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RATINGS: 461   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (724) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 2009 bottle from TPatuto. Thanks! 12 oz for me. A: Dark brown with a prune tint in the light. Thin ring of head after the pour foams to about a 1/4 inch. Sticky. Very sticky. N: Wow. Deep breather. Bourbon, oak, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Raisins, molasses, and more bourbon. Lots of black licorice. This is layered and it threatens to suck you in and hold you in its folds. T: Sweet and bracing. Raisins and prunes. Toffee and caramels. There?s a coffee like bitterness that mixes with the hop spiciness. Very, very oaken. Candied pecans. Trucks full of black and licorice. Some oxidation, but it adds to the beer. Both sweet and yet balanced - there?s still quite a bitter element to this.M: Like someone forced you to eat a crayon (and not in a disgusting way.) This is sticky and viscous. O: I thought 3.5 years might have done this a disservice, but it?s still going quite strong. If I lived in WI, I would stock up on this and age it to this range. This is far better than fresh Mother of all Storms.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7998) - 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 (263) - 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 (2160) - 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 (3411) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frozer (115) - Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Chocolate and yeasty aroma. Appearance is brown with minimal head. Chocolate taste with alcohol hit following. Sweet malt.


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