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RATINGS: 466   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (1954) - 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.


1.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Muirdoch (1) - - SEP 21, 2014 does not count
Sadly, since bourbon barrels, high-abv stouts and barleywines are my favourite beers across the world, this was the worst of that variety I have ever tasted. In fact, it was the worst non-Lager/Amber I’ve ever put to my lips. I’ll tell you why: The Hops drown it in a bath of cloying Hop He__ll. I do not care for IPAs and hops much though - so take my criticism with a grain of ... barley.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (3191) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2014
Beautiful amber mahogany color, but thin head. Big malty whoop in the nose with lots of vanilla, bourbon, marshmallows and moderately sweet. Sticky, nice mouth with tons and tons of malt backbone, smooth, slightly boozy, lots of vanilla, oak, cherries, there are a fair amount of hops in there too. Just big, bad and delicious from start to finish. I love this stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2335) - JAPAN - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2014 Big bad ass BW. Lots of vanilla, bourbon, wood and toffee. All well integrated. A pleasure to sip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (720) - Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Old rating - for a great beer. Darker red-brown color. Bourbon, molasses, and dark fruit dominant aroma. Taste is sweet and boozy with more dark fruits and bourbon. Vanilla strong at the end with a bitter kick. Definitely full bodied and a sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - 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 (8141) - 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 (209) - 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 (292) - 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 (5723) - 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.


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