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RATINGS: 470   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle: Deep amber pour with a thick & creamy beige head. Rich bourbon aroma, almost a bit overbearing. Some faint malt. Tastes is sweet and malty, caramel, bourbon, a bit of dark fruit. Smooth. Still a bit much on the ba notes. Probably will age well if the bourbon fades. Different flavor from the standard y2k, but equally enjoyable. Sidenote - as it warmed the ba subdues a bit and the flavors blend together better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago. Thanks! Pours a deep, clear ruby-brown color; thin, light-tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of dried oranges, dried red fruits, and toasted malts in the aroma; some alcohol showing, with some tannins and warmth overall; slightly astringent, generous nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this beer, at first, reminded me quite a bit of the HOTD FFtW, though the orange notes and creaminess is a bit lessened here; lots of toasted malts, dried red fruits, and warming alcohol upfront; overall, though, the orange and fruit presence is subdued compared to FFtW, and there are some astringent tea notes and a fair bit more alcohol; still, a very generous, solid barley wine; the bourbon presence appears mostly as sharp liqueur-like notes and alcohol at the edges; not exceedingly soft, but also not terribly rough; a reasonable barrel-aged rendition, if a bit difficult to drink a lot of this. Lengthy finish: toasty malts, dried red fruits, and candy sugar; some alcohol appearing throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
Great barleywine, courtesy of Derek. Alias the Y2K barrel-aged. The bourbon aroma is mellow and pleasing The ruby colour and white bubbly head. Beatiful lace. Rich taste, the bourbon is intrinsic and its mellowed somewhat.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2008
2008 12 oz. bottle via trade with KingpinIPA - Pours a reddish-brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, sweet doughy malt and a touch of oak/bourbon. Quite nice. The barrel aging is a bit more noticeable in the flavor. The flavor also has a good bit of esters and some malt sweetness. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the finish. Medium to full body. A nice sipper. Thanks Mike.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Thanks to decaturstevo for this one. Reddish amber with a small off-white head. Malty bourbon aroma. Fruity cherry flavor loads of sweet malt. Tasty English style BW.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3433) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Reddish with a tan head. Aroma is buttery, vanilla, oak, butterscotch and, mostly, hot with alcohol. FLavor is oaky, bourbon to the forfront with some hops and candied malts. Alcohol is very present, with a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is long lasting and bourbony. I think this needs to be cellared a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Tasted at Great Taste, but rating is from a bottle. They now have a new bottle (not pictured above) that lists this as "Bourbon Barrel Barleywine" with a purple label and a description. Onto the beer: I enjoyed this side by side with JW Lees 1997 Harvest Ale, which was the superior of the two. This has the notes of vanilla and a touch of soy one the nose leading into date and caramel, with a hoppy, dry finish. I imagine this will be drinking better in about 3-4 years, when the hops are more muted and it sweetens up a bit. Overall it lacked the complexity of some of the best barleywines, although it was still solid and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottle shared with grimreeser. Pours deep amber with dissipating off white head. Boozy and butterscotch aroma. Flavor of sugary caramel and toffee countered by a medium bitterness. Alcohol and hops on the finish. Not bad but not great.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Central Waters is quickly rising to the top of my favorite Wisc brewers. Pours a muddy caramel colour with a decent sized vanilla head. Aroma is sharp, dank- lemon, alcohol and fermented cherries. Taste is full, and pungent- straightforward to the palate, impressive beer, with a kickass abv, im assuming around 8.5.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle. Orangey brown, big tan head. Nose is a bunch of bourbon, woody vanilla, candied orange, butter and a bunch of toffee & caramel. Candied dried fruits come out in the nose as it warms. Flavor is bourbon, buttery malt, alcohol - a good amount of it. Less fruit than the nose suggests. Tobacco comes out as it warms. A bit alcoholic.


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