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RATINGS: 462   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
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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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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2153) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2012 vintage. Pours a deep ruby brown color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is powerful and complex. RIch brown sugar, toffee, caramel, sour cherry, fig, bourbon and warm spicy vanilla. On the palate it is soft on the front and a warm booze on the end... in the middle is a palate warming spicy bourbon, dark fruit plum, burnt sugar, touch of grassy bitterness and a long slow finish.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours a very deep orangeish red with a small but very well retained head.

The aroma is boozy from the onset, it’s chocolaty, and decidedly caramel forward. So this is to say that it’s sweet smelling, but it’s got a bit of cherry & bourbon to it as well.

The flavor is something, toasted marshmallow, caramel, mild chocolate, layers of crystal malt character, and a nice woodiness. The bourbon is decidedly forward but not out of balance, it provides (I suppose) a good amount of vanilla, some ashiness, and some rich oak character. The beer is certainly sweet, although it’s within a manageable range of sweetness, at least for me.

The palate is big and the beer is mouth coating, it sits a tad heavy on the tongue but the mild happiness provides a little zip so the lingering finish doesn’t leave such a heavy feeling.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8023) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014: Hazy dark brownish-amber color with a thin tan head that diminishes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of bourbon, malt and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, caramel malt and vanilla. The finish is mildly boozy with an oaky vanilla aftertaste. Enjoyable all around.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours clear amber with thin head. The nose is toffee, honey, brown sugar and booze. The taste is fruity esters, citrus hops, brown sugar and bourbon. Medium bodied. Nice little hoppy Barleywine. 4.1

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (190) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Deep red brown, light tan head. Raisins, molasses and vanilla. Quite sweet. Thick body, very oily. Quite upfront alcohol. Fine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggsbowler (269) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle ’13 - pours a murky brown w/ a slight tan head. The nose is bourbon, malty, sweetness, and oak. The taste is malty, bourbon, and dates. Smooth start with a slight bitter finish, a tad harsh on the end. Overall pretty good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (5672) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottled 355ml. -Courtesy of MatSciGuy, shared with him and Marko (thanks!). Amber coloured, small off-white head, dry bourbon nose. Strong sticky malty, dried fruits, bourbon and some caramel with noticable alcohol in the finish. Really good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Dark amber, overly vanilla, sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla dominates too much.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonnyMadison (35) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle. Very smooth with a rich aroma. The taste was a little overpowering, but a good bourbon flavor with cappuchino notes. Just a little strong for my taste, but very unique.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3424) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of fruit, bourbon, and caramel. Taste is caramel, bourbon, fruit, vanilla, and wood. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (3922) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 5, 2014
Another proof of MatSciGuy’s generosity, huge thanks! Poured a dark amber-red body with an off white head. Very complex, excellent aroma - bourbon, vanilla, yoghurt, dough, raisins, strong caramel, soft in general, just slightly sticky. Wow! Strong creamy, caramelly sweet taste, with fine vanilla & bourbon notes, cappuccino, not that much alcohol in the taste yet warming, just light bitterness. Something else that’s illegible. All in all, a superb beer.


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