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RATINGS: 486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (858) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Heavy dark alcohol fruit flavors. A really nice sipper. Starting to come around on the barley wine style.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2724) - 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 (1361) - 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 (1183) - 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 (3727) - 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 (1837) - 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 (1953) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
starewich (166) - - FEB 23, 2015
Bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, maybe some chocolate. Heavy alcohol taste. Very thick and oily. Not accustomed to the style but I can see the appeal.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FestDecBeet (358) - - FEB 20, 2015
Look: pours a dark Amber. Hazy. Light brown head. Thick lacing. Smell: heavy oak barrel. Slight bourbon. Caramel. Sugar sweet. Light hops. Matt sweetness. Coconut. Taste: nice bourbon. Good oak flavors. Vanilla. Big sweetness. Caramel and butter toffee. Feel: extremely smooth. Medium low carbonation. Slight dry up front but sweet on the back. Overall: great beer. Easy drinker. Nicely balanced between hops, malts, barrel, and bourbon. First drank: home 2/20/15 Vintage: 2015

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (368) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottled. Pours a murky brown chestnut color with little to no head. Aroma is big bourbon aroma, toffee, caramel, vanilla, fig. Really nice. Flavor is a little bit of hops up front (nice, I wasn’t expecting that much from an English-style barleywine), bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Awesome. All the elements come through. The bourbon-barrel aging, the traditional English-style barleywine elements, and even some hops! That makes this a pretty awesome barleywine. Not too heavy on the carbonation (rightly so, any more carbonation would ruin it, imo). Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1187) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
2012 vintage 12 Oz bottle. Dark amber with ruby highlights, off white head that falls to a thick collar. Thick ABV legs and some spotty lacing. Nose is bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and coconut, under the barrel notes are soft dark fruits and prune. Lovely nose especially with the complexity. Taste is up front bourbon and notes from the barrel. Caramel, oak, vanilla and coconut. Under all that is the dark fruits. Juicy prune, strawberry, and brown sugar. Full beer, light carbonation, juicy and jimmy. Like how it is up front barrel and under that a really solid BW.


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