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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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!


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopAutonomous (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Had this on tap. Very thick, sweet, and delicious. Smooth and very bourbon forward. From what I remember it was legen... wait for it... hope youre not bourbon intolerant... dairy.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (3566) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Molasses, dark, toasted malts, sweet bread and caramel, burnt caramel. Clear, dark gold, small, creamy, off-white head. Medium to heavy sweet. Sweet molasses, grain and bread malts, toasted flavours, bitters, quite harsh bitterness coming up, soft carbonation, full bodied. Decent Barley Wine, yet some harsh bitterness in palate. Keg at Sugar Maple, Milwaukee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (5790) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Pours reddish brown with a dense beige head. The aroma has rich caramel, vanilla, oak, rich toasty malt and an English slant to it. It has a fairly thick body with soft carbonation. The taste has drier malt, dates, caramel, alcohol warmth, oak and woodiness. The finish has pleasing warmth. Nicely made.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4529) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Chris! A bit lighter than the original, that we’re tasting side by side. Mild sweet aroma. Rich, alcohol body. Sweet, round bourbon. Rich hot body. Tasty, but a bit more anonymous than the non-BA version. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cousin_Larry (873) - - JUN 6, 2016
Had a sample at WOBFest 2016. Could taste the bourbon notes, as well as plums and smoke/wood.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (5847) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2016
12oz bottle pours out a cola color topped with a small head. Nose is big sweet malts rich toffee caramel some pit fruit bourbon barrel vanilla coconut. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness rich malts pit fruit toffee a nice bourbon barrel balance. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2016
July 28, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2015, tasting at jtclockwork’s, thanks for sharing!
Hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty with caramel, dark sugar, vanilla, prunes, figs, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and slightly boozy. Finish is sweet caramel, some dried fruits, vanilla, warming bourbon notes. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9505) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
Bottle. Hazy tawny brown body, golden head. Chewy sweet toffee malts, bready, sponge toffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, sticky delicious! No hint of the ABV. Delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
Muddy brown pour with a single finger tan head. Aroma of candy & coconut. It’s a bit oxidized, but it works. Taste is massively complex. Lots of candy, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, coconut, oak, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Dry finish. Lace present. Full bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rlgk (18117) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2016
Draught at Rattle & Hum, NYC. Dark mahogany/brown beer with a nice lasting beige head. Wonderful vanilla and wood aroma, raisins, figs, dades, grape notes, caramel and cream, biscuit notes, licorice, some prunes. Woody vanilla flavor, licorice, figs, caramel, raisins, prunes, grape notes, subtile hops, bourbon notes, spicy, some cream. A masterpiece with well hidden alcohol. Fantastic!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonshawn (1029) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 12oz bottle from central ave liquor with commonmac during March madness. Plum with small white head. Very boozy aroma. Sweet, actually not as boozy as it smells initially, but alcohol burn hangs with you after. Complex. Full flavored. Oily liquor mouthfeel. Definitely bourbon throughout. More alcohol as it warms. Burns in your chest a bit. Good stuff, but maybe best enjoyed in small doses.


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