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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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
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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours a transparent copper mahogany with a smallish light tan head. Lightly sweet aroma of dark caramel malts, oak and bourbon. Flavor is sweet caramel, vanilla sweetness, bourbon , some fruit and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, smouth texture. Finishes long and candy sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (547) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 A- Pours an orangey brown hue with very little head. S- Smell consists of very dark fruits, raisins, figs, plum and a hint of bourbon. T- Taste is excellent. A couple nights ago I had a Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barleywine and was worried this wouldn’t hold a candle to it but it is pretty great. Lighter fruity notes to begin with followed by strong raisin and fig and a sweetness mixed with alcohol warming toward the end. Absolutely delicious. M- Thick with ample carbonation. D- This is an excellent bourbon barleywine. Great to sip on anytime. I will certainly seek this out again in the future.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle from KingpinIPA. Hazy amber/caramel color. Maty fruity hoppy nose. The flavor was thick and sweet with nice hop presence. Light bourbon finish. Damn fine stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottle. Pours amber brown body with a thin and then quickly no lacing. Aroma/Flavor is sweet malt, loads of bourbon, etoh, with a malty bourbon etoh that dominates. 4.0 Some light vanilla and oak with a light hoppy bitterness. Nice brew overall. 2nd and 3rd time around i was thinking 3.8-4.0.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle thanks to nflmvp, thanks steve! Aroma has notes of bourbon, wood, smoke, dried dark fruits, port, and caramel. Average sized off-white frothy head that mostly diminishes and leaves some lace. Deep and dark red/amber hue. Flavor is bourbon, wood, smoke, prune, and caramel. Palate is oily soft and full bodied. Very good and the alcohol is well balanced. I should have held off a year or two but it was still very good. I’m not a fan of bourbon but I do like this, that nose is just so fascinating for a beer to have.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Pours a deep amber color, crystal clear, and good carbonation. Light tan head with a good film of bubbles. Smell is candy sweet with some good bourbon notes, hops and more bourbon, maybe a hint of chocolate and some alcohol heat also. Medium mouthfeel, silky smooth. Taste is a good initial taste of bourbon, some sweetness that you would typically find in a barleywine and a good alcohol heat that you feel as it makes its way to your stomach. Aftertaste is malt and bourbon. Although I’m not the biggest fan of bourbon I will say that this is none the less very good, and at 11.2 ABV, though you can taste the alcohol, it is still very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2008

Yep, that guy Gillard is up to his old tricks by sharing amazing WI brew offerings. Thanks buddy.

Pours deep copper with light tan head. Nice aroma with tasty wood and bourbon notes that don’t really over shadow the fruity esters and faint maltiness. The alcohol heat does build up and singe the nose a bit. The taste starts with mildly sweet maltiness and roasty malts that then becomes wood and barrel like flavors before a formidable vanilla flavor takes hold. There’s also dark fruity esters of grapes, cherries and prunes before the alcohol hotness builds to a distracting level. It could use more age. Darn tasty now though

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009
Date: May 03, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: hot sweet caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: big sweet candy caramel flavor with lots of vanilla sweetness, lots of bourbon melds well with the candy, touch of fruity character, touch of alcohol

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+/4

Name: Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Date: April 24, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: muddy brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, brown sugar and vanilla sweetness, light oak, touch of bourbon
Flavor: sweet bourbon and hot caramel flavor, oak for balance

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2008
2008 vintage. Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body encircled by a ring of white bubbles. Smell: Heavily fruity caramel aroma and all of the obligatory bourbonesque notes with some coarse wafts of that bourbon (Old Grandad) creeping into the nose. Taste: Sweetish, sugary caramel maltiness with a slight toastiness to it. Tastes of wood and spiced vanilla from the bourbon. A little bit of maraschino cherry syrup. Medium-high bitterness. Bittersweet finish with a further hint of wood delivers plenty of warmth. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: This is pretty, Central Waters. I’ll cheerfully admit that.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours a clear dark copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a moderate amount of alcohol burn. Too hot.


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