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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
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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1910) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Murky, ruddy brown pour with a 1 finger, beige head that has good retention and initially leaves some oily lacing, that eventually goes away. Aroma is huge on toasty toffee and vanilla right away, then some caramel, hazelnut heavy nutty notes and dark fruits come in, mellow, but fairly strong oaky bourbon as well. Flavor is dark caramel, toffee, nutty notes and cooked tree fruit up front, then sweet bread spicy notes, dark rum, dark fruit, pumpkin bread crust, a little ginger-like spiciness and boozy, but pleasant oaky and vanilla laden bourbon. Heavy body, creamy to chewy feel throughout, with a light, but slightly too sharp carbonation. Damn good overall.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markducommun (170) - 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 (260) - 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 (5584) - 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 (1711) - 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 (31) - 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 (3345) - 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 (3896) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frozer (111) - Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Chocolate and yeasty aroma. Appearance is brown with minimal head. Chocolate taste with alcohol hit following. Sweet malt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3333) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2014
On draught at the Blind Tiger. Pours a hazy brown with a thin tan head that lasted through the first two sips and left light lace. Huge aroma of sweet caramel and vanilla along with notes of bourbon and oak. The flavor is very sweet, probably too sweet for most. The caramel is almost chewy its so sweet. Lots of vanilla present as well. Bourbon and oak present as well. A bit boozy in the finish. A solid ale, but heavily influenced by the barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1271) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Barleywine #50. Doin’ it in style! 2013 bottle from Homer321 poured on 5/21/14. Big thanks man! Pours murky brownish amber with a small creamy yellow khaki head. Big caramel toffee aroma with vanilla, raisins, dark fruits, sweet smooth bourbon, oak, very slight oxidation. Flavor is sweet caramel bourbon, oak, dark sweet fruit, and a huuuge vanilla marshmallow finish that lingers a good while. Plenty of carbonation and a chewy body with some nice booze bite.


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