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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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!


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfratzke (61) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Big bourbon caramel syrup aroma. Pours a reddish brown with fast fading tan head. Tastes of more bourbon, vanilla wafers, caramel. Nice hop bite in the finish. Warming alcohol feeling as you sip. This is awesome.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (752) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c1raider (58) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1016) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4105) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2784) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a fairly clear, copper color, with bubbly, off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The aroma & flavor shared notes of maltiness, caramel sweetness, dried fruit, and barrel induced hints of vanilla & coconut. Earthy bitterness and slightly hot, bourbony alcohol lingered together into the finish, in a rather full body. Cellaring would’ve definitely mellowed the alcohol, but anticipation won out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1394) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle from West at Ale Alpharetta. Clear brown, with a thin, beige head. Caramel, lots of vanilla, oak, butterscotch, and light piney hops. Very sweet, with a light hop bitterness. Heavy body, creamy, and a little warming. Overall, this is a nice, bourbon forward beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1194) - Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Murky dark amber, brownish dark red with some orange hue. Light head, spotty lace. Fresh candy malt aroma vanilla oak bourbon toast, fruit-mainly cherry like. Same in taste, bourbon hits more on finish yet well from start to finish. Creamy chewy malt full body, some heat and dryness more in finish. Fruit candy. Grassy grapefruit pine bitter. Bourbon barrel thorought. Big sipper. This would age nice. 2015 bottle. Good young probably great aged.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3787) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Pours slightly hazy caramel with a nice fine-bubbled buff head. Fresh wood and bourbon dominate the aroma but let hints of caramel and malt peek through. Flavor has bourbon, oaken, caramel and sweet malt notes, tasty and pleasing. Finish has an alcohol nip, more playful poodle than angry Rottweiler. Texture is fairly fizzy and fairly firm. Reserve one today.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1865) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2015
12 oz bottle from bytemesis. 2014 vintage. Aroma consists of whiskey, wood, coconut, vanilla, raisin, molasses, licorice, cough drop--wow, this is right up there with the best of the barrel aged malt-driven beers I’ve ever had. Smells like rum bread. Pours muddy brown with orange tints and a one finger beige head that falls into a ring and skiff of foam fairly quick; laces a little. Taste is nearly as good as the aroma, with all descriptors in place. The only thing pulling it back a little is its harshness; it’s fairly boozy and the licorice/cough drop aspect is dominant in flavor, nearly astringent. Carbonation is average, body is full. Really tasty, but it’s a sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1983) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Brought back from WI by some friends. Big, big creamy bourbon,malty, vanilla,ripe fruits, some alcohol sting, a bit biscuity. Good stuff.


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