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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Flavors of bourbon, malt, and hops meld quite good
Served at cellar temp like it should
Unified in one voice, Our fans can rejoice
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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3.8
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle. 2009 brew labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine. Aroma of malt, bourbon oak, caramel, and vanilla. An oaky flavor with sweet malt, brown sugar, chestnut, earthy hops, and fig. Mouth feels sticky and heavy. Finishes with bourbon oak taste with a hint of vanilla.

3.8
bierkoning (13736) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2010
2009 bottle, labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, from NickD717. Thanks! Dark brown color. Malt, oak, bourbon and a hint of dried fruit in the aroma. Malty sweet, oaky flavor with bourbon, orange liqour, earthy hops and dried figs. Well balanced yet very powerful. Yum!!

4.2
nickd717 (4901) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
12oz bottle labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a small off-white head. Great aroma with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor is similarly awesome, very bourbony but not too much som with caramel and toffee, raisin and prune, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, not too boozy. This one really kicks ass overall. Phenomenal BBBW, up there with Perfect Storm.

3.4
Ungstrup (38582) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2009
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, alchol, malt, and bourbon. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

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5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle:   Deep dirty caramel, thick, hazy, head is off-white, moderate, foamy, with clingy lacing.   That nose is so delicious, sweet malty goodness, Bourbon, Vanilla, and hints of caramel and brown sugar. &bnsp Fiery on the tongue, big Bourbon.   When they said this is barrel aged, they weren’t kidding. &bnsp Huge Bourbon and Vanilla flavors on the backside.   Full bodied, good mouthfeel, a little sticky and heavy.   Finishes with lingering Bourbon and Vanilla.   This was solid... great stuff!   Wish I had more to put down for a bit.   Thanks Bob for the bottle!


3.8
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a deep copper with thin head.
Nose is heavy with bourbon, toffee, and caramel.
Taste is fruity, raisin, peach, bourbon, toffee, caramel, lots of alcohol heat and sweetness.

4
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Thanks bvc! Stinging aroma but I go back for more. Deep wood, floral and velvet. Tawny caramel, thin. Great wood on the palate, strong toasted hazelnut, classy.

3.8
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
12 oz. pours a slightly hazy ebony with caramel at the edges. no head or lace. big bourbon, wood, roast, and vanilla nose. creamy, somewhat sticky thick body. nuts, cola, earth, tobacco, and heaping helpings of bourbon and wood on the mid palate. some tannic bite. long oaky bourbon finish.

3.9
bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
12oz bottle labled ’2009 Bourbon Barrel Barleywine’ from Ughsmash. Sticky sweet bun rolls, vanilla, prune...really bready and sweet. Brown sugar, raisins, prunes, tons wood...that has a toasted/charred taste. Also showing some oxidation already with a bit of tobacco-port as well. Super sweet and big...up my alley. Thanks Jason for this one.

4.2
beernbourbon (1601) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle for rating #300. Pour is dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. aroma is rich toffee malt, vanilla, caramel, light bourbon, very faint hop, and a pleasing subtle coconut flavor. My goodness, this smells amazing. Flavor is rich toffee, slightly more hop presence than expected, nice vanilla bourbon flavor, rich creamy malt, light wood, and light butterscotch. This is a sleeper. I did not expect it to b bad, but I did not think it would be this good. The aroma is slightly better than the flavor, but it’s great.


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