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Upright Sole Composition: Barleywine (Bull Run Barrel-Aged)

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This Sole Composition release represents the first barleywine made at Upright. Brewed in a deeply malty English style with ashburne mild, golden promise, two medium caramel malts and a touch of roasted wheat for added color, the full bodied beer is balanced by a generous hand of several hops including three experimental varieties. After a healthy fermentation with a classic British yeast, the beer was split into four different local whiskey casks where they mature for nearly four months, picking up tones of milk chocolate, oak and char, spirit, and even deeper caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Bottle from the brewery long ago. 41 of 115. A: Deep dark mahogany with a firm luxurious cappuccino head. Lacing. N: Intense oak, caramel, and bourbon in the forefront. Definite char and alcohol with a mixture of bakerís chocolate and toffee. Some peppercorn and plenty of cracker. Sprinklings of peppercorn and rye. T: Big sweetness and potent bitterness. M: Plenty of alcohol in here. Medium-heavy body with subtle carbonation. O: Tasty, but I definitely prefer the Eastside. Even after all these years, this one still hasnít settled down. Might be the Bull Run whiskey and I donít get along.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle at the brewery
Dark brown with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is woody, leather, bourbon and brown sugar. Taste is bourbon and woody, leather
Nice, tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle pours out a cola topped with a tan head. Nose is caramel sweetness toffee brown sugar vanilla bourbon barrel and lots of booze. Taste is more of the booze bourbon barrel vanilla and plenty of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travisís house on February 21. The pour is a nice brown color with a khaki colored head. Nice and creamy. The aroma is lots of caramel malts with a light woodiness and a strong rum sweetness. The flavor is really sweet, definitely heavily influenced by the rum. Beyond that, there is a lot of caramel and roasted malt. The dark fruits begin to come in on the end, but itís pretty basic and plain. The mouth feel is decently thick, with a nice subtle carbonation. Iíd like it to be a little thicker. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet caramel and light booze. Pretty good, but the rum dominates so much!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle: 72/115. Murky, opaque brown pour. Dense mahogany hints, topped with a creamy layer of khaki colored foam. Heavy sweet caramel malt aroma with smooth underlying notes of wood, bourbon, butter toffee, & even some notes of rich, dark chocolate. Sweet flavor, almost like a rum cake. Lots of caramel, cocoa dust, whiskey, heavy vanillin, wood, toffee, & a strong dark fruitiness in the back-end; prune, fig, raisin. Pretty decadent, rich mouth feel with modest carbonation. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2014
38 of 115 thanks to Shmeal on TB for the beer Dark mahogany brown with a light tan head that falls to a collar. Good lacing. Nose is caramel, dark fruits, pine, booze, and subtle oak and whisky. Nice nose as the fruits stand out quite well. Taste is mostly caramel, dark fruits and booze again. Slightly hot. Undertones of the barrel which is quite nice . Quite English in style. A bit hot but workable. Thick and rich with low carbonation. Like how the barrel component is very subtle and the base beer stands out well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Brown pour, tan head. Boozy, caramel, molasses, a bit harsher than the other barrel version of this beer we tried. Still quite tasty, but not as well integrated and maybe I get a hint more oxidation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2014
750mL bottle sample courtesy of dak, thanks. It pours with a murky deep amber body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up firm spicy oak and then it heads into some smooth booze, big pine hops and slivers of sweet molasses. The taste is full on the palate with smooth sweet molasses and malts and then moving into a mix of pine hops, booze and spicy oak followed by a subtle soft sweet vanilla note. It ends a bit hot but totally in line with a barrel aged barleywine. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10651) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!Ö Pours murky and brown with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma features caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with tingly carbonation. The flavor and finish deliver sweet caramel, vanilla and bourbon warmth. World class treatment of a damn fine beer! Bottle shared by landhoney!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle @ Bobbyís house, shared by GT. Mahogany pour with a small khaki head. Nose is all toffee, toasted walnuts, and chocolate. Vanilla, some caramel, whiskey, and dark fruit. Quite nice. Good sweetness to the flavor. Lots of toffee, caramel, vanilla, and walnuts. Mild booze, whiskey, caramel, oak, and chocolate.

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