Bourbon Barrel Warmer - Upland Brewing Company
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Reviews by bluejacket74:
4.01/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-26-2014 01:48:06 | More by bluejacket74
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4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a brownish-orange color with a white head. The aroma is bourbon, brown sugar and oak. The flavor is dark fruit - mainly cherries - as well as toasted coconut, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very nice.
06-07-2010 03:51:17 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
Acquired via trade
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.
10-29-2012 00:40:18 | More by ehammond1
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
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!
07-28-2012 14:58:43 | More by thagr81us
2.63/5 rDev -32.4%
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.
01-03-2012 22:39:49 | More by jmarsh123
4.55/5 rDev +17%
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.
11-06-2010 14:50:51 | More by mikesgroove
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
11-28-2010 05:40:53 | More by largadeer
4/5 rDev +2.8%
A-Deep brown almost in glass, a clear amber when pouring.
S-Mild bourbon, good deal of coffee and caramel. Earthy notes as well.
T-Starts with caramel and toffee, some bourbon, tad bit of oak. Dark fruits (cherries and plums) as well.
M-Medium bodied, tad velvety with nice carbonation.
O-A decent BA Barleywine, and even more importantly a cheap one.
08-03-2014 02:13:04 | More by rlee1390
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
01-24-2014 00:31:45 | More by Etan
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
2009 vintage. This offering from Upland poured a very smooth and murky, muddied cloudy medium to dark brown. It's almost caramel in color. It had a slight white head to it, which laced the glass. The smell was a very intricate collaboration of bourbon, malty sweetness, alcohol, and candied fruit. The taste echoed the aromas. It was very sweet with hints of vanilla and featured a moderate amount of bourbon barrel at the same time. It left a bready taste in my mouth, almost like a raisin bread or perhaps something with figs. It was well carbonated and crisp. It was delicious. I can't wait to see what this one matures into in a couple years. I'd recommend trying it.
07-14-2010 05:15:51 | More by aasher
3.1/5 rDev -20.3%
Hard pour yields an ivory head of dense froth that wants to hang around for a while. Clearish dark ambery red color.
Malty nose of grain with some bourbon caramel and vanilla. Kind of woody with some light spice depth. Overall not a strong smell, very pleasant, but a bit weak.
Taste is interesting. A little bitter at first, very weak as a barleywine, losing much of it's malty bigness in the barrel aging. Bourbon comes across buttery and woody with some nice oak and a little vanilla. A little leathery, but also a tinge salty, which really doesn't help. Leaves a very pleasant sweetness on the lips.
Mouthfeel is medium, almost light. Carbonation is weak, and there's not much body to speak of for a barleywine, seemingly not enough to make up for one to be aged in bourbon barrels.
It's tasty and drinkable, but not highly so. Interesting overall beer. Good for a try, and admittedly I'm liking it more as I go, but not one I feel like I need to have again.
07-03-2010 20:11:37 | More by lightindarkness
Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
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