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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5459) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Deep ruby red with tight white lace and head. Deep raisins super sweet maltiness. Deep dried fruit sweet raisins and a very nice bitter. Solid medium bodied with carbonation being off just a tad for me. Wow fresh but a killer beer for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
<i>Tasting at Papsoe</i>
Hazy red-dark amber color. Wonderful aroma, vanilla, malt, Christmas Pudding. Excellent malt flavor, with good chocolate and vanilla notes, and strong bitterness, Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
GABF 2007 as "Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine." Warm smells of butter rum, toffee, golden raisin, and a bit of sour bourbon. Really nice body in the mouth, buttery and bright, then sweet, then a bite of a weird herbal flavor, then a bitter and astringent hop finish that’s dry and just a bit chemical. The beginning of this beer (the smell and initial flavor) are much better than the finish, but it never gets bad, just kind of a letdown. Overall, very very solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Very very nice Barleywine. Pours a brownish-orange with a good looking head. Aroma is awesome, strong hops, lots of yeast, candy, and vanilla. Flavor is the same, with a strong yeast/wood balance. Everything works well. The actual bourbon is hidden very well, and adds to the flavor, with the wood taking center stage. Never would have guessed this was 11%. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 2008. Pours tawny brown. With some tan head. Strong nose of toffee and cherry syrup vanilla and bourbon. Nice and robust. Flavor is strong on the bourbon with pleny of oak to go along. Rich creamy full body. Warm dry finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Aromas of bourbon barrel, booze, caramel, toffee, vanilla, ripe fruits. Amber pour with a thin ring of bubbles. The flavor is pretty sweet with some oak tartness, alcohol, vanilla, and fruity malt sweetness. This was pretty damn enjoyable actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
Courtesy of Fonefan. Vintage 2008, comes as Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barlwy Wine. It is red bronze and the head is creamy. The aroma is vinous and has notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, raisin, caramel. The flavour has sweetness and notes of malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisin, caramel and it ends with a slightly spicy bite. It hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2008 vintage. Pours a medium bodied brown amber color with a small, but sticky tan head. The aroma is a rather complex variety of dried dark fruit, candied sugar, semi-sweet smoke, bourbon, and dry oak. The flavor starts off with an abundance of dark fruits (black cherries, red grapes, plums) and some sweeter roasty malts with bourbon, vanilla, and oak rounding out the finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
2008 bottle courtesy of the MotorToddHead. Pours a murky dark caramel brown with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, wood and bourbon. Taste of mild bourbon blended with dates, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut and wood. This one is SUPERB !!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of pepsican. Comes as: "Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine". Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with an off-white head. Distinct bourbon aroma. Medium-bodied with loads of caramel and fruit combined with very distinct bourbon accents. Very low bitterness. 311008

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