has a medium-full body. Rich grassy caramel, this one is...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2009
12 oz bottle, as Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, 2008. Pours a darkish cloudy amber-brown with small khaki head. The aroma is toffee, raisin, sticky pine sap, some warm chocolate and vanilla tones, and a hint of straight whisky. The flavor has an immediately noticeable charred bourbon taste, but is followed immediately by a warm and fuzzy milk chocolate note that gets sweeter through the mouth. Vanilla and wood come through, as well as a strong piney bitterness. The finish is toffee and whisky, with a pretty hearty dose of alcoholic warmth. Pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 10, 2009
2008 bottle from riversideAK. Pours dark redish brown with brown nitro style head. Nose is dried fruit and whiskey. Flavor is bourbon, dried fruit, caramel, wood, and rather sweet. Body had a great smooth and creamy texture. Good heat from the high alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Thanks to Kingpin IPA for this gem. Bottle had a purple label 2008. anyway, nice bougandy color with a huge bourbon nose. Taste was thick and tase of dried fruit and lots of bourbon. Nice woods flavor too. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHANER4 (485) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12 oz. bottle - Poured a beautiful candy apple red color with medium/small off white head. Aroma - Sweet like a blow pop sucker and also raisins. Flavor - Many tastes going on here...sweet caramel malt, toffee and great balance of bourbon. Palate - medium/heavy bodied with good carbonation with spice on tongue. Finish is dry and aftertaste is smokey. Overall - Great beer..Smooth and easy drinking! Probably would go nice with a cigar?!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep copper red color. Nice barleywine with flavors of wood, vanilla, caramel and fig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1096) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Courtesy Secret Santa. 2008 bottle that is labeled Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Pours a deep reddish copper color with a small and foamy cream colored head that slowly settles to a thin film. The aroma is really nice showing heaps of caramel and toffee malt, cherries, raisins, and oaky vanilla. The flavor follows the same lines with the sweet toffee and caramel malt on top of cherries, raisins, and oaky vanilla all soaked in bourbon. The bourbon is blended well as it is not overly hot and provides ample sweetness to hide the alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and syrupy on the mouthfeel with a long, sweet finish and a touch of alcohol warmth on the way down. Really nicely done barleywine and use of the barrel.

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