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Bourbon Barrel Warmer - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 20
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by chanokokoro:
Photo of chanokokoro
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

chanokokoro, Mar 13, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of LCS46208
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

LCS46208, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Jun 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

1Adam12, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

xdefeatsy, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

ehammond1, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Gonzoillini, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

BigJim5021, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of ohiobeer29
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

ohiobeer29, May 04, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

thagr81us, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

blue-dream, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -10%

mdillon86, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of PatB1987
3.5/5  rDev -10%

PatB1987, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of jmarsh123
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

jmarsh123, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +17%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

largadeer, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rlee1390, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +2.8%

stortore, Jun 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

smchenry75, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Etan
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Etan, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Drew26, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

HumanParaquat, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

aasher, Jul 14, 2010
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Bourbon Barrel Warmer from Upland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.