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Bourbon Barrel Warmer - Upland Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel WarmerBourbon Barrel Warmer

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged for 6-8 months in bourbon/whiskey barrels

2009: Pappy Van Winkle barrels
2010: Buffalo Trace barrels
2011: Wild Turkey barrels
2013: Willet barrels

(Beer added by: SirSketch on 05-02-2010)
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Photo of Stevedore


3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle of the recent winter 2013 bottling. Thanks Shaun. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter today, 3/20/2014.

App- Dark caramel brown body with a nice one-1/2 finger white head that retains quite well and drops slowly. No lacing, looks darker than a typical scotch/wee heavy.

Smell- Initial nose impression is almost cologne-like, kind of a minty and even a bit chemical-like. It's interesting and a bit different. Also a very sweet toffee nose from the base beer, a little bit of vanilla and oak barrel.

Flavour- Caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla, a bit of oak barrel and sweet bourbon. A touch of dark fruits. But this is definitely a toffee-forward beer. It's solid, nothing mind-blowing. Would have expected a bit more barrel here.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, fine carbonation, on the thinner side of what I'd expect of an a BA English Barleywine. A bit hot and boozy.

Overall- Decent BA English Barleywine, nothing too special but certainly still a treat in of its own. I don't get any spices which you'd expect from a "Winter Warmer".

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 05:21:32 | More by Stevedore
Photo of chanokokoro


3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded snifter

Pours a murky mahogany capped by a more than ample one and a half finger medium beige head. Above average retention, evident, coating lacing. Caramel, light wisps of oak, vanilla, and booze on the nose. Opens with caramel, toffee, dates, fig, and hints of dried dark fruit. Big vanilla notes midpalate; finishes with pleasant oakiness, a hint of maple syrup and brown sugar & light bourbon notes and warming alcohol. Low level of carbonation, full smooth, syrupy body. A very nice brew. All the flavor components of an exceptional BA English barleywine are there, however lacks a bit in both depth and complexity. Certainly a solid brew that I wouldn't turn down, but just a step away from being a seasonal that I'd make a point of buying annually.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 04:27:47 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottling

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a frothy tan head that leaves a nice trail of lacing all around the glass

Smell: Caramel and Bourbon dominate the aroma, with vanilla and fig underneath

Taste: Caramel and Bourbon also dominate the front-end, with the fig and vanilla building, in the middle; vanilla flavors round out the finish with the Bourbon adding a boozy touch to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and considerable warmth down the gullet

Overall: I suspect that this beer will improve with age, though right now it is a bit raw in the Bourbon-dominated booziness that masks any Winter warmer spicing subtlety

Thanks, fredmugs, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 18:11:07 | More by brentk56
Photo of bluejacket74


4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head light tan head that stays around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel, nuts, brown sugar, bready malt and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, and it's certainly worth a try at $6.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:48:06 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Etan


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a small off-white head.

S: Lots of tannic bourbon and molasses and caramel in the nose. Dripping with barrel. Lightly figgy, vanilla.

T: Taste brings charred oak, mild roasted grain bitterness, caramel, bourbon, tannic vanilla, plum, creme brulee. Gets nutty with lots of honey notes as it warms.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A tasty beer that doesn't hold back on the barrel. Hints at the profile of top-tier BA barleywines but not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:31:45 | More by Etan
Photo of drabmuh


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared at a tasting, not a very good beer. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head, low retention.

Aroma is bourbon and malt, smells fine.

Beer is sort of a mess, it is malty and sweet with an odd finish, not much going on worth mentioning though. An interesting beer I suppose but not a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 18:51:29 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ehammond1

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

Murky, cloudy dark brown with a small half-finger's worth of dark brown bubbles. This leaves small ribbons and dots of stick down the glass.

Caramel, toffee, some chocolate, well-integrated bourbon, and definite oxidation make up the aroma. Pleasant, though less complex and interesting in practice than it sounds in theory.

The chocolate flavors are more pronounced in the flavor than they are in the aroma, combining nicely with caramels, raisin, toffee, just a tiny bit of char, bourbon, and lots of oak. All the usual characters are here, and this is certainly very flavorful (and the alcohol's hidden well), but the oxidation acts as a definite intrusion on the integration.

Medium bodied with moderate, somewhat prickly, carbonation.

Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:40:18 | More by ehammond1
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for handing this one off in our massive in-person trade last year! Thanks buddy! 2010 Vintage (Buffalo Trace)! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a deep brownish red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, wood, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, dark fruit, vanilla, sweet alcohol, wood, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and raisin. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Upon first pouring it into my glass and taking the first hit of aroma I knew I was in for a treat here. Loads of complexity and a very nice balanced bouquet going on. The Buffalo Trace barrel is definitely still shining on this bottle just as you would hope. The flavor was more of the same with a nice balance that made it rather easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I really love how the citrus aspect on this one mixes so well with everything else going on in this massively complex brew. An absolute must try if you have not done so before especially if you get the chance to try the Buffalo Trace version!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 14:58:43 | More by thagr81us
Photo of AleWatcher


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. English barleywine aged in Wild Turkey barrels.
Bomber into Founders snifter.

This was tossed in as an extra by Khumbard-- thanks brother!

Pours clear orangey colored from the bottle but appears plum-colored and a bit murky in the glass. Tan head of 2 fingers settled quickly to a nice little collar.

I actually pick up a touch of dark fruit amongst the malt bill aside from the huge booziness to go alongside.
The flavor is surprisingly smooth considering how boozy I initially felt this beer smelled. The nose made me expect something unpardonably boozy, but I'm pleasantly surprised.
I actually want more caramel and toffee malt notes, as well as more vanilla and oak from the barrels, but this beer isn't bad at all as it is.

Feels a slight thinner than I'd expect for a BA version of the style, but good carbonation.

Overall-- not bad. Improved tremendously as it warmed up. I normally HATE winter warmers, but I enjoyed this despite the local temp being damn near 100 degrees this afternoon.

Other than the sours, this is EASILY the best Upland beer I have had-- is it world class? No. But it is very solid nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:32:20 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of davey101


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011: Wild Turkey barrels. Bottled on October 2011. 22 oz bomber into a snifter.

A - Ruby red with a brown tint. Sits really still with no head or edging. Upon pouring a thin off-white cap does form and quickly fizzes away.

S - Loads of bourbon soaked dark fruits. Plums, dates, raisins, vanilla, oak, and toffee. A bot of warming alcohol on the finish.

T - Dark fruits initially, then large bourbon notes. Plenty of oak and vanilla. Finishes sweet and malty with notes of toffee and caramel. Medium to light mouth feel with a large alcohol presence.

O - A nice BBA barleywine. Its not as complex or flavorful as some of the other big guys (King Henry, Abacus, etc) but it can certainly hold its own.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:53:05 | More by davey101
Photo of portia99


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 3/10) poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours and orangey amber color, with a low off-white head and leaves behind some nice webs of lacing.

S - Malty sweet with bourbon, molasses and brown sugar on the nose. Little bit of booziness...overall smells sugary sweet.

T - Brown sugar, boozey alcohol, bourbon, surprisingly still a bit of hoppy bitterness, toffee, sugar

M - Medium body with a low, smooth carbonation. Overall sweet and caramelly...almost candy-ish.

O - Overall a good English style barleywine, barrel aging seems to complement the beer nicely...not overdone.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 18:10:13 | More by portia99
Photo of jmarsh123


2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep mahogany and caramel with just a slight off-white head, a little lacing and some bubbles.

You can tell the barrel had an impact here. Sweet booze in the nose, but not overpowering. Rich vanilla notes with some wood and caramel as well.

Starts out with a sweet boozy whiskey flavor. Unlike the nose the booze dominates this. The vanilla and oak are barely present as everything tastes like sweet wild turkey. A few more flavors came out after warming, but still Wild Turkey shone through.

A tad light on the mouthfeel, but not too bad. Medium carbonation. Maybe a bit higher than others in this style.

The regular version is one of my all time favorites and I've loved this one the last few years, but the Wild Turkey barrels ruined a good beer IMO. It overpowers everything. Maybe it'll mellow out a bit and let more of the wonderful base beer shine through after some aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 22:39:49 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of auroracrisis


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz dated October 2011 into a nonic pint.

Burgundy with amber highlights on the pour. A bit of foam on the pour but dissipates into a ring around the edges. Some bubbles can be seen, a bit of legging.

Strong notes of toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak give way into butterscotch and other confectionery sweetness. As the beer warms, it becomes more and more alcoholic smelling which takes over the sweetness.

A tad bit sweeter on the tongue but again, all about the bourbon and barrel. Rich vanilla and toasted coconut. A little heat as well.

Medium-thin with some heat and stickyness.

Good display of bourbon notes. I wasn't expecting much with this one but it wasn't bad. I should have picked up the non-barreled version of this one for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 09:52:51 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of eclipse54


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle from fvernon; thank you very much for yet another want! Poured into a DFH signature glass...

Pours a dark brown/purple/mahogany color with about a finger’s breadth of fluffy, off-white head. Retention is short, which is to be expected I suppose. Small outcroppings of bubbles cling to the walls of the glass as lacing.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, date, hazelnut, and a touch of raisin and dried cherry. Very well balanced and highly inviting.

It tastes of caramel, toffee, and hazelnut on the front, followed by vanilla, date, and raisin in the middle. The oak and bourbon really come through on the finish, with a prominent alcohol moiety on the exhale. A bit hot, but not terribly so.

Mouthfeel is rich, but ample carbonation keeps the sugars from sticking to the tongue too much and helps bring out the more subtle flavors. Finish is rather dry from the oak and alcohol, but it keeps you coming back for another sip.

Overall, a great bourbon barrel aged barleywine. I think a little more time in the bottle would have helped pull some of the heat off of this, but I was too eager to dive in and enjoy it (and enjoy it I did!).

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 00:38:03 | More by eclipse54
Photo of TroopScoop


3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky, brownish/red, thin head that quickly disappears. For a barleywine, its solid

S: the bourbon aromas take charge as the beer warms. Slight nutty & earthy musks permeate when she's cold. For the style, I dig it.

T: very complex. The hops are bitter, the earthy tones from the smell are right there, and the bourbon - oh, yea, its just right. This is a sipper, with each consumption yet another attempt to define what is hitting my tastebuds.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation. Its nice & thin, and the bourbon is not overdone. Its exactly what the aftertaste called for.

O: I still have a hard time drinking the barleywine style, but this honestly takes the cake for me. The key to this beer is the Goldilocks Principle: not too much, not too little, but just enough barrel aging/bourbon. Its exactly why we all love KBS. Good stuff. Upland

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:38:32 | More by TroopScoop
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jdubFL, over on ratebeer, for sharing this beauty. Pours clear copper with half inch tall tan head. The aroma is spicy with a touch of tartness, mild sweet malts and caramel. The taste is sweet with smooth bourbon, some sweet malts, vanilla, spicy hops and then somewhat growing booziness that never gets out of hand. Smooth stuff that's sweet yet has a nice hop and barrel component too.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 20:31:04 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
Photo of waltonc


2.2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Opened this up last night, figuring it fit in well with the Christmas/winter beer theme. However, it paled in comparison to most of the other brews opened, and was thus poured down the drain.

A: Caramel with tan head.
S: Oxidation (even though I was told this is a 2010 bottle), light bourbon, caramel. Not an inviting or interesting smell for a bourbon barrel barleywine. I knew right away this wouldn't be good.
T: About as uninteresting and one-note of a bourbon barrel barleywine as I can recall having had (the only other example I can recall being potentially this bad is barrel aged Old Abominable). Again, bourbon, blah typical barleywine notes - high malt level, low hops, a little brown sugar here, a little vanilla and wood there.
M: Pretty thin body for the style.
D: Took two sips and poured the rest down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 22:57:01 | More by waltonc
Photo of womencantsail


3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Mark. Shared at the BABATT.

A: The pour is surprisingly clear amber/copper color with a short lived off-white head.

S: The nose certainly lets you know this one is barrel aged. Bourbon and vanilla start things off. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar follow. There's a bit of cardboard/oxidation going on too.

T: Surprisingly light in flavor for a -bal aged barleywine. Again, sweet vanilla and bourbon along with the typical brown sugar and caramel flavors of the style. A bit of warming alcohol is present as well.

M: The body is certainly on the thin side with a fairly lively carbonation to it.

D: Not at all bad, but not a homerun either (maybe a long single). I didn't find it bad, just sort of uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:23:50 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Arbitrator


2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Pours a clear, caramelly color with a light foam cap.

S: Light aroma of bourbon and nuts. I pick up elements of toffee, vanilla, and toast. It's not very pungent, but the range is nice.

T: Bourbon, nuts, small elements of grape, toast, and brown sugar. Nothing offensive, but nothing outstanding, either. It nails everything I'd expect in a barrel-aged barleywine, though the flavors aren't very pronounced.

M: It's thin-medium bodied, with a watery finish. The flavor falls off surprisingly fast.

D: I know I'm in a minority here, but I thought Perfect Storm was barrel-dominated and sweet. I think this beer falls far below that one, and so I can't give it anything higher than a C. I suppose I'd have it again, but I wouldn't seek it out. This was one of the first dumped bottles of the evening. No one cared to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:41:22 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of largadeer


3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Womencantsail shared this one. Thanks, Andrew.

Hazy light amber with a reddish hue. A finger of foam rises and quickly recedes.

Caramel and brown sugar are evident on the nose. Integrated bourbon, light alcohol, berry preserves. It's pretty light for the style, and there isn't much to it.

Toasted malt, brown sugar, berry-like fruitiness. Grainy, a little alcohol, though it's mellow overall. The body is pretty thin, and the flavor profile a bit simplistic, though it does nail the key notes of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 05:40:53 | More by largadeer
Photo of dontcostnuthin


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes- 10/11
Thanks to Kstrickler for the bottle

Beer pours a garnet color and fills my duvel tulip. I get about one inch of head which dissipates quickly. A little clingy lace is left after each sip.

My nose is greeted with the smells of sweet toffee, vanilla and dark cherries. Bourbon is certainly present but by no means overwhelming.

Sweet rich taste with cheeries and vanilla. There is also oak and smoky notes as a result of the barrel aging, but it is very well integrated. Certainly would qualify it a bourbon bomb. Reemphasize that this is a sweet malty slow sipper of a beer. Alcohol pretty well hidden for a high abv brew.

Drinkability and mouthfeel were slightly disappointing. My bottle had very little carbonation to balance out the heaviness and sweetness, which became bit cloying and overwhelming by the end. A 12oz pour would be more than enough for me. Would certainly try again, but would take a bomber myself.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 01:18:12 | More by dontcostnuthin
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

really enjoyed this one as it was not at all what i was expecting as it pours a wonderfully clear ruby color with a nice head of about an inch in height that settled down slowly and left a decent amount of lacing all along the sides of the glass.

aroma of deep vanilla and coconut, a rich balance of oak and warming alcohol notes welcomes me into its wonderful grip. really a wonderfully complex and sublime mixture of scents here. light feel was a little bit of a distraction as opposed to the big barrel aged beers i am used to. moving along though the sweet vanilla, coconut, maple flavors set this apart from anything else i have had in a long time! smooth and warming only evens it out even more, it was just sublimely drinkable and really just a wonderful way to end a night.

overall near perfection and a great offering overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 14:50:51 | More by mikesgroove
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass. Thanks to HosP for this generous extra!

A: Pours a clear dark ruby with a thick light brown head that faded rather quickly into a fuzzy film leaving a sheet of very sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of rich dark fruits, black cherries, vanilla, coconut and musty wood. Whiffs of bourbon and maybe currants and bready dough come through on the back end. Rich fruity vanilla and coconut dominate. Very good smelling.
T: Follows the nose with delicious flavors of vanilla, oak and dark cherries. A bit more bourbon comes through, especially in the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste is sweet with just enough spicy hops to make things interesting. Very caramely and fruity, almost vinous.
M: Silky smooth with a medium-full body and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol and bourbon are very well integrated and never hot or overpowering.
D: Extremely easy and dangerous to drink. My two friends and I were very impressed with this bottle. I love the coconut-vanilla scents and flavors that are soaked into this one. Thanks again Mark for the great brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 03:16:30 | More by scottfrie
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4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am splitting a 22 oz bomber with Stopper, the bottle is part of my winnings from the EPL league last season.
Pouring into a snifter at cellar temp the beer pours a rich mahogany hue with some light fluffy beige head foaming up about 1 cm and fading gradually to an edge layer.
The aroma is all malt, anticipated for an English b-wine. I get caramel and brown sugar with bourbon and vanilla hits as well, not cloying sweet but I dont find any hops in the nose.
First sip reveals a smooth textured fairly hefty bodied brew with average tingly carbonation. The flavor is as the nose advertises with caramel and brown sugar but mostly sweet bourbon notes and brief hits of vanilla. The hops dont show up anywhere and the alcohol is EXTREMELY well hidden for 9.0%. I think this beer could be in the category of dangerously drinkable!
I really enjoyed this one and wish I had a few more as I think this beer would be outstanding on a cold evening in front of the fire place. To be honest I would drink this one almost anywhere, very enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 13:39:14 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of crusian


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from... crap, cant remember, if you sent me this, please let me know and I will update my review. too many trades recently.

anyway... pours a burnt amber color with a few centimeters head into my scotch glass... looks perfect! not too much not too little. bottle is dated April '10.

smells bourbony, but not overly so. smells like a weak bourbon, no hops, no malt no anything except diluted bourbon. it is really pleasant. There are hints of caramel in there, with a hint of sour... just a tiny hint of sour... I dont know if this will hold up in a cellar with that on the nose. I suggest drinking this soon if you have one.

bourbon is the first thing on the palate. honestly, not much more. it tastes well aged, very smooth, but bourbon is about the only thing there. dont get me wrong, this is nice. I like sipping on a good bourbon, and thats what this tastes like, a nice carbonated bourbon. alcohol is covered very well, not too strong... I get some brown sugar and caramel in there as well.

anyway, not sure this is a barleywine, but it is pretty good. Grab one if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 17:54:48 | More by crusian
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Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.